Podcast News and Consolidation!

When I started my first podcast (You Don’t Know Flack) back in 2008, I envisioned it as a complete package. I stood up a separate webpage and WordPress installation for it (podcast.RobOHara.com). I also created a dedicated email address and Facebook page for the show as well. The late 2000s were all about branding.

Time went on, and I launched more shows. I registered more domains like SpriteCastle.com and MultipleSadness.com, and created Facebook pages, email addresses, RSS feeds, iTunes pages, and Twitter accounts for those shows, too.

This was a great idea that didn’t scale well. Each time I launched a new show I registered more domains, created new social media accounts, installed more instances of WordPress, configured RSS feeds, tweaked iTunes, and so on. I set up mail forwarding, automatic updates, and a bevy of notifications, but things continued to grow. It seemed like something was always broken either an email account stopped working here, or iTunes got clogged on a feed there. I was spending more time on all my behind-the-scenes podcast stuff than I was actually recording podcasts. Each time a WordPress update was released I had to set aside time to back up databases, upgrade WordPress, upgrade plug-ins, and fix whatever broke. No bueno.

When I began to meet and interact with other podcasters I learned that most of them were smarter than I am. Guys like Carrington Vanston, Doug McCoy, Rick Reynolds, and countless others had combined their multiple podcasts under their own respective umbrellas (MonsterFeet, McCoyCast, and RickAndViv, respectively). After years of juggling and maintaining multiple sites and accounts, I have decided to do the same.

I have spent the past week exporting, importing, and consolidating all of my podcast-related WordPress sites down into a single website and a single Facebook page.

WWW: http://podcast.RobOHara.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/Robcasts

Consolidating all of my podcasts down to a single website has advantages for both you and me. For me, things will be cheaper and easier to maintain. If I decide to start a new show, all I need to do is create a new category and start uploading. If I, for whatever reason, decide to retire a show, the old episodes won’t go away. And if you want to find out whats going on with one (or any) of my shows, now there’s just a single place for you to check.

Each of my podcasts have and will continue to have their own individual RSS feeds and iTunes pages. Using these, you can subscribe to one, some, or all of my shows. None of these should have changed during the migrations.

RSS Feeds:

Cactus Flack’s: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CactusFlacks
Multiple Sadness: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MultipleSadness
Sprite Castle: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SpriteCastle
You Don’t Know Flack: http://feeds.feedburner.com/YDKF
All RobOHara-Podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/RobOHara-Podcasts

iTunes Feeds:

Cactus Flacks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cactus-flacks/id1097411896
Multiple Sadness: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/multiplesadness/id1018455751
Sprite Castle: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sprite-castle/id827251255
You Don’t Know Flack: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-dont-know-flack/id368604225
All RobOHara-Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/robohara-podcasts/id989487448

The only podcast I record that hasn’t been migrated over is Throwback Reviews, which is hosted by my podcasting partner Sean, and still has its own website. Nothing has changed for it. Throwback Reviews still has the same RSS feed and iTunes link.

Thank you to all of my Patreons who support me over at Patreon.com/RobOHara. Whether it’s $1 or $5 per month, my Patreon supporters are the people who keep my shows going. Without them, none of this would be possible. Thank you all!

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