And I find more new music on Blip.fm these days than perhaps any other single source on the web.
Now, I’m not saying it’s THE best place to find music. (Remember – I totally made that “Music Savvy” shit up. I haven’t begun to tap all the sources for discovering music on the web.) I’m just saying that in my Mom world, where I have a zillion things going on at once, Blip fits.
In the family of Social Media, Blip might be described as the aural second cousin to Twitter. Want to hear a particular song? Search it – select it – blip it. Other folks see/hear what you’ve played…if they like it, they may follow you. This puts the songs that you play into their real time “stream”, or ongoing playlist. You do the same with “DJs” you enjoy. Pretty soon, you find yourself “blipping” with the same folks. It’s comfortable – like you and your buds are programming your own XM station. Sorta.
I’ve realized that I’ve been turning to Blip more frequently than my own iPod lately. When I’m in the kitchen, I log into my Netbook on the shelf and hit play. My Blip Buddies roll the tunes while I cook dinner, pack lunches or load the dishwasher. In the living room, I crank up the volume on the Desktop while I fold laundry or pick up the seemingly endless trails of toys strewn hither and yon. And in the evening I enjoy background blipping while I work on the Laptop with my feet up on the ottoman. In all cases, I’m constantly finding myself stopping to check the queue to find out who plays THIS song, to hit repeat on THAT one or Google THOSE bands. I’ll throw the DJ some “props” and a thank you for the discovery and go back to what I was doing, secretly wondering HOW they could possibly have such encyclopaedic knowledge of music, and wishing I were half as cool as they are.
So, this is actually a “Thank You” to @RadioFreeIllinois, @mammara, @DuncanDogg, @FoggieLoaner, @dickadcock, @Atomik and @MissDiggity – awesome Blipsters I found early on and whose steps I’ve dogged ever since. They’ve introduced me to more awesome music than they will ever realize. So many more folks jump on that list daily – there would be no way to mention everyone. I should really thank y’all more than I do. (Hey, I’ve got a three year old – does that get me a pass?) I may not say much, but I listen…oh, boy, do I listen! And you never disappoint.
And so gentle reader…if you Blip too, or if you’re game to try now – come find me over there. (@MusicSavvyMom, just like on Twitter.) Or, leave your screen name in the comments, and I’ll add you…maybe then I’ll finally get to hear what y’all actually listen to. *ahem* If you have any “Blipstars” that blow you away, list them, too, dude – share the love.
Remember when we hung out in our dorm rooms and swapped mix tapes in college? It’s kinda like that. C’mon. I’ll crack a beer for you and skooch over to make room in the Papasan Chair…it’ll be fun. 😉