5 Reasons Why You Should Capture Your Stories In Audio
Audio is quickly becoming the media format of choice for content creators and audiences alike. In the last 3 years alone, the number of monthly podcast listeners has grown by 29.5% and audiobook platforms like Audible have become household names, seemingly overnight.
Its popularity makes sense too. For many of us, listening to stories is the first way in which we engage with storytelling as an art form, with our parents acting as narrator. Listening to someone tell their story is arguably the oldest form of storytelling too; before Joe Rogan and The Guilty Feminist, we had oral storytellers and campfires.
So why should your stories be told any differently? At Iternal, we like to give you the choice. So, in case you’ve been ignoring that microphone, here’s five reasons why you should consider capturing your, or anothers, stories as audio.
Hear The Story As It Was Meant To Be Told
For centuries, people have enjoyed reading stories, and rightly so.
When you open a book and start to read, the words transport you to a world that is both pre-made for you, and embellished with your own thoughts, feelings and interpretations; which isn’t always a bad thing.
But sometimes, especially when retelling our own experiences, you don’t want people to make their own interpretations.
When you hear a story, you’re given an exclusive look into the storyteller’s being. You can fully grasp all the emotions and underlying sentiments that the storyteller is embodying.
It’s the best way to hear a story as it was intended to be told.
No Two Voices Are The Same
Something that isn’t talked about (pardon the pun) anywhere near as much as it should be is the uniqueness of one’s voice. Like handwriting, or our visual appearance, our voices are entirely unique to us; sonic signatures, if you will.
Despite the fact that billions of people have existed since the dawn of time, it’s highly unlikely that anyone has the exact same voice as you – because how your voice sounds is determined by so many varying factors.
If that’s not enough to make you change your opinion on ‘hating your voice’, than perhaps consider what hearing your voice might mean to a loved one if you were no longer here to speak to…
Capture The Wider Conversation
One of the many beauties of the Iternal app is its accessibility. No matter where you are or what’s going on around you, the Iternal app can be ready for action in a matter of seconds (or clicks), which makes it great for capturing those surprise story times! Which quite often are just those conversations had over coffee, or the pub garden at the weekend.
Unlike text, where multiple peoples narratives are channelled through one storyteller, recording stories in audio allows for multiple people to share the narrative space. Not only does this create a wider conversation, but also allows for a fluid sense of direction. Who knows what new stories will come up?
Your Mind Paints The Picture
This is a shared feature that audio-based storytelling has in common with reading. Without visual stimulation, our minds are left to forge mental imagery in its place as the words and overall tone teleport us elsewhere. Like any good story, one that’s been audio recorded will give you all the necessary tools to paint your own canvas.
Think of any major book series that’s been adapted into a film or television series; the vast majority of fans will always say the books are better. Why? In part to the limitlessness of our imaginations!
It’s Easier To Speak Than To Write
While you may feel comfortable in one or the other, nearly everyone is born a natural talker – the vast majority of us will speak before we write. Not only that, most humans absolutely love talking about themselves, once they get going.
When we talk, we’re naturally emotive and our words have more action in them; inflections, pitch; timbre and refrains all translate to another type of language that can only be heard. There’s actually quite the degree of musicality to it.
That’s not to say telling a good story is easy. Both writing and orating stories in a truly engaging way are skills in themselves, and as such can be practised and developed; even if you think you’re an expert.
How Will You Save Your Stories?
There’s five solid reasons for you to consider next time you go to save one of your countless stories! It’s just as well they are countless with all the other ways you can go about recording your experiences. We’ve already looked at what photos can do for a story, maybe writing will be next?
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