Characters (in order of appearance):
Christine Kane, singer-songwriter, performer, blogger
Chris Cree, the well-known Success Creeations blogger from Savannah, GA
Setting: Christine’s office. Painted a shade of green that reminds our heroine of Campbell’s Green Pea Soup, or fresh horse manure. Somehow this pea-soup-horse-poop green has become not only acceptable, but it is on the cutting edge of interior design. It looks fantastic, if she does say so herself.
Our heroine’s furniture can be summed up in one word: IKEA. It looks like an IKEA truck ran into her office and drove away without its contents. She still bears the scars of putting it all together with an allen wrench the size of a paper clip. Her chiropractor is happy she chooses IKEA furniture.
Chris Cree enters the room (via the computer).
“So here are five folks that I’m tagging because I’d love to hear share 5 reasons why you blog…” (links his blog to Christine’s blog.)
Christine: (puts down her guitar) “Oh good! An excuse to stop working on this song!”
(Begins to type)
“Friends, Romans, countrymen…”
(Realizes she’s heard that one before. Starts over.)
Five Reasons Why I Blog…
1. To inpsire and encourage.
Hands down, this is the biggest reason. I have three things going for me on this front. One is that I’ve reached a certain level of success in making art, music, and writing my profession. Another is that I had no idea how on earth this would or could ever happen, and I’ve had to persistently work through old belief patterns, fears, and emotional obstacles that told me there was no way. And the third is that I am hyper-aware. I observe myself – the good, the bad and the ugly – with constant intensity. I’ve been this way since I started writing in a journal at the age of 9.
This may sound like a weird combination. But it’s the perfect combination to serve others. It’s the part of me that thinks, “Hey, if I can do it, then believe me, you can.” I know I’m still in process, and I still have a lot to learn. But I love encouraging people to recognize their own power and abilities and thought patterns and talents. It’s why I’m here on earth at all. It sounds lofty. Maybe it is lofty. But it’s the truth.
2. Because blogging doesn’t have to rhyme.
3. Because of the non-statistical benefits.
Lots of blogs are about making money from blogging, and business blogging statistics, etc.
Not enough people talk about the non-statistical benefits that happen.
Here are just a few that I’ve experienced:
– Some mornings I wake up to find that other bloggers have written about my music. Here’s a post from just this morning from Karen Lynch at Live The Power. Though performers and songwriters will often say, “I do it for the self-satisfaction of creating beauty,” that’s only partly true. (Some would say it’s a big fat lie!) We like applause. What other job can you find where people clap when you show up for work? We just LOVE this. And those blog posts are like little applauses. (Reason number one still applies, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love a little appreciation and reward as well! I’m not an enlightened master or anything!)
– Two of the women who came to my last retreat had never heard my music at all. They had never seen me perform. They came because of my blogs. It blew me away. That had never happened before.
– I’ve had bloggers come see me perform. I’ve had people come to shows because they knew my blog and didn’t even know that a music circuit existed for indie acoustic artists like me. They will now probably find other performers and songwriters that they love too. I am indirectly helping others in the field!
4. Because not everyone wants to go out to hear live music.
Since I started blogging my iTunes sales have increased 200%. This tells me I’m reaching people who wouldn’t normally go out to clubs to hear music. My feeling is that not all music lovers have the time to go out, that lots of them have children, and that it’s a risk to spend money to see a new performer. If, however, someone reads my blogs a few times, and then gives a listen to a song, then they might be willing to spend a buck at iTunes to get that song. And they don’t have to leave their homes!
5. Because of other bloggers.
People who blog (or, PWB’s) tend to be smart, willing to take chances, excited to learn, self-motivated, and they like to connect with others. Whenever I’ve had an issue or a conundrum or a question, I’ve always found the answer either in a blog post, or from emailing a fellow blogger. That’s a breath of fresh air when you’ve spent time in the music business!
(She finishes. Wipes her brow. She then tags Elizabeth at A Girl’s Guide to Managing Projects, and then Debra Moorhead, and Michelle, her newest favorite blog read. Stares at her guitar. Sighs. Picks it up and begins again.)