On paper, writing sounds like it should be easy. Just put one word after another—in the right order—until you've transferred all the relevant thoughts from your brain to the blank screen in front of you. We've all got access to the same amount of words, so just send what you want to say down and out through your finger tips and Bob's your uncle, right?
That shit is hard as shit and you will quickly realize that you are the worst Brain-to-Page transcriber who ever slouched in front of a computer. Even if you manage to get a first draft out, the next day you will be met with the pain of realizing that your first draft is actual total trash. Which leaves you with the predicament of whether to burn everything to the ground and never write again or whether to embark on the tedious work of trying to salvage something from the dumpster fire that is your writing. It's a tough choice, every time.
“If I were in a pub or coffee shop with the person/people responsible for the excellent music currently filling my headphones, would I offer to buy them a pint or coffee? If they asked me if I could spot them a couple bucks, would I do that?”
It was February, 2018 and I had recently started fielding music submissions from a service that promised the rarest of rare music industry promises: music blog haz income stream?
“When someone says something like "I’ve been trying to become enlightened" it sounds goofy. I get it. I even cringed a bit when writing it myself. But hear me out…”
“It's almost as if fractionally improving on each of the moving parts that come with running a blog—the writing, the designing, the networking, the collaborating, the editing, the creating, the strategizing, the putting yourself out there, the thinking and all the et ceteraing—well, it's almost as if those are some pretty useful skills to routinely work on.”
“In a way, meditating is kinda like micro-dosing the red pill everyday—so just think of sitting down to meditate as how you take your most important daily vitamin.”
“Speaking of stretches, I recently started getting into a daily yoga routine. And since I am a total newbie and can barely hold any proper poses, I’ve found it really helpful to just embrace the fact that I am a total newbie that can barely hold any of the proper poses.”
“Take it from me —a guy who has spent more than a normal amount of time continually trying to discover fresh tunes— finding new music becomes completely pointless if you don't actually stop and listen to what you've found.”
“A music service has never so brilliantly propositioned us to put our money where our mouths are. You can "like" something all you want (or scrobble, heart, whatever), but if you want an album to show up in your collection, you'll need to actually get out your wallet and support the people who made it. With money. And that's a great thing for artists.”
If you can get past the pain and frustration that comes with re-working your work, there is a lot of benefit to editing and re-writing. You will learn a lot and get a little bit better. Eventually you might even get what you've written to that golden combination of "I think this is as good as I can get it" + "It is not logical to spend any more time on this"—which means you are probably ready to share it with someone else.
Which I guess means you are a writer. Or, at the very least, a blogger.
“HI, here’s FIVE counterpoints FOR those people out there who think Submithub is an example of everything that is wrong with the music industry (it’s not).”
"No Englishman could speak this Language adequately unless he were drunk and had no roof to his mouth"
“You'll probably find that you're ignoring other people's stuff just as hard as it feels like they are ignoring your stuff. And that's pretty hard.”
“If "free download" is the only option available to someone visiting your album page, then you have not only taken away that fans choice of showing you a little financial appreciation, but you have also taken from that fan the possibility of being able to add your release to their Bandcamp Collection.”
“Submithub is like my ears Firewall, so once a track I like gets past that, it ends up in my regular rotations— because what’s the point of finding stuff you like if all you do is just keep looking for more stuff?”
“So Here Is The Thing (SHITT) about the current 'unfinished-until-it-is-finished' status of the HIGH FIVE FOR re-whatever that was started back in January 2018.”
“So the next time you're reading another depressing article about how everything is fucked, just remember that that actually isn't true. A lot of things are in fact less fucked than before.”
Maybe you're not a very good one, but that's ok. The world is full of people being not very good at all kinds of things, so why can't you? Or at least that is what I tell myself.
All you need to do is keep writing and writing so you can keep getting better and better. You don't even have to share what you write with someone else, because getting better at writing means you're getting better at understanding what you *really* think and how you *really* feel and, most importantly, how to effectively communicate all that to someone else. That's an important tool to carry around in your utility belt.