You might be wondering why all of a sudden I have started posting (somewhat regularly) about music? Well, the answer to that is simple. I have decided to create a ‘side blog’ about music from my usual media blog for my Digital Artefact (or DA).
Why a music blog?
After completing BCM112 last semester, it was clear to me that I would not be continuing my (failed) DA that I began in that class. This is for a few reasons; 1. I was not able to create the content that I originally intended because of time constraints, equipment access and just my own motivation, 2. It was difficult to create an audience (I didn’t realise how niche of an audience musical theatre generated) and 3. I just completely lost interest in it.
From this realisation, I knew that I had to create something new, and quickly too. Music has always been something close to my heart, and is also the area of journalism and media that I would one day love to get into. Over the semester break I published a blog post about my 5 favourite albums, and I was able to generate some interest in that, so decided it was worth the risk of attempting to continue tapping into this audience for my DA. And thus ‘Just Music’ was born.
What’s been happening so far?
So far, I have published 5 posts under the overarching title of “Just Music”, and all have them have generated pleasing feedback given the beginning nature of the blog. After posting “The Most Splendid of Splendour“, one of the bands reviewed, Cub Sport, reposted the article on their personal Instagram story,
which definitely helped to draw audience to that post in particular and therefore the blog overall. Other blog posts have also drawn feedback which is helping to develop my writing style and ways of promoting the blog.
Why does this work?
This DA ticks all the boxes that my failed one from last semester didn’t, namely those of FEFO (Fail Early, Fail Often) and FIST (Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, Tiny). With my DA last semester, I was initially scared to put out content, meaning that I didn’t actually put out any content for public access until the later weeks of the semester. This definitely did not follow the idea of FEFO; I was too scared to fail in the first place, so I didn’t even get the opportunity to do it early. With this DA, I have been attempting to put out content on a regular basis, more so for the purpose of bettering my own skills rather than being successful. In terms of FIST, I 100% overestimated my abilities (and my bank account)with my ambitions last semester, meaning that it didn’t fit any of the ideals of FIST. By changing to “Just Music” I can now follow these ideals; writing blog posts on a topic I love can be done super fast, the blog is free to run and maintain, when you’re writing about something you love, it’s easy and blog posts don’t have to be long, which also contributes to the ‘fast’ factor. On top of all of this, by keeping all of my writing together, both on music and media, I am able to create a sort of portfolio of work, which I will be able to keep together and use in future years when looking for employment.
In terms of blogging regularly, my plan is to post weekly ‘New Music Friday’ posts, showcasing new music released that week and ‘Monthly Musical Moments’ posts, showcasing all the big music moments across the month as well as reviews and profiles of any other music, artists or events in the music industry that capture my interest. As well as this, I am going to begin writing for media website ‘Volume Media‘ as a way of bettering my skills and growing my presence across the industry (stay tuned for that). This is only the beginning of Just Music!
Catch ya on the flip side,