The concept of blogging was a foreign concept to me. I didn't think anyone would want to read my thoughts and ideas. However, like many artists in this day and age, I've been looking for ways to adapt and improve my lifestyle. Or, like the cover of David Cutler's book, The Savvy Musician states, "building a career, earning a living and making a difference." I feel the sharing of ideas is a great way to accomplish this and like the Pomplamoose song says, "The Internet is Awesome".
Below are some ways I've found to get started sharing your ideas.
Being in a state of constant learning is even more important now. Everything changes rapidly and you don't want to get left behind. Here are a few books to get started.
Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work
They are easy to read and will shed some light on how to share your art.
David Cutler, The Savvy Musician
I wish I had this book in undergrad because it would've been very helpful. I also attended the workshop.
Ariel Hyatt, I was able to meet her at the Savvy Musician in Action workshop and was blown away with her knowledge of all things web based for artists. Check out her blog. http://www.cyberprmusic.com/blog
2. People like interaction. Do what you do in "real" life.
A blog is another form of interaction and can reach thousands of people! I traveled quite a bit this Fall (I drove nearly every mile of I-70 in Colorado from Grand Junction to Burlington) working with competitive marching bands and realized how much I like interacting with people and sharing ideas/experiences. Whether I was in Denver, CO or Panhandle, TX I realized the students and directors I was working with were all striving toward the same goal. They were all striving for excellence in music while teaching/learning some valuable life skills along the way. By blogging, I can engage the people I worked with this fall and hopefully many more! We can all learn more in this fast paced world and sharing ideas via a blog is a great way to achieve this. When adding to your online presence, be sure to make it real. Not like this Brad Paisley song.
Everyone has a story, time to share it.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post. Thanks for reading.