#AudioReflection on #Binary #Being #VanGogh #DigitalScholarship etc.

I’ve always been curious about audio blogging (which I suppose is another way of saying “podcasting”) and lately I’ve been itching to start cultivating the audio component of this blog. In this audio reflection, I begin with a quotation taken from a letter from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo, in 1888.

I’m not sure how I feel about this reflection at the moment, or at least about the “public-ness” of posting it on this blog. I highly doubt that any casual visitor will have the patience to sit through 20 minutes of my scholar-centric navel gazing. And to tell you the truth, I’m not sure anyone will have the interest and/or patience for it. I was expecting this reflection to be only about five minutes, but I just kept going. I considered splitting the file into portions, but I just didn’t want to invest that much time in this early draft of a project.

Not only did I clarify some things for myself about the subjects I consider in this audio reflection, I also made some observations about what I might do to improve the little genre I’m trying to explore. First, make it shorter. Second, pre-writing brainstorming might help. The only reason I might end up rejecting this second lesson is if it affects the “live” energy of the recording. But I suspect it might help to structure the reflections just a bit more, which could be good for me, and hopefully for another listener.

We’ll see. I’ve already got my topic picked out for my next reflection, and I’m going to give it a shot to see if I can maintain some of this momentum.

If you’re interested, here’s my first try at this sort of thing:

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