The Stats Don’t Lie…(Some Encouragement)

Like lots of Indie artists, I get discouraged by the progress of my endeavours (or lack of progress).

Music. Writing. The journey goes on, as I wrote on a blog post elsewhere. For most artists, that journey is rarely smooth.

Times change, though, and the last couple of decades have seen something of a revolution in opportunities for Indies, many of those opportunities free of charge, apart for the cost of the internet connection.

I think that a WordPress blog is an excellent tool in expression of the arts via a publishing platform and I have maintained a WordPress blog for more than nine years. I suppose that, like some people, I had reservations about blogging when I first considered it, seeing it as being somehow unprofessional. Since then, the humble blog has grown and developed into a powerful promotional tool for many. And so has self-publishing.

Although I don’t often pay attention to the WordPress Stats, this evening I took a look at the figures for this blog for the past year (2017) and noticed (to my pleasant surprise) that readers from 102 countries had clicked on links to blog posts I’d written. It seems a lot for an Indie. A bit of encouragement.

Till next time.

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The Blog, Nine Years On

Nine years ago, I started a WordPress blog. Somehow, I’ve managed to continue posting regularly, several times a month, for nearly a decade.

I don’t always know what to blog about. Some people would say, “blog about whatever is on your mind”. I think this probably works as a general principle. Whatever the case, I look forward to many more years of blogging.

I’m also working on a sister blog, a musical autobiography based on my piano training and musical journey. I eventually hope to publish some of the posts as a paperback.

A Magazine Interview

Hi, I don’t want to spoil the show – but tomorrow, I’m doing an interview for a creative arts magazine on the subject of my new blog, mypianobio

The blog project, titled My Musical Journey by Lawrence Estrey, tells my personal story as a musician, but touches on sensitive topics like gangs, bullying, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I don’t want to say too much now. I think it’s a case of, watch this space. 

Creating A New WordPress Blog, Some Thoughts

Hi, I’ve spent the last two weeks creating content (in my case, a musical bio), designing a site with a Template in mind (libretto), and copying the content into readable posts with publishing dates set in reverse order, allowing a chronological order of events.

I’ve found the process both simple and frustrating.

You can view the site here:

So what are my thoughts on the Content Management side of things?

  • Easy to publish Posts.
  • Great looking Template, simple but classy (good for classical music site).

However:

  • Difficult to create extra Pages, leaving me unable to decide where and how to post a Table Of Contents (like Chapters).
  • Publishing in reverse order to allow a chronological narrative can lead to all sorts of errors.

Worth the effort, though.

The Blog

In a couple of months’ time, I will have been blogging for eight years. I chose WordPress and believe that it beats all other blogging platforms. Initially sceptical of blogging, I have posted regularly during that time, though not always in the last couple of years.

So what do I like about blogging, and WordPress in particular?

It seems a great opportunity for self-expression, a haven for people in the creative arts – and free, of course. WordPress offers plenty of space. Bloggers meet other bloggers online, receive and give feedback. Blogging is a form of publishing, so a blogging platform provides the writer/artist with a space to share their work. Crucially, WordPress gives the blogger the tools to create a static webpage with the option of having the blog (recommended) as the landing page. I’ve tried to make my blog a website too, with links to music files.

As the year draws to a close, I need to make some important decisions regarding my current novel and revise accordingly, but I will continue updating my WordPress blog and look forward to many more years of doing so.

Too Busy For Anything – Well, Not Quite

I haven’t posted for a while.  The Internet connection played up.  Plus, there were other reasons, some personal.  Also, I have a busy schedule learning four languages, writing/editing a novel, and polishing up advanced piano repertoire.

And my work of course.

Perhaps the chief reason for the reduced blog articles is, I’ve kept this site running for seven years ago and have reached the point where I don’t know what else to say.  No doubt, I will continue blogging and think of new views to express.

Happy Blogging!