Late last week, I had found out about Odiogo which changes your blog text to speech (see my post on 8/11/2007) and had tried adding it to my blogs. At the time, I had a Google Blogger blog and a WordPress blog hosted on WordPress.com.
It worked just fine adding it to my Google Blogger blog, but it turns out there is no way to add it to a WordPress.com hosted blog. This was a big black mark against WordPress.com blogs in my opinion.
Since then, we have set up our own domain and I created a subdomain of my own (clear.bluedei.com) and set up my own WordPress blog on there and supposedly, it was possible to use Odiogo on a self-hosted WordPress blog so I created my feed and submitted my request to Odiogo and waited impatiently for my confirmation email to arrive from them.
It came this afternoon, so I then tried setting up Odiogo on my new blog. It was amazingly easy! I just downloaded the plugin from the link in the confirmation email, ftp’ed it to my wp-content/plugins subdirectory on my subdomain and set it up on my blog. Now I have an odiogo feed button on my sidebar so people can subscribe to my audio feed and each time I create a post, the odiogo ‘listen now’ button is automatically added to my post.
Here are the actual instructions that were very clear and easy to follow.
1. Download the plugin
2. Upload directory odiogo_listen_button to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory via FTP
3. Login to your WordPress admin account and activate the Odiogo Listen Button plugin through the Plugins menu
4. Click Menu Options > Odiogo Listen Button
5. Enter your Odiogo Feed ID and click Save
Your Odiogo Feed ID is xxxxx.
6. Click menu Presentation > Widgets (or Sidebar Widgets depending on your WP version)
7. Drag and drop Odiogo Subscribe Button from Available Widgets to Sidebar
8. Click Save Changes
Here is a link to the Odiogo FAQ page. I noticed that people have been trying to find out why their feeds were being cut off before they were done. You can find the answer on this FAQ page by looking under “How do I activate RSS full text option on…” and they have one for Typepad, WordPress and Blogger.
It is really a neat and useful tool and I’m very glad I can add it to my new blog.