Friday, September 19, 2014

September 2014 Update

Since our total flop on iVlog I've come to accept that doing the show on our own site is the better bet although it's going to have it's ups and downs.

What I mean by that is that some week's we're going to have a packed chat, while other week's it's just going to be me and Deb from Unsigned Musicians in the chat.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I'm ok with that. I really think that I've accomplished quite a bit with Indie Spotlight during it's run and while I will keep the show going I'm starting to look at other internet broadcasting projects that I might do.

At this time, I'm not planning on retiring as host of Indie Spotlight, this show will continue however I don't find it fulfilling as I once did which to me is a sign that my internet hosting a live broadcast needs to go in another direction.

While I have a ton of ideas in my head as to what I might do next, I haven't decided where I want to go as of yet so stay tuned.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wandering Minds = Dangerous

Sitting here working on tomorrow's playlist and my mind started to wander. I gotta be careful with that because sometimes it doesn't come back.

I'm trying to think of ways that I could make the show better and right now I'm drawing a blank.

Some of the things that made the show back in the day just aren't available to me in our current format. For example, back when we did musician interviews on blogtalkradio people could call in with questions and talk live with their favorite musician.

Can't do that right now, lost that when we left BTR back in 2009. While we made the interview format work on blogtv with the chat, it just wasn't the same because we either needed a phone number or a skype name and while most people trusted us with either, not everyone did.

Live music, yeah, that would be a total crapshoot. See, because I have to use the Adobe Flash Encoder to broadcast the show on our current site, there is no co-host capability. iVlog doesn't offer it as of yet either. The only way we could bring live music back would be to try it via Skype. Tried it back when we were on Blogtv, it didn't go well due to bandwith issues on the musicians end.

In other words I think I've done all I can really do in this medium.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hanging up my headset, no matter how many or how few people come to the broadcast I enjoy doing it. No matter what else I decide to take up, Indie Spotlight will stay on it's current format, date and time.

I'm just starting to think about some other projects that I might like to do.

For examples, while not doing a political show, I wouldn't mind doing something in a talk format. Back during my NewsTalk days I had an idea for a show that I was going to call "What If Moments in History" where I would take a historic event, and wonder what would be different if it had not have happened. Of course you would need interaction with other people to really make that play out. I still think it's a neat idea although it would take a TON of work to put together but I still think it would be fun so that is an idea. The downside is that this would have to broadcast on a site that you could interact with people verbally, similar to blogtalkradio.

I've actually done a few American Football related shows way back in the day on BTR, I called it Tuesday Night Quarterback. To be quite honest about it I was just playing around with it and it ended up being a total flop but with the right promotion I think it could work. Just have to find a place to broadcast it. iVlog is an option on this one. Would have to find another name for the show, ideas?

I could do a cooking show but with my luck I would end up being a prime example as to why people shouldn't cook live on the internet.

..................and

                               my mind
                           
                                               has wandered
         
                                                                            away





Saturday, September 6, 2014

Where the Hell Did the Year Go?

I can't believe it's September already! In the past when we were on blogtv this usually meant an uptick in show attendance.

Now since we are officially entrenched in the indiespotlightlive.webs.com era, this means more promotion via social media.

It's a very different game when you decide to go it alone for sure.

So while I'm reasonably active on Facebook I think that in order to grow the show I need to become more involved in Twitter and since my seldom used Twitter account is used for no other reason than the show I think this is a good start.

Some folks might remember that last year Deb from the Unsigned Musicians show and I were going to share her webpage at zbirdbrain.com. While she has certainly done her part I have yet to create my pages with musicians that are played on my show. To be quite honest about it I've spent time playing around with it, and that has been about it. Between the move, the new job, the new job taking an insane amount of hours, taking care of the yard, the brat cat and so on I just have not had time to teach myself how much less build the page. Don't worry, it's next on my list.

Still can't believe it's September already, won't be long before 2014 is a memory and I didn't even get half the stuff done I wanted to.

I didn't put much stock into it when I was younger when older people said that the older you get time flies, but damn if it doesn't!


Friday, August 29, 2014

As a Side Note..

I mentioned it during the show but for those of you who weren't there, I am looking at getting another computer for no other reason than to leave the show on loop in the player when I'm not actively broadcasting.

Stay tuned, more details to come.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August Update

Good evening everyone, just a quick update. While I still may do the odd-ball broadcast on iVlog I've decided that the best thing for the show is to remain on indiespotlightlive.webs.com.

Over the last couple of weeks I also decided that since I wasn't rebroadcasting at least these particular broadcasts on iVlog I went back to my original format, some music that for various reasons I wasn't giving airplay are being played once again and I gotta tell ya, it was like saying hello to old friends.

The reason I'm staying on our own site is simple, there was no traffic to the show on iVlog, however over the last couple of weeks I have been seeing some familiar faces that I hadn't seen since our return to our own site. Looking at the stats it's clear where we need to be.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Random Thoughts

Haven't done this in a long while, for some reason I'm feeling nostalgic, mostly about life in general. Earlier this week I was reading Mike Rowe's post on Facebook about Robin Williams' untimely passing and I guess it just got me thinking.

First, the post;

Off The Wall

Shannon Howard-Trevizo

"I'm struggling. Please say something about Robin Williams. I know you could put into words what people want to hear.. local boy to local us."

Hi Shannon

I wish I could tell you we were pals. That we hung out from time to time, or played poker every other Thursday. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the man. Like most people in The Bay Area, my contact with Robin was limited to a few random and minor encounters. However, those encounters made an impression.

The first was in 2006 - June or maybe July. I walked into The Roastery down on Chestnut, ordered a coffee, and sat down to read the paper. I soon discovered I was in one of those chairs with one leg shorter than the rest, and resolved to remedy the problem by jamming a folded-up coaster under the offending limb. I bent down, got the thing positioned properly, and managed to smack my head on the edge of the table on the way back up. Hard. The impact was noisy, and sent coffee slushing all over The Chronicle, which in turn lead to an “Ahh...shit!,” a little louder than I intended. A second later, a voice said, “No, I believe that’s coffee. Shit’s the stuff I see you crawling through every time I turn on the TV.”

I didn’t recognize the voice, but when I looked up, there was no mistaking the face. It belonged to Garp, Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, and so many others. He was just standing there, smiling, waiting for me to say something pithy. I imagined him thinking, “Your move, chief.” But I had nothing. All I could think was “Holy crap - Robin Williams knows who I am!” Eventually, it got awkward, so he said, “Love the show, man,” and walked out.

There was another time a few years later at something called The “X” Prize. This was a very swanky affair at The Lucas Digital Arts Studio in May of 2010. How I got invited is a bit of a mystery, but I was, and I went. I saw Robin on the Red Carpet, chatting with some reporters. I caught his eye and nodded. He nodded back and told me I cleaned up pretty good. I told him he looked very pretty. He chuckled and moved on.

That's it, I'm afraid.

It’s a curious thing isn't it, to miss someone you didn't really know? Maybe it has something to do with their entrance? In show biz, and life, a big entrance can leave a big impression, and Robin made a very big one. He crashed into our lives 36 years ago, and took up a kind of residence. Now that he's left, maybe we miss more than the person? Maybe we miss the version of ourselves that was on hand during that first meeting. Does that make sense?

When I first saw Mork and Mindy, I was sixteen years old, and badly smitten with a girl named Heather. We watched the first episode together in her parents basement, and laughed like lunatics. Then we made out. When I heard about Robin yesterday, my first feeling was shock. Then, a kind of sadness, too shallow to call grief, but to too real to ignore. It wasn't till later that I found myself wondering about Heather for the first time in years, and recalling my sixteen-year old self with a weird mix of nostalgia and melancholy.

Some people enter our lives and become benchmarks in ways we don't realize. Then they exit, and we struggle. Sometimes, those people are high-school buddies, and sometimes, they're strangers who somehow felt like friends. Either way, it sucks when they go.

Mike
Photo: Off The Wall 

Shannon Howard-Trevizo

"I'm struggling. Please say something about Robin Williams. I know you could put into words what people want to hear.. local boy to local us."

Hi Shannon

I wish I could tell you we were pals. That we hung out from time to time, or played poker every other Thursday. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the man. Like most people in The Bay Area, my contact with Robin was limited to a few random and minor encounters. However, those encounters made an impression. 

The first was in 2006 - June or maybe July. I walked into The Roastery down on Chestnut, ordered  a coffee, and sat down to read the paper. I soon discovered I was in one of those chairs with one leg shorter than the rest, and resolved to remedy the problem by jamming a folded-up coaster under the offending limb. I bent down, got the thing positioned properly, and managed to smack my head on the edge of the table on the way back up. Hard. The impact was noisy, and sent coffee slushing all over The Chronicle, which in turn lead to an “Ahh...shit!,” a little louder than I intended. A second later, a voice said, “No, I believe that’s coffee. Shit’s the stuff I see you crawling through every time I turn on the TV.”

I didn’t recognize the voice, but when I looked up, there was no mistaking the face. It belonged to Garp, Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, and so many others. He was just standing there, smiling, waiting for me to say something pithy. I imagined him thinking, “Your move, chief.” But I had nothing. All I could think was “Holy crap - Robin Williams knows who I am!” Eventually, it got awkward, so he said, “Love the show, man,” and walked out.

There was another time a few years later at something called The “X” Prize. This was a very swanky affair at The Lucas Digital Arts Studio in May of 2010. How I got invited is a bit of a mystery, but I was, and I went. I saw Robin on the Red Carpet, chatting with some reporters. I caught his eye and nodded. He nodded back and told me I cleaned up pretty good. I told him he looked very pretty. He chuckled and moved on.  

That's it, I'm afraid. 

It’s a curious thing isn't it, to miss someone you didn't really know? Maybe it has something to do with their entrance? In show biz, and life, a big entrance can leave a big impression, and Robin made a very big one. He crashed into our lives 36 years ago, and took up a kind of residence. Now that he's left, maybe we miss more than the person? Maybe we miss the version of ourselves that was on hand during that first meeting. Does that make sense?

When I first saw Mork and Mindy, I was sixteen years old, and badly smitten with a girl named Heather. We watched the first episode together in her parents basement, and laughed like lunatics. Then we made out. When I heard about Robin yesterday, my first feeling was shock. Then, a kind of sadness, too shallow to call grief, but to too real to ignore. It wasn't till later that I found myself wondering about Heather for the first time in years, and recalling my sixteen-year old self with a weird mix of nostalgia and melancholy. 

Some people enter our lives and become benchmarks in ways we don't realize. Then they exit, and we struggle. Sometimes, those people are high-school buddies, and sometimes, they're strangers who somehow felt like friends. Either way, it sucks when they go.

Mike

After reading this I got to thinking about how life changes in general, and with the passage of time how things change, people come and go, jobs change, ect. No matter how much we sometimes wish it didn't time does indeed march on and we're along for the ride whether we like it or not.

Earlier this evening I was looking at my old blog posts (mostly from 2009) and my words at least to me have a different feel to them. I don't know how best to describe it other than to say that it looks like it was written by a happier and more energetic version of myself. You could almost feel my passion in my words whether I was blogging about a new musician, the transition from blogtalkradio (omg remember those days?) to blogtv and so on I was really happy about what I had to say.

As I'm sure everyone knows I've had some serious life events and setbacks over the last couple of years that to put it mildly really threw me for a loop. In thinking about Mike Rowe's words at the end of the post, and I think that he really hit home, when things change and we find ourselves in such a different set of circumstances and sometimes not even realizing how we got there but wishing we were back to where we were.

The saying you can't go home again is to me an absolute truth. When you listen to Pete Berwick's "This Used to Be a Town" one of the lyric's is "time marches on without yesterday" and that is very true. As I sit here tonight just kinda taking a trip down memory lane I find myself thinking about, well for lack of a better way to describe it, but I guess you can say era's of my life while there are more than a few things I would rather not have back, there are some times and moments that I wouldn't mind living again, as well as the few I wish that I could have back and do over. Overall though I guess that if I could go back to at least 2009 when the show began and was in it's heyday and give one piece of advice to myself it would be enjoy the moment because it will never come again.

Actually I guess if I had the ability I would give a whole pile of advice to my 5 years younger self;

Enjoy blogtvt it won't last forever
Spend more time with your mom, you're gonna miss her
Work can always be worse
Don't forget to make the occasional phone call to certain people, they do love you and want to hear that you are doing ok
Keep the show going, you're gonna go insane without it, the music and the friends in the chat
Change your transmission fluid
Don't take the promotion (either of them) it's going to be a worse headache than it's worth
Check the oil
Don't throw away the cast-iron skillet it can be saved
Log into skype more often
Go outside
Go for a drive to nowhere for no reason just because you can
One day you will have a very intelligent and industrious cat, make sure the screen on the sliding door and the windows are secure, otherwise she will get out. Don't worry if she does, she will have you well trained and will come back when you take the bag of treats outside and shake it
Don't unfriend people on Facebook too hastily
Take a snow day when it snows
Check the mail
Clean the fridge
Don't act like everything is fine when it is not
Be a better listener
Sometimes it's ok to be an asshole
Sometimes it's not
Life is gonna knock you on your ass more than once, don't stay down get back up
Keep the Netflix subscription
If all else fails google it
Turn off the a/c and open a window
Keep the smoking outside, you'll smoke less
Actually try to quit smoking, I think it would have been easier then than now
Check the spare tire
Enjoy the fun times, they won't come again
Don't let people drift away

It's really easy to think about regrets or things we wish we either had back or could change isn't it? Kinda has me wondering about the things that I wouldn't change but maybe I'll save that for a future post.

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Show updates;

We've resumed broadcasting on indiespotlightlive.webs.com on Sunday nights at 9 pm (eastern U.S.) and I've been saving the show and rebroadcasting it on our iVlog page. There is no set date or time for the rebroadcast at this time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not Many People Read Blogs

Looking at the stats on blogger, not as many people read my blog as they used to back in the day.

I'm trying an experiment, if you read this leave a comment!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Returning to indiespotlightlive.webs.com on Sunday Nights

Hi everyone.

I've decided to move back to the page I created on webs.com for the Sunday night show.

Since the Flash Media Encoder records the show, and I can play the file on iVlog using Splitcam I can rebroadcast it on iVlog at another time.

Not giving up on iVlog by any means, I just need to pick a different night to broadcast there and this will give me the flexibility to do just that, at the same time while I'm looking at the prospect of doing 2 shows a week, at least one of them will be a simple matter of hitting "play".

So, yes, going back home tomorrow at indiespotlightlive.webs.com/

As long as I remember how to configure the encoder and the player :)

Hope to see everyone there.

Glad I went with my gut and kept the page up.