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Posted by on Dec 16, 2008

I certainly can’t take credit for this find. It has to go to the Market Secrets Blog, which had this post on obscure WordPress plugins. I knew about some of them already, but this one I’m about to mention just blew my mind.

It’s called Odiogo, a funny name, but I think it’s a wonderful plugin. If you haven’t already noticed, underneath my title is a little icon that says “listen now“. If you click on that, you don’t have to read my posts; you can actually just listen to them instead.

What you do is go to the site, register, download the plugin, activate it, add the special number they give you, and off you go. People can treat it like a podcast, which means they can listen to it then and there on your blog or, oddly enough, they can also download the file as an MP3; are you kidding me?

I know this will help some folks who think I’ve written a pretty long post. Actually, it’s helped me already, because on the test post I listened to, I noticed something a little off and it turns out I’d missed a word; happens sometimes, of course, but hearing it is something else. You can listen to the posts here, or you can go to the website and sign up for the RSS podcast feed.

Now, there is one issue I seem to be having that some other folks haven’t had. It’s supposed to go back and find all my old posts and set them up to be listened to, but it hasn’t happened. I’m not sure why, so I’ve sent their support group an email asking if I messed something up.

I hope y’all like this one; give it a try!

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it’s interesting that mobility is the angle the plugin takes. without giving it a shot, i bet it works very much like a page reader for a visually impaired person; you could throw some alt text on a photo in a post or a title attribute in an anchor tag and see if odiogo reads it aloud.

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December 16th, 2008 | 11:14 AM

Actually, I did test the alt-text, and it totally ignored it. Overall, though, I was thinking the same thing about the visually impaired when I added it. I like it; just wish it would go ahead and get all my older posts already.

December 16th, 2008 | 11:00 PM

Hi Mitch: What an interesting plugin, I had no idea it existed. The voice is a little robotic but I can see how some people prefer listening to posts instead of reading them.

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December 16th, 2008 | 10:20 AM

Definitely, Marelisa. I don’t mind the robotic, and truthfully, it’s helped me find some things that I had missed, and it pretty much tells it like it is. One is more ready to forgive a robotic voice mispronouncing a word than a person reading it. Glad to have helped inform you about it.

December 16th, 2008 | 10:58 PM
The Almost Millionaire:

Thanks for the tip. Very interesting find. Next time I stop by I look forward to reviewing more of your content.

December 16th, 2008 | 1:32 PM

Thanks “Almost”; I hope you stop by often, because there’s lots to see here, that’s for sure.

December 16th, 2008 | 11:02 PM

I use odiogo as well but I do not use the plugin as such (which means that no ‘speakers’ below individual titles. However, I linked to my odiogo feedcast page from the subscription box.

Odiogo is a real cool service and it doesn’t take too long before the feedcast of a new post is available.

People like me who do not have an easily understandable accent can borrow the odiogo bot’s digital voice to podcast stuff 😆

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December 16th, 2008 | 1:43 PM

That’s funny, Ajith, and yet I know what you mean about the accents. I usually think I’m pretty clear, but every once in awhile I notice that I change dialects, especially when I’m tired, and then people have a hard time understanding me if they’re not from the South. Overall, though, I love this plugin; for now, as I’m trying to be more cautious about some of these things.

December 16th, 2008 | 11:03 PM

I never knew about this plugin before. Looks very interesting. Will take a look it and thanks for reviewing it here.

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December 16th, 2008 | 7:53 PM

No problem, Salwa. If you add it I hope you enjoy it as much as I am thus far.

December 16th, 2008 | 11:07 PM
Erwin Tan:

I used to put it up on my blog but due to an overload of plugins, I’ve decided to leave it out instead..

But don’t get me wrong, it’s indeed a pretty decent plugin.

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December 17th, 2008 | 2:16 AM

Thanks for the comment, Erwin. I understand about having too many plugins, or at least feeling like that. Right now, as long as they play nice with each other, I don’t mind.

December 17th, 2008 | 3:01 AM

Thanks for this post. This plugin is amazing. I can’t believe what technology can do…
It does make me wonder what happens when it comes to a misspelled word. I also noticed that it doesn’t know how to select when there are two pronunciations for a word depending on context. In your first paragraph or so, it said the word “read” as RED instead of REED. But then again, not bad…
Very cool indeed.
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December 17th, 2008 | 11:40 AM

If you misspelled a word it’ll pronounce it weirdly and if you leave a word out you’ll notice that also. Yes, in some contexts it’s not sure which word to use, but I figure that’s a fair enough price to pay, especially when the thing is free.

December 17th, 2008 | 2:04 PM

Heck, it’s pretty useful for those of us who can see also. lol

December 18th, 2008 | 6:37 PM

I have Odiogo installed on my WordPress Blog if you want to see it in action.

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December 18th, 2008 | 12:38 PM

Wow, that’s amazing. I was expecting some truly robotic reading of text but that sounded almost…human. Pauses after commas, everything. Stuff like this is only going to get better in coming years so it’s totally indistinguishable from a human voice.

December 20th, 2008 | 8:42 PM

You’re right, SEO, that’s why I liked it so much. I remember the old days when there were no pauses with things like this, but Odiogo seems to work wonders.

December 20th, 2008 | 11:39 PM
Market Secrets Blogger:

Thanx for the trackback…don’t know how I missed it?

I’ve been using this for a while and it definitely helps when your eyes might be a bit too busy at the moment 😉

January 24th, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Glad you finally did catch on to it. My wife thanks me for adding Odiogo.

January 24th, 2009 | 2:35 PM
Jeff Todnem:

Hi Mitch,

Great tip about Odiogo! I’m a little late to the game, having just added the Odiogo WordPress plugin to my site a month or so ago. Due to performance and latency issues, I ended up moving the auto-generated MP3 files to my local host and linked to them from there. Other than that though, this service has been great.

The one problem I did experience was the same as yours… how do you get Odiogo to generate MP3s for older content? In my case, it seems like the service went back about a year and then stopped. I’d like to have audio for all the content on my site but I can’t find any way to get them to index the additional content even though it’s being published in the feed. Did you ever find a way to force Odiogo to update and create audio for your older posts?

Thanks in advance,


March 29th, 2011 | 3:32 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

Hi Jeff,

I actually have changed services, which you might not have mentioned. Check this link out; it seems to have served my purposes greatly:

March 29th, 2011 | 4:25 PM
Jeff Todnem:

Thanks, Mitch. I’ll check it out.

March 29th, 2011 | 4:41 PM