Thursday, November 18, 2010


This just goes to show how ethereal the Internet really is and that there is NO replacement for hard-copy publications, i.e. newspapers, books, etc. (although Max Keeping and CJOH in general might disagree...).

After 10 years (2000-2010) of managing an arts & entertainment promotional website (x 3) hosted for free by Geocities, all of that work (CD reviews, music journals, etc., most of which was self-authored) got swallowed up by corporate greed.

After three years of maintaining my own Myspace website (yes, again, at no charge, but at no profit, either), the powers that be have decided to tweak its formatting/operating system (whatever) and bombard OUR spaces with non-musical advertising. It's a freakin' mess that I've abandoned out of sheer frustration/anger.

So that just leaves Blogger. Google, PLEASE tell me YOU will leave well enough alone! Otherwise, I will be left with no platform to promote my musical acquaintances except for my volunteer radio broadcasting endeavours (and I'm getting pretty tired of working for no pay/community recognition at that, too).

Maybe I should just get back to my womanuscript...where did that damn Selectric typewriter go? I'm pretty sure any day now my PC is going to die from burning off too many mp3's to play on-air.

"Full speed ahead for destruction; wouldn't it be a better world?" John Mayall

D.D. Rocker



Anonymous said...

I hear your frustration, Ms. Rocker, but anything that is free and managed by someone other than yourself is going to give you frustration at some point if you continue to use it. People are free to do what they want with their own property. It’s like finding a nice patch of land, far away from anything, and deciding to use it for your summer vacation. No one’s used the land for decades, so you set up your tent one year, maybe bring a small trailer the next, put in a firepit within a few years, and soon it feels like ‘your’ summer place. It doesn’t matter – no one’s been around for years and you’re not bothering anyone. Then one day, the owners from far away, maybe down in the southern U.S. decide to sell the land to a group that’s going to put condos up. And there’s nothing you can do about it because it’s not yours.

Your solution – and I believe I’ve been telling you this for years – is to start your own website with your own IP address. You have things to share with people and you should give yourself a secure facility in which to do that. Your own website would be yours to do with what you want for as long as you want. Wouldn’t 10 or 20 bucks a month be worth it for that ability ?? Simple websites with just text, pictures, mp3’s and videos are easy to run and rather inexpensive. And once you’ve taken the time to post it, you’ll never lose it.

D. Berryman
Hamilton, ON

D.D. Rocker (a.k.a. Misty Blue 1955) said...

Yeah, but don't you need a stinkin' credit card to buy anything off the 'net?