I admire Esmé Wang and her Radical Sincerity. She's da bombest bomb to explode in my blog world lately. Have you guys heard her on The Jess Lively Show? The banter between Esmé and Jess was fluid and the interview was like of an overheard conversation, and it was fun to be a fly on the wall. I hope you check it out, and I hope you visit Esmé site --- it's a jewel (designed by the one and only Jo Klima). I love Esme's writing and her candid demeanor! I know I'm gushing, but her perspective is refreshing.
Esmé wrote about accessibility and how important it is to provide content in various formats. Though she was talking about providing transcripts for audio and video files, the inverse applies, and Esmé provides audio files for her blog posts. I think she's onto something. Think of your readers who commute by public transportation. If they normally read your blog to pass the time on the train or on the bus, wouldn't it be great if they could just press play and hear you read the post? They wouldn't have to strain their eyes to read the text on their phones, and even if they were in front of their computers, wouldn't it be awesome if they could move the browser to the background and just listen? Anyway, I gave this a try and created audio editions of several of my old posts (here and here). I just read them straight up, and I know I sound like I'm just reading them, but oh, well.
I use Garage Band to record and edit my audio files. Garage Band comes pre-installed on Macs. For Windows users, you might want to check out Audacity or even Sound Editor. I don't know anything about what you guys on the Windows side of the fence have to work with, but I imagine that a Youtube query would turn up plenty of good audio resources. Getting back to Garage Band, I made a short tutorial about how I use it to record, edit, and export my audio files and you're totally welcome to check it out in the screencast above. Here are the basic steps:
- Open Garage Band
- Select New Project
- Select Podcast
- Press Choose
- Name your project file and press create
- Double click on either Male Voice or Female Voice
- Choose Podcasting or Vocals on the right-side panel and select an effect
- When you're ready, hit the red button to record. Press the space bar on your keyboard to stop recording.
- To make some cuts, go to the bottom panel and use your mouse to select segments and then hit the delete key to cut them out.
- To save, select Share and Export podcast to disk.
I got an email from Christina asking which mic I'm using. I have the Samson C01U Pak, which comes with a mic, a stand, and a case. I bought a pop filter, too. You can get the mic by itself if the pak is too much. The set is a substantial investment, but the sound quality is great and totally worth it.