Our podcast change in direction also required us to leave our podcast network behind and go independent. So we built our tribe on our own site! The blog is an extension of our podcast episodes that make it easy for people to play an episode, without needing to use a podcast player, comment on the topic, and be able to search for our other thoughts on the same topic!
If you're making an independent podcast and a website extension of it you should look to this type of format.
We have our most recent episodes continually updating on the home page https://bunkerbuddies.org
Then within the blog page, our audience can filter by topic https://bunkerbuddies.org/blog
Finally on the blog post themselves we can embed a player for our show and links to subscribe.
These posts also get sent automatically to show subscribers giving them an update when there are new episodes. If they like the episode it is then easy for them to just forward the email (or link) to other people!
If you're looking at creating something similar and want some feedback, let me know!