August sure was interesting. I spent most of the month plotting my Fall and 2018 Spring. And then re-plotting it when it was clear that what I had plotted wasn’t really as realistic or practical as I would have liked to have thought. But that’s alright. I have lots going on, but things are getting done, and here’s the inside on what’s happening.
I finished the SEO for God Jots. Now I’m cleaning up The Journal, which isn’t as painful an undertaking. I’m not as concerned about the SEO for that blog because those are more about just what I’m feeling, doing and going through. Random thoughts. Not unlike this blog. The cleanup I’m doing for The Journal is more about just making sure the headers, sub-headers and details are right and correct and that it follows the same layout as the rest of my blogs – mainly for consistency. Beyond that, I don’t have to do that much for it. This will pretty much be the same for the other blogs I have left over. Over the course of August I created a few more pages as well – mainly landing pages for current or future use. Important when considering that I have some music releases coming up.
The Art of Tactful Procrastination
Speaking of releases… August was a bit of a better month as regards getting this album done. I’ve been putting a lot of focus on the first batch of singles and can “officially” announce that the first one will be called “If Anybody Asks You”. The good news is that musically it’s ready to go. The bad news is I haven’t yet recorded vocals nor have I finished off the lyrics. Yet I still plan to film a music video sometime this month, and release the thing toward the end of October. My goal is to release it as a free download as a trade-off for an email, because the big thing I want to do is build my Mail List. I’ve begun early design work for a new Ender Bowen logo that will play alongside the album (but it won’t be my permanent logo… just the one for this phase). I recorded music for “Long Day”, and completely redid all the guitars for another slower song that I am attempting to finish off musically. I think that just needs bass guitar and some synth accompaniment. And then… you know… words. But I’m now handling 11 songs, with most of them prepared for vocals and then mixing. I have my mind on at least a few ideas for song 12. So the album is really, finally, starting to take shape. And there’s definitely a consistent theme throughout.
Building A Team
In tandem with the release of new music (among other things) I am attempting to build a social media promotion team. At least, that’s the limit of my expectation for now. The idea is that whenever I post or release new things, I need a direct team of 5 or so people who are on top of promoting that stuff on their own social media, in their own words. Ideally each of those team members would have their own team of people to throw it to as well. I’m not looking to take up anyone’s time, and I feel social media is something we’re all doing anyway – this is just an extra thing. If you’re interested, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. You know how to get at me.
The CDBaby DIY Musicians Conference
The CDBaby DIY Musicians Conference was held this year in Nashville at the Omni and it was a complete blast! I met a lot of great people, learned a ton of new things, and felt myself itching to get back into getting this music put together and out. There were a lot of great seminars, a wealth of talent and just a whole lot of good people there. CDBaby is insane when it comes to what they do for their artists. Heck, I even pinged their CEO about something the other day and he got right back to me. If you’re a musician reading this blog, consider them next time you’re about to release something. That’s who I go through for everything music that I do.
Back In The Video Game
One of the things I’m coming back around to as a result of the Conference is doing more video. I used to do a Video Journal a ways back and discontinued it last year after it was clear that I just wasn’t going to have the time. What I learned at the Conference changed my mind about that. So my goal is to start regularly doing a Facebook Live, probably just about every morning. Some days it will be a Video Journal, others it will be Operation: Joy or God Jots (or something like it). I haven’t figured out all the odds and ends, nor have I figured out how I’m going to make it all look, but it will all end up on YouTube and then back over here one way or another. If you have any thoughts or ideas let me know. Long-term, I want to be doing live performances this way. So keep watching.