New Blog Feature!

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Posted on / by Alex Berger

*EDIT* I’ve updated the “Feeling Lazy?” text with an embedded flash player to make listening easier. Please note that the audio version of this post does not reflect this change.

Intro Audio

Hello all, I’m thrilled to announce a new addition to the site. In an effort to continue to expand the usability of the blog while taking full advantage of available technology I’ve made the decision to offer audio versions of my posts. The audio is in .mp3 format and can be streamed off of the site and/or downloaded.  While I’ll most likely add a master library later down the road, the audio versions of my blog posts are currently only accessible from the actual blog posts themselves.  If there is an audio version of the post available you should see the “Feeling lazy?  Listen to this post.” text before the start of the post.  Simply click the link and the file should open in your default audio player.

Since this is something new, and fairly different than standard blogging practice I’d appreciate your feedback.  Please post it as a comment in response to this thread.  Did the audio work? Were you satisfied with the quality? Will you be using the audio versions?  Other thoughts and feedback?

Thanks!

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

8 Comments

  • Austin
    July 24, 2008

    I listened to your audio file and I like it! I would be more likely to listen to a really long post, than to read it.

    My only suggestion would be to implement a flash player into the post to streamline playback.

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  • Austin
    July 24, 2008

    I listened to your audio file and I like it! I would be more likely to listen to a really long post, than to read it.

    My only suggestion would be to implement a flash player into the post to streamline playback.

    Reply
  • Glenn
    July 24, 2008

    The sound quality was quite good and the plug-in is awesome please post a link to it.

    I had my doubts about it at first but I think the audio posts will really help since your style of blogging is rater wordy. 🙂

    Now I can just browse over to your site and play the audio and then keep working in a new browser tab.

    Nice work Alex.

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  • Glenn
    July 24, 2008

    The sound quality was quite good and the plug-in is awesome please post a link to it.

    I had my doubts about it at first but I think the audio posts will really help since your style of blogging is rater wordy. 🙂

    Now I can just browse over to your site and play the audio and then keep working in a new browser tab.

    Nice work Alex.

    Reply
  • Alex Berger
    July 24, 2008

    Thanks Austin (www.austinhamilton.net) for suggesting the plugin. The one I’m using can be found here:
    http://www.1pixelout.net/code/audio-player-wordpress-plugin/

    I’m eager to record some of my travel journal entries. Should bring them to life.

    Once I test the system out I’ll probably add a tab on par with my photography one above with links to downloadable versions of the .mp3 files.

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

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  • Alex Berger
    July 24, 2008

    Thanks Austin (www.austinhamilton.net) for suggesting the plugin. The one I’m using can be found here:
    http://www.1pixelout.net/code/audio-player-wordpress-plugin/

    I’m eager to record some of my travel journal entries. Should bring them to life.

    Once I test the system out I’ll probably add a tab on par with my photography one above with links to downloadable versions of the .mp3 files.

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    Reply
  • Pugherngete
    December 20, 2008

    The good resource should be brought in bookmarks

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  • Pugherngete
    December 19, 2008

    The good resource should be brought in bookmarks

    Reply

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