Last evening as I was coming home from class, I was hit with a couple of ideas on what I wanted to do some shows on. Problem usually is in those cases, I’m driving and can’t stop and write AND, in this case, forgot my voice recorder. Actually, that’s not true… I didn’t forget it. It was sitting on my desk waiting for me to transcribe other recordings I had put on it. In other word, procrastinating potentially caused me to lose some potentially great (well, to me anyway), revvellations which is why I’m up and typing this at 5:25 a.m!!! It came to me that I wanted to share this with you and what I do (when I’m on my game) so that I’ve always got ideas and even sometimes, a whole show ready, at least on virtual “paper”.
I usually get my best ideas when I’m out walking which is very often about this time. Something just pops up and I work it through my head and “try” to remember it yet, by the time I get home, it’s gone. The second place I get my ideas is in the shower. Now, I’ve not gotten a recorder I can get wet yet. What I may do is take the one I’ve got and stick it in a plastic bag and see how that works. The third times I get my ideas (did that make sense? Third times?), is early in the morning when I wake up ~ like THIS morning! Then there’s last night. I had just been in a great movement class and two, not one, but two, ideas came to mind! For some reason, maybe because oxygen was flowing, yet, I got home and remembered both of them and had a chance to get them down so I can (hopefully), flesh them out and create something worthwhile with them.
Two suggestions for keeping your inspirations are: 1) notebook and pen and 2) a digital voice recorder.
For me, the first has been troublesome when out and about because for some reason, the pen refuses to work. It’s not because it’s out of ink, it just doesn’t happne to work when I’m out and about. The other reason is, I enjoy walking about 5 a.m. or, after 8 p.m. when it’s dark, therefore I have to find a source of light, often a street lamp, and stand there and write. If you’re trying to get in a certain amount of steps, this becomes a pita if you keep coming up with new ideas and have to make frequent stops. It IS better than cutting your walk short by feeling you have to go home so you don’t lose your great inspirations!
My second and really best choice is my digital voice recorder. I’ve got an Olympus VN 960PC. Since I got mine many years ago, Olympus has come up with quite a few other options. Mine is quite simple which is what I like ~ simple and easy-to-use.
I just checked Amazon and whew! Olympus has a BUNCH of dvr’s!!! NONE of them, except one, has a full 5-stars. The one with 5 is $210 and has only 3 reviews so that one is still suspect.
My suggestion, decide how much you’re willing to circulate, then review the ones around your price range. I don’t recall how much this one cost ~ I’m thinking less than $50 although, at the time I purchased, they may have been higher, yet I don’t think so.
Consider also, what you want to be doing with it. Do you want one that will transfer everything you say directly into your computer? How much recording time do you need? Will you be using it to record seminars? Do you want to be able to use an external mic for better sound?
Of course, you don’t have to stay with Olympus. That’s just what I have and am currently using. If you find or have something you like better, please share here and tell what you like about yours. Oh! Another thing I like about mine is, it’s so small! I can carry it in any pocket when out walking, along with my cell phone and pepper spray (yes, never leave home w/out pepper spray ~ but that’s another blog post).
Love to hear from you!