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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Audio Version of Merikay Remembers

Now what is she doing?








Last November I started a second blog Merikay Remembers as a place to  write a series of little stories about my childhood for my grandchildren.


Years ago,  I had helped my own mother use a book of questions to put together her stories.


  For Mother's day, last year, my daughter gave me a similar guide book, and I decided it was time to start working with it.


About the same time Kim Miles  was experimenting with doing audio versions of her blogs.  She used the free trial of a service from the internet.  (I just checked her blogs from then and see the audio tracks are no longer working.)


 I really thought it was a neat idea.  Craig told me I didn't need a "service" to make audio files, and he could show me how to do it.


Well, in our usual way we got busy and five months have slipped by.  The other night I asked him about it again and between the two of us we figured it out.


  Using the Garage Band application on my lap top I am able to record podcast files in an MP3 format.  I went to the Help link on Blogger and learned how to put them into my posts. 


To do this, I had to either  subscribe to a service like Kim had, or  host the podcasts  myself. 


Since we have a nice big web site, that worked for me, and Craig showed me how to do it.


I don't intend to make podcasts of this blog any time soon, but I think it is a neat addition to my little stories. Most of the MP3s are only a minute or so long.


If you'd like to see how it's working there is an Audio link at the bottom of each of the stories on Merikay Remembers .  There is also a link to that blog on my side bar just under the labels cloud.


Now that I've got it figured out I hope to create a story or two each week to build the collection.  Eventually I will burn the podcasts to a CD for my great grand children, and have the blog posts printed as a book or ebook.  gotta be modern.


The answer to the question posed at the beginning of this post is that I'm recording an MP3.


Craig said they sounded to tinny and echoey, so I put a blanket over myself to make a recording chamber!





8 comments:

  1. Merikay, that is so neat. What a gift for your grandkids. And your "recording studio" seemed to work great - sound quality was just fine. Cool idea.

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  2. Wonderful! How creative! I hope your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren enjoy this for years to come. How about a movie with you reading? Maybe you've already done that - I guess I'll be spending lots of time reading your other blog today. I think it is a fascinating ideaA!

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  3. I gots to agree that is a great thing yer doin' with them recordings for posteriority. It's amazing what someone who creates animal heads fer a livin' can come up with in there spare time.

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  4. Your recording studio is a real hoot! At first I thought that was a picture of some furniture you had covered up to do some more painting. Okay, now I'm going to check out your other blog. :)

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  5. Neat idea, Merikay! I like your recording studio too!

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  6. That s wonderful! I need to figure that out and do some of it myself. I've already written the "memoires," but this would be good for some of the shorter, fun stories. Thanks for the idea!

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  7. I wondered what that picture was! Now I see the recording studio. You are so smart and creative! What a great idea. Isn't technology great??!!

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  8. You are one talented woman! Tell that Craig that he's a pretty smart guy too! I think it's terrific what you are doing for your future generations.

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