Trying to be an indie author is obviously rather competitive. So authors such as myself are driven to do a bunch of crazy stuff like post a whole gang of crazy Youtube videos that you recorded at two in the morning. Well, eventually, you look at those videos and how many views they’ve received and you think, maybe they’re doing more harm than good? Hmmm. Just maybe. Especially when people start telling you that they listened to them and you’re like NO! you listened to that?! I recorded that like a year ago.
So, this week I went on over to Youtube and logged in to both my accounts and deleted and made private a bunch of videos that weren’t getting the job done. This started me on a larger path to evaluate all my non-texted based internet content and really consider what I still thought was good and what I didn’t. As a few of you may remember, I used to have an iTunes podcast that was called Not from Concentrate. I must admit that it was called Not from Concentrate because I have an audiobook titled that and I didn’t want to pay a graphic designer to make two graphics.
Anyways, I dropped that podcast because I wanted to focus more on this blog and not necessarily brand myself as some sort of radio/DJ guy. So now I have all these audio essays, poems and short stories that I began sifting through this week. It’s an interesting process evaluating audio. You just sit there and listen and ask yourself: “Is this boring? Do I want to listen to the rest of this?” Which is tough because, as the author or speaker, you always have a decent idea of how each piece ends.
Audio has a great deal of untapped potential for authors and writers. For one thing, words weren’t invented on the page. They were invented in the mouth, in the ear and in the air. There’s an exceptional amount of potential for poetry to reinvigorate its popularity through the medium of podcasts, blogs or other social media.
Poetry, of course, if it’s done well, is meant to be spoken so we can better feel the cadence and the emphasis and the synergy of stressed and unstressed syllables. I could go on and on about that potential. Imagine the circles of Digital Signal Processing, Poetry and Social Media Distribution coming together in the center of a Venn diagram. I’m not just talking about recording poetry, or short stories for that matter. I’m talking about people attempting to make highly engaging media that could potentially give music, movies and video games a run for their money. And giving these institutions some competition speaks to my broader ambition of helping to make Language more competitive with Image in our modern culture.
If you’re reading this from my blog, you might notice that I’ve got two new pages featuring examples of my audio work in poetry and the short story. Please feel free to use those sharing buttons if you like what you hear. Thanks!