Jennifer Allen currently lives just outside Plattsburgh in upper state NY, USA. She has attended the University of Southern Maine and is currently a Red Team Manager for a cybersecurity company.
Jennifer is also the person who coined the term, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.
But that is not all. She has been a significant contributor to the ASMR community from the start.
Here is an incomplete list of her incredible involvements and achievements:
The ASMR Report is a new website about ASMR which should be quite helpful to anyone looking to learn more about ASMR.
The site does a very detailed job of reviewing and sharing resources about ASMR. I would strongly recommend the site for anyone performing research, searching for documentation, or writing an in-depth perspective about ASMR.
This is the audio version of my interview with WhisperingLife.
This audio recording gives a short overview of WhisperingLife and then I read the transcript of the interview which I initially posted on February 8, 2016.
WhisperingLife has her Bachelors of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and is currently a Dispensing Optician in Nottingham, England.
WhisperingLife is not her real name, she prefers to keep that private. But this was the name she chose as her alias in early 2009 when she created the first whisper-dedicated channel on YouTube.
For this historical milestone, she is often referred to as the first ASMR artist.
Before jumping into the interview I want to provide more context and background about WhisperingLife.
On March 26, 2009, a young woman started posting videos of herself whispering on YouTube.
She shared some information about herself on YouTube, but she never revealed her exact identity.
Most people refer to her by the name of her YouTube channel, WhisperingLife – and credit her with starting the first whisper channel on YouTube.
Today’s podcast will focus on WhisperingLife and address the following questions:
- How old was she and where was she from?
- What inspired her to start posting whisper videos?
- Did she intend to relax listeners with her whispering or was that just an unexpected outcome?
- What did she whisper about?
- Was she just a ‘whisper artist’ or was she an ‘ASMR artist’?
- Did she ever show her face in her videos?
- What did she use for a camera?
- How many videos did she post?
- Why did she stop posting videos?
October 19, 2007 could be viewed as the birth date of the ASMR community.
On this day, an individual by the username of “okaywhatever” started a forum thread at the website http://www.steadyhealth.com.
The title of the thread was, “Weird sensation feels good” and attracted over 300 replies. The content of these initial replies quickly created a clear and consistent description of ASMR which still accurately describes ASMR today.
Some of the participants in the thread, such as Jennifer Allen and Andrew MacMuiris, spawned out and developed resources which were monumental to the growth and understanding of ASMR.
Overall, this forum thread lead directly to the following ASMR milestones: