after a little bit of effort and allot of time waiting for the youth ministry domain name to kick back into gear i have finally been able to set us up with podcasting ability. here’s what i had to do:

  • obviously we had to convert the audio from our youth service to an mp3 format and store it on our website.
  • next, i set up a blogger site for the mp3 files so that i can use it’s atom feed. i set the “link” feature of the post to the url of the mp3 file and just for extra insurance i setup the text of the post as a link to the url of the mp3 file.
  • third, i went to feed burner and used their smartcast feature (it’s under the “additional services” section of the feed you set up with feed burner). this gave me a new site feed url. this is the address that i have posted for people to subscribe too. the site feed for receiving the podcast is http://feeds.feedburner.com/ViewPodcast.

now we can podcast our worship services to anyone who wishes to automatically download the mp3 files of our weekly services. sometimes i love technology.

up, nope not anymore, oh yeah it’s working, nope, sorry about that …

my domain name expired (jessica, the youth assistant, and i are both certain a check was sent in months ago but that is research for monday) and has just been renewed. this means that the whole youth ministry site was down for a few days. the domain name cam back up today but for some reason the site has been acting weird. anyway, if you are reading this now it means you hit the blog during one of it’s good periods. we’ll see what happens over the next few hours.

on the podcasting front i have setup a blogger site for purposes of establishing a feed to the recordings from “the view”. “podcasting” is pretty cool. here’s how it works just in case you’re not familiar with it. first you install a podcasting aggregator (software that receives and automatically downloads the audiio for you – i’m using ipodder right now). within the aggregating software subscribe to the podcast’s site feed (ours is “http://feeds.feedburner.com/ViewPodcast”). the aggregator will now automatically download audio as it is placed on the site and if you desire store that audio on your mp3 player. i think the whole thing is pretty cool. right now i only have the audio from the march 16, 2005 service. more will go up on the site soon.

with this said i thought i would add that i ordered an ipod yesterday. it should be in baton rouge on the 13th. i’m pretty excited about the whole thing. again i most >proclaim how wonderful my wife is.