Yes, you read that title right! A few years back I had a music blog set up and I thought that it would be a great way for me to promote myself and my music, as well as connect with others. Boy was I wrong. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a music blog, but what is very apparent to me now is that having a blog is time consuming and can lead to all sorts of hair pulling (good thing I’m bald).
The Initial Idea
The whole purpose of my blog was to showcase what kind of music I had. I thought that once people heard my beats, they would be interested in my music and give me feedback, which would help me advance with my craft of beat making and producing. I had a small blog that showed my pictures, my biography, and of course, my beats. I even posted download links for my instrumental albums because why not?
What I did was I set it up in a way so that when someone clicked on the download link, it would insert some information into my database, so I could reference it later. I was able to get their email address so I could build a newsletter, as well as their IP, and other nerdy stuff.
At first it was good because people were coming to my site and downloading my music. A few people contacted me to let me know they liked my music. But then it got annoying. Instead of receiving good feedback from people, I either got negative feedback, or none at all! I had a comment section where you could leave your feedback, and most of it was positive, but as well all know – the internet is the internet and there’s lots of trolls out there just itching to start trouble.
I received some bad comments, just petty stuff that was probably posted by kids and whatnot. Then it led to no comments at all. I eventually started to give up and ask myself, “why am I even bothering?”. So then I removed my comments section. Then I removed my biography. And everything else.
The Support Isn’t There
I quickly realized that no matter how good I thought my music was, not many actually cared. I was trying my best to promote my blog, and the traffic was there, but it just seemed that people wanted to download the music and be on their way. Even people that I knew – they didn’t care to leave feedback, instead they chose to just get the beats and jet. Why is that? I think that people are just used to doing that nowadays.
Now I lay low, and with good reason. I’m very picky as to where I post my music because I think partly it’s that I’m a reserved person, and also that maybe I just don’t want to hear negative feedback, and getting rejected for all the hard work I put into making beats.
What Should You Do?
If you have a music blog, then use it, but don’t forget about your myFlashStore page. The reason why is because everything is already in place for you and all you have to do is post your beats – all the hard work is done. You don’t have to worry about creating a blog, or running one because with myFlashStore, the traffic and the interest is there already. All you have to do is take advantage of it.
There’s nothing wrong with having your own music blog, but don’t expect it to be the end-all for your music. Use your blog as only part of your online presence, rather than relying solely on it and nothing else. That’s the mistake I made, but then again, there was no such thing as myFlashStore back then.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t rely on just one source to be your only online presence. Post your music on your music blog, on your myFlashStore page, and anywhere else you can think of (other blogs and forums, etc). Don’t stick with just one spot, instead use a few so you can reach a broader audience and hopefully you will get the feedback that I was trying to obtain years ago.