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It's official: I am going back to being a full-time breadwinner; so my focus has to be back on making money, and although I plan on continuing the music blog, I will have to be splitting my time now between blogging and other things that are more lucrative financially. I'd love to just write about music for a living, but right now it's only pulling in about 20% of the money I need every month to keep this family afloat. I will be rolling out other avenues for monetization, and plan to build out a web application to both use as a showcase for new tech clients and as web service for promotional purposes. I have long wanted to build a Twitter bot, and pull in all this awesome CHILLFILTR metric data to create some Business Intelligence. Fun.
I hope y'all had a great summer! If you know anyone that needs contract or full-time work for Ruby, SQL, or any kind of cloud BI, hit me up on LinkedIn. We are open to relocating anywhere around San Francisco.
I want to set the record straight. I had a very vague idea about finding something to write about leading up my engineering contract expiring with Topps in January 2018. On the 6th day, there was domain registration.
In 3 months, we cracked the top million list of websites for US traffic.
It's a thing.
So if you have been following me at all recently, my new music blog is taking all of my spare time right now. It's a labor of love, and things are just perfect right now. For the first time in my life I feel like I am making a very real, if small for now, difference in the lives of other musicians. And that makes me feel good. It's really nice to think that I might help someone connect with a song they wouldn't have heard otherwise, and help an artist connect with a fan they might not have found in some other way.
I started out just wanting to do playlists on Spotify, but I quickly realized that I really like writing about the songs I get. it occurred to me yesterday that as a poet, a decidedly non-academic one at that, it makes a lot of sense that I enjoy writing song reviews. The way I write them, it feels a bit like poetry, because music description is fraught with opportunity for metaphor. It just feels natural for me.
So I would like to announce that after 28 days of being a blogger for SubmitHub, I have been accepted into their "Really Good Bloggers" program (#RGB), which just means I get a star next to my name, I get to feel cool about it, and I make slightly more money.
Perhaps the first recognition I have ever had as a writer. They just put lil star next to your name.
And I get to do things like this: write a review that gets top listing, and help my artist climb the chart a bit. It's not much, but it's something.
And the best part is the thanks I get for the blogs I do. I feel more appreciated right now than I ever thought possible.
So I built a music blog with the purpose of giving roots musicians an outlet that understands them, and PR agencies an outlet that will promote them.
Hello friends! I have been spending a lot of time working on Spotify playlists, and I would appreciate some help. If you are on Spotify, please take a look at my user account (link here).
Apparently, the biggest thing you can do to support a Spotify 'playlister' is to copy a song from a playlist you support to your personal library. I have two playlists that are based around artist discovery from 2010-present in the Los Angeles scene; primarily artists that were part of the Hotel Cafe / Room 5 circuit.
If you see anything that looks good to you please just sign in to Spotify and copy it to your library. Takes 10 seconds.
It's a messy business promoting music, but sometimes things start lining up a bit in your favor. This last week has brought me a lot of good news.
but that's not all. American Tracks Music Awards does seem to offer some good opportunities for exposure, but we also have 2 nominations in the older and more legit International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
And there are quite a few more submissions moving through the process with other organizations. Different songs seem to resonate with different folks, which is fine by me. So far:
- American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best Independent Artist (selection: Go My Way)
- American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best American Song (selection: Someday)
- International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unpublished (selection: Follow the Light)
- International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unsigned (selection: Seeing Stars)
This should turn out to be a great year for the music in and of my life. Thank you.