Well I thought I'd use this site to try my hand at trying to write a little bit of poetry everyday, and as sort of practice for writing songs lyrics. But truth be told, the ten I actually managed to write were pretty bad, and I completely lost interest in the whole experiment. So I'm gonna go ahead and chalk that up to a fail, and move onto the next thing.
I'm not sure exactly what that next thing will be. I thinking I still wanna stick to the daily writing idea, but not sure what that will entail. I'm thinking it's probably end up being some nerdy stuff about the music I'm listening to or what projects I'm working on.
I have this thing going where I'm trying to save as much money as i can, and pay off some debts so by this time next year I can move back to Pittsburgh, a town I lived in for 16 years and love very much...well more than where I'm at now.
So in order to reach this goal I had to make some decisions, like what not to spend money on, and one thing I spend a lot of money on is music. I own about 700 CD's and about 300 vinyl records. So instead of spending anymore money on these things I decided I'm going to go through my CD, Vinyl and iTunes library and listen to everything. If I listen to one record a day, that’s take almost this whole year to finish it. If I listen to one CD a day, that will be two years before I complete that collection. I made a playlist in iTunes of pretty much my entire library, and according to iTunes, that collection will take 58.8 days to complete, that is if my iPod is playing 24 hours a day, for the next two months. So have plenty of music to listen to, I don't need to be buying anymore.
I've been playing a record a day for about a month now. I'm just going by alphabetical order, I'll play one record in the morning while I'm doing my morning routine of writing and exercise. The CD's I don't play as much through out the week, but on the weekend I usually get about 5 or 6 while reading and doing other things. That collection I'm also going through alphabetically, but I arranged that collection with how it is in iTunes, which means the it's going by the first letter of the artist even if the artist is someones name. Example, in my vinyl collection Frank Zappa is in the 'Z' section of the library, where in iTunes and my CD rack he's in the 'F' section. For the iPod playlist I have the albums A-Z, and I usually play my iPod in my car while driving to work, and during my lunch breaks. With all these different playlist going between the collections I'm getting a pretty good variety of music to listen to. Since I have more CD's by more artist than I do records, and I don't always get a chance to play a CD a day, I get to listen to two different artist of different styles each morning, and a completely different one while driving to work. Another nice aspect of this is, I get to check out CD's I haven't listened to in years, same with the iPod playlist. So in a way its like I'm rediscovering my music collection all over again.
Happy Saturday, everyone. I've got a million important yet totally boring things I have to do today, so I'm going to skip writing a long article. However, I have a few that I've been working on for next week that should be pretty good.
Right now I kinda write the blog on blind faith. I don't really know exactly what people expect from the site - I just try to balance between useful advice, funny stories, and a bit of what's going on in my life at the moment. My goal is for this to be the site you check every day, having no idea what you might be reading about next, but knowing that it will be interesting. But I'm curious - is there anything you'd like to see different around here? Is there a topic you wish I'd write about? Do you want more of any one type of post? Less? Is there anything about the site that's really annoying (yeah, yeah... I put at Home button at the top)? If you have any suggestions, I'd really love to hear them either in the comments here or by e-mail.
The blog is becoming more and more successful in terms of traffic. I average about 3000 visitors per day if you include the huge spikes from the more popular stories. It seems like we have a good portion of the people who comment on the blog, which is what I personally think makes it really interesting. I'm really grateful for every person who reads and/or replies in the comments here. I read every comment, and I'm flattered that people take the time to post them.