Why I Switched to Spotify

This isn’t an ad for Spotify, by the way, this is simply my personal experience and opinion.

When Pandora was introduced to me, I was obsessed and set on it. I was never the type to get hooked on specific artists or even know what kind of music I really listened to. I grew up watching more TV than listening to music, and when I first started driving the shared family car, I’d just listen to the pop stations, or whatever was in the CD player (usually Dispatch or Guster — both of which I grew to love). Anyway, my point is that I didn’t really have a taste or any sort of great knowledge of music. College introduced me to the classics (Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, etc.), but I still couldn’t say that I really knew what I enjoyed.

So, Pandora came along, and saved me. I started listening to the popular stations, and made a few customized ones. But I always found myself skipping songs. And even recently, I was playing a station that I thought I curated over the years to play only songs I loved, and it kept playing music that I hated. Instead, I’d turn on my husband’s favorite Pandora station, which was full of songs that were amazing. But he said he’d been working on that station for years and years and years. He worked hard to thumbs up and thumbs down each individual song. I knew that it would take me too long to customize a station like that for myself, so I was like, OK, I’m not even going to bother then. I’ll just listen to his station.

Problem not solved, though. Why you ask? I wanted to create a very specific playlist for our wedding, and this type of customization could not be done with Pandora. So I signed onto Spotify. I was scared at first. How could I, the music novice, make a playlist that could even ever be perfect? How do I start to find the songs that would fit here?

Turns out, it wasn’t as hard or daunting as it first seemed. Spotify seems scary when you say “you have to make your own playlist”. But, you can search for playlists that other people have already created! So I searched for “Wedding Playlists” and so many popped up! So I listened to a bunch, and then could hand pick the ones that I loved the most — therefore making the ultimate playlist. I worked so hard on it, and know that I’ll continue to love listening to it now and many moons from now.

Spotify is cool, too, because it will suggest songs that it thinks you’ll like — but it doesn’t force you to listen to them like Pandora does. The free version does have a limited amount of skips like Pandora, but I actually found myself skipping much less on Spotify in the first place. And since you can create your own playlists, it’s easy for me to grab the ones that resonated most with me and put them into their own playlists or save them to my library.

Am I sounding old right now? Am I the last one to join the Spotify train? Probably. But I don’t care. I’m glad I’m here now. (I will also still use Pandora once in a while.)

For now, I’d like to share with you a playlist I created specifically for this post (see below). It’s a mixture of calming folk and indie. I find it’s good to listen to at work, in the car, doing the dishes, having a glass of wine with your significant other or friends, or just vegging out by yourself on the couch with your pets.

Enjoy — and stay tuned for more nerding out about music and lovely little playlists.

p.s. Music makes your soul happy, so listen to more of it.

 

Hello, and Welcome!

Hello readers, and welcome!

Writing the first post to a new blog is always hard. How do I introduce myself? What exactly should I say? How do I explain the point of this blog? Why would you want to continue reading it? Etc.

Who Am I?

First, a bit about me. My name is Megan. I’m 30, and I think it is a wonderful age. I used to blog a lot in my past. You may have really loved keeping up with my cooking blog, or maybe you followed my posts about my podcast. Or maybe you have never read either one, and are just familiar with me in person, and are perhaps too keenly aware of my forward personality, loud voice, and enthusiasm for karaoke nights. Or maybe you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, and are curious what else I have to offer online besides taking pictures of my pets and re-tweeting funny Star Trek tweets (i.e. @RikerGoogling).

What Is This?

So, then, what is this thing? What should you expect when you visit?

Here are my initial ideas:

Food: I’d like to share recipes once in a while, cooking tips, where I like to eat, and maybe share my opinions on diets or fads or trends. But, I will say upfront this will not primarily be a food blog. But I do want food to be a part of this.

Geek Culture: I’m proud to admit I am a big Trekkie — I have been to a convention, and would really like to go to STLV (Star Trek Las Vegas) someday. Star Trek is something I watch regularly on Netflix, and who doesn’t need a little more Trek commentary in their lives? I’m also a big fan of Steampunk and Harry Potter, and am always looking for more things to nerd out about.

DIY Projects/Home Improvement: There are always things to be done around the house, and I’m always finding cute things I want to try on Pinterest or from HGTV. I painted walls for the first time a few months ago, and who knew there was a proper technique? Or that pouring paint into a paint tray was much harder than it looks? Also, I don’t have a green thumb, but I’d like to get it into a shade of green at some point, so that my yard doesn’t look like a sad jungle.

Travel: I love being at home, but traveling is also a great part of life. I’m always looking for new places to explore, and I’d love to share day trips, weekend trips, and vacation spots I venture to on here.

Health and Wellness: Exercise and eating well are obviously important. We all know that. But it’s easier said than done. How can we indulge and stay on track? How can we be more accepting of our bodies and our metabolism as we get older? What are some fun ways to exercise? How can you stay mentally healthy when all there is in your day-to-day life is stress?

Photography: Once upon a time I was a professional photographer, and sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d like to dust off my camera and start snapping some shots again of this world we live in.

Movies and TV: There are always new movies and shows coming out that need to be analyzed and reviewed! Are they worth watching? Which ones are epic and a must-binge? Which ones should be skipped?

Everything Else: Sometimes posts may not fit into these categories. Maybe I’ll have something political to say, or philosophical. Or maybe I’ll have a Random Thoughts of the Week post? Anything goes!

What are your suggestions? What do you want to see me write about on here? What would you be interested in reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

How Often Will I Post?

Some people blog daily, some weekly, some bi-weekly. Some have a random schedule. This will fit more into the random category. Some weeks I may post more than once, sometimes I may only post once in a month. But I hope when I do post, you’ll enjoy reading it.

Should We Comment?

Of course! I encourage comments and discussion on what I’m posting. I’m really interested in hearing what people have to say about my topics and posts.

However, this is meant to be a positive and friendly environment. I won’t tolerate hateful or disrespectful comments. Those will be deleted.

How Will I Know When You Update?

You can subscribe via RSS or get emailed when I update. Or you can bookmark the page and check back when you feel like it? I will probably post when I update via FB and Twitter, too.

Now What?

I’m going to get to brainstorming for my next post. Please comment about something you’d like for me to write about!

Until Next Time…

Megan