Note: After a vote on Twitter, the name of this series is decided: Open Mic. Every one from now on will be tagged with the words Open Mic.
I am convinced that one of the keys to success via the internet is interaction. The web is no longer in a brochure format of information being spit out by one source and digested by another – it is like one giant, overwhelming collection of conversations where anyone can share thoughts, ideas, and feedback. One of my favorite things about Pigeons and Planes is the comments I get from you guys. I don’t ever claim that P&P is the best blog out (yes it is), but it definitely has the best readers (just check the comments section on the latest Lil B post). You guys are intelligent, opinionated, and straight up hilarious. You’ve had my back when people talk cybershit, put me in my place when I get out of line, made me LOL and ROFL on the reg, and introduced me to some really cool things along the way.
After some heavy research and deep contemplation (just thought of this 2 minutes ago while eating a taco), I came up with a brilliant idea (my first one) that I think could be really cool. I’m going to let readers submit articles, and over the next couple of months I’ll be periodically publishing these articles. You are no longer restricted to that little comment box at the bottom of every post.
Instead of just focusing on an artist or song, I want to hear your opinions and experiences with music. Share your ideas about where hip-hop is going, why indie rock is better than mainstream pop, how a concert changed your life or an album got you through a tough time – or whatever else is on your mind. Make it as long or as short as you want. Swear as much as you want. If you suck at grammar, don’t worry about it. This is the fucking internet in 2010, and more importantly this is Pigeons and Planes. Anything goes.
How to submit an article:
Email it to me. PigeonsAndPlanes at Gmail.com. Boom. Feel free to type it out in an email or to send me a Word document or whatever else is easiest for you. Include a picture if you have something specific you want to use (otherwise I’ll probably include some weird pigeon pic). I’m happy to link back to your website or whatever else. Feel free to let me know a little about yourself if you want that included, or be a creep and use a weird moniker. It’s all up to you. The only thing I ask is that it’s original – I don’t want to republish stuff that has already been posted somewhere else.
I hope this can turn into a regular thing where readers can get their voices heard, bring a new perspective to P&P, and have some fun. The readers become the writers. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and thanks for all your support and feedback over P&P’s short life. It’s very much appreciated.