13 things I learned while participating in Febooary

If you read this blog, you know that I’ve been participating in the Audioboo Febooary challenge, where we post a boo every day during February. I link my Audioboo account to my blog, so that people who read here can listen. The post below this is an example of a boo, Audioboo embeds them here, but they’re also on the site itself. I’ve been wanting to get back into doing Thursday 13 for a while, and so if I can come up with 13 things, here’s a list of things I’ve learned while doing Febooary.

  1. I learned how to keep it short, (well… under 3 minutes, anyway.) I think I hit the 3 minute limit twice while recording the very first boo.
  2. It never fails, earbuds will fall out during recording!
  3. No matter how many takes I do, it will never be perfect. I might be able to eliminate that belching sound in the middle, or the spitting on the phone with multiple takes, but it will never be perfect.
  4. Anything you can do to reduce interference from the phone is not only wanted, it’s a necessity, (thus, the earbuds.)
  5. By all means, do not hit the phone, (please!)
  6. if you absolutely have to navigate, and you aren’t wearing earbuds, do it as fast as you can, (so that we don’t have to listen to every step you take. If you’re wearing earbuds, put the phone as far from your face as possible, (in your lap if you can,) so that what you’re hearing won’t be recorded.
  7. Earbuds make a lot of extra noise, therefore, I try to sit as still as possible. If I’m sitting in the wrong position though, that’s hard.
  8. I usually hold the phone right to my face while I’m recording, it’s important to try not to move it.
  9. Recording after 10:30 at night will always warrant multiple takes.
  10. Sometimes I just have to say, “you get what you get,” and publish the thing.
  11. I do better if I have a question to answer.
  12. If I don’t like the question, I do better if I make a list of 3-4 things to talk about, that way I have a plan.
  13. I’d sound a whole lot better if I could use the Audioboo site to record. As of the beginning of February though, I can’t give it the permissions it needs. I don’t like the way I sound when I use the app, but that’s what I’m stuck with.

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