Wednesday, March 28, 2018

5 Years Ago.....

3/27/13 is when shut down for good, honestly I hadn't thought about it until just now when I saw a post on Facebook about it. Looking back, it's hard to believe that it's been that long, the passage of time is a strange thing isn't it? I miss those days, but I'm glad that I got to enjoy it for the amount of time that I did, we had some amazing shows on there as well as having met some amazing people that I'm lucky enough to have kept in touch with.

So, 5 years on, and where is Indie Spotlight, the broadcast as well as the brand? While I've answered it before I really haven't talked about it a whole lot so here goes...

Regular live streaming broadcast, done, while I might do an occasional show it's more of a "special" now where I doing a show for a specific purpose (such as spotlighting a particular artist, etc). I'm considering maybe a monthly broadcast? The reason I shut down the weekly show was due to lack of interest and since I've been considering a monthly podcast this would work since I would do what I was doing before (live show, then upload the podcast to be listened to later).

Social media is where I've been focusing as far as promoting independent musicians, although Facebook sucks because they've been limiting posts from pages not associated with an individual, basically what this means is that unless I boost the posts on my Indie Spotlight page many people, even though they follow the page, won't see the posts and while I can tell people to like posts, set to follow first, etc I'm one of many pages and posters that are asking people to do this so I know those posts turn into white noise real quick which really sucks because Facebook used to be a really great platform for pages like mine promoting something that not many other people do.

While I plan on getting back to the "daily video" format (which also cross posts on Twitter in case you didn't know) I'm wondering if even that is worth the time, and I can't blame lack of interest as much as the way Facebook is treating pages dedicated to something as opposed to someone (make sense?)

There are so many things that I would still like to do with Indie Spotlight, but if I keep hitting a brick wall every time I find a way to keep at least a part of it going, why the hell am I even going to bother?

Then I realize that the "Lamestream Music Industry" would love for me to have that attitude, and that in itself is a reason to at least keep the social media pages active.

Read those last two paragraphs again, something to think about.

Friday, December 8, 2017

End of 2017 Update

Hey everyone, happy holidays!

I thought that maybe this would be a good time to update everyone on everything "Indie Spotlight"

First, the live streaming broadcast, done. While I might do a random live show here or there for the hell of it, it's over, there just doesn't seem to be any interest and this is not the fault of our final hosting site, Camup has been an amazing site to host on, this is mostly because we've had to change hosting sites so many times over the last 5 or so years that we've gained and lost viewership, and overall, at least for this format, there just isn't an interest in the live streaming format anymore, at least for this kind of show.

The next piece of this, and I'd really love some feedback, is the podcasting alternative, I'm thinking a once a month, 3 hour podcast, thoughts?

Social media, well, here is where it gets interesting, Facebook doesn't allow you to play YouTube videos on site anymore, when you click the link, it takes you to the YouTube page, (Twitter still plays them onsite) so while I am going to go back to posting the daily videos I need to see if there is some interest there, yes, I need to see "likes" as well as "shares" to tell me if it's worthwhile to keep up the social media presence, otherwise, and again, hate to sound like an ass, but I'm being honest, I don't see a reason to continue on if it's not being shared around, this is the purpose of Indie Spotlight afterall, promote and fight for the little guy/gal and why not? Some amazing music has been shared on these pages, and if there is an interest will continue to be shared.

I do have to admit, that I'm very proud of Indie Spotlight, come what may with the future of it, I mean, how many people can say that they've been able to do something that they are passionate about, for any length of time, much less breathe life into it for as long as I have and it has been one hell of a ride no matter what comes of it going forward but I do hope that at least people will like, and most importantly share the daily videos, as well that the podcast.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One For The Road - Last Call

Hey everyone, a quick update on the live streaming broadcast...

The quick and dirty is that I haven't either had the time or the energy the past 2 Sundays, and to be honest except for one or two people I really haven't had anyone hanging out of late anyway.

So, I'm thinking maybe now would be a good time to just sign it off, and focus on just sharing videos on social media.

I will do one more live broadcast, although I haven't decided on the format. I can either do one last "regular broadcast", or go out with a bang, and by that I mean a "Marathon" style show where I play one song from each artist from A to Z in one show, and set it at 12 hours which should give me more than enough time to for me to give airplay to each artist at least once.

Should I decide to do the 12 hour show, it would have to be during my vacation which comes up the week after next. I would be interested in anyone's thoughts on this, please comment below.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One For The Road Series

I'm calling these final live streaming broadcasts "One For The Road" as I continue to wind down the live show. Starting this Sunday I'll be playing through all the music, in alphabetic order by musician.

Since I have over 100 obviously this'll take at least a couple of weeks after which will be the "Grand Finale" broadcast.

 The final show will be the most requested (along with personal favorites) songs featured on Indie Spotlight. I have to say that it's been a huge thrill to be able to do this for the past 8 years, part of me is going to miss it but it's time to move on to other projects.

The party isn't over yet folks, drop in while you can because once it's over, it's over.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Live Streaming Broadcast Coming Back One More Time...

Posted on Facebook earlier today;

So, a quick update...
The live streaming broadcast is coming back for one final engagement, Sunday night's at 9 pm (eastern U.S.) so check it out while it lasts! I haven't decided for how long I'll keep it going but once it's done, it's done.

I have (sorta) figured out a solution for the podcast, more details about that coming soon.

Don't worry I'll still continue to share videos and promote independent musicians via social media, that isn't going away, but this will be the live show's last hurrah so pop in and say hi when you can, while you can. Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July Update

Ok folks, so here is a quick update. The live streaming broadcast is still on hiatus, coming back soon, either weekly or bi-weekly but with a consistent day and time so you folks know when and where to listen. I will be sticking with for this. More details coming very soon.

As many of you know, recently went offline. As of right now I have no idea when, or even if they are coming back so I am working on another solution to bring back past shows so that you folks can listen to them on demand.

I was having a decent amount of success with this on awdio, and would love to find a way to bring it back. If anyone has any ideas about good podcasting sites that don't claim a "license" to the content I would love to hear from you.

That's it for now, happy 4th!

Monday, June 19, 2017 down. Again.

Don't blame me I wasn't trying to do a show this time.

So, is down, something similar to this happened a couple of years ago and while I thought that they had put their reliability issues behind them, it might seem that they have not.

For those of you who might not know awdio is the site that I've uploaded the recorded file after our live streaming broadcast, this way those who missed the live show could go back and listen to it on demand, anytime. Essentially the live stream turned into a podcast and every time I'd upload a show I'd see at least a couple of hundred "listens" so obviously there was a following there.

So, does anyone out there know of a similar site that I could use? Keep in mind that due to licensing issues I can't just go and upload music just anywhere, their terms of service has to be agreeable with what I do.

Anyone have any ideas? I'd love to get these archived shows back up so that the music can be heard once again.

Thanks ya'll.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wow, 8 Years!

8 years ago, on May 17th, 2009 we made our premier on blogtv. It doesn't seem that long, but at the same time it does seem almost a lifetime ago. The show was so different then, it's almost easier to say what is the same!

At that time, ISL was a part of a group of online broadcasters, and I'll shamelessly admit it, we were a force to be reckoned with on blog, every night one of us was broadcasting. There were musicians playing live, as well as Deb and I doing our thing with the radio style format and even between us there was variety, with me playing more progressive music and handling the interviews, and her with the musicians that she met on YouTube that she somehow encouraged to come on and play live music on her show. As a group we were a fun crowd and you never knew what was going to happen at any particular show.

I miss those days, it was a ton of fun and if nothing else I'm glad that I got to be a part of it.

Show updates;

I do the Tuesday morning show when I can, I have to be honest, while the format works, I'm not much of a morning person but at least one Tuesday morning a month I have done a live show. Right now the focus is on sharing videos that I find on YouTube. I'm not promising anything but I would like to see if I can find the time over the next week to do a show and celebrate the 8th anniversary of the show.

Maybe play clips from past shows, we'll see, especially since we've made some new friends on camup, I think it would be a neat way to define our past as we point our way towards the future.

Wherever that may be!