5 Lessons Learned From Blogging That Applies To Music Creatives
I can't believe that it's already been a year since I've launched Transcending Sound!
June 1st marks one year since Transcending Sound began. Blogging again after taking a hiatus was something I thought about doing, but was hard to act on. It was really difficult because I was afraid to be bad at it, to not have a lot of readers, and for y'all not to be bored! Even though my readership isn't on fleek (...yet), I'm proud of what I've accomplished in this first year and I can't wait for Transcending Sound to grow even more.
I hope that this post will serve as motivation for you to move on any act that you may have been stalling on. Here are five things I've learned in the past year from running Transcending Sound that you as a creative may find useful:
Don't be afraid to begin.
I thought about starting the blog that became Transcending Sound for months. I already had a topic that I wanted to discuss, which eventually became my first blog post about rap artists joining The Recording Academy. What held me back was afraid that when I started that I would be ignored, I would be told that I was wrong, and that my blog wouldn't look decent enough to be taken seriously. But, as you can see, I started it and it became better than I thought it would be at the end of year one. Beginning is only half the battle, but at least that part is out of the way. Take the leap.
Consistency is key.
There were a few months between my first few posts. Once I got out of my own way and used what I was passionate about to fuel the fire, I started to write more frequently, which led to publishing posts once a week. In the past few months, I've really dug inside of myself and asked myself about things I was confused about and started writing about those, which became topics like the RIAA certification change post. I also tapped into content that I thought would be useful for creatives to know about, such as the five Twitter chats for black and urban music creatives. Consistency encourages me to continuously be a student and to feel confident in my voice and my opinions. Because of it, I've gained readers, followers, and some really cool Twitter fam in the process.
Fill a void.
I knew that I didn't want TS to be like most mainstream music sites, filled with only quick music posts, music reviews, gossip, and a lot of redundancy. I wanted to reach creatives and talk about music and the industry in a personal way. Plus, I manage everything related to the site without a penny to show for it. So, you know that this is all about the love, which leads to my next point:
Keep your intentions pure.
When I thought about starting Transcending Sound, I wanted to help music creatives in some way, shape, or form. I've loved music since I was a kid (and I played instruments and could hold a note or two) and I appreciate the work that creatives release in order to entertain and move me. So, from some of the things that I've seen and learned, I want to help music creatives by providing them with content that would inspire them and help them move forward in their careers. I've learned that keeping my intentions pure and communicating that in what I post is what brings people in and keeps me inspired to post.
I'm sure it doesn't seem like fun sitting behind a computer all the time, constantly fixing formatting, doing graphic design, and even coming up with topics. But if it's something that you love talking about or doing, it will be fun and it will all work out. I love writing about music creativity. I'm having fun with my content and am happy that I get to share what I'm learning and that those lessons are helping others. More readers will come with all of that, just like your listeners will.
Thanks to all of you for making Transcending Sound's first year an awesome one! There's a lot of content coming up that I'm excited to share. Show some love by tweeting me at @amirahrashidah and check out the hashtag #TranscendingSound.