Saturday, February 12, 2011

Revelation of the Day

Transcribing stuff is hard.

BUT it's really, really fun to have the opportunity to bless people.

I participate in a book club called Bloom (in)courage.  It's led by two sweet, wonderful, Godly women, Angie and Jess.  Weekly, they post videos of a discussion on a chapter of whatever book we are reading.  Right now it is the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and she is participating in the discussion videos.  Wow.  I have only read three chapters so far, but what a book.  I can already tell that this book is going to majorly help me on my 2011 journey for peace.  I am so, so, so excited to read more and follow along with Angie, Jess, and Ann's videos.

Anyway, what that has to do with the transcribing is that a friend of mine, JD, emailed me the other day and told me about another member of this book club who lives in Kenya.  As of now, I still don't even know what her name is, but she lives in Kenya and because of a poor internet connection, she can't see the videos and asked on the Bloom site if there were transcripts so she could have the information from the videos that she can't see.  There weren't, so JD asked me if I would make them, since it's something that I can do from the comforts of my dorm.  I jumped at the chance.  Well, I apparently didn't know what I was getting myself into because it's hard!  Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not backing out of my commitment, but I did the introduction video, which was only 3 minutes, and then the Chapter 1 video, which was 13 minutes, yesterday and today.  The Chapter 1 video took me two hours and thankfully I'd gotten most of my homework done before I started because by the time I finished I had a massive migraine.

It's just frustrating!  Having to pause the video every five seconds.  Not remembering what I just heard and having to replay that same five seconds.  Going back to make sure I heard correctly.  The women talking at the same time.  Ann talking quietly.  I know, I'm just being whiny, and I'm not trying to be.  I will deal with my frustrations in order to bless this woman (and anyone else who comes along who may need them) so that she can fully be a part of this wonderful book club community!

Cross your fingers that I can get Chapter 2 done tomorrow, eh? :)  Thankfully it is only a little under 12 minutes long.  Trust me, 1 minute is a long time in this situation.  Haha!


  1. What a great thing for you to do! I sometimes have to transcribe phone calls for my boss & you're right - it IS hard! Do you put all the "um's" in? Do you put dots in for the pauses? People do NOT talk as if they're reading something - sometimes it doesn't even make sense when you read what they said. So good luck!

  2. Man, I meant to do that book club but totally forgot! Oh well, maybe next book? I'm glad you're enjoying it!