Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Case You Missed It


Show update;

I'm still using the site that I created on webs.com for the broadcast, I will likely transition over to iVlog in the next couple of weeks. It's time that we rejoined a real broadcasting community.

The format for the show will change a bit, when we move it's going to be all Creative Commons licensed music. I need to beef up the playlist a bit so I have enough to cover at least a two hour show and the easiest way to pull that off will be renewing my partnership with Magnatune. Because people abused it they stopped offering their music for free to podcasters. To be honest about it I was a little put off by this, but the musicians still get their cut when you pay and since right now I can afford it I'm thinking why not? The musicians get a royalty and airplay, it's a win-win for them and we're all about supporting them anyway. I'm ok with the musicians getting a royalty even though I'm giving them airplay, to be honest about it I really couldn't afford to pay for the lifetime membership that I would prefer to sign up for until now.

I feel that it gives me another arrow to put in my quiver, since public broadcasting of CC licensed music hasn't been tried in court because the music mafia really hasn't gone after it (music mafia meaning labels, soundexchange which is another nice gift that our government gave the music industry, Harry Fox and whoever else) I feel that on top of offering airplay and exposure I also paid for the music and was encouraged to podcast it, well, even with the music industry's mountain of lawyers I might stand a chance.

As it stands right now the site that I've been using I still have to do my own research and make sure that legally they can license under CC and more times than not I've found that they really can't, most of the time it's because they are part of a Performance Right's society. Unless I know the musician I'm just not comfortable with this. Magnatune on the other hand has already done their homework and I know the CC licensed musician is the real deal, it will save me time that I can use to find and bring new music to the show.

So changes are coming, as I've said often since blogtv shut down, stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Attention, Windows XP holdouts: The end is near

I used XP for years myself, great operating system but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I myself don't have any current machines running this software but I know that other folks still do.

Here is a link to an article that I think is the best one I've seen so far with tips for people still running this dinosaur, hope it helps you folks out.

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Show update;

I'm still using the site that I created on webs.com for the broadcast, I will likely transition over to iVlog in the next couple of weeks. It's time that we rejoined a real broadcasting community.

The format for the show will change a bit, when we move it's going to be all Creative Commons licensed music. I need to beef up the playlist a bit so I have enough to cover at least a two hour show and the easiest way to pull that off will be renewing my partnership with Magnatune. Because people abused it they stopped offering their music for free to podcasters. To be honest about it I was a little put off by this, but the musicians still get their cut when you pay and since right now I can afford it I'm thinking why not? The musicians get a royalty and airplay, it's a win-win for them and we're all about supporting them anyway. I'm ok with the musicians getting a royalty even though I'm giving them airplay, to be honest about it I really couldn't afford to pay for the lifetime membership that I would prefer to sign up for until now.

I feel that it gives me another arrow to put in my quiver, since public broadcasting of CC licensed music hasn't been tried in court because the music mafia really hasn't gone after it (music mafia meaning labels, soundexchange which is another nice gift that our government gave the music industry, Harry Fox and whoever else) I feel that on top of offering airplay and exposure I also paid for the music and was encouraged to podcast it, well, even with the music industry's mountain of lawyers I might stand a chance.

As it stands right now the site that I've been using I still have to do my own research and make sure that legally they can license under CC and more times than not I've found that they really can't, most of the time it's because they are part of a Performance Right's society. Unless I know the musician I'm just not comfortable with this. Magnatune on the other hand has already done their homework and I know the CC licensed musician is the real deal, it will save me time that I can use to find and bring new music to the show.

So changes are coming, as I've said often since blogtv shut down, stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Another Facebook Status That Was Not Fun To Read (Thoughts and Positive Energy Needed)

Our friend Rod Krug (didgerod) isn't doing so well, asking for thoughts, prayers and positive energy please.....



Status Update
By Rod Krug
ok folks. I am in the hospital here in Colorado Springs. My heart rate reached 167 as I walked into the emergency room. They gave me medicine through IV and pills to slow my heart down but the heart still has artiral fubulation. (spelling) My heart is not beating a good rhythm. I will be here overnight for observation and they are going to run stress test on my heart tomorrow. They are going to put me on blood thinners to make sure there is no blood clots that may have built up during this time. So tomorrow when they shock my heart that no clots will be flowing through my veins and give me a stroke. They asked me tonight if something goes wrong if I wanted to be resuscitated and I told them if I am on life support to pull the plug..... I love each and every one of you now and forever........ Namaste.....

Friday, March 7, 2014

Just Want To Say Goodbye (P52-9) Troy Castellano

Long time listeners will remember when we had Troy on the show, the guy is a brilliant musician and he's uploading a new original on his YouTube channel every week, check him out!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Musicians Together

Our friends over on Musicians Together had a rough year with technical issues with the site last year. Earlier I watched a video that Mark (site founder) put up talking about some of the issues they've had and how they have fixed them as well as plans for the future.

So if you are a MT fan who got frustrated with the sites issues and stopped checking them out, they are back 100% and would love to have you back on there.

We had Mark on the show back in May 2011 right after the site launched, and I think he is one of the best folks I've ever met on the internet as far as looking out for the Indie guys and if you are tired of the YouTube politics (and I know many musicians are) then I would very highly recommend uploading a few tracks to Musicians Together. It's a really great community that has come together on that site and you will be welcomed, and your videos will be seen without all the ass kissing that often happens on YouTube.

http://musicianstogether.com

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Show Updates;

Yes, I know iVlog is up and running however I've decided to continue on with my format on webs.com for the time being. I talked about it during this weeks show a bit so to give the Readers Digest condensed version is while I have been in contact with the folks who put that together in regards to my concerns regarding their TOS I don't feel that I can use that as a broadcasting platform at this time. I will continue to communicate with them on how we might resolve this but to be honest the site just launched and I know they have their hands full and I really don't feel the need to be a pain in the ass at this point but I will get back in touch with them within the next couple of weeks but until then Indie Spotlight will remain on our site on webs.com for now.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a die hard iVlog supporter and I encourage everyone to check them out the site while still a work in process has come together really well.

http://www.ivlog.tv




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This Week's Stats

For a guy doing his own thing on his own site I have to say that we're doing ok.  With limited promotion on social networking our hits last week are the best yet....

Summary

 MonTuesWedThurFriSatSunTotalAvg
Pageloads30230016243
Unique Visits30120014203
First Time Visits20010010132
Returning Visits101100471

With that being said, our stats in our heyday on blogtalkradio and blogtv were much more impressive but with the limited promotion about a show on a site that was created for free we're not doing great, but not as bad as we were doing as far as hits during the live show since I built the site.  

I'd love to see this increase, and for that to happen we need to bring back live music, somehow.  I'm thinking we might try to do it via Skype.  We tried that during the Blogtv era and it didn't go well but I'm on a better internet connection as well as a much faster computer so maybe it's worth another shot.

Anyone want to be a guinea pig for the test?   Let me know!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Update

Hello blogger readers, time for a quick update.

Due to popular demand, as well as my desire to get back into hosting, we resumed the show on our current webs.com site a couple of weeks ago. Right now we're broadcasting on Sunday nights, 9 pm (eastern) at http://indiespotlightlive.webs.com/.

This will be our broadcasting home until iVlog opens and I'll speak more about the iVlog launch below since people have been asking me about it.

First off, I know just as much as anyone else that is a part of the iVlog Facebook group, while I have been in touch with the folks putting that together in regards to my concerns about their Terms of Service sadly I can't say that I'm in the loop as far as when the site will actually launch.

Second, I'm just as impatient as many other former blogtv users are for iVlog to launch. As I type this, we're looking at the 1 year anniversary of the blogtv shutdown, and many of us haven't found a suitable platform to do our shows since. Many have tried and from their experiences I have a short list of broadcast sites that to be honest about it, suck. Personally I think it's the lack of a true community like many of us had on blog, our expectations were pretty high when we tried other sites. From the look of it, iVlog should meet those expectations and more.

But it's been almost a year since blogtv sold out and shut down.

iVlog has been in the works since the blogtv shutdown.

I know they are working out the bugs, and the site is being built from scratch but at some point we need at least a launch date. I'm still a die hard believer in iVlog but it's been almost a year.

I consider myself a die hard believer, but at some point, even the most die hard among us need to think about plan B.

There is another broadcasting alternative out there, with a favorable TOS, that I can use. Going it alone on our own site isn't working, the show has to be a part of a broadcasting platform. We need the networking to give exposure to the musicians.

So iVlog, I think the world of you folks, I feel what you are putting together is the real deal, I know it's going to be what many of us wished that blogtv was. There is so much untapped potential out there as far as internet broadcasting for people to have their 15 minutes of fame and really nail it. I understand that for a site that actually works is going to take some time.

But, we can't wait forever. I hate to say this in a public way, but as far as Indie Spotlight, and bringing it to iVlog, I have to set an expiration date. You have a month, if the site isn't online and ready to use for broadcasting within a month of this blog post I will have no choice but to explore other broadcasting avenues.

I hate to be an asshole and say this but;

1) You got the amount you needed to launch the site from the indiegogo fundraiser.
2) Even now you have a loyal group of folks waiting for the site to officially launch
3) We can't wait forever
4) Blogtv had it's quirks, as other broadcasting sites do, we learned to live with them.
5) At some point even the most die hard supporters are going to fade away
6) The time is now, yeah the sites not perfect, but here is a newsflash either was blogtv, the difference between iVlog and blogtv is that on iVlog, you might actually fix the problems where blogtv did not.

Many of us that have been patiently waiting, or just dealing with the issues and drama on other broadcasting sites aren't going to wait forever. While a diehard supporter of iVlog, at some point even I will hit my expiration date and explore my other options.

I'd rather get on the ground floor on iVLog, but I can't wait forever.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Indie Spotlight Live Returns Tonight!

iVlog hasn't launched yet so we'll be doing the show on the webs.com site, join us tonight starting at 9 pm eastern time!