If you’re a long time reader you probably realize that I’m camera shy and that I don’t often appear in photos on my own damn blog. On top of being camera shy, I feel like I am a terrible conversationalist so making a video was an interesting process. Even so, I found it strangely therapeutic.
So, for better or worse – this is the voice of the person you’re reading here.
When you’re reading through your list of favorite bloggers each day, if you’re anything like me you begin to paint a picture of what the author is like in their daily life. Part of that is imaging the sound of their voice, their laugh and their accent.
There are nuances and personality traits that you don’t pick up on until you see and hear a person as their fully animated self. Some people write in a different, less conversational voice than the one they speak with. I am often surprised when I finally do hear someone I’ve been reading.
Last week I re-listened to Ara from The Oasis of my Soul on the Wheelnerds Podcast. This was just after finishing his book Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash. The Ara that I’d built in my mind and read as the voice in book was so different from the person talking on the podcast.
While reading Richard’s blog – you get to hear him speaking on his videos. His accent is not like I imagined. Even though he’s from Alaska for whatever reason, before hearing it on video I read his posts with a more Canadian-sound.
After meeting Kathy from ToadMama.com I was surprised by how sweet and lady-like her voice is. She could tell you to fuck right the hell off and you probably wouldn’t even know you’ve been insulted.
Leslie over at ADVGrrl talks on video all the time! I don’t know how she does it. She so casually and comfortably just tells you about what she’s seeing around her wherever she goes. This is a skill I wish I could possess.
As for me? I don’t have an accent.
It would be kind of awesome if some of the motorcycle blogging community would post a video so that we could hear their voice. Maybe a video introducing yourself or answering a question someone posted to your blog? Or just general rambling about you, your day, your motorcycle, I don’t know. When all else fails there is always the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
What do you think? Are you in to it? Would you post a video that features your voice on your blog? If you will – leave a comment below so we know where to find you. I’ll tack the blog names into this post.
I’m shy and terrible at talking (but I don’t want to be) which is probably why you’re here reading this instead of sitting in my livingroom. Maybe you can ask me a question or give me something to recite in a comment below?