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Should Packing Heat pack it in?

From 2007-2009 I produced a writing podcast called Packing Heat. Much of the information is still relevant today.

There were technical difficulties. The podcast no longer streams through iTunes. They also no longer stream through the site where I have them archived, Packingheat.net. However, they are still available if you click the "download" link on each archived episode, right beneath the streaming players that no longer work. The archive is also searchable and contains extensive show notes.

I'm trying to figure out if I should keep these archived (even though they are not streaming properly) or just throw in the towel at this point. I have been going back and forth all week with a new host and it's a no-go. Earlier this year I went back and forth for over a month with the original host. I keep throwing time, money and effort at it, and the best I can do is to leave it where it is, not streaming properly, but still downloadable.

Is it worth keeping? Might any of you say, "Wow, hundreds of hours of audio content by JCP, how exciting! I'm putting some on my MP3 player right now!" In which case, I should probably just promote it better. I could put a post upfront explaining about the streaming and call it a day.

As an experiment, I'd love it if some of you tried to download an episode or two and see if the media is missing or not. I've successfully downloaded episodes 1, 2, 3 and 50 (Clare London's interview, one of my favorite eps!)

Here's the archive.

ETA: Thanks so much for the feedback! I'll post the workaround I've come to....


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Dec. 12th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
I never knew you had this, and even in the little bit of time I had on my (admittedly) late lunch today I could see that it would have value to me as an author. I wasn't able to access a lot, but yeah. What I saw only made me want to delve in deeper. Is there any way you can keep this archived, or maybe move the whole thing to AAO or a similarly open archive?

- Erulisse (one L)
Dec. 12th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Just downloaded Episode #85 and listening now :)

I don't write, but I first went to Packing Heat when I finished reading all of your books and was looking for any other JCP stuff to gorge on. I just thought it was interesting to find out what your writing process is. And then I saw some episodes which were more general/about creative process issues, which I really enjoyed.

Obviously if it's not financially viable then you shouldn't continue finding a host. I guess to me, I see the podcasts as part of your (internet) persona - you publish your own books, you have these podcasts, you wrote interesting posts for Jessewave etc. which is a big point of differentiation between you and lots of other authors whose only online presence is facebook/goodreads/etc?!

I don't know, I had too much caffeine this morning so prob talking crap ...
Dec. 12th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
If the archive isn't costing you an arm and a leg, I'd say leave it there as downloads only. I'm going to spend some time playing with it tomorrow!
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Well, I'd love to hear about any workarounds you have, because I've only managed to download a handful of eps :(. The rest of them tell me "unavailable" *grump*. I'll keep checking, because it may be a temporary error.

And I really think you should still promote them - as you said yourself, the topics are still really relevant.
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
Let me know more about which eps return an error. I seem to recall some did for me too, and yet yesterday when I tested, the four I picked all worked.

Another thing I can do is load the problematic episodes to a filesharing site and add a mirror link to the individual episode's post. Time consuming, yes, but better than nothing.
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