Audioguide: Using sound for storytelling

We love the idea of turning blog readers into blog listeners by using the sounds around us in a podcast. But how do you go about it? And more importantly how do you make it sound interesting? Tamsin Smith is a radio reporter with 15 years experience broadcasting for the BBC, from the Radio 4’s Today programme to Radio 1’s Newsbeat. She’s made a Britmums Audio Guide to help get you started.

Recording audio on your smartphone is ridiculously easy, and the sound quality is now so good that interviews recorded on iphones are regularly broadcast on national radio, with only the finely tuned ears of radio geeks noticing the difference. You can either edit on your phone, or download free software to help you, and once you’re finished, upload your recording to a site like audioboo or soundcloud which will give you a nifty link to include on your post.

Technical stuff aside, lets rewind and think about how to use the everyday sounds around you to help tell your story. Sound is far more powerful than you might think and it can help you be imaginative, thought provoking, emotional or funny. Audio can also venture where photo and video can’t go. I could write a list of suggestions to get you thinking, but thought that you might prefer to listen instead. That way, you can make a cup of tea at the same time! I hope this guide inspires you, and I’m looking forward to listening to your audio blog posts.



Tamsin Smith has worked as a BBC Radio, TV and Online correspondent for 15 years. She is now freelance and her reports feature on BBC Woman’s Hour. You can find her via her website ( or follow her on twitter (@tamsin_smith). She’s mum to an inquisitive funny 4 year old girl, who is also guinea pig for an Italian food blog (

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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel,, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

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