Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Opinions?

I don't know why it didn't occur to me until today. I mean, I've been recording podcasts for The Tarot Connection for a while now, I have a sweet new mic for the computer, I like talking, so why not offer audio readings? Email readings have their benefits, too. If your computer cannot handle a rather large mp3 download, maybe an audio reading isn't the best option. A lot of email programs won't even allow such large attachments. In which case, I could upload the audio file onto a file storage site and direct you to it to download. Hmmm...I need to test this out some more. But I think an audio reading may personalize the reading more and give a different feel to it. What do you all think? Are audio files a doable format for most folks these days? What do you feel are the pros and cons of email versus audio readings?

Feedback appreciated!

Thanks!

15 comments:

Onyx said...

I have had this thought before as well. It certainly would be interesting. I have heard of even video readings with a webcam posted on to Youtube.com as well.

It may be the wave of the future. I wonder if you could charge more for a audio/video reading?

Onyx.

ardeth blood said...

Great idea. Skype works too and it can be a live reading.

Dogh Quch said...

You can always use a AAC file instead of a Mp3. Tune it for voice quality and you will have a file with 1/3 the size of a Mp3.

And yes, Skype sounds good!

Suzanne said...

The coaching community (coaching training, coaching certification) does the audio thing all the time (see the International Coach Federation or Coaching Commons sites for more info). The posting on a file storage site (that's secure) sounds like the best plan. Among coaches, Audio Acrobat seems to be the preferred provider - but there is a cost to it. I'm sure there are free options out there as well

Suzanne said...

oh yes - and audio is way cooler than email - esp since you have a recognized podcast personality voice.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great idea.
You can upload large files at many places for free now a days. Rapidsahre.com is popular.

You can keep the bit rate of the audio low to keep the size of the file small. Most people have high speed internet (usa) so downloading wont be a problem.

have you thought of doing youtube videos?

Ginny said...

Are AAC files read by most common computer media players?

Are any of the free file storage sites secure? I will look into Audio Acrobat.

There are options for live readings, Skype, even Yahoo Messenger has webcam capabilities, but I'm not looking to do live readings right now.

Videos would be great, and I'm considering some instructional tarot videos, but I would definitely need a better digicam. My webcam SUCKS.

So I take it audio readings are a plus...keep the feedback coming, please...I'm technically challenged, but always ready to find answers toward a solution.

ardeth blood said...

I am a computer dummy all I know is I have a Mac. LOL. But I look forward to things once you have everything set up.
Again this is a great idea.

Jota Olliveira said...

Ginny its wonderfull. Hear a reading is better than read it. As I see up there, you can do the Sound File in ACC or ACC+ as well, this format is softter than MP3. It isn't a such perfect experience of audio but for the purpose it's perfect.

Good luck!

Jason said...

Hi Ginny,

I think this is a wonderful idea! I think I have listened to almost all your podcasts on Tarot Connection. You have a great voice and a great descriptive style! You might consider including a photo of the spread so the listener could look at the cards while you are talking.

How big would the audio file be? I am interested being a 'Ginny' (Guinea) pig :) I will pay of course. Send me a paypal request for payment and I will honor it.

Cheers,
Jason

Little Swallow said...

Certainly I think that someone's ability to choose what works best for them is important -- but if it were me, I would totally prefer an audio file! Also, I like Jason's suggestion to add a video so that they can follow along.

Another option, similar to a phone-reading option: I've given readings to a few friends using Skype (because I'm in China, and they're not). One can use video chat and show people their cards, which, while not as good quality as a photo would ever be, is still a really neat and interactive way to do a long-distance reading.

David Alan Richards said...

You could play music in the background.

Anonymous said...

You mentioned Tarot Connection.Whatever has happened to that podcast?..I was a faithful listener, and then after february, nothing. I hope all is well with her.

Ginny said...

Leisa's a busy woman and usually has several irons in the fire. :) I'm sure she will be podcasting again when she has the time.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.

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