Who Let the Blogs Out?
Any comments you've ever gotten that stand out? "Nah."
What blogs do you frequent? "None."
What are Philly Shit's future plans?
There isn't much that comes through town that doesn't make its way onto thebrokenbell.com's show list, a comprehensive and easy-to-use snapshot of what bands you can bathe in for up to the next 30 days. Writer Emily Travis got her start writing The Washington Post's local music blog before moving to Philadelphia. The Broken Bell will make you happy we have her.
Blogging since: Spring 2008
Day job?: "I'm still looking for a day job. I recently graduated college, but there doesn't seem to be much demand for a music major in this job market."
Do you feature mp3s? "Yes--a lot of bands from Philly and elsewhere send me music every day. There's nothing better than being able to share a good song I'm really excited about with the readers."
What differentiates the Broken Bell from the other blogs? "I know a lot of people involved in music here in Philly and I try to use that to my advantage. I've had several bands guest-blog on my site and I've done some video interviews. One of my favorites was hanging out with Hoots & Hellmouth in 'XPN's studio while they played live on-air with Helen Leicht. I also try to keep an updated list of cool, upcoming shows in Philly. It's hard to check every venue's website to know what's happening, and in the past I know I've missed good concerts just because I had no idea they were even going on. So I try to compound all that information and get it out on my blog."
Who's reading? "I haven't looked too much into my readership yet. I'm still a young blog. So I'm still just trying to get the word out about it. I'm just having fun writing about what I love."
How often do you post? "I try to post once a day. Sometimes it happens more, sometimes less."
What music blogs do you frequent? "I read a lot of the regional blogs. They make me feel a lot more connected to the scene. I especially like 'XPN's blog. I trust their taste."
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