Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Too Much!

This social media thing has gotten out of hand. 

Here are the things I like to do online:

  • Waste time playing games while I'm...thinking (sure)
  • READ STUFF - such as news articles and writing/author forums
  • Look up things I'm curious about (Thanks, Google!)

That's about it. 

Things that are a waste of time online:

Pinterest - What's the deal with that? Sure, I joined. I was curious. I created a few "boards", slapped some pictures in them, and now what? Go back and admire them? I really don't get the point. I deduce that a lot of people like to collect decorating ideas or fashion ideas. Here's an idea - use your imagination!

Linkedin - I'm not looking for a job. I don't have a need to "network". I barely talk to the people I work with now (kidding - sort of). Who cares about my list of "skills"? I don't even care. And stop sending me emails about people who want to "connect with me"! What for? 

Twitter - Well, Twitter is just #stupid. Yes, I have a Twitter account. How often do I tweet? Pretty much never. I am perhaps naive to the workings of Twitter, but what I see is a bunch of clutter, if one happens to follow more than, say, two people. Maybe I just follow the wrong people. I should unfollow everybody and pick someone entertaining. But I still don't think I'd ever go there.

Facebook - I'm just not a fan. I have people who are close to me who update their Facebook page at least a couple times a day. I'm not sure why. Granted, I like to know what's happening with people I don't get to see very often, but instead I see a lot of "funny" photos linked from other sites, political rants (yuck), and surprisingly, tons of people who love posting candid pics of themselves. I guess I'm no show-offy enough. I don't even use a photo of me as my profile picture. Friends who choose to send messages to me via Facebook, be aware: I might not see it for a week or so. I honestly forget to go there, usually.

We've overdone it with all this social media stuff. I frankly think there's too much networking going on nowadays. I blame narcissism. Everybody wants to be important; a star. Everyone wants the spotlight to shine on them. 

The brutal truth is, just like with songwriting sites like ReverbNation, all anyone is interested in is their own stuff. Bands don't listen to other bands. They just want to be heard. Twitter "tweeters" mostly want people to read their posts. Linkedin members want to show off their fancy resumes. This desperate hunger for celebrity has gotten out of hand.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Pop Culture Trends of 2011

I'm not qualified to comment on very many subjects (although that's never stopped me before!) However, I do know a thing or two about pop culture, as an observer more than a participant, sadly (or not).

So, as we bid adieu to 2011 (and none too soon, in my opinion), here are some things I've noticed.....


Now, this may have occurred before 2011, and most likely did, but I am now ready to pronounce country music dead and buried (or scattered, as the case may be).

It's no loss for me, because I stopped listening to it a long, long time ago, as it became apparent that the steels and the fiddles were being ritually cast off, one by one, and all that was left was a....banjo? Why in the world did the "country" tween stars choose a banjo? Whatever. It's all fake anyway.

Country music now is like someone who's never heard country music imagines it to sound.

Merle Haggard is now "Americana". As is Dwight Yoakam. It's okay with me. I don't care what they call 'em, as long as I can still buy their records.

I'm not gonna fight it anymore. Y'all enjoy your so-called music. Who am I to steal your Southern-fried-chicken-tires-on-a-gravel-road-Ol'-Hank-I'm-from-the-country-and-I'm-a-proud-redneck-insert-cliche-here joy?


It's not only funny to denigrate these groups, it's COOL. Just ask the writers and editors of any of your favorite magazines and newspapers.

If you want to be part of the "in" crowd, sharpen those nails, folks! Post your best, most poisonous comments on the websites of the afore-mentioned publications, and dudes like Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly will personally show up at your door and give you a BIG KISS! Not to single him out. There are tons....and tons.

Just the mere mention of someone like Tim Tebow or any of the Republican presidential candidates will throw 80% of the population into an absolute tizzy of vile hatred. And kudos to them!...say most of the journalistic powers-that-be! You go, girls Show them YOU'RE the bully in this group, and don't they dare forget it!


Excuse me if you are a heavy utilizer of Facebook. I certainly mean no disrespect. But strictly as an observer, I have noticed the interest begin to wane. People post much less often, and those few who are constantly posting are just attention whores (Oh, my God, did I say that? I probably could have come up with a more acceptable term). The best are those who like to post the scores of their various games, like Crazy Farm, or whatever the heck it's called. Who cares?? To me, that's just nutty, and I'm trying hard not to be as judgmental as those people I mentioned in my last category. But seriously. Do you think anyone cares?? I play FB games, too. That's really all I use it for, frankly, other than to scan to see if anything interesting has been posted (it hasn't). But I wouldn't post my game scores!

Anyway, I wandered off into a tangent again. My point is, Facebook is on the down-turn. I don't care what those TV news hosts, who try to look "hip", are saying. I can see it. People are already hungering for the next big thing. And the next big thing will last about five years, too, if fortune shines upon it.


Again, I'm on Twitter, too. Why? I don't know! Somebody said you should promote yourself (music-wise, I mean, not promote myself) on Twitter.

Do I ever go to Twitter? No. Not unless I want to post a link to a blog post that I think might be semi-relevant or interesting to somebody.

Why? It's wholly unworkable. First of all, and this, I admit, was a rookie mistake. I reciprocated to every "follow" email I received, and thus, I don't know how many people I follow, but too damn many! This makes the Twitter presentation just a jumble of unintelligible junk, which is mostly just posts of links to other pages (just like I do), and I don't have the time or patience to click on every link somebody deems worthy to share.

And that whole "@" thing. Okay, somebody is responding to something that "somebody" said, and I don't know what it was or who it was, and therefore, it's utter nonsense to me. But fun for those involved, I imagine!

Also, I don't like Ashton Kutcher enough to read what he has to say. It's not so much that I don't like Ashton Kutcher. It's just that he never even enters my consciousness. I, unlike I guess, 93% of the population, do NOT worship celebrities. There. I've said it. Kill me now. In fact, I have mostly disdain for the large majority of them, because they act like idiots, and their "writings" tend to prove that.

(Ha ~ I believe I will link this post on Twitter ~ just because I love nothing more than contradicting myself. And I haven't "contributed" in awhile. Gotta keep those irons in the fire! If somebody actually reads it, I'll give them a free download of whatever the heck they might want. I hope that doesn't discourage people! Give me a shout, people, if you actually read this. You can have your pick from the extensive Red River catalog.)


Nobody will admit that they don't like hip-hop, because that will just make them an outcast in popular society. Sign me up as an outcast!

I'm not even going to argue that it's not music. Everybody knows it isn't. Spoken word is spoken word. So, the beat is infectious, I guess. Maybe that's what it is. But the lyrics (or "poems")? Mind-numbing. And yes, I have heard and/or read that Kanye West is a "genius". My sole experience with Kanye West is seeing him rudely interrupt someone who was accepting a televised award, so don't give me that "genius" stuff. Egotist, sure.


Networks, don't give us this line that "we're just giving people what they want". No, you're not. You're giving people whatever costs you the least to produce.

I will not watch reality TV. It is contrived, lowest common denominator anesthesia, for people who are really just too lazy to push the "up" or "down" button on their remote control.

And we bemoan the fact that Johnny or Jenny can't read or pass a simple mathematics exam. Maybe their brains have been rendered useless by absorbing an overdose of reality TV...not to mention modeling their lives after all the dumb-ass people who become famous by "starring" on these shows.

Modern Family is a jewel. A rare gem. Watch it. This show has real writers and real actors! I know that's unbelievable, but true!

What the heck ever happened to writers? Are they all out on the camp-out with the 99%'ers now, because TV isn't hiring? I feel bad for writers; at least for the good ones. And, consequently, bad for us.


From the latest crazy happening in the world, to the Presidential debates, to a live performance by an obscure 60's rock group, to cute animal videos; it's all there. Or it will be. Just give it a minute.

We can skip the boring awards shows, and just watch the parts we want to see. We can learn how to carve a turkey (yes, I watched). We can even watch that Geico commercial with the little piggy (that's right; not ALL commercials suck).

YouTube is THE portal to the online world. Well, really, to the world. NOT Facebook. YouTube will be around forever. I just hope they don't decide to start charging for it (yes, I know they are offering TV subscriptions, but I can frankly watch what I want for free on Hulu).


Thanks in large part to Amazon, and thanks also to our local libraries, reading books is more affordable than ever. And thanks to my Kindle that I got for Christmas in 2010, I can take advantage of both free books from my library (although limited in selection) and relatively inexpensive books from Amazon itself, and I no longer have that pesky problem of a tower of hard-cover books ominously cornering me into the one remaining air-filled space of my little home.

It isn't just that, of course. There's nothing like a popular series to get people interested in reading again. My husband is currently reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and he hasn't read a book all the way through in ages. (Don't get me wrong. It's not that he has ADHD or anything; well, maybe a touch. It's just that he's really picky.)

And, not to belabor the point, but television is so boring, can you blame someone for choosing to read instead? And reading is SO much better for us. Contrary to recent pop culture beliefs, being an idiot isn't actually cool. Oh sure, maybe it's cool to other idiots, but are you really all that interested in impressing them? A dangling piece of string would impress them.

So, what to make of pop culture in the year 2011? Not a lot that's good. Some, but not much.

A large majority of the population is applauded for being intolerant. And for being morons. A once-revered genre of music has died ~ committed suicide, actually, after listening to a Taylor Swift song one too many times. Facebook puts people to sleep. Twitter is popular only in some people's imaginations. If there is one good program on television, we should rejoice. And there is. One.

But people like to read. And we can get our fill of the day's events, be they large or tiny, from YouTube.

I choose to look at the glass as 1/8 full. But that's just today, of course.

And just to prove that I'm not a fossil, I actually know who the two people in this video are.

I saw Inception. And I used to watch "3rd Rock From the Sun".

And I understand this gal has a good new sitcom on Fox (is it?) I haven't watched it, but I'm kind of a creature of habit. It takes me awhile to latch onto to new things.

So, here are Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Happy New Year (and this is cool, because it's an old song, and they aren't doing it ironically. Nice change of pace. Thank you.)


Saturday, July 2, 2011

8 No-Fuss Ways to Lose Fans (on the Net)

1. Post a new song every day, specifically on Facebook and Twitter. This makes you appear "prolific", and not at all "annoying". If possible, repost the same link several times a day. This allows your friends and fans to avoid reading those boring posts from Aunt Edna.

2. Repost the same song every day.

Maybe everyone didn't get a chance to hear it yet. Maybe you only have one song. Who knows? And you know the old saying: familiarity breeds...sales!

3. Post a link to a song; then take the song down, because you're "not happy with it".
People love clicking on a link and nothing happens. It makes them begin fiddling with their PC's ~ checking their security settings, deleting their cookies, rebooting. People love that. It gives them a handy opportunity to do a much-neglected tune-up of their system.

4. Hype your latest track as the "greatest/saddest/grooviest song ever written".
People will flock to listen, mainly because this gives them a chance to sharpen their satirical, cynical, writing skills and to expand their vocabulary, as they search for just the right words to express their gratitude to you for sharing a once-in-a-lifetime gem.

5. Slap up a horribly-done home demo for everyone's listening pleasure.
You just wrote a new song, and you're excited about it! Oh sure, maybe you didn't have time to tune your guitar, but you had to get the song recorded before you lost that golden moment! Out of tune tracks give an artist that certain cachet. It screams avant-garde.

6. Make a YouTube live performance video using just a 40-watt lightbulb, and film it during the dinner hour, when your kids are running through the living room screaming, and your dog is barking for his dinner.
Be sure to also keep the TV at its normal volume, preferably blaring that Sham Wow commercial in the background. All this lends ambience to your performance. It's called keeping it real, and it is hardly a distraction for the viewer.

7. Create politically charged posts.

After all, what do your fans care more about? You music or your politics? Jump up on that soapbox! Better yet, take a moment to denigrate "the other side". Of course you want fans, preferably those who will actually buy your music. But you only want the right kind of fans. If you miss out on a few dollars here and there, well, you will feel all the more righteous.

8. Never respond to fan comments.

You're busy! And besides, if you say "thank you", that just makes you look needy. Isn't it enough that you are doing them a favor by posting your music?

It's all just common sense, really. As an artist, perhaps you've already thought of some of these ways, but I wanted to make it as no-fuss as possible. Hence, a list that you can post on your bulletin board for handy reference!

Thank you. You're welcome.

Friday, March 25, 2011


I've been thinking a bit about promotion (or "marketing", as the snake oil salesmen prefer to call it).

As musicians and/or songwriters, everyone tells us that promotion is key. In fact, there are a WHOLE BUNCH of sites out there just begging us to believe that.

But do we ever stop to think about who we're marketing to, and why?

Here's the thing; I just like making music. In fact, I find that I like the process more than I like the finished product.

Thus, even though I created my own ReverbNation site for my acoustic songs, by no means does that mean that I'm looking to grab the brass ring, or any other cliche you can recite. I just wanted a place to keep all my songs in one handy spot. Not everyone with a music page is trying to promote themselves (but I guess most probably are).

The fact about ReverbNation, Soundclick (that old chestnut),, (okay, I made up those last two), etc., that none of those sites want you to figure out is, the only other people there are other artists.

Yet, all these sites are more than happy to try to get you to buy the "pro" package, or "pro" widget; pretty much the "pro" anything. Can't they make enough money from ads? And why in the world would I need a pro package? Will that get me discovered? ha ha

I've ranted about "fanning" before, but humor me: I keep getting all these stupid emails clogging up my in box, telling me that John or Estelle just became my fan. Yet, when I checked my stats on ReverbNation today, I've had only 26 song plays. Twenty-six song plays and 58 fans. It's amazing!

So, this morning, I posted this in my bio:


I haven't gotten an email since! Wow ~ I don't get it! ha ha

I consider it a rookie mistake to post one's music everywhere on the web, and to take seriously someone deciding to become your "fan". I'm not saying there aren't any true fans out there, but believe me, they're few and far between. As I said before, 99.99% of the people on these sites are other musicians, and they just want you to listen to their music.

If I could remember every place I've uploaded our music, I would go to those sites and cancel our membership, although I've noticed that some sites don't even give you that option.

Choose one or two sites to host your music, at the most. Then you'll still have a place to direct your friends to, if you want to share your music with them. Cuz honestly, it's only your friends that will listen, and even they might not really want to.

As the manager of our band, I've decided that I'm only going to promote something I really like. Face it, every artist does a lot of songs; not all of them are gems (just ask me!) I'm focusing on promoting the best of the best.

And by promoting, I mean, trying to get the best of the best to someone who might actually do something for us. (Never fear, since this is my personal blog, I'm going to continue to promote all our stuff here; that's what blogs are for!)

In a future post, I'll talk a bit about "opportunities"; the good, the bad, and the ripoffs.

And yes, I love fans ~ real ones!