Last night, as I began my experiment in recording myself reading my posts, I discovered a few things:
- The last time I recorded my voice on purpose, Bill Clinton was president.
- At that time I had a professional studio at my command.
- The mic in my laptop sitting at my desk in a large room DOES NOT sound like a studio.
- The breath-guard on pro mics is distinctly useful.
- Without practice on a bad mic, my voice is monotonous and could put even hyperactive ADD kids on crack to sleep.
That being said, I did get the first one posted, and (as suggested) included a link to download the file offline for those that prefer to listen via a specific app instead of inline in the blog post. I used my “1827 Days” post as my guinea pig, I’ll continue to record and insert more over the next few days as I attempt to improve my process/technique/set-up.
I don’t think I’ll ever sound like Ira Glass or Frank Deford, but hopefully it will get a bit better than that first attempt. Nothing is ever perfect the first time you try it, and I’m ok with that.
The other day I was reading a blog linked from another blog that I read regularly, and a light went off. I instantly understood why I don’t post as much on Bad Pants as I did on Dead Charming. I think of my writing as articles and essays, not as posts. It’s hard to write essays and articles when you’re busy with your “day job” for twelve-plus hours a day.
Which reminded me that I’m now allowed to talk about my day job in my blog. The company that bought the company that I work for has a “uniform policy for personal internet communication, social media, and online networking” (and I deeply love the fact that they used the serial comma) which was distributed as both a .pdf and a printed brochure (which, frankly seemed redundant) during our onboarding process. Now that the rules about talking about my job are more clearly defined than “pull a Dooce and we fire your ass,” I’ll regale all (six) of you with a description of what I’m sure you will agree is the single most boring job description in the world. The job itself is FAR from boring, but describing it is like watching paint dry.
If you’re still awake, I CHALLENGE you to withstand…my job description!!! *dun dun dun*…