Let people HEAR your blog, too!

I’m back from a summer of dissertating to spread the blogging gospel near and far (well, more like in a 5 block radius near Columbus Circle, but you get my drift).  Thanks to Prof. Kim Helmer, who asked me about sharing audio files, and to my husband, who is the king of sharing audio files, I’ve discovered SoundCloud, a free audio-sharing site where you can upload music and then send streamable files, link to your songs, or embed them in a blog, like so:

My Favorite Showtune by jcantiello

Creating an account and uploading music is pretty self-explanatory, and they have nifty tutorial videos on the site, but here are some wordpress specific step-by-step instructions.

To link to an audio file:

(1)  On SoundCloud, click on the You tab, and then on Tracks

(2)  Click on Share on the player itself, and then WordPress

(3)  Copy the shortcode

(4)  On WordPress, go to the post screen and click on the Starburst icon next to Upload/Insert

(5)  Click on the From URL tab

(6)  Paste the shortcode in the URL box (make sure you delete the text before http:// and the “] at the end of the link)

(7)  Type whatever text you want to show up in the Title box

(8)  Click Insert Into Post

To embed a SoundCloud player into a post:

(1)  On Soundcloud, click on the You tab, and then on Tracks

(2)  Click on Share on the player itself, and then copy the text in the embed code box

(3)  On WordPress, go to the post screen and click on the HTML tab

(4)  Past the embed code where you want it in the post

(5)  Click on the Visual tab to continue editing the post

You can also create playlists and share them the same way.  SoundCloud gives you two hours of music storage free, and I am sure there is other cool stuff that it does that I don’t yet know about – if you do, comment away.

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One Response

  1. […] are slightly more complicated than other types of files, but definitely still doable.  I wrote a post on SoundCloud last fall, but since then the site has cracked down on sharing, so you might have to have a couple […]

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