Just how many blogs should a person have? How many forums should a musician sign up to? All in the interest of promoting a new song?
My stepson, Paul, is trying to get people to listen to his music. He’s only 14 and gets very focussed and obsessed with everything he does. You wouldn’t say he’s very musically-minded, but he wants to make tunes. He’s not interested that they might need mixing properly or mastered to get them sounding good. He just wants to put them on the internet like me. He thought that people would just come across his myspace profile or his page on MP3.com and just his total plays would go up and up without any input or promotion from him.
So, I told him that he should start a blog and tell people all about himself and his music. He could always join a few forums and start swapping reviews and opinions, and start to get people to listen to his music. I even mentioned music competitions. I think he’s taken me a bit literally. He’s looking on the web for almost every music competition that’s listed. He wants to me to put him on every blog site going – especially the ones I’m on. He wants me to sign up to loads of forums and let him copy and paste a “Listen to my music” message so he doesn’t have to write anything new.
Why gets me back to my point. How many blogs does an unsigned musician need to do a bit of self-promotion and to get some new listeners? How many forums do you need to sign up to? Is it ok to sign up and just post a thread saying “here I am”? It made me think that when I first started putting my music on the internet just over 2 years ago, I wanted to post threads on every forum and tell everyone to listen to my tracks, hoping that someone somewhere would hear me and I’d stand out from the crowd.
I’m still on a few of those forums, but don’t post much these days, mainly because I haven’t got time, due to other things like making music. Budding artists like Paul need to stick to getting some decent tunes together and put them on a couple of sites, and spend a few weeks plugging away and posting comments about other people’s tracks, in the hope that someone will listen.
It happened to me. When I go on the old forums, I see the same old names, hoping that someone important will notice them, or they’ll get a good review from someone on Outer Mongolia who’s never heard of them and will never ask the to play live. There’s more to making music than forums and blogs.