I don't like to blog about blogging on my blog, so I'm putting this information here for my own reference.
I want to start a podcast. I have the idea and the content all lined up, but originally I was going to wait to get started until Odeo came out. From everything I've heard and seen, Odeo will make podcasting much easier than it is now. But the beta testers told me two months ago that it would only be about two weeks. I've now decided to stop waiting and just use regular blogging software jury-rigged for podcasting plus a bunch of helper apps like everyone else seems to do.
The essential thing that makes a podcast a podcast is the enclosure tag in the RSS 2.0 feed. So I took a look at the most popular blogging software to see what kinds of feeds they offer. This information was surprisingly hard to find out, so this may not all be 100% correct, but it's the best I could do:
- Blogger - Atom
- Blosxom - RSS 1.0
- Moveable Type - Atom, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0
- Radio Userland - RSS 2.0
- TypePad - Atom, RSS 1.0
- WordPress - RSS 2.0
Of course, any feed can be converted to any other feed format using feedburner. But I think it might be nice to have an RSS 2.0 feed automatically - I'm going to have to jump through enough hoops as it is to set up this podcast.
So far, I'm not sure whose software to use: Moveable Type (too complicated & expensive), Radio Userland (not customizeable enough), or WordPress (generates incorrectly formatted RSS 2.0). I've used Blogger for my other blogs, and like the fact that it's simple, customizeable, and doesn't require me to install crap on my server. But am I willing to go through the hassle of generating then hand-editing an RSS feed every time I post?
I'm going to finish getting my content organized, and should have a software decision within a week.