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And then, I was thinking…

I can’t tell you how often I have these random “MSM” related thoughts run through my head. Not really post topics, not really blog worthy fodder – just random musings in relation to the site that I’d love to bounce off someone before attempting implementation.

I’d mention them to my husband, but while he’s incredibly supportive (and NEVER so much as raises an eyebrow when he comes home from work and I’m still in my PJs and the house is a mess, but I’m grinning like a Cheshire cat because figured out some FABULOUS new way to add code to embed individual songs)…he really couldn’t give a shit about specifics here.

So, I’m going to run them by y’all.  Call this a “stream of consciousness post”.  Feedback in the comments MOST appreciated.

1. RE:  Artist “interviews”. Y’know, I’m getting some opportunities for those.  Not Bono or anything, but still – definitely good artists who deserve well thought out questions.  Problem is – I’m the Mother of a four year old, dude.  I have a hard time formulating a thought beyond “Holy shit, we’re almost out of coffee!” or “What do you mean it was my day to bring snacks to soccer practice?”, let alone doing justice to an actual interview.

Part 2 of that is that a good chunk of the folks who hang here are ALSO Moms.  I know from my own experience that you don’t have any more time to READ well thought out interviews than I have to do them.  Am I wrong in assuming that getting the heads up about an artist, a link to where to find more info if you’re so inclined, a listen to a song and maybe an interesting, quirky tidbit is what you’d expect to find here…or would you rather I extrapolate that out to a more brooding, detailed critique?

(Frankly, I’m fine with leaving those to the angst-ridden teen Music Bloggers and the trendy late-twenties urbanite hipsters.  I like my music info like I like my coffee – hot, fresh and slightly colored.  What?  Flavored creamers FTW, people!)

But, I WAS thinking that coming up with five standard yet completely off the wall questions might be fun – ala James Lipton @ Inside the Actor’s Studio.  Or maybe I’ll just rip those off.  A few fun, random questions and maybe a request for the artist to give us a ten song iPod shuffle could be fun…and it would be something easy I could email out and they could email back.  What say you all?  And, if you like the idea – what questions should we ask?

2. If I built it – would you come? I’m talking about a forum…attached to this blog where you could sign in and just yap.  Y’know, make threads – chit chat back and forth – just pop in whenever you had a second.  I’ve belonged to them and have made some wonderful, wonderful friends that way.  And frankly, there are nights that Twitter bores the bejesus out of me, and hubs is watching sports and I’m too brain fried to deal with Facebook or actual writing or research…but I’d love to sling some witty back and forth with my homies…maybe talk some random music or snark at the TV together?

I’m not asking for a commitment or anything – just testing for interest.  Besides – I’ve been itching to see if I COULD set up a forum.  It’s one computer task I haven’t yet mastered, and I’d like to.  So, whaddaya say – got any Guinea Pigs?

3.  Redecorating. I’m thinking maybe I’ll redesign the blog again.  Nothing huge – but I have some plugins and hooks on this theme that don’t play nicely together.  So, if you see some construction around here, don’t worry – I’m going to do it while we’re live rather than take any “down time”.  Just don’t trip over any tools lying around, because my insurance sucks.

4.  Guest Blogger DJ Shuffles.  Remember those?  Yeah, they were a HUGE part of the initial building of this site traffic, and we all loved them…but, I began to feel like it was sort of disingenuous of me.  I mean – when a blogger did a guest shuffle, naturally a ton of their established readers would come over to see it, right?  And luckily, many of you stuck around.  But, I stopped them for a while because I felt guilty for “trading in” on someone else’s traffic.  I thought perhaps I should establish myself here and let you see if you thought there was a reason to come OTHER than the Guest DJ Shuffles.  And, thank baby cheeses, you have!

So, I think we’ll start those up again…but I’m not sure where.  See, that other collaborative music site that I’ve been threatening you with telling you about for AGES is going to done before MSM’s one year anniversary (first week in July) come hell or high water.  I was thinking that might be a good time to start them again – and maybe even make them a once a week regular feature that I do over there.  (I don’t feel bad about bringing new folks to THAT site, because it’s a site made up of six now-established bloggers.  We don’t gotta prove nothin’ to nobody, yo! LOL 😉 )

I’m not ready for them YET, but soon I’ll be putting out a call for folks who’d want to be featured with a Guest DJ Shuffle…so if you want in – holla!

5.  Whatcha Want? So…what do you like BEST about this site?  What do we not do that you’d like to see?  What do I do that annoys the snot out of you?  (Not saying I’ll change anything…but, I’ll listen! 😉 )

I know there’s more, but I promised a certain little kiddo a trip to Target for a new toy train.  Duty calls!

7 Responses to And then, I was thinking…
  1. thepeachy1
    May 13, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    Love the artist interview idea. a short quick and NON formal type interview. A lot of artist are parents, aunts, uncles, since you pointed out your a mom, a lot of us are moms, how cool would it be to hear their take on it and how they juggle it, if their kids even like to hear them sing or do like mine do and run screaming like I set their footed pj’s on fire. Yeah go for it, do it do it, do it. come on bobby you can do it.

    • rainbowlite
      May 13, 2010 | 2:29 pm

      I would like more guest DJ lists. I do have a confession. I’m not really that into music but I like listening to what others like.

    • Ri, the MSM
      May 13, 2010 | 2:30 pm

      Is that “come on Bobby, you can do it” as in Bobby Bouche (Adam Sandler) from “The Waterboy”, or “you can do it – shake n’ bake, baby!” as in Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights)?

      Yeah, we could totally have a “Stupid Movie Quotes” thread in the forum. (Totally love your “ask parent-centric” questions, though – from either parent view or kid view, depending on if the artist has procreated. Nice!)
      .-= Ri, the MSM´s last blog ..And then, I was thinking… =-.

  2. oh_pook
    May 13, 2010 | 3:27 pm

    I’m in…!

    for whatever you decide to pursue *squishysmilyfaceguy*

  3. Claudine
    May 13, 2010 | 5:25 pm

    I’m totally down with you trying out the forum thingy-bobber. I must warn you, however; I’m not that tech savvy so I may need a “how to” guide to use it!

    As for the Guest Blogger DJ shuffles, I’m also down with that as long as I get a “how to” guide that tells me what to do! I’m warnin’ ya, though. I may just put some Captain and Tennille and Abba songs when it’s my turn to “host!”

    What I love most about your site is how flipping funny you are. I also enjoy listening to the music while I work and cook dinner!

  4. LaMereJoie
    May 13, 2010 | 8:17 pm

    I love the idea of a fun Q&A vs the whole formal interview stuff. Short sentences and that kind of thing is perfect for people like me who can’t focus on too many words.

    Threads would be cool! I can talk music and movies. 🙂

    As for the guest djing, love that. It’s fun to see what other people are listening to.

    HMMM. Has my blog design ADD worn off on you? I love this one though!

    P.S. Have you entered my contest on http://kitchenconundrum.com yet?

  5. Jenn
    May 13, 2010 | 11:40 pm

    I really like the idea of quick interviews.

    Take a look at what this host does at the end of an interview– it is usually just a rapid fire of some random questions. I cannot remember what he calls it, maybe 2 minute rapid fire? So a little like the Proust Interview that you find at the back of Vanity Fair (or Lipton) but sillier.

    Something quick and quirky would be great fun to read. Even better if they videoed their answers.


    Love your site!

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