Music Discovery New Years Resolution Continues

So if I can embed Spotify urls into wordpress, then I can share things I’ve been listening to as part of my New Years Resolution to find new bands to listen to.

From Boston, MA we have Mean Creek whose Local Losers record is a current favorite.

The big winner so far is a Scottish band called The Twilight Sad. They are a little bit… what’s the word… gothier? Maybe? A little bit gothier than I usually go for, but the album Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave has wormed its way into my brain and it absolutely will not go away.

More to come later.

Day Four – Identify Your Audience

Today’s blogging 101 prompt is to identify your target audience, and write a post directed at them.

I’ve been struggling with this idea (well… not really struggling) since I started using Blogger a little more than six years ago. Who was I writing to? Who did I want to read what I wrote? Do I want to pick a specific topic and stick to it?

No. I wanted it to be a source for any stray idea that popped into my pea brain. No topic. If I wanted to post about photography, I would post about photography.

If I wanted to post about music, I would post about music.

(and hey, did anyone else know you could embed tracks from spotify into posts? I didn’t, but I do now. It’s possible an entire new world of goofiness may have just opened to me)

If I want to post about the Red Sox (I’m seeing a .500 team with an amazing offense and a mediocre pitching staff, and what do you mean Castillo is already injured?) or the Bruins (what do you mean Connolly is already injured?) I will. If I want to post millions of camera phone pictures of my cat acting like a lazy asshole, then I will.

What it comes down to is simple. I will write whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it.

Does that mean I don’t have a target audience? Maybe, but no. It does not. There is a target audience. There is someone for whom each post is targeted.

Hi Jen. I love you with all my heart. I hope your having a good morning at work. Smoooooch.

Day Four – Bliss

Today’s photo prompt is bliss. This is a tough one. Tough enough that I am breaking one of my personal unwritten rules. I decided after posting the first photo101 picture that I wasn’t going to use any text other than the post title. You’d see the topic in the title, see the picture, and then you either would or would not get the connection. I don’t really care either way. Seeing as I am generally a super literal type I would guess that getting the connection is going to be pretty obvious.

For this one though… Bliss. It could mean so many things. What are the things that make me ridiculously happy?

Well, music has historically been my go to for happiness. How do I represent music in a photograph? That’s easy.
Bliss (outtake)

But does music make me happier than anything else? It’s definitely high on the list, but there are other serious contenders. Over the last 10 years or so traveling has become a source of major happiness for me. I love seeing new places, or seeing old places in a new way. How can I represent travel in a photograph without breaking another rule and using old pictures? The answer there is pretty obvious too.
Bliss (outtake)

That’s a good option, but is it the best option? Probably not. Nothing makes me happier than being at home with my family. How do I represent that in a photograph without showing pictures of the kids, which I will not do? Well, it’s a bit of a stretch, but the connection is accurate. Ms Patches can be the symbol of the family.
Bliss (outtake)

Yeah, that’s good and all, but what is the origin of the happiness that I feel when I’m at home with my family? What is the source of it all? Well, that’s easy. It’s easy and it’s obvious and it is my #1 answer for a photograph that depicts what the word Bliss means to me. No question about it. This is bliss.

Day Three – Say Hello to the Neighbors

Today’s blogging 101 prompt isn’t a prompt.  In fact it doesn’t even require a post to your blog.  Weird, huh?

Today we are being asked to follow five topics in the Reader (think of it as an RSS feed specific to and to follow five blogs.  Sounds easy enough.

You follow a topic by entering a tag into the Reader page.  It then spits out posts with that tag.  Seeing as I am tagging this post with Blogging101, and the photo posts with photo101, I will start with those two.  Done and done.

I was a little disappointed to see the results of photo101.  Most of the first batch of posts that were returned used photographs that were not taken on the day of the post.  Granted, no where in the rules does it say you have to take today’s post’s picture today, but I’ve been doing that so far, and I hope to do it for the whole month.  (having said that, I make no promise that any given day’s post will be made on the actual day the prompt is given.  I absolutely reserve the right to push things off until I can get somewhere to take an appropriate picture.  I’ll try to keep things in order though)

So what other tags can I follow in Reader?  I actually already have about a metric ton of topics followed, but I can add a few more.  RPM Challenge and FAWM are already there.  I wonder if rpm2015 is too.  That’s the official 2015 RPM Challenge twitter hash tag.  Turns out the only posts are mine.  What about audio hosting sites.  Will there be anything for soundcloud or  Again, I am the only person to tag a post with, but soundcloud has a bunch of hits.  That’s three, even though I hate soundcloud.  Oh, what about GarageBand and Logic Pro?  Done and Done.

As for the five blogs I will follow.  Well, none of your business.  When looking at GarageBand posts I did stumble on an RPM participant.  That’s one.  While looking at Logic Pro I found someone who used the light bright looking Moonenite that caused such a terrorism scare in Boston a few years ago as a profile picture.  That’s two.  The final three will all be people who posted photo101 pictures today. Then I’ll add a sixth blog for luck.  Someone who has entered a post about Boston.

Done and done.