It’s such a shame, knowing that I have loads of talented friends who are into making music (link brings you to a YouTube video-clip of an old band some friends of mine had, including two musicians who now play in Caro Emeralds band) , writing books, films and awesome photographs. But just a few of them share their stuff online. Why? I think because they’re afraid of their art being copied and being used by others.
Sharing things out in the open isn’t scary
But I also think it has a lot to do with them not knowing how to set up a blog and how to write things ‘out in the open’. Here’s my advice for those (talented) creative artists and musicians out there who aren’t famous (yet), but who would like to get some more attention for their work. Start blogging!
Besides the fact that you’ve got nothing to lose by starting a blog, it can provide you with a (-nother) stage on which you can present your creative works. Like these kind of philosophical writings for example.
A blog can also help you to get connected to other artists (if you’re looking for them) and it can help others to get a better picture of the true ‘face’ behind the creator of songs and poems. (which are of course made by a genius when they are yours)
At the start, this might not be of any worthy reasoning to you when starting a blog. But a blog can help you and your ‘fans’ to work together, to discuss your creative products and you can offer your stuff to a (select) group of fans or interested folks who dig your art, online. Just like singer/songwriter Jona Matranga does, check out his webpage.
And then there’s one more reason why you should start blogging. It makes you known with blogging, using modern tools and it helps you to gain some experience which is always good to insert in your Curriculum Vitae.
Well, there’s a whole lot of different ways to start a blog. But since I’m fond of using WordPress you shouldn’t be surprised when I recommend you to use it aswell. But let’s be honest, there are tons of different ways for you to start a blog and conquer the world with your outstanding creative works.
There are loads of other ways to present your stuff. Just have a look at this MySpace page of a friend of mine, or this photo gallery of a photographer I know. But there’s more. For these are existing digital network platforms that provide quiet a few options for you to manage your own blog. But WordPress and Blogger for example, offer you more free space, more (theme) editing options and last but not least, more tools. (If you’re good at using CSS or have a budget, you can have your own stylish blog in no-time for just a few bucks)
WordPress also gives you the option to check your statistics. With this application you can see what search engine terms were used to find your blog, what other websites are referring to you and how many people look at your site on a daily, weekly, monthly or even over all basis. And it’s free!
What if I haven’t got time to set this up?
I can imagine you’re so busy creating revolutionizing art, that you think you haven’t got time to set up and manage a blog. I’m here to tell you, that you do. It takes you just about a weekend to at least have your blog set up and running (without a ‘perfect’ design though). From that moment on, depending on the type of art you’re into, it’s all about updating/uploading your stuff. Pictures, videos and audio files, it can all be uploaded to your blog within a few minutes. (depending on your type of i-net connection of course)
So, what are you waiting for? Start your blog, get your creative stuff out there and let me know what’s up!
Having problems setting up your blog? Just leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help you out.