Synchronicity is a great thing isn’t it? Weird too! I’d been thinking about blog audio for a while now and thought a post was kind of overdue when, all of a sudden, some new options came to my attention.
Hmmm, thinks I – maybe a post showing the options is in order here…
Essentially what happened was that I got informed, via two separate sources, about two new blog audio embedding applications on the same day – and this all tied in with my trying to create an online audio for a pal ‘down under’ – but more on that later – first things first…
If, like me, you have a ‘face for radio’ (but do I? See the video on this post).
But if you are not as ‘comely’ as me and you have decided that you want to post audios on your blog – or even become a blog audio only type person here are some of your options for embedding audio on a blog:
[N.B.For Audio Recording and Editing options see Addendum below this post]
The only audio plugin I recommend is the fab Audio Player Plugin – this requires you setting up a folder in your hosting account – best is yourdomain.com/audio and upload your .mp3 files there ( yep only MP3 files – no .wav’s or crap like that) and then link to them using code in your posts like this:
or, more likely, this:
and you’ll end up, all being well, with something like this:
also what’s very cool about this plugin ( did I mention that it’s free?) is that you can colorize every aspect of the Player to ‘meld’ into your site’s theme and style, hurrah!
2) Embed via Podcast Sites
On investigation I discovered this was a good way to waste a lot of time! While there are loads of podcast sites out there to which you can upload your audio files for SEO purposes it’s a bugger to embed a player into your blog so I wouldn’t bother. AND, even if you do find a podcast site that makes it easy, your audio will sit on their servers and so you will be vulnerable to potential advertising/bandwidth/ “send us your money!” issues.
3) I Like Easy Video Player
Because it does Audio too as below.
Lot’s of different Audio Player formats to choose from and you can, as I do, upload your videos and audios to Amazon’s Cloud Storage ( costs literally pennies!) so come the day your blog and amazing podcasts are featured on Oprah and the world beats a path to your blog it won’t explode!
BUT: One of the issues with embedding audios into a WordPress blog using Easy Video Player is that you want to post the ’embed’ code when in HTML mode in your WordPress post’s text box. If you switch to Visual mode at any stage this will break the embed code so be sure to save the embed code, in a text .doc, while writing and editing your post for easy reference should you inadvertently forget that – I often do!
TIP: If you are going to be adding lots of audio/video embed code to your posts it’s a good idea to turn off the Visual editor via: Users > Your Profile via your Dashboard left hand navigation bar.
4) Blog Radio
I came across BlogTalkRadio.com some time ago and, if you are thinking about having a regular ‘radio style’ show on your blog ( and on the BlogTalk Radio site they are very cool looking gizmo/players)…
You could, for example, post the embed code for the player above into your site’s sidebar widget area and your most recent show would show up but your visitors could click to listen to previous shows.
I was looking into doing this but I’d suggest that you need to be more disciplined than me in that if you say you are going to do a weekly show then you do so as listeners can sign up to be informed of your next show and it’s content. Also, of course, you could get sponsors if your show took off!
I might very well use BlogTalk Radio for a project I’m working on in the Dog Training market where I would interview an expert every month – working on that soon.
5) Posting ‘snippets’ of Audio on your Blog via an online application
Two funky online applications I came across recently, which are just for a bit of fun I’d suggest:
Vocaroo.com – simply record yourself and, when done, email the audio file to somebody or embed on your site as in…
A similar online application, albeit with a better looking interface ( and requiring free sign up) is AudioBoo: Far better than Vocaroo as you can upload an audio file ( that you’ve edited to get rid of crappy extraneous sounds, as in the Vocaroo audio above) + nice widget right?
While the online apps above are a bit of fun and podcasts can be great for ‘spreading’ the (spoken) word I’m a great believer in being in control of your own destiny ( and files) so Option #1 – The Audio Player plugin and Option #3 – Easy Video Player (ready for the day when you get famous and takes care of your video stuff too!) are the best as you are in total control of your content.
Plus with either of those you could have an online radio show on your blog. But BlogTalk radio does have a neat setup which easily allows visitors/listeners to access previous shows and subscribe for new ones.
P.S. Re those rather nice ‘Butler’ audios featured in some of the audios above they come from my ‘alarm clock’ available from the nice people at:
This, I know, has been a long post so maybe you should now have a little sleep… sleep… sleep…
As for recording/editing software and microphones: I did use the free open source software from Audacity which is fine, as it’s free, if you are just getting started.
I have also used Propaganda for quite some time now ( I’ve even bought it twice, when an old version was lost in a computer crash!). It’s about $47 but there is a free trial version – however you get ‘audio’ overlays on your free recordings with that i.e. randomly placed ads for the product.
I like Propaganda’s interface (see screenshot below) but I did find that my first version ‘crashed’ quite often – so far this hasn’t happened with my second purchase so was most likely the computer ( the one that died on me that I mentioned earlier) that caused the problem
Re microphones I just use one of those headset with microphone attached type thingamajigs – mine’s the Plantronics DSP-500 USB Headset from Amazon as I found desk microphones, to my cost, would pick up too much extraneous noise ( hard drives whirring, bird song, snoring dogs etc.)
Sure I’d love one of those ‘boom’ DJ style mic’s – it’s on my Christmas Wish list! See Amazon widget below…
What do you use? Which would you like to buy me for Christmas? Leave a comment below…