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Did ya miss me?

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Hi everyone, this is Leo Notenboom and I’m back with news, commentary and
answers to some of the many questions I get at

Yes, as I promised a couple of months ago, I’m back. Did you miss me? (Did
you notice?)

While I was away I stumbled into a podcast of a speech
by Tony Kahn
, the executive producer of WBGH’s “Morning Stories“, a
very popular podcast. His talk, at PodTech to an audience of podcasters and
podcaster wanna-bes, touched on several interesting aspects of podcasting.

One of the items he talked about was a poll that surveyed podcast
subscribers on what they felt was important about the podcasts that they choose
to listen to. Number 1, as you might expect, was content – people choose to
listen to podcasts that interest them. Number 4 got my attention though as
being quite timely with my return: people want podcasts to be consistently

What struck me are the number of podcasts that at one time or another I
thought were very cool and interesting, that produced some number of episodes,
only to vanish with no explanation and no expectation of a return. How

I don’t want to be one of those podcasts.

I at least set expectations by announcing my two month hiatus, but as anyone
who watches U.S. TV knows, “hiatus” is often a codeword for “this program ain’t
coming back”.

Well, this hiatus was a true, temporary one. I’m back. Three minutes, every
week, unless life interferes.

If you have a podcast of your own you’re quite welcome to re-podcast the Ask
Leo! podcast in your own. The only rule is simply that you run the whole thing
– all three minutes. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I stick to the exactly
three minute podcast format. You’re also welcome to select from the Ask Leo! podcast archive. And if you’re a terrestrial or
satellite broadcaster, or your podcast is available via those channels, drop me
an line.

By the way, that poll also indicated that the most popular podcast length
was right around 10 minutes. Perhaps someday when I have more to say – but even
then I’ll put it on a separate feed.

I’d love to hear what you think. Visit ask leo dot info, and enter 10835 in
the go to article number box. Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.

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7 comments on “Did ya miss me?”

  1. Hi Leo

    The short answer to your question is yes you were missed. Nice to have you back safe and sound. I hope you and family (and dolls) enjoyed you sorjourn



  2. Hey Leo! Welcome back. I’m looking forward to new Q&A’s from you. Even though I’m a Mac person primarily, I find the podcast interesting.

    I agree with you about the expectations listeners have for podcasts. We’re creatures of habit. Glad to have you back in my schedule.

  3. I’m looking forward to your weekly podcasts again! One question though. I use the open source application RSS Bandit as my feed aggregator. Before, when your weekly show was part of The Chris Pirillo Show feed, your podcast audio file could be downloaded by clicking on the RSS Bandit Enclosure link. (I prefer this method of manually initiating a download to automatic downloads because I subscribe to a lot of feeds and screen enclosed files before downloading.) Since your return and starting with this podcast, I’m using the RSS feed from your home page. Unfortunately, the RSS Bandit Enclosure link now points to a image/gif file. As far as I know, of the 22 podcasts I subscribe to, your’s is the only one where the RSS Bandit Enclosure link doesn’t point to the podcast file.

    A minor inconvenience; I can still download the podcast from your web site…

  4. Leo,

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I tried subscribing to as you suggested. Same result as before. Looking at the podcasts.xml source, I noticed that each podcast had two “enclosure” tags: one for the podcast logo GIF file and one for the podcast audio file. Though valid, I don’t think you intended for the GIF file to be part of the feed’s payload.

    As a test, I edited a copy of the podcasts.xml file, removing the enclosure tags refering to the GIF image file, and subscribed to it in RSS Bandit. Sure enough, all the enclosure links in the RSS Bandit / Ask Leo! podcast browser windows now pointed to the correct audio files.

  5. I’ll look into it – it’s a function of the enclosures plugin to MovableType. I’ll admit it may get lower priority since every other podcatching client seems to deal with it properly.


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