In April of 2018, I installed a new plugin called Amazon Polly. It allows you to create audios of your posts. I liked the idea because it added another layer of accessibility to our site. People who were visually impaired or others with special needs would be able to consume the content in a format that worked for them.
But because the majority of our posts were tutorial-based and heavy on screenshots, I realized that audio had some disadvantages. I had to rethink things.
The Inception of the New Podcast
When I wrote the post on Amazon Polly, I was not convinced it was an option for a podcast. Or at least what we consider a typical podcast.
Two reasons I didn’t consider it as a podcast option
1. The voice is automated, so the podcast is not coming from a human host.
2. It is translating text so the sense of two people having a conversation is not happening.
But let’s reconsider…
As I began using it more and more as an accessible option for specific posts, I realized that it could work for what I to call a different kind of podcast.
What would be the advantage of this?
First, and foremost, when used as a podcast, because of the fact that it takes text to audio, you automatically have a transcript, in the form of the post that was originally written.
Secondly, it creates a more effective way of organizing content that has the audio option.
Lastly, you can put it on iTunes for people to subscribe to.
These three reasons kept telling me to do something with it.
The BobWP Podcast – WordPress, eCommerce and Monetization
There you have it. In fact at the end of this post you will find the audio option and you will be introduced to the host, Matthew (that is the name of the voice I have chosen).
An audio option for this post.