Personal Ramblings

Completely obsessed

I’ve been busy, as you may have noticed from the complete lack of posts. I’ve spent far too much time behind my laptop, probably getting more of a tan off the lcd rays than the sun outside. I am starting to think summer ain’t coming this year.

The only thing keeping me relatively sane is Lastfm, a social music community website. I’ve been using Lastfm for a while now, off and on though, never exploring its potential completely. Up until now I have found it’s usability a bit complicated. For a new user it is hard working out what is the difference between a playlist and a radio station, why you can only play 30 seconds of a song sometimes, yet the full song other times, and why you need to use the stand alone player as well as the website.
However, the last few days I have been playing around with it a lot, and it’s not as complicated as i thought. I was just too lazy to work it out. I’ve had it running during ever second of “office” hours, it has replaced my radio. I have bought a two month trial membership for 3 pounds (which has enabled some great features), I’ve fine tuned my playlists, discovered new artists, met other users, and now I can share it all with you. In my side menu on my home page you will see a new widget, “My Personal Radio”.

Forget 5FM. Forget Virgin UK. Press play, sit back and enjoy. DJ Mad Mark in the mix. Let me know if our music tastes are a match.

P.S. According to WatchFire WebXACT, which I use to monitor my website’s performance, the Lastfm player has added 79kb to my home page’s load time. I’ll leave it up for a few days, but please let me know if it’s terribly slow. I’ll probably move it to my About page.

By Mark Forrester

Co-founder of WooThemes. Makers of WooCommerce - acquired by Automattic.

Mark is a husband, dad, early stage investor, photographer, gadget geek and sports fanatic. Proudly based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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