boston ska (dot) net

My Guest Appearance on Mutiny on the Microphone Podcast

Mutiny on the Microphone is a podcast that features music from the New England area. I listen regularly and I always walk away learning about a new band or two that I want to check out. Host Adam Blye adds his commentary and helps fans stay connected to the bands. He often has guests on his show to include band members, other area bloggers, and folks involved with the local music scene. I was his most recent guest as part of the partnership between Boston Ska (dot) net and Boston Scene Party. (more…)

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Search Terms Reaffirm What I Set Out To Do

In November of 2012 I quietly launched Boston Ska (dot) net with a handful of goals. The problem I wanted to solve in the first place was a Google problem. When searching for “boston ska,” you didn’t really find anything useful. The most useful site out there would have been the Boston Ska Facebook Group, but that doesn’t show in Google results. I thought I could tackle this problem with what little free time I had. Four months later, Google Analytics and (and Jetpack stats for that matter) have told me I’m getting there, and in only 23 posts and a fairly updated show calendar.

Google Analytics, Organic Search Traffic, 11/19/12 - 3/17/13

Google Analytics, Organic Search Traffic, 11/19/12 – 3/17/13

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A Year of Blogging in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog [their copy, not mine, but I don’t hate it]. And because I actually blogged this year, the report was actually fun to look at. I’m proud of myself. I wanted to blog and I did.

What’s not in this report?

  • The countless posts I made for Hazon while I was Communications Manager there.
  • I soft-launched boston ska (dot) net in November and have done 100% of the posting there. (And just added a shiny new show calendar).
  • I also had a pretty good year on tumblr. Granted the posts are considerably less thoughtful, it was still posting and I was happy I kept it up.
  • Twitter. I have a hard time calling twitter “micro-blogging” anymore. It’s helpful to think about it that way when posting but I don’t think it’s something to be proud of (though my klout score went up this month, FWIW).

Here’s a cute graphic and the report:

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2012, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 95 posts. There were 35 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was November/December Ska Shows and News.

Follow this link for the complete report.

I’m looking forward to more thoughtful blogging, more comments and conversation, and generally just more in 2013.

Happy New Year’s, kids! Happy blogging.

Jake