So since I begin most of my streams of consciousness with the magical word, "SO...," I will this week as well.
So...last week I wrote a huge post on my 5 tips to get myself out of the infamous "Loop of Confusion." I wanted to do an audio version of that blog post, mostly out of convenience for you guys. If anyone is like me these days, we try to multitask while doing other things and it's easy to just click on an audio button and let the computer talk to you. Instead of listening to the news first thing in the morning, I look for something to listen to while I get my burpees on, do the dishes, put a load of laundry in and edit my to do list for the day. If the youtube suggested music doesn't get me, I opt for an audio version of...something easy, positive on my psyche, just not to attack my brain first thing.
Last Wednesday, I finished the written blog post and thought hautly, "how multi-media of me" to put an audio version link as an option for people to click on as well. I discovered my mac had a built-in memo recording feature and, I thought, well that's easy. Of course 5 practice recordings each of a 20 min written script later, I thought, well that WASN'T EASY. I clicked to finally edit and found you could only edit the start and end point of the recording. Here is where the Homer Simpson meme " Oof!" would come in. Now what? Well, I'm a flexible being...I'll just go to Quicktime Player! You can't stop me! (uh hum..let's just say that app was also just painfully too basic and needed another option to edit.
Now you do realize that as I was creating my business plan...I mean my masterplan, that I wrote down that I thought it would be "way cool" as my 'valley-girl' side would say, to do a podcast. I just thought it would be fun to try a "quick and easy" way to get out my thoughts without having to get dressed, put on makeup, get the 3 point lighting on point to create a youtube video to post, etc. I -thought -it -would -hap-pen- in the....fuuuuuture (in my staccato Ali Wong voice) .
Ok...so this next part is the "I can't believe it" part of the story, stream of conscious. So... I'll give you the same option I always give to my boyfriend: you can to skip to the end of my obvious monologue for the message of this long story. Feel free.
The future is well, always now, right? What they say is, don't stifle the flow. When you have flow, just go with it and be open.
What's the big deal Tyese...I mean it's just editing your voice so find an app to do it. 1 more hour later...
Yeah well...it's not just editing, but that A. to spend so much time on this -NOW...TODAY, was not the original plan! B. editing? I didn't realize my semi-perfectionist self would step in C. I would say that Anchor.fm "tricked me" into it but that's dumb to say. They are good at what they do...offering to record my voice for free, add free music...license free and as me clicking on the last step, them, agreeing to upload the cover art for me. And of course I was obliged to then....create the actually cover art....and a NAME for the podcast. What audacity! ...And to make me do it in one seating. I had other things to do... like watch you tube videos to help me procrastinate my day further and chips to eat while pondering the rest of my day. But no...because instead, this simple free program was easily taking me through the process even when I wasn't ...ready. Are we ever?
Anchorfm.com had probably the most fluid approach to the typical "I'll wait until next time" procrastinating creative lol. I definitely recommend it seeing how in less than 45 min it was all done up. Most of that time was me trying to edit what I was saying and deleting weird clips and starting over.
Now comes the tough part...the follow up ones.
Next tuned. The one blog a week plus a podcast challenge is in effect!