Video Issues With My Blog

I’ve been perplexed by an issue with my blog. Every time that I’ve embedded a clip from YouTube, Vimeo, ESPN, or another similar site it hasn’t shown up in my RSS feed. If you read my blog by going to my domain in a web browser this is not a big deal because you’ll see the video with no problems (most of the time). If you’re like me, however, and you prefer to read blogs with a service like Google Reader or Bloglines (or if you read my “notes” on Facebook, which is just an RSS feed of my blog in reality) it is a big deal because the clips don’t show up. The videos can show up in RSS feeds, I’ve seen it on other blogs in my Google Reader, they just don’t using the default embed coded that YouTube spits out.

I’m not the only person who has had this problem, though, so it’s not just me and my lack of technical know-how. Bernie Zimmerman wrote about this on his blog:

However, when YouTube videos (or other videos from services like Viddler, Vimeo, etc.) are embedded in this way, they are ignored by Google Reader and simply do not show up in the Google Reader interface.

I found a WordPress (the software that runs my blog) plugin that MIGHT fix this problem called VideoWarrior. Below is my first attempt at posting a YouTube video using it. If it shows up for you in an RSS reader/Facebook let me know and we’ll rejoice together. If not, I’ll keep searching for an answer.

[UPDATE: It didn’t work.]

Here it is:

Changed My Comment System…Again!!!

It was just over two months ago that I changed my blog’s commenting system from the default WordPress system to Disqus. I had seen quite a few sites that were using Disqus and I really liked the built in interactivity that it has. But I decided to make the switch to IntenseDebate.

The reason was simple. The parent company that owns WordPress, which is what this blog is based on, had acquired IntenseDebate late last year. I guess I should have just used it when I implimented Disqus originally, but I didn’t really think much about it. I imagine that it will at some point become the built-in commenting system, but for now it’s just a plugin on my site.

Human3rror has a post over on his blog listing 13 reasons why he likes IntenseDebate (scroll down to read them).

If you’ve got experience with IntenseDebate please share them in the comments!