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Why Bother Creating Another Blog in 2014?

In the early 2000s, I was a student at UConn in Storrs, CT. I had been spoiled by the ska and punk scene in the New Haven area where I’d grown up. Thankfully, there was CT Ska Productions putting together hall shows and the occasional ska show at the Webster in Hartford to keep me entertained. But, I soon discovered that Boston was less than an hour and a half away. Touring acts sometimes came through New Haven or Hartford, but they definitely stopped in Boston. Suddenly, I had new options for shows.

I was also in the habit of arriving as early as I could for shows to catch the openers. The internet was still in its youth, so you had to rely on opening acts and compilations for the discovery of new acts. The only challenge was finding out what shows were happening. I didn’t exactly have access to the newspapers and other publications with venue listings. I was reliant on word of mouth, message boards, and the website Bostonska.com. It did a great job of listing active bands, upcoming gigs, and venues likely to host a ska show. I was hooked. But this was before social media and rss feeds. I had to check all of these websites regularly and religiously to stay on top of upcoming shows.  The shows were always high energy and well attended–at least that’s how choose romanticize it now.

Read the rest of this blog post at Boston Ska (dot) net. I discuss the site’s creation, traffic, and long term goals.

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Marketing WIN: OoOTie Teaches Me to Tie a Bowtie and I Immediately Buy One

OoOTie Boston Purple Husky Bow Tie

Why yes that is a husky. Who ever said I didn’t have school spirit?

It’s a real treat to live walking distance of the SoWa Open Market in Boston’s South End. If you’ve never been, it’s one part farmer’s market, one part crafts fair, one part flea market, and one part food truck meetup. This past Sunday was the first one of the season and we were excited to shop. While perusing the crafts fair, a couple guys in one booth invited us to learn how to tie a bow tie, something I’ve never done before in my life. Like any great teacher, they demonstrated, they let me try it myself, and they did it without being condescending. Turns out, it’s not much harder than tying a necktie. (more…)