As I prepare for my upcoming Learning Annex gig on March 16th and I start working with NYSSA on an finance/investment related blogging seminar, on top of the new book idea, I'm realizing that I need a better vehicle to organize my thoughts (and promote them) in regards to blogging as a career tool. Therefore, I've decided to spin off my existing posts on blogging as a career tool into a blog called Success Blogging. I already got the domain name and I'm working on connecting it to my existing TypePad account. On this new blog, I'll be posting about my thoughts related to the book, as well as all of the information and content that gets produced related to events that I am working on. I'm excited to start a new blog with a definite theme and purpose, and I'm also happy that the complete randomness of my personal blog, "This is Going to Be Big..." can now be legitimately excused. I haven't decided whether or not I'll be parallel posting across both blogs, but rest assured, when the new site is up and running and has new posts, I'll let you know on here.
When I was a sophomore, I lived in Hughes Hall. It was the worst dorm you could get... a former classroom/office building, they stuffed four of us in two bunks in each room. The walls and rugs were all various shades of brown. Its only redeeming quality was that it was right smack in the middle of campus. I had a dry erase board that a hung on the hallway door. Everyday, I would put up a quote of the day, because we were close by the elevator in the first floor and we got tons of walkby traffic. That is, until someone wrote "fuck you" on it. I ignored it and kept posting... until they took the dry erase board and threw it in the trash. I retrieved it and continued to post, until they tore the board into pieces, even mangling the metal frame. I pieced it back together, though, and hung it up again. Then, finally it disappeared altogether.
I put myself out there... I always have. Sometimes people agree with you, sometimes not, but I've never understood the hate and the meanness. Don't like the quotes? Ignore them... but tearing my message board to pieces? I just couldn't grasp that and it always troubled me that there existed that kind of meanness.
Tonight, someone posted on my blog in a way that upset me over something really important to me. People say everything is free game when you put yourself out there like this, and while I believe that, the meanness still troubles me. There's a missing post now that won't return and it was a post that meant a lot to me. Thanks... and thanks for busting up my dry erase board.
So I got an iPod for Christmas, along with everyone else in the free world. I was impressed with how quickly my 1200 song library downloaded, especially considering it was only USB 1.1.
Anyway, I've been thinking about something ever since Fred started posting his Top 50 Albums postings. I didn't have a lot to add, not because I don't listen to a lot of music... I listen to a ton... but because I never listen to albums. Even when I was younger, I was listening to the radio and taping songs off the radio onto tapes. Many of the albums I bought were just to get a song or two and perhaps I discovered a third or fourth, but that was about it and I'd skip through the junk. Sure there were a handful of whole albums that I liked: most of Pink Floyd's albums, Tommy, Led Zepplin, but very little of the other genres that I listened to were worth getting a whole album over. Techno.... I dunno.. that always seemed like a song by song genre to me, getting played on the radio and in clubs. I never saw anyone actually purchase a techno or electronica album. Seems like most of those artists are happy to distribute that freely, because what they really want are club gigs and radio play.
Anyway, point being, I wonder if this is a generational thing. When the downloading wave hit colleges, right smack in the middle of my college years, the focus was on getting songs. Middle aged iPodders today like Larry at GM are more focused on albums because most of their digital music comes from their own CD collection, uploaded album by album. I don't know anyone plus or minus at least three years from me whose digital music collection was mostly downloaded as a whole album. In fact, that was suppossed to be one of the reasons for the music stealing phenomenon... that it was a backlash against being forced to consume music in album sized bites when there were so few albums with more than just one or two good songs.
It really hit me when I put all my music on iPod and I realized how much of a mess it was. Songs and artists were poorly labeled and not grouped into albums. Clearly, the iPod is designed with Uploader Larry Aged 37 in mind more so than College Napsterboy Charlie Aged 25. I think I have about two weeks worth of relabeling and cleanup to do. We need to throw some playlists on this mother, because 1200 individual songs with no rhyme or reason just isn't going to cut it. This morning, I listened to a selection from the "A"s, for no other reason than they came first. The selections? Apple of Sodom by Marilyn Manson, As Far As Heaven is Wide by Garbage, Astrocreep by Rob Zombie... clearly the "A"s are a sketchy bunch.
So this is it... I sent the first copy out to an agent that had asked for it, and obviously if he wants to do something with it, he has first dibs. However, if anyone else wants to take a look or pass it to someone they know who might be interested, feel free. Just make sure they're interested because they'd like to work with me and not steal the idea. :)
Literary Proposal for "Success Blogging" by Charlie O'Donnell