So if anyone’s wondering as to why they haven’t heard from me in a while there’s two simple reasons: 1. I’m busy between work, my band, and the holidays, 2. I’ve been using Twitter to build my blogging audience rather than WordPress. And 3, I’m actually the Ham-burglar; so I’m the one in congress making sure that wages stay down for fast food workers. I mean, I’ve had a lot of success on Twitter gaining more followers (edging on 900 total now, and I only have 240 tweets!).
My only complaint about Twitter is that it’s a hard venue to push pieces on if you don’t constantly update your entries since the website’s so busy (plus you have to deal with spam and porn profiles popping up on your feed). Still, I’ll count every blessing I get seeing as this’s’ the season to be merry. So it’s more accurate to say I’ve been power Tweeting rather than Power Blogging, but I’m still cooking up projects in my head. Namely, I’m going to start reviewing EPs and albums made by bands who haven’t made it to “the big leagues” yet. I will still write pop reviews, but I’m a Metal Head so I wan’t to write about Metal music.
Speaking of heavy metal, I designed a website for my band over Thanksgiving Weekend. We now have three songs released off of our Short Fuse EP ready for the world to hear. There’s a lot of bands out in the world, and I’d love to share your stories and music on my blog in exchange for sharing my blog with your fans. It will be a long, but fun journey building my way to help bands get exposure. Together we can make the world (of music) a better place.
“Power blogging” is a term used to describe blogging where you turn out at least one post a day, subscribe to as many blogs as humanly possible, re-blog posts, and guest write for more successful blogs to build an audience over time. If you’re successful at this process then you just built your own cult following here on WordPress (or any other blogging site for that matter).
The first name that pops into my head for a strong example of a power blogger is Opinionated Man, whom I read regularly and have a lot of respect for as a blogger for his well thought-out opinion posts. I don’t always agree with everything he posts, but we all have our own views on life. Check OM out if you haven’t already, you may either be highly offended or laugh your arse off depending on what he writes. Anyways, I’m going to adopt this technique for myself. I hope to start power blogging when I find more time to devote to this blog to build an audience for my arts magazine.
So far, I’ve taken the quality over quantity approach to blogging having less frequent posts (maybe five posts a month at most), but I’m happy to know I generally get a new follower every time I post something new. The two biggest obstacles to me pursuing Power Blogging is that I’m busy working full-time, and that my band takes a lot of free time after work since we are almost done with our first EP. Still, I’m not in any hurry and I won’t beat myself over the head for not having much free time at the moment since it’s better to be busy doing the things I love than to lie around doing nothing. So for the future I am going to start collaborating with other bloggers, reaching out to local bands I’d like to write about, and get back in the game on critiquing the latest music trends since quantity is a quality of its own kind (if done correctly).
However, I will do so at a pace that I am comfortable with and won’t torture myself with making personal deadlines that I can’t keep. So I will power-blog someday, but for right now I’ll just keep musing on music and reflecting on my life as we’re all people in progress.