03.25.12

kindergarten, spoken word poetry, and the one where everyone is insecure about the sound of their own voice even though no one else gives a shit, like, at all

The other day I realized that, come July, I will have been blogging for 5 years. FIVE YEARS. You guys, that’s the age of a kindergarten child. Can you believe that? MY BLOG IS ABOUT TO HAVE ITS FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN! GOLDFISH CRACKERS AND FINGER PAINTING FOR EVERYONE!

It’s insane to me that I’ve been sharing my life online for the past five years, and it’s even more insane to think that some of you have been with me that entire time. I mean, the internet is weird, right? Like, we have so much access to each other, and there are so many blogs I’ve read and loved for years and years, and yet I’ve never met or even talked to most of the people behind the avatars. I’ve met some of you, of course, through Bloggers in Sin City and tweetups and random trips around the country, but there are still so many people whose online lives I’m a part of but whose voices I’ve never even heard.

Which brings me to my main point: Isn’t it strange that we have no idea what each other’s voices sound like? I don’t know about you, but I love having a voice and a face to put together with the words on a blog, and I find that I enjoy reading someone’s writing so much more when I can actually hear their voice inside my head.

That’s what I like most about audiobooks and spoken word poetry, I think. There’s an added element of personality that comes from being read to, and I’ve been thinking about how much fun it would be to start a spin-off of this in the blog world. Not spoken word poetry, per se, but how about Spoken Word Bloggery? A chance to go back through your archives, pick a post, record yourself reading it aloud, and then share it on your blog. Man, I’d love if people did that.

But seriously, you guys, LET’S DO THAT. I know, I know, you don’t like the sound of your own voice. Guess what? ME EITHER. Guess what again? NO ONE ELSE EVEN NOTICES THE WEIRD SHIT YOU’RE INSECURE ABOUT BECAUSE THEY’RE TOO BUSY BEING INSECURE ABOUT THEIR OWN SHIT.

Got it? Good.

And, now that we’ve covered that, I’ll even go first by publishing an audio recording of a post I wrote back in January 2011 about my ridiculous mother and her ridiculous funeral demands:

OKAY. WHO’S NEXT?

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

LynnDee March 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Omg I loved this. How did you record it? Ps. I’m pretty sure I read that blog post…it’s even better read out loud.

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nicole antoinette March 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

Ha, thanks!! I recorded it with GarageBand and then uploaded it via SoundCloud. Super easy!

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suki March 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Wow, this blog is wayyyy better read aloud. Will you please make a podcast? :P

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Taylor March 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I would listen to an audiobook, narrated by you. Like, any book.

I agree, podcasting would be fun!

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Sid March 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

OMW. Your voice. I’d just never imagined it THIS way. You sound so professional. Like THIS is what you should be doing. Recording audiobooks and being on TV.

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AshleyD March 26, 2012 at 5:02 am

Okay, now I have to try this. You always come up with the best ideas! The best!

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Peter March 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

Fun idea.

Think I’ll do it tomorrow with my post over at:

http://extraordinarygentlemen.net/

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Peter March 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

That comment came across spammier than planned.

But, seriously, fun ass idea.

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chaia March 26, 2012 at 5:22 am

Thats fucking awesome. I want to try now.

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megabrooke March 26, 2012 at 5:38 am

Love this! Your voice is totally not what I had in my head of what you sound like! So much fun to put a voice with a blog. I will definitely try this! How’d you record it?

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Laura March 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

Your voice is so different than I expected! I don’t know why I had such a concrete idea of what I expected your voice to sound like considering I’d never heard it, but I did, and it’s refreshing to have a real one to take the place of the one I made up.

I’ve got some voice-overs for the videos my boyfriend and I have collaborated on. Unfortunately, only half of them are available on my blog because the other half are being published through Katachi, an iPad magazine. Which is awesome, but also sad because I can’t direct people to them.

Also, I would subscribe to your podcast. So you should get on that.

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brandy March 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

Love you, love the idea. Also, this made me giggle thinking of not recording posts but recording some of my favourite emails to share, and then I realized how inappropriate that would be. Especially the ones that mention PDW’ing or the ones that are CAPS ATTACK BECAUSE SOMETIMES THINGS JUST NEED TO GET LOUD.

Also, thank you for your support with Flo Rida. I sang out loud today with no shame.

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Jas March 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

I was debating on making video blogs of older posts, but this is so much simpler. Like an audio book from your favorite bloggers. I loved the story – having a recorded version made it that much better.

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Heather March 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

I soooooo want to do this!!! Great to hear your voice!! Love love love!!

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jobo March 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

I HATE hearing my own voice but like you, love a voice to a face too! This was fun to hear. Reminded me of BISC way back in 2010 ;-)

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Mary March 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

This is amazing. Brilliant idea!

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Sara March 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

There needs to be a Shatterboxx podcast where people come on and ramble about design and food. I’d listen. :O)

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ameena March 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

bah, i miss your voice.

also, amazing amazing idea. LOVE.

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Jena March 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

This… is… AWESOME

I can’t even begin to explain how truly awesome this is. Of course now I want to do it, but then again I’m paranoid about hearing my voice. That and I’m really unsure what to say anyway, but I guess I could try it before I knock it right?

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Cate March 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love this! Great idea :)
I don’t write a blog but if I did, I would do this.
xx

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Melissa White March 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

OMG – you are incredibly adorable. And, you have a wonderful voice – even when ranting! ;)

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Melissa White March 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

Where is your book deal?! Coming !!!!

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Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

So…you’re a genius and I will force everyone in mylife to listen to this and prove to them that my idea of recording all my posts instead of writing them is not insane! I know, I know, how can I be an aspiring blogger if I hate to write?! Well, you just proved the spoken word is much more appealing. Thanks for inadvertently having my back, Nicole!

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Mrs. One Day March 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Bahahaha! “Get your fucking clothes out of everyone else’s way!” This is great. I so need to do this on my blog. I think I will follow your lead!

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Paula March 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I did a vlog once and never wanted to do one again because i hated both my voice and accent so no audio stuff from me – if you really want to hear me you can go here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9jBeBU_H2o for that horrid vlog where I somehow am talking sober about absolute crap like what I bought that day…

I am interested to hear everyone else’s actual “voice” though…

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katelin March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

haha it’s funny hearing you read this because i’m like yep, that’s how that post should sound. just like nicole.

maybe i’ll go back and read a post from a few years ago because hell i’m almost to five years too and i don’t even know what gems are hiding in there.

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Jessica March 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Mostly, I like that even you have a making-fun-of-your-mom voice. And when I say “even you,” it makes you sound really famous and unattainable. Which, when you think about it, is sort of awesome. You’re welcome.

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Chelsea Talks Smack March 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

omg. the good news is that I already do this and have several recorded, I do this- cause i’m a fucking weirdo who does shit like this. Uploading later tonight. LOve.

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Alexis March 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

That is perfect.

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Jaime March 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Holy shitballs, the way you say ‘fuck’ makes my life.

Also — “NO ONE ELSE EVEN NOTICES THE WEIRD SHIT YOU’RE INSECURE ABOUT BECAUSE THEY’RE TOO BUSY BEING INSECURE ABOUT THEIR OWN SHIT.”

Yes. Yes. Yes. A milllion times yes.

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Alexis March 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Doing this.

You’re the raddest, please come to Florida.

xoxo times a bajillion.

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Arielle March 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I am totally doing this as soon as my roommates go to sleep because I’d rather not have them hear me rant and rave in my room to NO ONE. If people send you links, are you going to compile them or something so we get a nice big list of lots of people speaking their blog posts? That would be wonderful. You know, because I’m sure you have a ton of time on your hands to do that. So maybe not.

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nicole antoinette March 27, 2012 at 6:22 am

How about everyone leaves a link to their post in the comments? Then they’ll all be in one place!

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Amanda March 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I love this. I love it especially, because it highlights exactly what I love about your blog which is that it reads exactly like talking to you, which brings you to the moment when I met you and was all like “THIS IS JUST LIKE HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR BLOG!” Which…is awesome. Also, I want to do this. It seems like an excellent way to procrastinate all the actual work I have to do.

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doniree March 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

I LOVE this and knowing how you talk definitely influences the way I read your blog. I’m in!

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doniree March 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

OH! And if you want something else to post that shows how you talk/rant and your mannerisms… do we still have that video of you calling Matt when Rachel, Drea, you and I were on our way to Vegas and you’d just gotten that ticket? Because THAT is gold.

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Arielle March 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Linda March 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I don’t know why I’m so surprised that you read it better than when I read it as you in my head.

Does that make sense?

Happy to have met you in Austin and looking forward to hearing your voice in person again in May!

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Lauren Michelle March 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

Oh, that would be so cool! Especially since I’ve been wanting to start a vlogging club for us bloggers out there. I wilk have to rummage through all my posts now to find the best one. This will be awesome sauce.

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Meghan March 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

OMG. I had to do it over like one million tries since I kept messing up and needing to take sips of wine to wet my throat. Here it is! http://www.momanddem.com/2012/03/29/the-voice-of-an-angel/

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Amber March 29, 2012 at 11:55 am
Lauren Michelle March 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Well, I did it. I read a post…aloud. And put it on You Tube. Hopefully, I won’t regret it. –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgq7P5zLBF4&context=C4b0df35ADvjVQa1PpcFMLu_UFn0P_NLo7MHsFs11EkBAvYEy-So8=

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Nikita March 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I did it! And since you inspired this blog post – and because I wanted an excuse to curse on my uber professional blog – I chose the one I quoted you in! Love love love this challenge. I’m getting closer to getting rid of my fear of video blogging.

http://nikitatmitchell.com/2012/01/living-a-double-life

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Mikael March 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Yep, pretty sure I read that blog post back in the day. ;)
What a cool idea! Ever since I met you last year, I love coming to your blog even more than I did before because I knew how you sounded! You already have a really distinct writing voice, so it really is awesome to put it together.
I would have no idea which blog to read out loud. So… I’ll think about it and get back to you. Haha!
xoxo

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Rachel Lee March 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

Duuuuuude that was awesome. It was like a phone call. Only not on a phone. And not a conversation. Basically, not like a phone call at all. BUT STILL it was cool.

Also, I think the blog world needs more your mom stories. Has she realized yet that your phone app will not redecorate her house?

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Juliana April 2, 2012 at 6:40 am

I vote for a podcast!

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Jo-Anne April 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Ok I poped over from someones blog and silly me closed the tab and now I can’t remember who it was oh well not important I guess anyway this was cool and brought up a memory of doing laundry while on a cruise and have some idiot leave their clothes in the first the washing machine then the dryer it was so bloody annoying……………….moveing on to someones ashes well both my parents want to be buried so not a problem I will have that said my husbad wants his ashes to be sprinkled around the base of Ayers Rock then he changed his mind and wanted me to fly over the rock and tip his ashes over ………..me I just agreed why because he will be dead and will not have any idea what I am doing with his ashes. Ok he will be still hanging around even after his dead and buried no not buried burnt up so maybe he will know but he will not be able to nag me about it so all good

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Big L April 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

LOVE this idea! And I’m with some of the others…somehow your voice is different than I was imagining. That’s so weird and creepy and exciting all at the same time.

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Jenna April 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

WOOT. Did it! This was so fun. I may just speak ALL of my blog posts from now on!

http://www.splendidreally.com/2012/04/06/the-one-where-i-met-olivia-munn/

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Melanie April 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

I like it sooooooo much better with a recording! Awesome story-telling voice!

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Valorie April 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

When listening to this, I realized that this is not at all what I imagined your voice sounding like when I read your posts in my head. Not a bad thing – just shocked me, haha.

If I could get soundcloud to work on my computer, I would have so done this by now! Any other good sound-file-hosting (what?) sites you recommend?

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