This October marks the third anniversary of my participation on a 31 Day Blog Challenge. What is that you ask? Well, hundreds (maybe thousands?) of bloggers all vow to pick one topic and blog about it every day of the month in October. That’s 31 blogs, no ifs, ands or buts.
I try to pick topics I’m passionate about. The first year, it was all about Halloween; the second year touched on the things I’ve learned so far in life. And this year? What’s it going to be?
This year, I’m going after something I’ve been passionate about since my days of checking out 45s from the public library – music.
More specifically, mixtapes. The art of the mixtape is a sacred one. It’s also an art that is lost on the youth of today. There’s just something about cracking open the new pack of Memorex blank tapes, and planning your mixes. Mixtapes are an inherently personal experience – for the person making it and for the people they want to hear it. Whether it’s the soundtrack to a house party, or something you put together to impress the girl in your class, the power of the mixtape is hard to dismiss.
Sure, the delivery method has changed over the years, but the message and meaning stays the same. Since I can’t get enough blank tapes, scotch tape, and pencils to go around for the month, I’m going to use the next best thing – Spotify.
For the next 31 Days, I’m going to make a series of mixtapes (each ten songs long) to get you through the month. Who knows, you may even learn about some great new bands.
This blog will serve as the placeholder for each of the 31 mixtapes. If you want to keep coming back throughout the month, you can also find the mixtapes posts by looking for this icon:
List of 31 Digital Mixtapes
Day One: Government Shutdown Edition
Day Two: Songs to the One I Love
Day Three: Take me to the Movies
Day Four: These Women Rock
Day Five: Dead Poet’s Society
Day Six: Hip Hop One Hit Wonders
Day Seven: Punch Monday in the Face
Day Eight: Music That’s New to Me
Day Nine: Quirky ’80s Cover Songs
Day Ten: Top 10 Songs of 1980
Day Eleven: Guilty Pleasures
Day Twelve: Songs About Growing Up
Day Thirteen: The Road to the Fall Classic
Day Fourteen: Uninspired Song Titles
Day Fifteen: Songs For a Horror Movie
Day Sixteen: Made in Michigan
Day Seventeen: Frank Turner Tells You to Live Your Life
Day Eighteen: The Softer Side of Punk Rock
Day Nineteen: The Agony of Defeat
Day Twenty: Side Project Delight
Day Twenty-One: Howl at the Moon
Day Twenty-Two: The Best of The Slackers
Day Twenty-Three: In Defense of The Printed Word
Day Twenty-Four: The Waiting Game
Day Twenty-Five: Zombie Apocalypse
Day Twenty-Six: Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Day Twenty-Seven: Celebrity Pet Projects
Day Twenty-Eight: My Introduction to Ska Music
Day Twenty-Nine: The Songs of Tony Sly
Day Thirty: Devil’s Night
Day Thirty-One: Saying Goodbye to the Month