Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is WoozyFly.
In my humble opinion, LastFM.com is NOT really a Social Networking thing if I had been asked if I thought that they were. It is a music medium that lets the subscriber sample and become fans of tons and tons of music from across a wide genre scope. That much is cool at the end of the day and what the fans can do from there is add other fans as friends based on the shared music preferences. Let’s say you find three friends who love the band KISS, it would show you this connection or say that your tastes in music with this person is “Good”, “Excellent” or “Super”. I once experienced it showing me that a friends tastes and my own were “Poor” but this was because we didn’t have any similar bands as our favorites even though we both enjoyed the same genre and quite a few groups. The site selects similar music groups for you to check out based on what you have selected as a favorite or least favorite and it does this by “scrobbling”. You can also leave comments on people’s walls about their tastes in music or join groups and get a whole dialog going with many others who agree with your own views. Another upside to this is the fact that tons of bands that don’t get proper exposure can be enjoyed via the medium. I like that very much.
I don’t use the LastFM account as much as I would like, but I sometimes do add a show review link to something that I had recently attended and I welcome anyone that has interest in my site to add me as a contact on there. The service was 100% free when I first signed up and began to use it but I think since that time a lot has changed. New fans will have to dig around a little bit to see what is required of them when they sign up. Either way I do like it when I use it and have been able to get some information about some of the harder to lock down data on bands. That is never a bad thing. Click the logo above to get the PiercingMetal.com account on LastFM and if you want to learn the very latest about the company just read their Wikipedia entry below.
Re-presenting the first ever PiercingMetal.com “Artist Of The Month” which now goes by the moniker of “PiercingMetal Artist Focus” and delivers our grand debut choice which was Mr. Chris Caffery from Savatage, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. At the time of our initial website launch, we had opted to make Chris our choice based on having met him a number of times and his having been the very first interview ever done as a new to the music world journalist. At the time he had just began the final preparations on his own solo CD “Faces” and since that time has released many more.
Click his logo below to run the query and enjoy all of the articles written about Chris or where he makes an appearance that are currently posted on PiercingMetal.com.
As loyal followers of the site are well aware, the Main Page of PiercingMetal.com offered the readers the opportunity to check out who we felt was the appropriate “Artist Of The Month” at a specific time. The section sat on top of the most recently added batch of reviews and when selected the reader would execute a search query that would run against all of the review content on the site and present them with anything that had been written about said artist on a page of its own. We also presented some light commentary of our own for good measure. The resulting list allowed them to pick and choose what they wanted to absorb about the artists CD or DVD releases as well as any Interview or Concert coverage we had done for them. It worked well but the downside of this became clear almost immediately based on the reality that one could have several hundred reviews on a site for a number of different artists but only a brief amount of content for each individual. That made the region problematic and often unmaintained since our core reason for being a site was to add reviews of whomever we could wrap thoughts around and whose releases we were entrusted to present a narrative on for the readers as opposed to worrying about a monthly artist change. We liked having this on the site of course but in the end it became something that looked better on paper than in actual reality and even though reviews were added regularly you would seldom reach an acceptable amount to have a special page devoted to the particular artist. The other downside was the fact that there was no historical recap of it based on the way that the site flowed and this fact got me thinking about some changes.
The first change would be to modify the title a little bit and take “Artist Of The Month” and refer to it as “Artist Focus” going forward because this would allow for a little less scheduling worry. It’s often been said that the minute you put either “monthly” or “weekly” into a title, then you are saddled with trying to do it again and again and it really becomes difficult to do so when you are doing so many other important things for your site or magazine. We then realized that it should be moved over to the Musings Blog as this would give us a little more room to play with the topic than the main website did based on the design constraints. Using blog posts would also allow the ability for us to keep the historical selections in place a little easier and the chance to now add in something extra by also using links for the specific artist that had been taken from our no longer new Gallery section. We are going to re-present all of the previous entries for the readers for posterity and then shall move from there as time allows us to do so. We had originally selected Chris Caffery, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, HIM, Judas Priest and Motorhead for the AOTM section and pretty much left it at that based on being too consumed with our other adventures. The plan is to load in each of these past entries over the coming months and by doing so will get the historical archive that I have wanted for a long, long time. The other upside about using Blog entries for this is that the readers can now offer up comments on the choice and add their own views to the mix. We really look forward to the interaction with the readers of the site if they choose to take action.
*** UPDATE *** (8/1/2014): With PiercingMetal.com now using WordPress for the full on presentation of its original core site and the side blog, much of what was explained here will not matter to newer readers. All of our once referred to “Artist Of The Month” features can now be found under the “Artist Spotlight” option in our “Features” Category. This original posting has been left as a part of the sites body of work for historical purposes. Thank you.
Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is Hi5.
HI5 is another one of the many Social Networking options that are available to the world, and I did create a personal account for myself a couple of years ago when I was finding myself bored with how MySpace was working for my personal page. Of course, MySpace was doing great for the website page and helping spread the word around so the thought process was to see if at least creating a leader to the site on this network would continue the process of getting attention. After tinkering around on it for awhile I came to the realization that it would likely take too much of my time and veer my focus from what I needed to do day after day with the writing so the personal page was left as is, and a professional site page was never addressed. I did post some of the critical links about PiercingMetal on my profile and some of those friends I made on the community have checked into our Facebook page and Twitter and this is never a bad thing.
Click the logo above to see what HI5.com is like and to learn more about the company just read their Wikipedia entry which is linked below.
The day was finally here for the world’s KISS fans as their newest CD “Sonic Boom” was unleashed upon the masses and if you lived in the United States or Canada, the recording would be available exclusively at Wal-Mart retailers. This was pretty big news considering the fact that this is the world’s largest retailer and that some 2800 hundred stores would be setting up special KISS displays to commemorate the occasion.
As a long time music fan and purchaser I didn’t find the fact that KISS signed this deal to be all that strange for them to do. Given that we had recently seen similar deals done by the likes of Journey, AC/DC, The Eagles and even Foreigner it seemed to make the most sense at the end of the day. After all, this year alone saw the closure of the Virgin Megastores and Circuit City and this cut two major means of physically purchasing music out of the picture so unless you solely bought your music online you would be searching just a little harder for places to get your latest and greatest releases. The new KISS CD “Sonic Boom” would be a special edition and feature not only new music from the band but also re-recorded classics and a live DVD of concert footage. Journey did the exact same thing with their “Revelation” album while Foreigner gave us a remixed collection of their classics as opposed to redone ones with “Can’t Slow Down”. I had to admit that I needed to double check myself in the liner notes on the Foreigner disc as I originally thought I was listening to Kelly Hansen so a dead on Lou Gramm. We reviewed each of these CD’s on PiercingMetal.com when they came out so to read the Journey one click HERE and to see the Foreigner one click HERE if you are curious about what we had to say about them. Continue reading KISS Invades Wal-Mart!!! (10/9/2009)→