A long, long time ago in a place not so far away the Google overlords decided that it wasn’t enough that the BlogSpot faithful could upload text and images to their blogs. Something needed to be done to make their Blogger baby distinct from the masses.
So after much thought they unleashed their geek powers and created AudioBlogger, which allowed BlogSpot disciples to post audio clips from their phones upon their blogs for the low price of free.
Unfortunately the service became “too popular” and thus the Google overlords struck down AudioBlogger to the horror of podcasters everywhere.
Now it seems as if WordPress is helping making audio blogging popular again by introducing the service to their users for free.
Now, instead of drunk dialing random friends, lovers, and acquaintances one at a time, what if you could dial your blog and talk to the whole world at once? It’d be like something out of Star Trek.
The future is now, folks. You can now go to your My Blogs tab, enable Post by Voice, and get a special number and code to call your blog. After you’re done, the audio file from your phone call will be posted to your blog for all to listen to and enjoy. (And added to your RSS feed for podcast support.) (Official WordPress Blog)
WordPress plans on charging users later on for the service (which is powered by Twilio), but is for now allowing users to test out audio blogging (now known as phone blogging) for free.
Currently this feature is only available in its free state for WP.com users, although self hosting WordPress gurus can install the Click2Call plugin by Twilio and pay $1 USD per month (plust 3 cents per minute) to receive the same thing upon their sites.
Even though both LiveJournal and Tumblr have been supporting phone blogging for quite some time, WordPress may help make the feature popular again, and perhaps help convince the Google overlords to bring back the service from the dead (even if they charge a premium for it).
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then).
When he is not tweeting, friendfeeding, or blogging about space, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.