it’s clear that i havent been blogging nearly enough, because my stats for this week are waaaay down. i’m talking zero hits in the past 48 hours (or more). do i feel a bit lonely? yes. do i feel a bit dejected and ignored? yes. but these aren’t due to my non-existant reader-base, it’s much more than that.
i mean, why do people blog in the first place? to get their name out there? to feel like people care about their opinions? to derive some sort of feeling of self-worth? i suppose all of those can be true in some sense. i don’t even know why i blog. i guess it’s somewhat self-assuring to write down errant thoughts in a digital time-capsule.
I’ve never been one for journals, or for diaries, and i know why; i don’t have the attention span nor the self-motivation to keep up with the entries. books that i deem ‘journals’ always end up as an earnest effort followed by pages and pages and pages of emptiness. i suppose with a blog, you don’t end up wasting paper, only people’s time and attention when they realize you haven’t written anything in a week.
so i guess what i’m saying is just bear with me, i’m sure i’ll come up with some good material soon, and then you can read it and perhaps find some kind of enjoyment in it. or you could just not read it, punishing me for my lackluster performance in the blogging world so far. either way, i think i’ll be blogging for a long time coming, which is to say i’ll be thinking a lot, and hopefully capturing those thoughts within this digital form. and so advance the dematerialization and digitalization of my human soul. so bear with me, i will not abandon you.
these days, there are tons of resources online for music lovers everywhere. That’s a great thing for somebody like me, who burns through his new music like wildfire and then is in a desperate search for new material. the web is very aware of peoples’ constant need for new music, and some tools stand out as the best amongst them.
my personal favorite is the hype machine, found at hypem.com. hype machine is an expansive site that compiles all of the most popular music blogs on the net into one easy-to-use resource. the site itself is a music player, and users can “like” or “favorite” songs and add them to their playlist. it’s an awesome tool for music discovery and collection, especially because each song has links to the original music blog they were posted to, and most blogs host free downloads of said songs.
honestly that’s just about the only music discovery engine i use these days, and even so, i use it very infrequently. that being said, i also always have last.fm running in the background of my computer, and since 2008 it’s been scrobbling every single song i listen to, so i’ve got that going for me. i know that last.fm has some really good suggestion engines on their website, but i hardly ever go on there, so i suppose it’s kind of moot.
anyway, i guess i just wanted to talk about how awesome the hype machine is, because it really is an awesome website for people looking for dance/electronic/indie/new music. it’s turned me on to many obscure and worth-while bands and artists, and i’m sure people who check it out will all find something there for them. plus, they’re well-integrated with twitter, which is always a big plus. so i suppose you should get over to hypem.com and see what i mean! happy searching!
In this day and age, we have so many choices w/r/t social media. There’s facebook for the people who feel lonely, google+ for the people who see the future (more on that later), and foursquare for people who like being stalked. But for the people who really understand and appreciate social media for its true essence, there is Twitter.
Twitter is everything you need out of a social medium, but presented in a simple, almost zen-like way. Every tweet you read is short, sweet and to the point. This is obviously due to the 140-character limit, which in my eyes is the smartest thing about the medium. If you’ve got something to say, say it, and do it fast. You’ll never find paragraphs of mindless drivel on Twitter, and even if somebody is tweeting mindless drivel, you can just not read their material.
The other thing that really appeals to me about twitter is its privacy. Facebook users can plug in literally anything about their life that they want people to know; where they work, go to school, what car they drive, the color of their nosehair, literally anything. That’s why stalking is a real issue w/r/t facebook: because all your information (and not to mention photographs) are all stored there and stay there. With twitter, there’s a degree of personal space which is not apparent in any other social media. Other users can find out what city you live in, your real name (if you provide it), and they can see your current profile picture. Isn’t that nice? It’s simple. It’s clean. It’s perfect.
TL;DR- get a Twitter account if you haven’t already. it’s the best social medium out there, and its cool. Pc.