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polls: audio recordings of my posts? / opt-out for sex talk filter


icon: "curious (my face, looking straight forward with one eyebrow up and a sideways smile, head tilted down a little)"

Sometimes I read my posts out loud to Topaz while they're cooking or otherwise have hands and eyes occupied, and lately I was thinking about recording them for broader use. I'd like some feedback on the idea -- no one but me can see what you answered! I'm screening comments in case you want to give a private response but will unscreen unless you request otherwise.

How would you feel about my posts including an audio recording of me reading them aloud?

completely indifferent - I wouldn't play them, don't care
4(9.1%)
mildly curious - I might play them once or twice, but it's not likely to have a significant effect on me
24(54.5%)
pleased - I'd save them to listen to if I don't have time/space to read, or would enjoy them for another reason
11(25.0%)
put off - that sounds objectionable (reason in comments if you're willing)
0(0.0%)
other (comment with explanation if you're willing)
5(11.4%)

Oh, and I realized that those new to my LJ might like some context for the people in my life, so here is my most recent version of the characters in the story of my life. It does need updating, but it mostly has the people I reference often.

Oh! and I automatically add people to my sex talk filter. It's the only content filter I use, and I don't use it often but if I am talking about sexual experiences I friends-lock them if the person/people I am having sex with prefer it that way (as is usually the case). Here is your chance to opt-out:

wanna be on the filter?

yes
100(86.2%)
no
5(4.3%)
don't care
11(9.5%)


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Comments
feladrone ══╣╠══
I put mildly curious. I probably would play one or two, just to see what your voice sounds like. But I'm much more comfortable consuming media* in written form. My brain just seems to like it better.

But it would be cool to have a recording, since I would start reading your entries in your voice, if that makes sense.

I've had this happen before, Neil Gaiman is a writer who records his own audio books (not many authors do. It's a lot of work, and a totally different skill set than writing anyways.) I've read his books before, and in my head it was just kind of a neutral non-voice that I heard. But after hearing him speak I now hear all his books in his voice in my head, which is pretty cool.

So yeah, tl;dr it would be nifty but I would only listen to one or two, personally.

*I feel like there's a better phrase for that but I can't quite put my finger on it at the moment, lol!
belenen ══╣artless╠══
thanks for responding!

That's pretty interesting about Gaiman's voice in your head! you're actually the second or third person to tell me about having that experience, so I think it must be a common one.
cactus_rs ══╣thoughtful╠══
I'm cool with sex talk. I think if recording your entries makes you happy, go for it! I have trouble processing spoken word outside the context of a conversation or lecture (podcasts and audiobooks = Not For Me), so I prefer to read rather than listen.
belenen ══╣overwhelmed╠══
I totally know what you mean! I need to know the person's voice REALLY well or watch their face as they talk or I miss 10-40% of what is said. If there is ambient noise, I miss more like 30-70% and it becomes impossibly frustrating.
ghostwriter ══╣Me in Spirit╠══
Of course I would wish to be in your sex talk filter since that is a big part of who I am. Not in a way most people would think though.

A year ago I started to share audio recordings of my voice with a few friends on LJ as a alternative to letters, and its been wonderful. Audio carries with it so much emotion and I am curious to hear you read or talk about your thoughts. It would be quite special. For me I share folders on my dropbox with the friends I share them with.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Hm! I wish audio wasn't so difficult for me to make out. I just can't parse stuff well unless I know the person's voice and can watch their face. But I don't mind recording things for people who don't have this issue!
ecosopher ══╣╠══
I like the idea of recording your voice, but I wouldn't listen... only because I tend to find it hard to get time to listen to anything which requires my attention. There are always people around! So I'm often having to stop and start things and it just gets frustrating. One day I hope to have more quiet in my life.

I'm thinking about doing more voice posts using soundcloud. I really enjoy doing them and it's basically just as quick as writing (or quicker). I suppose getting round to it is another thing altogether ;)

As far as the sex filter, I'm fine with being on it, but I may not comment much. Heh, not that I'm much of a commenter at the moment anyway!
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
okie doke! thanks for explaining!
volamonster ══╣mushroom's dragon╠══
I would love that because it would add an additional dimension of you-ness to the experience of your writings!
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
aww *love*
kehlen_crow ══╣╠══
Mildly curious: I cannot listen to important things in the background of doing something else, so the time and effort listening would require will be about the same. But I would listen from time to time, because, like with your picture descriptions, it will help me understand you better: your emphasis so often is not the same as what I put into them, and what you write.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
ohhh, interesting! thanks!
kehlen_crow ══╣╠══
Oh, and I don't mind my answer being made public.
ragnarok_08 ══╣Original ★ and what next...╠══
I'd be interested into hearing audio entries, and the sex talk is fine by me.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thanks for responding!
meteorology ══╣books╠══
I said "mildly curious". I enjoy listening to people's voices and particularly certain accents. I might not always listen to them, but if I'm tired of reading, or attempting to multi-task, it might be a nice alternative option to have.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
cool, thanks for the response!
dreamwriteremmy ══╣╠══
We clicked curious but we're usually pretty ok with audio options for posts.

As to the second poll it's saying I can't view it. Our answer is don't care we're never really picky one way or another about sex/NSFW filters as long as they're at least tagged or AC flagged, so I can skip as necessary.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
thanks for the response!
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
I ticked pleased because I would LOVE that. I love to hear people's voices and listening to you read your posts would be useful for me because I'd be able to hear your intended tone exactly.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
oh yay! thanks!
fyrebard ══╣╠══
Listening to audio with words makes me anxious sometimes. Honestly, I think my hearing might be going because I don't enjoy anything that doesn't also have captions (reading the captions is awesome because I know I'm not missing anything). But I think it might be best to do it if it will please you and not because others are NEEDING you to do it, because writing has always been an awesome outlet for you, and I don't want you to feel like you have too much pressure to just write freely anymore.
belenen ══╣pensive╠══
thanks for the thoughtful response! I think that I definitely won't do it often, but I may occasionally. If I made it a rule for myself I'd post like 1/10th as often, so I shan't do that.
on communication, social justice, intimacy, consent, friendship & other relationships, spirituality, gender, queerness, & dreams. Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.
Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.