AFTER MORE THAN a year and a half listening and talking on Anchor.fm, I can most assuredly say I've encountered dozens of very contented people using Anchor radio. It's a small community (probably no more than 550 active members) but there's enough diversity to make my Anchor experience the equivalent of a multicultural audio scrapbook.
Every fortnight, I try to cobble together "voices of anchor" by scraping 15-25 different snippets into one five minute collection like the one I'm sharing below.
I'm shoveling my Anchor.fm clips into Spreaker because I want cover art, dashboard analytics and a paid relationship with my content management system. I reckon Anchor is several years away from offering those critically important features but for the moment, Anchor does what it says on the tin--it offers an easy radio-like experience in your pocket. But that ease of use exacts big demands on my time, my battery, and my mobile data plan so I most frequently pull the stuff I want to hear into offline storage via Pocketcasts. This means I can continue listening to podcasts and audio books instead of diving into the Anchor app as my main watering hole for audio.
I've discovered people have more than a voice--they often share their face as part of their Anchor identities. And the default value for Anchor imagery appears to be Instagram (where I'm topgold). Knowing that many of the voices I follow also have compelling imagery, I created a YouTube clip to complement the "Content Voices of Anchor" audio production. It's part of my YouTube channel and it's inside an Anchor playlist I have on YouTube.
I've learned a lot about the making, creating and sharing of audio while producing these occasional Voices of Anchor clips. I plan to update this blog post after reviewing the results of my latest #voicesofanchor compilation. At the time of my posting this blog item, the Voices of Anchor YouTube playlist had 33 listens and Anchor had recorded 87 listens to my "Content Voices of Anchor" clip. I can see people tweeting about the clip and using Anchor's echo feature because my daily listens hit a high water mark of 487, enough to push me into Anchor's "Top 500" category.
Learning the workflow behind my audio scraping is a valuable skill that I teach to creative media students in the Limerick School of Art and Design. I also share the process with teens in Ireland's Youth Media Team. If you want to follow this process, I recommend you subscribe to this blog either by a news reader or via an email program.
Previously on InsideView.ie:
"Sharing accents on Anchor", March 25, 2016
"Anchor Hangouts", July 21, 2017
"Shout-outs to 20 Anchor Listeners", October 21, 2017