Is ‘Vlogging’ the Way Forward?

Firstly, let me say that there are a few words which I dislike, and a few which I strongly dislike. ‘Blog’ and ‘blogging’ fall into the category of words I dislike. However, far worse are words such as ‘vlog’, or ‘vlogging’. These are words that make me recoil in disgust!

What is vlogging? The word comes from the terms ‘video’ and ‘blogging’. And what of ‘blogging’, where does this term come from? Well, I’m sure quite a lot of you are already aware, but for the benefit of those who are not, it is an abbreviation of the conglomerate of the words ‘web’ and ‘log’. Weblog, or just blog.

So, mashing words together is a trend is it? Seems so, unfortunately. Continuing this theme, there is a word that tops all of the others in terms of how horrendously awful I find it, and it is……’webinar’! Eugh! I’m not even going to explain it’s definition. Hopefully, the less people that know about the word the less it will be used.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post was to bring to your attention an article asking the question ‘Is Vlogging The Future Of Music Marketing?‘ Personally I found it somewhat difficult to read due to the sheer abundance of a word I find quite repulsive, but hopefully you do not suffer the same repulsion as me.

If vlogging really is the way forward, can  we maybe call it something else instead?

On a side note, if there are any words that make you feel sick, post them below! Here’s a page where the discussion has already begun: What’s the grossest sounding word in English?

 


Setting up a Guitar

If, like me, you own a guitar that has never been properly set up, the chances are high that it could really benefit from a bit of maintenance.

You may be of the opinion that since you never changed anything since buying the guitar from the shop, it couldn’t possibly be set up incorrectly. Well that’s not really true. Factories just pump them out to a set specification. It is up to you to adjust the set up to be specific to your playing style and preference. Some players like the action lower than others, for example.

It’s not just cheap, beginner guitars that require the set up, either. I have a friend who spent a fair bit on a guitar, he played it for a couple of years and loved it. Then, after getting it set up correctly, said it played like a totally different guitar!

So what could be wrong with your current set up? Perhaps the action is too high/low, the neck is warped, the frets need replacing, the saddles are in the wrong position. But how do you tell, and what can you do if you find out that there is a fault?

Luckily we have the internet! Some of the users of the internet are pretty skilled in this area and have kindly shared their knowledge with us.

Here are two resources that cover the same ground, but I figured it could be handy to have a couple of references, rather than just one.

Audiotuts+: 7 Steps to Setting Up Your Guitar

Wikihow: Setting up a guitar

Good luck!