I’m notoriously bad at keeping an online blog. In fact, I must have have tried to keep one going a dozen times. It’s not that I’m lazy or that I don’t have anything to fill it, more the case that I didn’t put any value in it. Isn’t it just a waste of time?
It’s not. I now think EVERY musician should keep a blog and document their process. A few reasons.
#1 – It Tells Your Story
It’s 2018. Everyone is on the internet. You need a way to differentiate yourself from others or you’re invisible. Your blog is your story and it’s what I think makes your rock band different from that rock band.
Quick tip, take photos. I picked up this R.E.M book the other day and it hit me just how important photos can be to help tell your story.
#2 – It’s Helpful for Others
You might think anyone reading your blog wouldn’t particularly care what you have to say but you’re wrong. Your perspective matters and a fresh take on a problem or task can really inspire.
#3 – It Maintains Your Focus
There’s so much in the world we could be doing other than make music. With a blog you’re reflecting on what you’ve done and what you plan to do. It’s like setting a new year’s resolution every time you post.
So, Where can you blog?
Well for me, I’m using this website but I see no problem in doing it directly within social. The only issue I have with that is that social platforms are constantly changing so you don’t have full control but people are there. I’m planning on creating a guide on how to build your own website so watch this space if that’s of interest.
So who’s in? I’m committing to a blog. I think a weekly post is enough for most people and there’s less chance of it getting in the way of the actual music making. More importantly, it does like I said before, help us focus on doing what we love.
If you do start a blog, or already have one let me know in the comments. I want to hear your story!
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