I need a volunteer!!

As you know, we produce audio versions of every post that appears on the blog, available to members who subscribe at the Gold and Platinum tiers.

We have two volunteers who take turns, on alternating weeks, to read the posts: John Paul Middleworth has been reading away, post after post; since we began this audio venture; over the past few months, his colleague-volunteer has been Sam Devis.  I’m very sorry to report that Sam needs to move on to other things.  He will be sorely missed.  And now we need a replacement.

The task obviously requires the ability to read clearly and well and the time to do it – five posts every other week.   It does not require much technological skill or expertise.  Ben Porter, our expert in all things technical is already doing that.

(In case you wondered, these audios do not compete with those recorded by our other stalwart audio volunteer,  John Mueller, who since 2017 has produced the weekly Bart Ehrman Podcast.  If you don’t know about it, check it out:  https://ehrmanpodcast.libsyn.com/ .  John reads two already published posts, with the goal of reaching non-members and drawing them into the blog.  His work has been highly successful and the podcast is growing and growing.)

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING to be a reader for the daily posts?  If so, you need to do two things.

  • First: try it once on your own and see if it suits you. Pick one of my recent posts.  Most of them these days are about 1400 words.  Read it out loud to yourself and time it.  How long does it take?  How long would it take to do five?  It would take a bit more time than a once-through, if you have mistakes to correct, etc.  (But the good news: If you do an entire week’s worth at one sitting, you would have all five to read at once.)  Can you see yourself doing this?   If so…
  • Tell me you’re interested – not as a comment here but by clicking  this link to a Google Doc  :  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4IEXMjxFkP-HGr2_D2sCzHr4FmSzGs2jr1JhKsuFl5hyBHw/viewform?usp=sf_link   It’s a simple form: just your name, your email, and a request to upload/send a sample audio file of you reading any post you choose from the blog.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing from some of you.  I’ll be taking requests to volunteer for a week, up through Sunday  May 2.  So let me know!