Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Happy Anniversary!

This blog post marks the 1 year anniversary of musicpiracyresearchblog.

Time to take stock of some milestones.

1. The Blog itself

The readership of this blog has gone from strength to strength, particularly becoming more international. The majority of readers are from the United States. Additionally, the number of readers subscribing to posts via email has raised dramatically in 2013. This is great news.

The Twitter feed, is not so popular. But that's okay. It felt like the right thing to do at the time, but the blog aims more to pose questions and allow resources to answer such questions. This takes time. A nice monthly post with good links will accomplish this goal much more effectively than daily tweets to random websites reporting on new laws etc. Not quite a social media disaster.

2. The Blog content

Over the last 12 months we have explored topics as diverse as: music offsetting legal sales; spotlights on predictive factors such as age and gender; deterrents; links to live music and how an artists stage in the game largely determines how best to distribute their music.

Along the way, dozens of working links to different resources along with advice on ways to better access such content has also been included.

Additionally, whilst meaty posts have been shifted from fortnightly to monthly, more posts on related matters have meant there are more posts than in last year.

3. The wider world

If you follow the twitter feed (@musicpiracyblog) you will be clued up on some of the international changes over the last year. This includes new legislation, new digital music stores, shifting consumer preferences and the rise of 'offline' piracy. If you are interested in keeping up to date on this sort of thing, hit the twitter feed @musicpiracyblog. The emphasis of this blog remains research on music piracy.

4. Overview

More monthly posts (and mini-posts) scheduled on increasingly more novel areas, with some guest posts due to appear over the coming year.

For now, thanks for your interest and please do forward info on this blog to your friends and colleagues.


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