Uploading 260+ shows to the IA, one at a time


Rubenerd Show 262 Rubenerd Show 234

I've been talking for a long time about moving my site completely over to Segment Publishing and the Rubenerd Show audio files over to the Internet Archives. I've been putting the latter off though because I knew I would be manually repeating the following procedure… OVER 260 TIMES.

  1. Uploading each audio file and associated cover art file individually
  2. Copying and pasting the descriptions from the Rubenerd Show site
  3. Transcribing the date created (versus date uploaded)
  4. Painstakingly translating the descriptions into tags
  5. Tag each file with the appropriate Creative Commons licence
  6. Go back to the show’s RubenerdShow.com post
  7. Modify each MP3 URL to point to the new Archive.org address
  8. Modify each enclosure podcast MP3 url to point to the new Archive.org address
  9. Add the tags I created before to my own site

This weekend I finally slammed my fist down on the table and started taking action! Uploading over 260 episodes of the Rubenerd Show — individually — will take forever and will probably result in me going completely insane, but I'm charging ahead while I have a few spare days.

After doing a couple I realised the amount of work this would entail and I started having doubts, but now I figure I've gone this far now so there's no turning back! The question then becomes… what have I got myself into?!

Below is my progress so far, and I've only scratched the surface. Something tells me I won't be leaving the apartment for a week or so given it's taken me a day to upload 29 (to be fair I was doing other things too). Actually at that rate I'll be done in just over a week, exactly 8 days to be precise. Perhaps if I skip eating and taking one shower a day instead of three or four I might be able to reduce that down to 5 or 6 days.

26x episodes

25x episodes

24x episodes

23x episodes

Now if you'd excuse me, I'm off to put a few dozen litres of heavy duty eye drops in!

Am I crazy? Sheesh!

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