Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great new year and a wonderful holiday season!
I've been getting a lot of emails asking "Mike for the love of god, when are you announcing the winners of your contest!??!" Well sorry peeps, what can I say.. I'm slightly lazy writing up this blog and choosing winners, and I've been slightly greedy in that the longer I wait the more submissions I get haha. Well anyway, the time has come to cut off the contest and enjoy what's been sent in so far.
If you are a winner, I will be contacting you soon! Feel free to message me with your email address just to make sure I have the correct one on file. If you did not win, don't fret - I'll be running another contest soon... and here's a dirty little secret of mine. If you give me lots of shout out's on twitter, post my banners up on your website, participate in my forums, or you are a very supportive fan in general... I have a tendency to say "YES" when you ask me for free stuff! :P [...]
Did you all have a fun new years eve? Did you get lots of toys at Christmas? Did you spend your holidays with loved ones, friends, some fellow drunks, or at least a good video game?
In this blog I've got a silly list of the strangest search terms people have used to find my website in 2010, and a quick update regarding my new single, which is to be released worldwide January 3rd, 2011.
I want you all to know I hope you had a blast celebrating the end of 2010, and I wish you the best in 2011. Remember (!), its not about keeping all your new years resolutions - its about making so many resolutions that just by sheer volume, you'll end up keeping some of them. I'm shooting for 20 resolutions personally, and if I keep 5, mission accomplished. Don't be a 2-resolution loser! lol
Strange Incoming Search Terms
So a little while ago, I checked some of my webstats for MikePeralta.com, to get a feel for what promotional things I was doing right, which ones wrong, and well, you get the idea. For those of you who don't know what webstats are, they're just statistics for your website, showing a variety of metrics - like how many visitors you had, how many pages they viewed, what they viewed, how long they stayed, how they got to your site, etc. Google analytics has a great free tool for this, and there are a bunch of other ones out there in cyber space. [...]
How you been!? I've been getting a lot of people asking when I'm finally going to start doing contests again. And then this week, when I did a surprise mp3 giveaway on some of my social networking profiles, I had A LOT of fans mistakenly think they were getting a free physical CD and send me their full address in the hopes of an early Christmas present, teehee.
I guess you guys just want to get some more free stuff, so here's your chance! I'm itching for some new fan photos, or some fan art. I'd like for anyone interested to send me what they've got (my email is a couple paragraphs down), and then I'm going to pick some of the best submissions and give you prizes! [...]
My new single "I Want to Be Sad" has been released, and is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, CD Baby, Limewire Store, and of course my own official store on this website (if you're reading a syndicated feed, that'd be MikePeralta.com). I think Rhapsody is lagging but they should make it available too sometime soon.
Head on over to my new Discography Page to find all the purchase links, or just listen to it.
ALSO!!! I've just programmed a brand new section to my site, where you can earn a FREE copy of one of my tracks just for tweeting about me. I call it "Tracks For Tweets", I guess. Anyhow, if you have a twitter account, you can find the page here and grab your free copy while I'm still promoting it! [...]
I'm releasing a single of my track "I Want to Be Sad" in the next week, and it will be available on iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Rhapsody, and all the big digital distributors. I need your support to make this a big release - I need tons of feedback and reviews, as well as your support in helping me push this to the top virally. Check back on my blog as I'll be making updates as to when it actually goes online, but I've added an entry in my site's event calendar as a rough estimate of the mp3's digital delivery estimate. [...]
I've got an acoustic show coming up on Wednesday March 18th, 2009 at the Blue Cafe in Huntington Beach. The Blue Cafe is a cool little bar with a full stage and a very chill atmosphere, almost..... blues-y haha.
Tickets are only $5 to get in, and guess what! I'm going to give some away for freeeeeeee. Think of it as sort of a contest. You take a "Fan Picture", meaning some kind of picture of yourself where you cleverly put my name, picture, or CD somewhere next to you, and email it to me. I'll pick, uhhhmmm... lets say the top 10 pictures, post them on the site, and have the tickets waiting for you at the door under your name. [...]
Hello friends, fans, and random strangers. I'm looking for a singer to gig with!
Are you a singer in the Orange-County-California area, or know someone who is? I'm currently looking for a singer to accompany me, to provide backup vocals when I perform my original music (and some cover songs too) at various bars, cafes, backyard parties, etc in the orange county area.
As my backup singer you'll be singing backup vocals with me during live shows, and adding to the overall atmosphere by interacting with me and the audience between songs. You'll need to be willing to help promote shows with me, through the internet or occasionally handing out fliers. Rehearsals probably won't be too demanding, just a few here and there to keep on track, but for the most part I already have the backup parts recorded so you can practice to a CD on your own. [...]
Just a quick news update - the first day of shooting for Mike's music video for his original song, "Wasting All My Time" is complete. Shooting and post-production should wrap hopefully within the next month or so, at which point the cast and crew will be hosting a "wrap" party, where fans will be able to preview the new video and put copies of it onto their ipods and cellphones!
After much thought I've made the huge decision to offer ALL of my music for downloading, for FREE. Why would I do this? I'm tired of the idea that I have to nickle and dime everyone just to spread my music to the world. If you want a copy of my music, you will now find it on the "Free Music" page.
So far I've posted every single track from my acoustic album "Music of My Youth", as well as a few other ones that are in the works. I'll be posting new mixes as they become available, too. [...]
More photos will be coming in the near future. Today I had a photoshoot with Jake Chiu from www.PhotoProUnlimited.com and took over 250 photos. Jake is an utter professional with a good mind for good shots. Look out for more photos from today's session appearing on the site soon.