Jump in my ride, ooh ooh yeah,Bell and James: Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)
It’s Friday night, yeah, yeah, yeah…
Living it up, livin’ it up, oh, yeah,
Livin’ it up, livin’ it up – at last
Songwriters: Casey James & Leroy Bell
Billboard Hot 100 #15 – April 1979
For reasons that will become clear in a moment, we’re going to switch it up a bit today.
On this particular Friday: We’ll hold up on the traditionally scintillating opening commentary, until we reach the end of this bit.
First, let’s present the our Weekly Recap of Recent Cool Stuff™ that you may have missed –
Fear not, Goodboy. Our audience is very smart. They’ll catch on. And our crackerjack IT team is at the ready, in the unlikely event that we should experience any unforeseen, tiny little glitches. I’m sure that we’ll be OK.
Sorry, Gary. I owe you, yet again. The Red Bulls and Funyuns are on me.
In any event: Let’s do this!
This Past Week’s tnocs.com New Articles:
Remember, gang: please continue to send your ideas for articles to firstname.lastname@example.org . Everyone is welcome to write an article. Need some encouragement? Hit me up!
And now, as
threatened promised, a fireside chat, of sorts.
Many of you TNOCS veterans will remember the thrill, as a fledgling web series of articles about old records morphed into a small, virtual PLP. And how it exploded into appointment viewing.
More and more people joined in the fun, the discussions, the running gags, and the genial spirit that we had all accidentally created.
Before we knew it, we had a community. It was pretty glorious. And then, after a few years and for varied reasons, the luster began to fade just a bit.
You may or may not agree with that last sentence; it very well could just be me.
I began to feel that some of the old vibe had gone missing. And I had the unfounded audacity to think that I could do something about it. That I might be able to recapture some of the old lighting and put it back in the bottle. And in the process, give everyday folks a forum to write featured pieces about anything that is important to them.
So, six months in, here we are. I’m trying very hard to keep growing this site. To that end, I have been doing my homework. I’m constantly trying to think of ways to attract more writers, commenters, and viewers. And the more I pour myself into the deeper analysis, I realize that, on paper anyway, I’m doing a lot of it wrong.
That’s not self-effacement. Nine of ten experts agree.
I had another in a series of online meetups with website/blog mavens this week. It was like a peer review gone bad. (Pro-tip: Always do these kinds of video meetings in a darkened room. Makes it easier to hide your flop-sweat.)
I struggled to explain to the tribunal just what the heck we were doing here. Not unlike our previous gathering, it didn’t go well.
- “I don’t get it. Is this site for music, or philosophy? Current events? Comedy? Nostalgia?”
- “You should to be focused. This feels too ‘all-over-the-place.’ “
- “You’re publishing religion and politics? Prepare to be flamed.”
- “Too much variety. People don’t want to be surprised. Pick a lane.”
- “What’s with promoting the comments? Are you sure that your viewers actually care about this?”
Fair enough. Let’s get meta, and wrap up our own wrap-up. This week, we published and featured headlined articles, referring to:
- The political landscape and general angst, happening in real-time in the United Kingdom
- The start of a multipart, in-depth analysis of The Gospel According to Mark
- A reminiscence about school, teaching, and hijinx, from someone who has a great sense of humor
- A relaxing and fun tour of vintage record stores, provided by someone who appreciates their value
- The final wistful, yet validating chapter in a series about a young volunteer living in Nepal
- And, an educational and masterful analysis of the roots of Rock & Roll
Got that? So, the obvious question is: “What do these articles all have in common?“
The oddly yet alluringly-forenamed Wolf is technically correct. But perhaps, trying to not be exactly like everyone else’s website has its merits, too. Such as:
- The kindness and support to each other in those “unimportant” comments. They often get me, right in the heart.
- I get the nicest mail from folks who are IRL very shy and lack self-confidence, and they appreciate the tiny opportunity to shine, just a bit.
- I learn new things. <– This x 100. Every week.
- Depending on the article or comment, I get to have a huge laugh… or maybe get a little quiet, and ponder.
It works for me. I hope that it works for you as well.
But I’m channeling my inner Marc Anthony; please comment below: are the experts on to something?
- Are we too scattershot with the topics?
- Should we rein it in a bit?
- Or – What are we missing?
- Is there a common denominator that I’m not seeing?
Sorry. Just what you all needed this weekend: homework.
I owe you all, yet again. Your preferred version of Red Bull and Funyuns are on me.
Have a great weekend, be careful, take good care of yourselves and each other,
… and good on you all.