Steve’s Media Blog

Archive for January 2009

I decided to go with Blogger as my outlet for my freelancing stuff.  Check out if you’re so inclined.  Posts on there will include, but will not be limited to, practice work, links to different resources, posts concerning the freelance world, and probably more.



I will admit to not knowing too much about the group Doves, but I do know that you can get a free track through ChartAttack.  The track is Jetstream and is from their forthcoming (April 6) album Kingdom of Rust.


I’m looking for a good, reliable subscription-based music downloading service.

Here’s what I’m looking for:
– reasonable monthly price
– ideally DRM-free, but at the very least, I should be able to keep the music if I decide to cancel the subscription
– wide selection of music, including a good selection of Canadian artists

– ideally no cap on monthly downloads

I like for selection, but as far as I know it’s not subscription-based. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them. Thank-you!

I know I wanted to try and stay away from link posts to try and write something more substantial, but I really need to get these links across.  They are not in any particular order.

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica’s track list was announced.  Thought I would mention this, if only because it’s Guitar Hero-related.  I doubt I’ll get it but I do like the list of other tracks, which are Metallica songs done by other bands.  Honestly I’d rather get Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
  • Another track list, non-GH related, was released by Joel Plaskett.  His new album is out March 24, and is called Three.  I like Joel’s sound, and I enjoyed Ashtray Rock, so hopefully this is just as good.
  • Some disappointing news, unfortunately, about K’NaanTroubadour was supposed to be out this month, but has been pushed back to February 24.  From what I see in that link there was no real reason for the date being pushed back, but man just check out that guest artist list!  I see now that his first tour date is January 30 at the University of Ottawa – which sucks for me because Friday is not a pay day this week.  Oh well.
  • calls Steve Martin a “disappointing family bore” – which may be true for his disappointing family movies, but I still love me some Steve Martin.  Anyway he’s got a new banjo album called The Crow, out yesterday.  So put together the fact that I like banjo music and I like Steve Martin, this sounds like a fun CD.

Almost 60 years anyway.  Probably closer to 50, I’m not sure.  Check out Attack of the Movies! where blogger Matt goes back to 1950 to review one science fiction movie from each year leading up to present day.  The blog is updated weekly, and he’s already into 1951 – so hurry over before you’re too far past the 50’s!

I like this blog because it’s well-written, and I enjoy sci-fi movies myself.  On top of that, Matt is exposing the movies that aren’t so well-known.  For instance, rather than reviewing 1951’s The Day The Earth Stood Still, he opted for Flight To Mars.  Unfortunately, however, Flight To Mars is apparently not a good movie.

I find Matt to be very well-versed in movie knowledge and he certainly shows it in his reviews.  Like I said above, he writes well too, and makes his reviews very accessible.

If you’re looking for some different movies to watch, Attack of the Movies! might point you in the direction of a hidden gem.

I’m a big fan of calendars and organization.  The only problem is that other than the free planners they give you in high school / university / college, I haven’t found a decent planner that I like to use.  Well, I did find a nice Five Star planner that I like, but I need to get some refills.

But the best calendar I’ve ever used is Google Calendar.  It’s so extremely flexible, and I love the agenda format that gets e-mailed to me daily.

So here’s what I want: Google Calendar in a printable, standard-sized planner page.  But I don’t think I will get that.

I am thinking about setting up another blog seperate from this one in order to showcase my writing.  In essence, a freelance blog to sell myself.  What I need to figure out is what blog service to use; and I hope nobody from WordPress yells at me for mentioning Blogger.

To cover off the very basics, I understand that it’s a matter of where I have accounts.  I already have a WordPress account, and another blog on here (I don’t actively promote that one though).  It would be simple to start a new blog.  But I also have a google account / blogger account, so starting a blog there is trivial as well.

I particularly like the stat tracking feature on WordPress, and I know that there is a lack of such a feature on Blogger.  But Google has Google Analytics, and I’m sure you can insert that somewhere on your blog.  Plus you can do a lot with Blogger, such as monetize it, whereas you need to host your own WordPress blog to put ads on.

Does anyone have any insight as to what service is the best to use for a freelance writing site?  My expectations are as follows:

All I want is to set up separate pages; one as a landing page, another with “practice” writing for various projects that I don’t usually write, and another with some samples of work I’ve been paid for.

I’m sure both services do these things equally well, but I don’t know which is “best”.  Suggestions?  Comments?

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