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Burn It - The Spring 2005 Edition

It's hard to believe, but this spring marks the second anniversary of the beginning of Burn It, my seasonal mix CD swap.

Since this is a big anniversary, I've decided we're going to go back in time and redo the very first Burn It theme - the one that kicked it all off - driving music.

Sign-ups begin now and, as always, please be sure to read the rules carefully before signing up!

The Theme:
Music that makes you want to roll down your windows/open your sunroof/put down your convertible top and sing along at the top of your lungs. It's spring time and I want music that makes you feel good. It doesn't haven't to be a happy song, but it does have to be great music to drive to.

Here's how it works:
After the sign up period, people will be put into groups of 4. You will then receive an e-mail from me telling you the names and addresses of the people in your group. You burn 5 identical CDs. Keep one for yourself and send the other three to the other people in your group and one to me. New Rule: Since so many people have been complaining that they haven't gotten CDs from people in their group, I am now requiring that you send one to me so I can keep track of who sent them out and who didn't. I hate to do this, but it seems the best way to keep track. You should then receive three new CDs from the other three people in your group.

The rules:
- You should have a blog. I would like this to be a fun way to connect people in the blogosphere. If you don't, go over to Diaryland or Blogspot and start one for free or beg me. I'm not immune to a little begging if you really, really want to participate.
- If you're not going to follow through and make your CDs, please don't bother signing up. It would be a shame if one or two people ruined this for their group. If you signed up last swap and didn't send your CDs out, don't sign up this time.
- You must live in the US or Canada. If there's a intrest in this in other areas, I may do a swap at some point down the road that includes other countries, but I'm going to limit it to the areas where I know most of you guys live.
- If you live in the US, you should be willing to ship to Canada. If you live in Canada, you should be willing to ship to the US. The postage is a teeny bit more, but nothing that's going to break the bank.
- Remember that most people can't play mp3s in their car, so make sure they're something that will play in a standard car stereo. I tend to use .cda or .wav files. I have put together a list of Burn It resources for those not familiar with making CDs.
- Please be sure to put your name, URL, or e-mail on your CD somewhere. I get at least a few CDs every Burn that have nothing on them at all.

Guidlines on creating your CDs:
- Include a track listing. If someone like an artist, they might want to buy more music by them. Let us know who it is.
- Fill up the CD as much as you can. There's 80 minutes on a blank CD. Don't half-ass it and make a 30 minute CD.
- You should definitely use a jewel case when sending your CDs to protect it during mailing. You can get them cheap anywhere.
- I know a lot of people are graphically inclined, so feel free to make your CD a work of art.
- Don't be afraid to put on "cheesy" music. If you like it, others probably will too.
- Don't be afraid to put on music that no one has ever heard before either. Billboard or MTV may never have known this music, but you did, so that's what counts.

If you've gotten this far and you still want to sign up, send an e-mail (change the AT to an @ in my e-mail address) to me and make sure you reference the swap in the subject line. You must include the following information (please send your info even if I already have it; it's too hard for me to keep all this is one spot):

- Your name
- Mailing address
- Your blog URL
- Your e-mail address
- New requirement: If you want to be in one group or two. (You can send the same CD to each group. You don't actually have to create two different mixes.)

Sign-ups will continue through end of day Monday, April 11th. By Thursday, April 14th, I will send e-mails to everyone letting you know who is in your group.

You should have all of your CDs burned and in the mail NO LATER THAN Monday, May 9th. This gives you at least a full three weeks to create and ship CDs to your three group partners and me.

Please spread the word! More people equals more music! Just be sure to link to this URL, because eventually this entry will cycle off the main page. Also, feel free to swipe one of the buttons here and link it to the category page here.

If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me or leave a comment.

Special thanks goes out to Alison for both the inspiration and allowing me to use most of her rules and guidelines.

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Burn It is so cool you should really do it! I've gotten so many good mixes from my friends! Puleeze send your CDs if you sign up. We who actually make and mail our CDs appreciate it when we actually get CDs in return! It is a real let down to do all that work and not get CDs back. It is really not nice to not send CDs (unless you have a really good reason which someone in my group last time did).

.: katie said on March 29, 2005 09:48 PM :: link it :.

I've gotten screwed over a couple of times too. not cool at all! but I still really like doing it.

.: girl said on March 31, 2005 08:56 AM :: link it :.

Ooooh. Driving music! I haven't participated in the last swap or two because I didn't think I'd have time to put a decent CD together, but get this - just yesterday I heard a song, and I was thinking that I'd love to make a driving mix again. Today, I stop by here, and this! Yay! I'm SO in :) (I'll email you my contact info again from home later, I'm at work now, I know, I slack.)

.: Alison said on April 1, 2005 01:00 PM :: link it :.

I've applied, haven't heard of this before, but read about it over on :)

.: smeg said on April 5, 2005 11:16 AM :: link it :.

Has anyone else had problems receiving the confirmation e-mail once inputting your e-mail address for the registration? I signed up yesterday, but have yet to receive the confirmation e-mail. I'd love to participate.

.: Jenn said on April 6, 2005 08:13 AM :: link it :.

Jenn, I signed up for the mailling list yesterday and havent received a confirmation email either ...

.: smeg said on April 6, 2005 08:55 AM :: link it :.

Did you know that in Europe we can burn cd's as well? And that we also have music?
And cars?

.: eric.s said on April 6, 2005 05:23 PM :: link it :.

It's true, I also have a CD burner, blank CDs, music and a car.

I'd really like to do this. How about all us Europeans shamelessly steal this idea and pimp it throughout the EU?

.: =bmd= said on April 7, 2005 02:08 PM :: link it :.

Hi! I just found out this site and I think it is a really cool idea! Too bad I do not live in the US our in Canada. I live in Portugal, but I would be really interested in participating. Is it possible, i there were people interested in shipping to portugal?

.: Leonor said on April 11, 2005 12:00 AM :: link it :.

im in! my site is down yet :( so have to email me--I love to burn cds so person(s) will get um!

.: Terry said on April 11, 2005 02:39 PM :: link it :.

this is badass

.: lucia said on January 29, 2006 06:24 PM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at March 29, 2005 07:11 PM to see this post.

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