Taking On The Dropp
by Taissa Rebroff
Chances are that you've heard of eye drops, but what about Ear Dropps, Video Dropps, Mouth Dropps, Ink Dropps, Film Dropps and Buzz Dropps? That's a lot of drops and they're all over at (no surprises here) thedropp.com, an online publication based in FL devoted to helping artists gain exposure. The Dropp is your local resource for music, art, life and culture - a convenient drop waiting to burst with album, book, food and event reviews!
BRINK asked Peter Perceval, one of the creators of the Dropp, about his inspirations, tips on creating a successful blog and much more.
So, how did it all begin?
The idea and actual conception of the Dropp was somewhat of an immaculate one; it is one of the only times in my life I have ever had full inspiration of an idea, where to take it and exactly what to do with it. It was like a vision. I was driving home from Pensacola to Orlando at like 3am one night and it was raining and I was lost deep in thought, and as I started watching the rain drops hit my window I sort of just had a rush of inspiration and knew exactly what to do with it. Then during my final year at UCF, it turned out that I needed a big final project to finish up my BFA and I had already been working on the Dropp... so I just killed two birds with one stone and I launched the site that Spring of '10.
The Dropp is currently in six locations around Florida, do you have any plans to expand?
Right now, I would really like to just focus on FL and the cities we have and get more writers and more local content coming from home, and then in the future if it makes sense go beyond that. I feel like FL is in the spotlight we have a lot of amazing things going on here especially in the music scene.
What does the Dropp hope to inspire?
I don't try to keep it too focused on one genre or thing or demographic, but show case all sorts of art forms and music… to sort of enlighten people that might not have stumbled upon some of these things otherwise. I also hope that it inspires people to realize they can really accomplish anything they set their minds to. I mean, the site is so much more then I ever expected it to be and it still has a long way to go to reach my level of satisfaction with it, but I am definitely pleased with the progress and seeing what I've built so far reach this level.
Who is the Dropp for?
The Dropp is for everyone. Whoever wants to read it, or is interested in Music, Art and Culture. It's for all the local homebodies and everyone far and wide.
Any advice for hopeful writers seeking to begin a web project?
Well, I think there are different types of people in the world. There are people who are excellent writers and artists but maybe not as entrepreneur-minded. Taking on the project of creating your own website is a daunting task and requires quite a bit of effort and business minded thinking. It's beyond just creating a personal Tumblr or blog-- it becomes super overwhelming at times. If you are business minded and passionate, and you also like to write then I say go for it-- really think it out and follow that dream!