You all know how critical I believe blogging is to the overall success of your business. One of the reasons blogging works so well is because you can use Rich Site Summary (RSS) to automatically deliver new blog content to subscribers via email or via a reader (like Feedly, the one I use). Well, today, I'm doing something I never thought I would do. I'm terminating my blog's RSS feed — temporarily.
The reason I made this decision is closely connected to anther business tool I strongly believe in — the podcast. Let me explain.
I Need to Add Hundreds of Pages to My Blog
I started podcasting in 2005 — before there was such a thing as podcasting. I used a service called Global Talk Radio, which charged me $400 a month to produce four live podcasts. My show was originally called the Lifestyle CEO Show. I later changed it to Indie Business Radio.
Today, as you know, it's Indie Business Podcast.
When Global Talk Radio folded, I quickly switched to Blog Talk Radio … which I never really liked.
I took a podcasting break in 2012, and returned in 2014 with a new Indie Business Podcast.
Since 2005, podcasting advanced by leaps and bounds. The technologies we now have now, including iTunes, didn't exist in 2005 when I started out. Back then, there was no easy way to host audio content online.
This left me with five years of amazing shows without a home, until now.
My team and I will be pulling my podcasts from the vault and uploading all of them — over 300 — to this blog over the next few months.
I am shutting down the feed because if I don't, 300+ blog posts would be delivered to your email or reader over the next few months, and you would hate me for that.
I decided that it was better to temporarily shut down the feed and add the content here, than to put the content somewhere else, or worse, never get around to publishing it at all.
What Will Happen Next
The feed will be temporarily suspended immediately, and post delivery should stop within the next 48 hours or so.
If you do not subscribe to this blog, this temporary change will not affect you.
If you subscribe to this blog via email, my blog posts will not be delivered to your inbox until we finish the project.
If you subscribe to this blog via reader, my blog posts will not be delivered to your reader until we finish the project.
I expect this project to take approximately three months to complete. In the meantime, you'll be able to continue to read my posts as they are published by visiting the blog, and via your favorite social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and others.
When we reactivate the RSS feed later this year, you will have access to my interviews with hundreds of amazing people who will help you be successful in business – people like Ali Brown (award winning entrepreneur), Lisa Price (founder of Carol's Daughter), Julie Aigner Clark (founder of Baby Einstein), Peter Montoya (personal branding expert), Bob and Melinda Blanchard (authors and restauranteurs;), Tamara Monosoff (author and serial entrepreneur), Warren Brown (author and Food Network star), and so many more.
While the interviews are dated, the ideas and inspiration my guests shared will encourage and empower you to think and play bigger as you build your own business.
I promise, it will be worth the wait.
Have you ever had to make the difficult choice to suspend some part of your website so you could improve it? What was that like for you? How did you do it? Was it worth it? Do share your experiences and feedback below, or share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.