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Post #1: *Divine Social*– In Depth


Unusually for me, a more in-depth pre-release look at my coming EP *Divine Social* – due for release on Tuesday 28th October 2014 on Ice Recordings. Continue reading

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Post #2: What’s With All These Releases Lately?


Tweet You may have noticed that my release-schedule has become rather well-populated lately: In September I released *Tributes*, after a rather long blank-spell stretching back to my Midsummer release of my last album *I’m A Person, Not A Genre’*. This … Continue reading

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Post #3: How To Create An Icon for the Windows Task Manager in Windows 7


Create a desktop shortcut to call up the Windows Task Manager with single click. (Operation accomplished in Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit in the example given.) Continue reading

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Post #4: *Divine Social* EP by Sharron-Idol to be Released 28th October 2014


Another brand new musical experience from talented musician Sharron-Idol; this time consisting of deity & divinity mixed with social media & – of course, music. Continue reading

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Post #5: Half-Fiscal-Year Audit Reveals Good News


It may be premature at this juncture to announce a profit. – Let’s say my business is far from in deep shit, although some changes are required nevertheless. Continue reading

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Post #6: ‘Throwing My Support Behind Becky Hill + MNEK’s Forthcoming Release…


When I hear something which moves me I feel moved to recommend it: It may at first appear out of character for me to do so, but I’d like to recommend Losing… Continue reading

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Post #7: A Day in The Life of Sharron-Idol; Loosely-Speaking: -


This can be a tough old game – but people need entertaining and I need to make money. Here is all I remember of yesterday. – ‘Days fly by like a blur lately. Continue reading

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Post #8: *Tributes* is Released


The mini-album *Tributes* marks the start of Sharron-Idol’s Winter production-streak in which you’ll be hearing many more of her slightly unusual releases. Continue reading

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*Divine Social*– In Depth


Divne SocialI’m excitedly preparing to announce the release of my EP *Divine Social* (The link to the EP on CD Baby will be live after official release.); which will be released on 28th October 2014. – Ten days from date of writing. – You’ve probably seen it advertised on Facebook and Twitter. (I have 2 Facebook pages: My personal page, which the above Facebook link goes to, and my music/fan page, <– which is linked there.)

Unusually for me I’m going to write a text-preview of the EP here and now on this very page. Usually I do this, to a certain extent, only in the album notes that appear on CD Baby: This time, however, I’m going to go a little more in-depth.

Tributes - Album_ArtFirst of all I’ll tell you that I composed and wrote the music of a couple. perhaps 3, of the 4 tracks mainly in the run-up to the release of my mini-album *Tributes*. Tributes was a release in honour of two up-and-coming artists; one from Australia in the form of Aria Taylor, and the other from Blighty UK – Bewdley to be specific, in the form of Becky Hill. (I wrote track 1 – *Aria* – in honour of Aria Taylor, and track 5 – *Twenty-Teen-Queen* – in honour of Becky Hill.)

Now back in May 2014 I composed a piece of music which made me rather impressed with the new approach I was taking in doing so; so much so in fact that I announced to a couple of people I know in the industry that I considered that I’d surpassed myself to some extent. I composed lyrics to that tune and propositioned the social-network Twitter that I had an awesome piece of music which they’d quite probably be interested in for advertising their brand. – Outcome = email & tweet unanswered.

*Divine Social* adBack in 2012/2013 I’d written a number entitled *Wrath of Thor*, which I was intending to propose that Inkubus Sukkubus use as one of their tracks – but never actually did get round to doing so. Inkubus Sukkubus generally play a gothic rock style, hence the prototype had been written similarly; however I decided that I’d release it myself, and that I’d do so in my new genre’ of glam punk. That meant almost a total re-write of the music, and some adjustments to the lyrics to match the new tune.

Around about the same time as I’d composed the tune for the track which would later become *Twitter*, I’d also composed a tune, with lyrics, called *Facebook Games*.

I detest most Facebook games – as much as Jeremy Clarkson detests foreigners or the environment – other than chess and Scrabble, and had expressed this in music. What happened at the time was that I fully produced the track but the final recording had issues and the voice-sync turned out as an abortion which ruined the final recording. I lost my cool with it and shelved the project for the time being.

- So while I was waiting for *Tributes* to be released I got to work rewriting *Wrath of Thor*. Having completed that I re-recorded *Facebook Games*, and then realised that I had 2 tunes linked to social media waiting to be released.

I decided to release them along with *Wrath of Thor*, so *Divine Social* seemed the obvious title for the release. – But I wasn’t happy with only 3 songs on the EP. I’d embarked upon a project in which I wanted to combine a backwards-version of a track onto an original and discover what effects I could achieve and which frequencies would cancel one another out and/or enhance each other. The result of doing so became a rather unusual piece which I entitled *Through The Looking Glass*. – Which ended up being scheduled as track 3.

And so we have a track originally written as a track for Inkubus Sukkubus, a musical expression of distaste, an impromptu experiment, and a failed-advertisment; all of which, as one, make up *Divine Social*.

There are 3 main genre’s involved; those being glam punk, electronica, and experimental.

JumpingGirlTrack 1 is so close to a classical definition of metal or rock, but with its added punk-rock beat and undertones of industrial DnB it retains its glam punk description.

Tracks 2 and 4 are quintessentially good ol’ fashioned pure electronica by definition, and although track 3 has huge electronic undertones and an overall synthesized theme, it retains an experimental tag due to its non-contemporary nature.

*Divine Social* is scheduled for release on the Ice Recordings label on Tuesday 28th October 2014, and will be available from CD Baby, iTunes, 24 – 7, GreatIndieMusic, and more. It will also be available for streaming via spotify and others.

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A number of these spambots visit my blog and attempt to spam my comments sections. That's no biggie as I have software which rarely, if ever, allows any spam to be shown on the blog; but nevertheless it's inconvenient to have to monitor the spam.

Added to that; some people try to hack my blog, and they make it so obvious that I'm forced to permanently block them.

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This is, in a way, an important article; and I want people to see it, read it, and take note – hence the reason I’m paying to promote it on Facebook; particularly via my Facebook fan page. I’ve tried not to ramble on too much, and to get to the point. If no-one reads it then it might, in a way, appear that I’m trying to disappear; which is in fact the last thing I want people to think.

I suppose I’d better start by saying that this is a difficult article to find the right kind of illustration to go with it. – So you’ll have to just read and not worry about the lack of pictures… Oh all right then, if you insist; but it has nothing to do with the subject material as such…

My photoshoot set in Idol City on Habbo Hotel... I did say it had nothing to do with the article didn't I?There was once a time, not long ago, when artists and other companies could stay in touch with their customers and fans without penalty of any kind on Facebook. Indeed Facebook became such a viable platform for doing so that it virtually killed MySpace and all the musicians and others migrated over to Facebook. As a result Facebook became huge and MySpace became, well, dead.

But Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook controllers noticed this and wondered how they could further commercialise this to their advantage. – That’s fair enough: It’s their business, and the objective of any business model is to provide product and to make money in doing so. A business either grows or it shrinks. Unless one can come up with new ideas and implement them successfully the business will die, or at least fade, as happened to MySpace. MySpace did react to their predicament, but it was all too little too late: If a ship is sinking and the passengers have evacuated into life rafts and maybe have been picked up by another ship; mending the damage on site of the near disaster and righting the vessel – even going as far as kitting it out with all the latest finery – won’t get the original passengers to return, come back on board, and finish their journey. – They will have sailed off into the sunset with whichever vessel picked them up, or drifted on the tides for ages until rescued. They won’t sit there waiting in a lifeboat a few hundred feet to the starboard of a vessel that is slowly sinking and listing to port just in case everything is put right eventually.

So Zuck and the Facebook crew came up with a way to get the new ‘passengers’ who had joined the Facebook ‘cruise’ to part with their buck and to pay their way – in the hope that they’d make Facebook richer in doing so: ‘Standard business practice. The problem is the way in which this new money-maker was implemented as well as the scheme itself: Coming up with the lame-duck excuse of

“[We’ve decided that] our users are getting bombarded with unwanted adverts; so to remedy this we’re going to charge advertisers to bombard people with unwanted adverts in order to alleviate this.”

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  • A pointless scheme – from a customer perspective – that will do nothing but financially penalise advertisers and other users who RELY on the exposure they are currently getting from the spreading of their message.
  • A snide and badly presented scheme to part users with their buck in order to ensure that Facebook’s’ profits increase to cover the loss in company value incurred by their falling share price since flotation, one that smacks of scam and dishonesty due to the way it was presented.

And the upshot of all this is that the ‘passengers’ notice that the crew have created a weakness in the ‘hull of the Good Ship Facebook’ and consequentially they start jumping overboard and manning the life-rafts.

All this business-like-talk isn’t really getting to the point I’m trying to make here; but at least it’s set the scene: I’m sorry that I was rather long-winded in doing so.

The long and the short of it is this: Once upon a time I could advertise anything on Facebook and everyone would see it. Now I have to pay to advertise anything on Facebook, as when I just post something about 20 to 40 people actually see it. Why? Because Facebook withhold it until I pay them, and the more I pay Facebook the more  people see my post.

- Now the above is fine IF I am quite rich financially and if at least 1 in 10 people respond to my adverts by purchasing or reposting/’liking’ my post. This scenario throws up 2 problems though: -

  • I’m not “quite rich”; that was a while back and unfortunately for me it didn’t last.
  • A 1 in 10 response-rate is the very best response-rate anyone can hope for in a scenario such as this.

- So for Facebook’s new model to work fully in the customers’ favour the customer has to be both rich and lucky. – That’s me out on both counts: I DO pay a little for advertising though, and it does have some effect, although to a limited extent. As my fan-base grows I’ll have to pay more to reach all my fans, and unless every fan of mine on Facebook purchases every release I sell as a result, I’m just going to end up out of pocket; or with a large fan base and no money to live on.

So as you note I’ve seen the weakness in the hull of the Good Ship Facebook myself; but does that mean that I should start heading towards the life-rafts ready to abandon ship? No. To do so would be disadvantageous to me and disloyal to my followers. I have fans on Facebook who have indicated by becoming my fans that they want to hear from me, to listen to my releases, to read my spiel, etc.

The good thing is that there is another option: That smaller vessel which has been following us all the way from port is my blog; the very place in which you’re reading this article in full. On my blog I can post anything I want and have anyone I want read it, provided they are one of my ‘passengers’ or regulars. If the Good Ship Facebook starts sinking then there is room on my blog; The sharronidol.com, for all my fans and more. On my blog I’m the captain and I say what goes. – In this way I have a much better chance of creating a tailor-made positive experience for my followers, and it costs me what? Financially around $250 a year I would estimate. (Many hours annually in terms of time, but we’ll leave that out of the equation as it would be the same in terms of time if I were communicating solely via Facebook.) – I can reach ALL of my audience here for less than half of what I spend on Facebook to reach half of my audience. – In other words it costs me approximately 75% less to communicate via my blog – this website – than it does to communicate via Facebook.

There is one thing missing though: A lot of my fans are hanging out on Facebook only and never even visit this website. Possibly many of them don’t even know about it this website because I haven’t paid Facebook enough for my messages to reach them.

So here is what’s going to happen in future: I’ll be posting mainly on this website from now. I’ll be notifying my Facebook fans of my posts on here by means of Facebook, but the posts of these notifications will only appear on my page and in my feed. I won’t PAY for people to see them; so my fans are going to have to LOOK at my page and my feed sometimes – which they won’t mind doing if they truly are my fans. – Either that or be a ‘passenger’ on this ship as well as the Good Ship Facebook.

My ship is a commercial ship too; but the difference is I OFFER you the chance to purchase, rather than making it almost pointless being a ‘passenger’ if you don’t.

Music Trek - The Next DimensionOf course I want your money: I’m a business and I need to make an income; but if I realise that you don’t actually NEED my website any more than you actually NEED Facebook – You could always go elsewhere, there are plenty of places… – then I’ll have more chance of keeping you on board my ship than Facebook will. Facebook is too big anyway: It’ll eventually no longer be able to support buoyancy and sink under its own weight. – I’ll still be floating: I’m a much smaller vessel. I’m also not saboutaging myself by creating weaknesses in my hull.

I look forwards to welcoming you aboard.

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