Hurrah! Huzzah! And Other Words of Celebration
I am writing this from my internet connection. Woopee boys (and gals) I’m back.
I had to go with satellite internet which means my bandwidth is limited during the day. I get 10 gigs per month. That’s barely enough to meet my browsing needs much less my upload/download needs for this blog. Luckily they give unlimited bandwidth between midnight and six in the am. The thing is I am not always up that late nor do I plan to force myself to stay up in order to upload shows. I typically go to bed between 11 and 12 so its not too much of a stretch to stay up a little later and I suspect I will do just that sometimes, but not on a daily basis. If I plan things right on the nights I do stay up I should be able to upload multiple shows and then can stretch those out over the week and you guys may not even notice a change at all.
Of course I haven’t tried this out in anyways so who knows if it will actually work.
While I was sans internet I did do some bloggy soul searching though and here’s what I came up with.
1. Less might be better: Even before running into bandwidth issues I was thinking about posting less shows. For a very long time now I have posted as many shows each day as I could. I figured the more the merrier. More shows means making more people happy. It means that I have more to choose from and more for the search engines to catalog. Which means more visitors and users. Thing is I could never keep up. I have long since lost the ability to actually listen to all the shows I’ve posted. I’d like to slow things down a little bit and post fewer shows but be able to actually listen to and comment about the stuff that I post. My long term goal is to actually write reviews of each show, but for now I’d like to at least be able to mention a particularly good song or say something about the sound quality.
2. Fewer artists, less hassle: I’ve actually been somewhat doing this for awhile. Many months ago I realized I had an enormous amount of shows on my hard drive that i had not posted and made a decision to stop downloading (well almost anyways) new stuff until I had cleared out what I had. As time went by the number of artists I had left to upload became slimmer. I’m thinking of making that a bit more permanent.
I kind of hate that idea actually. One of the things I am proud of about this blog is its eclectic-ness, I love that this site has artists of all sorts of genres and doesn’t stick to just classic rock like so many other boot blogs. Hopefully I can keep some of that, but with so much madness going on in this world right now I am a bit leery of posting everything. Megaupload got raided, Mediafire killed me and now Rapidshare is enforcing strict rules not to mention the regular slog of legal action being taken makes me want to do whatever I can to avoid having my stuff taken away again. This means I’m gonna stick a little closer to the artists I know don’t really seem to mind having their boots shared, and will certainly not continually post artists who have made requests (to the file sharing sites, or elsewhere) for their stuff to be taken down.
Along with this I’m going to make an even larger push to upload everything I can find by a few chosen artists. Right now those artists are Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, but that list will change and grow as things rumble along.
Of course all of these are just ideas and I may go right back to doing what I always did.
If you are still reading this, let me finish with a great big thanks for your patience. I should have a show up tomorrow and then will see how it goes.