The test was a success.
I ended up over on a sister blog site, I have a few, where nobody subscribes to the posts. It turns out, once you consume a wordpress post into https://anchor.fm you can’t re-consume it. Rather than pollute your inboxes with trashed versions, I used another site.
I didn’t quite know how anchor.fm would convert the text into audio. Turns out my attempts at placing pauses in the reading resulted in odd “Huh!” or “Doh” sounds coming from the AI engine that translated the script. So I had to publish, consume, translate, listen, repeat to get it right.
In the end, Cassidy’s (a dude) voice served well.
Here’s where some of these posts-to-podcasts live: https://anchor.fm/anonymole
Turns out Google Text2Speech capability is getting pretty fine, too. They have a demo you can search for. They have waveform voices and you can alter the pitch and speed. You have to setup an account to actually use it to save recordings. But, you can hear your text at least on their demo page. There’s also SSML Synthetic Speech Markup Language which allows you to customize things like numbers and initials and whatnot.