October 28, 2020
Merriam-Webster defines a podcast as a program (music or talk) offered in an accessible digitized format for automatic download over the Internet.
What makes a podcast special is that all of the podcast’s content resides on one website called a host site. The host site assigns the podcast an RSS (really simple syndication) feed, basically the address for a podcast. When you subscribe to a podcast with a podcast app like Apple Podcasts or Spotify, that app goes to the host site’s address multiple times a day to see if there is anything new. If something new exists, the app brings it back. Depending on your app settings and the level of subscription you have chosen for that particular show, the podcast’s newest episodes can be downloaded automatically and you will receive a notification on your phone, computer, tablet, etc. You can also choose not to have automatic downloads and no notifications. It is entirely up to you.
Currently, The Tortilla Diaries Podcast is hosted on a website called podomatic.com.
This is my page on: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/tortilladiaries
Podomatic.com assigned my program an RSS Feed URL. This is what it looks like https://tortilladiaries.podomatic.com/rss2.xml
If you click on my RSS feed URL, you might think it looks like a foreign language. Here is an example of what you might see. (Note: for example purposes only)
That “foreign language” is code that tells my podcast app everything it needs to know to properly display my program and all of its contents. RSS feeds also perform some incredible feats. If I make a change on my host site, the modifications will appear on all the hundreds of podcast directories around the world within a few hours. People who are new to podcasting often wonder how difficult it must be to upload an episode of a podcast to all of those sites, but all we have to do is make certain those sites know our RSS feed URL and everything else happens automatically.
There are hundreds of podcast directory sites and apps that can help you find, listen to, and subscribe to podcasts. Almost every smart device in the world contains a built-in podcast directory app. For example, Apple devices have the Apple Podcasts App and Android devices have the Google Podcasts app, but as a user, you are not limited to use only those apps.
No matter what app you use, if you can’t find the Tortilla Diaries Podcast, copy and paste our RSS feed URL into the app’s search bar and you should be able to find and subscribe to the show.
To illustrate just how many different podcast directories there are, here are several links to The Tortilla Diaries Podcast.
YouTube technically is not a podcast host nor directory since it doesn’t generate RSS feeds for its videos, but it is helpful to have our podcast in as many places as possible so we upload it to YouTube. Here is the link to my YouTube channel.
If you ever have any questions about The Tortilla Diaries Podcast send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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