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Nov 14, 2006
I worked about half the day today working on my Podcasting techniques. I started by recording a chapter from a book that I have read several times.
I had previously recorded a lot of my own work and found the results to be better than I expected. However, when I recorded someone else's work (this was for my personal recording and not something I will ever publish, just doing it for the practice), I found it to be much more difficult.
- I did not know the words as well, even though I've read the book several times.
- The words did not read aloud as easily as some of my own words had(partly because my words had been cherry picked from writing that was more suitable for recording)
- I found it difficult to get into a good rhythm and to place the proper emphasis on words and phrases.
- Editing took about twice as long as it has typically taken for me with my own work.
But I learned oh so much more than I had yet. I found several flaws in my style and tone and emphasis that only showed evidence of existing when I was less suited for the work. I found that after practicing with additional chapters I was able to improve greatly.
Then when I went back to my own work the results were much much better. I suspect its kind of like learning to fly in a simulator and trying to compare that to flying a real plane only to go back and fly the simulator some more after getting some real world experience. When I was a kid, I always wondered why my dad was so good at Pole Position at the arcade. I didn't really learn why until after I learned to drive and went back to play driving games at the arcade. The real life skill teaches you so much more!