Bad Nerd

Aaaaaah…haven’t written since I listened to Vauxhall and I a few weeks ago while rolling in the back of a van down North America’s West Coast. There’s not much to add. I intend to write a thing on my awesome SXSW Accelerator experience, but we all know the road to Hell is paved with good intentions*. Also, we have tour dates. We have interviews (I especially promote this one I did recently with PopMatters – it got kind of intimate). Here are said tour dates. Please join us so we can sweat on you and/or shred in your face. 2gether-ness.

Mon March 28, 2011 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Tue March 29, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg Tickets
Wed March 30, 2011 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall Tickets
Thu March 31, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Tickets
Sat April 2, 2011 – Laval, QC @ Salle Antonine Labelle Tickets

Wed April 13, 2011 – Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club Tickets
Thu April 14, 2011 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club Tickets
Fri April 15, 2011 – Paris, France @ Le Fleche D’or Tickets
Sat April 16, 2011 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Tickets
Mon April 18, 2011 – London, UK @ Borderline (SOLD OUT)
Tue April 19, 2011 – London, UK @ Borderline Tickets
Wed April 20, 2011 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge Tickets
Thu April 21, 2011 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Tickets

Unrelated, I was thinking of trying to claim the term ‘Bad Nerd’ because that is what I am.

No Nods

In a completely half-assed attempt at promotion, I submitted my blog to the SXSW Interactive awards. I guess my rationale was that a nomination would be great exposure. As I mentioned a while back, I had somewhat high hopes. They were apparently way too high. Way, way, WAY too high. SXSW announced their nominations on Friday, from which this blog was excluded. I took a look at the finalists, and they are not really blogs, but full-on websites. Not sure why they call them “Weblog” awards, since most of the nominees have staff writers, advertising, slick layout and fancy programming. Basically everything out there blows my blog away.

Mine offers a simple, honest perspective, which I guess is, as I initially feared, not in your face enough. And there’s nothing I can – or want – to do about that anyway. I should get more proactive about promotions anyway. I think fellow blogger Justinsb nominated my blog (thank you!) in the Canadian Blog Awards, but I never really followed that up, so nobody really knew that they could vote for me.

Maybe it’s just the awards season frenzy: the obsession with validation by our peers, of winning and losing. Clearly I am very good at losing, or being widely ignored, so my validation comes through checking my stats, and seeing those 200 hits each day…