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Top 10 Most Read Designer Magazine Blogs Of 2012

Strange to think when we first started Designer Magazine we didn't use the word blogs or webzines or any of the words you use now.... 13 years the word blog was seen as a poor mans website and we ultimately wanted to be seen in the same light as Melody Maker rather than a small outfit (despite the fact it was ran from a bedroom office and still is)

What's interesting about this years Most Popular Blogs is that 40% of the Top 10 are guest blogs from the likes of Black Swan, The Madding Crowd, Sister Ray and Post Zero. If we looked further into the Top 20 you'd find a lot of them were the fantastic guest blogs by CJ of Dead Retinas as well

So here they are to look at read, enjoy and learn from

1. 8 Reasons Your Gigs Aren't As Busy As You'd Like

Ever wondered why your bands gigs are quiet and other bands aren't - chances are it's one of the 8 Reasons In The Blog.

This blog struck a real chord with both local Manchester bands, radio DJs such as Tom Robinson and International Music Marketing Gurus like Michael Brandvold

Tell us what you learn from this blog...

http://www.designermagazine.org/8ReasonsYourGigsArentABusyAsYoudLike.htm


2. 10 Things Bands Need To Do Every Single Day

Rehearsing once a week - playing a gig once a month .... and then you switch off for the rest of the month being Dave from Accounts or Paul from Customer Service in the day job

Wrong????

You're in a band 7 Days a week regardless of the day job and here's the 10 things You Should Be Doing Each Day

http://www.designermagazine.org/10ThingsBandsNeedToDoEveryDay.htm


3. Reconnected - Buzzin Feature

They've already been named the Most Popular Manchester Band on our other 2012 Poll this week

This pop band are gonna be big in 2013 - read the full feature here

http://www.designermagazine.org/BUZZIN35ReConnected.htm

4. Eden - Featured Artists Interview

A personal fave band of the year so good to see our readers thought the same but the amount of times they've been reading this interview

http://www.designermagazine.org/EdenManchester.htm


5. Twenty Twenty - Video Interview

Busted, Mcfly, YMA6, Twenty Twenty - fun pop rock from these teenage sensations

One of our rare video interviews at Designer Magazine

http://designermagazine.tripod.com/TwentyTwentyINT1.htm

6. An Idiots Guide To Social Media For Musicians

Alex from Black Swans guest blogs on Social Media for Musicians

Why you should care about Social Media, hogging the timeline and drunk tweets are amongst the many areas covered

A must read especially if you're new to tweeting

http://designermagazine.tripod.com/AnIdiotsGuideToSocialMediaForMusicians.htm

7. Strokeism and The Rise Of Uniformity

Controversial blog of the year award goes to Ben From The Madding Crowd for suggesting that maybe just maybe identikit indie bands are a bit dull

Loved and hated in equal measure this certainly got people talking and reason why one of our original guest blogs is the most read of the year

Care to do another one for 2013 Ben...

http://designermagazine.tripod.com/Strokesism.htm

8. The Little Things All Unsigned Bands Can Learn From One Direction About Facebook

Just imagine a world in that Harry Styles and co are handling Social Media better than your band.... shit, they are - you're not dreaming!!!

In all seriousness though if you're in a band and using facebook go give this blog a read - in 5 minutes you'd learn a lot

http://www.designermagazine.org/TheLittleThingsAllUnsignedBandsCanLearnFromOneDirectionAboutFacebook.htm

9. Are You In A Band Or Part Of A Brand?

For those that don't agree with this - The Beatles, Bowie, Morrissey through to the Manic Street Preachers

As it says on the tine - Are You In A Band or Part Of A Brand?

A great guest post by fab indie popper Sister Ray

http://www.designermagazine.org/AreYouInABandOrPartOfABrand.htm


10. Manic Street Preachers - The Band That Changed My Life

A guest post by James of Post Zero and one that I can wholeheartedly agree with as the Manic Street Preachers changed my life as well

Read this and then let us know the bands that changed your life - The Smiths, The Clash, Bowie - or was it somebody we wouldn't expect??

http://designermagazine.tripod.com/ManicStreetPreachersTheBandThatChangedMyLife.htm

 

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