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.
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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 wordpress.com 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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