Hello everybody! Welcome to another edition of the Liner Notes series. First of all, I must apologise for the lack of content over the last couple of weeks. There was a sudden demise of a previously hailed Internet connection at home which meant that I couldn’t actually do anything, so I had to let the blog go MIA for a little while. I was going to make this week a strong **RETURN TO FORM** for Sounds Good but…I’ve been thinking.
I’ve talked in the past about what it’s like to run a music blog and have detailed the struggles of doing so. It’s certainly a “One man against the World” scenario, with the difference being that the world seemingly disappears when you deliver the content they want. There’s a real lack of give in an industry that demands a lot of take, and it’s made me a little hesitant returning to it.
The last two weeks away from it has made me reflect on the five years I’ve been writing about music and it’s involved a lot of chasing to meet deadlines or numerous attempts to cut down on an email inbox that grows larger every day. Many hours have been dedicated to maintaining a spreadsheet that’s close to bursting with submissions, and while listening to new music was the primary reason behind why I chose to do this it’s become a bit of a chore these days.
“Do you get paid to do this?” “How much do you get paid?” have been questions I’ve faced over the years and while I’ve kept the stance of “I don’t care, this is a hobby”, I’ve finally come to the realisation that this is a hobby because I don’t get paid for it, and considering the oversaturation of people out there doing the same thing, it’s likely to remain that way forever.
This isn’t an issue brought upon by income or whatever, because it has always been about music and talking about music, but the issue comes from a quivering motivation in creating a music blog and trying to keep it relevant/engaging and with the little views it receives, the motivation quivers just that little bit more.
I rely quite a bit on attention and the reactions of others to know that what I’m doing is good (my Girlfriend would call that “clingy”) , so it does hurt to see how little views and engagements some of the reviews and interviews receive, especially when it’s content I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on. I do enjoy using Twitter a lot but would like it to be through a personal account of mine rather than the Sounds Good one, as that feels a little more difficult to get properly connected to artists/labels and readers.
So I’ve been thinking, would it be beneficial for me to forget about running a blog and pursue writing content for other websites and blogs instead? The amount of redesigns, renaming of certain articles, even blogs over the years probably means the answer is yes, but I’m not 100% sure yet. What do you guys reckon?