Steve Bivans

Author, Fear-Less Life & Self-Publishing Coach

What is Anchor?: Audio Social Media and My Search for the Meaning of Life

Hello friends and neighbors!

I know I’ve been slackin’ off for months now on this blog, but get ready, because I’m about to blow it wide the fuck open!

Today I want to introduce you to the newest, hottest thing in social media: ANCHOR

What the Hell is Anchor?

Anchor is a brand new social media platform/app designed for iPhone (soon to be on Android, too, so don’t start weeping on me), with a new and exciting twist: it’s all about real, voice conversations.

Yes, that’s what I said. On Anchor, you don’t spend time typing a bunch of bullshit; you actually TALK to other, real people, and they respond back, in VOICE!screen322x572

Yeah, it sounds kind of weird, I know. That’s what I thought, too. But then I said to myself, “Why the fuck not?” I reckon it’s worth a shot, right? So I did.

And WOW, I’m glad I did! I just joined, a few days ago, not even a week yet, and I’m totally addicted.

How does Anchor work?

All you gotta do is download the app on the App Store, start an account, and you’re ready to roll! Record your first audio ‘wave’ (that’s what they call the posts on Anchor), and you’re out to sea! You can click on the upper right corner, the settings wheel, and record a 3 second intro (your name/company name/or whatever), and then start exploring the ‘waves’ that other people have started, or record your own. All you have to do to record something, is to click on the red button at the bottom, or slide it to the right, and start talking. If you hit the button, you have the option of putting the phone to your ear and after the little ‘beep’ start recording that way, or if you slide it to the right, you can just hold it out in front of you, and GO!

If you’re starting a wave, you have up to 2 minutes of time to squeeze your blurb in. Of course, you can reply to your own wave if you need more time, but most people keep it short and sweet. Then, other people can respond to your wave, with audio comments that are limited to 1 minute. You can do the same to their ‘waves’, as well.

Why do I love it?

It’s complicated, and I’ll probably get into that in another post, but mostly I love it because I don’t get a bunch of negative, bullshit, political stuff in my ‘news feed,’ like I do on Facebook and Twitter. I follow people that are talking about positive ideas, and sharing their advice about music, food, and the meaning of life. Yeah, philosophical shit. You KNOW I’m into THAT!

Overwhelmingly, so far, the experience has been 100% positive for me. There’s something about actually listening to someone’s voice that seriously moderates the doucebag factor that’s so prevalent on Facebook and Twitter, and elsewhere. First, you have to actually listen to them before you respond, instead of just skimming over their text in a hurry to tell them how they’re ‘wrong.’ Second, you can hear their voice inflections, and tone, and their laugh, even the smile on their face is audible. It’s really difficult to be an asshole to someone after hearing all that. I reckon it’s possible, but you have to go out of your way to do it, unlike Facebook & Twitter, where it’s just a quick sardonic, sarcastic click away.

I’ve been contemplating a few different ways to expand my blog, including much more Youtube content, but I’m going to begin that expansion by adding my Anchor waves to most if not all of my new posts, and possibly to many of the older ones. I’m pretty sure some of my new friends on Anchor would enjoy them, and discussing some of the topics I’ve already covered. Please consider joining me on Anchor, then you can ask me questions and get to hear my sexy, Southern voice response! How fuckin’ awesome is THAT!? Pretty damned, I’m sure.

Topic for Today:

Anchors, Waves, and the Meaning of Life

One of my buddies on Anchor, Big Dave of BigDaveDaily Podcast, posted a great quote, “A ship is safest in harbor, but that is not what a ship is for,” which opened up a long philosophical discussion about ‘going big or staying home.’ I’m only a fan of going big, as most of you probably already know. If you want to hear the entire discussion, which is pretty funny, and deep, I’m posting it below:

I want to continue with the nautical, anchor, wave theme today.

Just yesterday, I was listening to a lecture by the late, great, Alan Watts, who was talking about how everything in the Universe is essentially vibration: waves, in other words. 800px-SUNSET_ON_OCEAN_WAVES_-_NARA_-_543138The waves are a combination of troughs and crests. You can’t have a trough without a crest, and visa versa. A wave is the combination of both, always. Basically, he was talking about the yin and yang thing, of course. But it’s not just an Eastern philosophy; it’s also science. All so-called ‘matter’ in the Universe isn’t really matter, at all, but vibrating energy, or waves. This energy is either ‘on’ or ‘off’, just like the binary code running your computer, and the internet that allows you to read this. Don’t believe me? Just look it up.

So, I’m wondering if the creators of Anchor have thought this out already? Are they super-fuckin-Zen-Meisters trying to enlighten us all? Or did they just get lucky and choose the right metaphor with which we could contemplate the meaning of Life, and the Universe? Because, as it turns out, waves, ships, anchors, and wakes, are great metaphors for life.

Recently, I was substitute teaching at a middle/high school here in St. Paul. To inject some fun and psychological torture into my students’ day, I posed the following question,

Does the Past drive the Present?

To help them answer that question, I employed one of Alan Watts’s metaphors, also nautical, in which he proposed that the Present was like a ship on the ocean, and that the Past was merely the wake of the ship. He argued, and I agree, that the wake no more drives the ship, than the Past drives the Present. The wake can certainly show us where we came from (until it dissipates in the distance and is covered by waves), and indicate the direction in which we are headed–the Future, but it does not determine where we end up, or the decisions we make in the Present. We are not bound by the wake, or the Past; we are the captain of our ship! We can turn the fuckin’ wheel!

Like my buddy, Dave suggests, if we leave the so-called safety of the harbor, which is the purpose of building a ship in the first place, then we face the dangers of “pirates, sea monsters,” hurricanes, and rogue waves, not to mention icebergs and the chance of our 3 hour tour ending up on a deserted island with Gilligan, the Professor and Mary Ann. But we can always turn the wheel. Will we always miss the pirates and sea monsters? Fuck no. But the alternative of staying at harbor is just pathetic.

Your Shipmates!

Your Shipmates!

I say, “Throw off the lines, run up the mainsail, check that you have your Anchor, bring a bucket to bail out the fuckin’ water, and turn that bitch into the wind!” Let’s see what the hell happens! Plus, an island with Mary Ann can’t be all THAT bad.

HERE’S THE WAVE on this topic! But don’t just listen! If you have an iPhone, JOIN IN! I’ll let everyone know when the app is open for Android.

Steve Bivans is a FearLess Life & Self-Publishing Coach, the author of the Amazon #1 Best Sellers, Vikings, War and the Fall of the Carolingians,The End of Fear Itself, and the epic-length, self-help, sustainability tome, Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living, If you want to learn how write and self-publish a book to best-seller status, crush your limitations and Fears, and disrupt the status quo, contact Steve for a free consultation to see how he can help you change the world! CONTACT STEVE

2 Comments

  1. Love the article. This is the first piece that got me off of Anchor long enough to read the entire piece. I love how you integrated the waves in the piece. It inspires me to start blogging again.

    • Thanks Justin! Glad you enjoyed it! Get ready brother; I’m gonna be outlining the new idea today: The End of Fear Itself! It’s a massive project that starts with the smallest of waves, and will sweep the Earth in a Tsunami of Compassion and Shireness! Man! It’s gonna be a blast. I can feel it already.

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