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Better Podcasts: Plugins I Use

Since a podcast is really just a blog with an audio file attached, I use WordPress to do my podcast management. I got an email from a friend who’s starting a new podcast and thought I’d make a list of the plugins for WordPress I find useful on my blogs and podcasts.

PowerPress and BluBrry

PowerPress is a new one for me. In the past I tired another plugin, but it broke with an update to WordPress and no one updated it. Forever. So I got rid of the plugin and just let Feedburner do the massaging of the RSS feed to make it work for podcasts.

But recently the guys at the ProMed Network suggested I use RawVoice for stats and when I went to look into setting it up, I found they use a newly updated WP Plugin called PowerPress. It seems to do all kinds of things and do them right. So I updated first the EMS podcast and then, since it worked so well, and having real stats was so great, I switched my photographer podcast over as well.

Couple of quick things I like. I used to use Audio Player to put a player in the post. It worked great, but I had to put in a tag to get it to work the way I wanted. With PowerPress, I don’t have to do it that way. Another thing PowerPress does is provide a download link in the player. I used to have to remember to add HTML to the end of every post just to do that. It was prone to not getting updated and point to the wrong MP3. Now it is handled automatically.

Subscribe To Comments

Subscribe To Comments lets people get an email if someone comments on a comment they’ve commented on. This helps drive by commenting bring people back.

Example: A potential reader sees a post via a friend from Facebook to my blog. They go read the post and have an opinion. They post a comment, then leave for parts unknown on the internet. I see their comment and say something in reply, maybe referring them to another post on the site of relevance. And that is the end, because they never go to my blog again.

Now have subscribe to comments installed. They post a comment and click the subscribe check box. Now when I reply they come back. Maybe reply back. Maybe look at the other post. Another chance is made to get them to subscribe or continue a conversation.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin puts a list of other posts it thinks are relevant under each post and it is pretty good. This give people a reason to stay and check more stuff out.

SexyBookmarks

Every blog needs a plugin that gives people things to click on that help share the post. The most important right now is Facebook.

SexyBookmarks is the best one I’ve found. It looks cool. It’s simple, and it hides a ton of options, but makes them there if the user wants them.

Misc Other

CommentLuv – because I think it gives people incentive to comment.
Dofollow – because comment spam is handled by moderation and I’m fine with Google crawling to commenter’s sites.
WordPress Database Backup – because 1 is none and 2 is one.

This post is part of my Better Podcasting series.

Carry Ready To Fire

Dr Piazza has an interesting and disturbing gunfight video posted on his blog today.

A few points I’d like to make after watching it.

First a break down of the armed citizens actions.

:07 – He gets shot. It appears he was hit as soon as the bad guys came in.
:08 – He moves, and gets a hand on the gun in under a second.
:10 – Gun is out and moving toward assailants. Then he’s hit again.
:11 – He’s got two hands on the gun and it up where he could see to fire. But he can’t because now he has to rack the slide to get a round in the chamber.
:12 – He’s racked twice and the slide locks back. And he’s shot again.
:16 – Its obvious his gun isn’t doing anything to the assailants, and they are just unloading into him. Then they walk up to him, kick him in the head and take it away.

#1 Carry Ready To Fire

He go the gun out and on target pretty fast. But then he had to get a round in the chamber. If you don’t feel safe carrying your pistol with a round in the chamber, ready to fire, don’t carry that gun.

Really. There is no reason, in this day and age, not to carry a weapon that is perfectly safe to carry ready to fire. And as we see here, it is the difference between life and death.

#2 The Fight Isn’t Over Till It is Over

This guy started out by getting shot and got shot multiple times. At least 3, more likely half a dozen. He was still pointing the gun at the bad guys. If it had been functioning he would have been inflicting damage.

Just because you get shot doesn’t mean you are dead. It also doesn’t mean you have to stop acting.

On the flip side, just because you shoot someone doesn’t mean they aren’t going to shoot back. Keep the fight going till you are sure they can’t shoot anymore.

#3 This Guy Was Really Pretty Good

Ultimately he probably died. But the fact is it was a poor choice of firearm and carrying that killed him.

He drew from concealment in under a second after being shot once. I think most CHL holders grossly underestimate how hard it is to just get their gun out from where they are hiding it and on target.

He got it up and both hands on it. If it had been functioning, he had a good platform to shoot from. He didn’t close his eyes, hold it with one hand and punch as he fired in the general direction of the assailants. At least not until the end.

There Was No Blood

This is more an EMS thing. We are taught to cut someone’s clothes of and look for the bullet holes, both entrance and exit. This guy got shot many times and in the movies there would have been blood everywhere. A big pool under him. But there was nothing. He was bleeding enough to lose consciousness in about 5 seconds, which is a lot of bleeding, but you couldn’t see any of it.

Cut the clothes off medics.