I think a lot of people still have the idea that blogging is made up of Carrie Bradshaws, online teenage diaries, celebrity gossip, or trend-centric posts full of gifs.
While I was certainly never impressive with my site stats in the way most bloggers strive to be, I have been told by some peers that my blog focuses on quality over quantity, words I certainly appreciate. You may disagree, but I’d rather take the time to think of something to write with some care, or search for an answer to something, rather than rant or rave without direction. I’m not an entertainment writer, despite mostly writing about music, arts, and media. I find the label of ‘entertainment writer’ to conjure up visions of blog posts that are obsessed with Kardashians, award shows, and critiquing famous people. I’d find it easier to write about Cardassians, show tunes, and critiquing sound or music.
Well, ok, not quite. Not a big Next Generation fan. But let’s not get into that here!
At first, blogging allowed to continue my involvement with local musicians, as well as New York City and LA based musicians and PR contacts.
I know I’ve written about the motivation blogging gave me when I was looking for work after being laid off, but it was also so humbling and encouraging to connect with the various people I profiled. Not only did the input from professionals like Mr. Bratton or Mansell make me feel better, to put it in simple terms, but it opened my eyes to a lot of nooks and crannies in a field I love so much: the arts, and music specifically. Even hearing Alex McKenzie’s story about deciding to leave the music industry, or working on a profile of temp score, kind of shaped my job search in an odd way.
However, one thing that blogging did was allow for a place to display my work, kind of like a portfolio, but in an interactive way. I could easily show how an article or interview came to be, how I formed it in search engine results, or how I promoted it online. This was essential in a lot of my job interviews, and while some music writing interviewees didn’t give me much thought, there were other job interviews where I went through many rounds, despite not having a writing or journalism degree. I ended up taking myself out of the running for a few of these jobs once I accepted the role I am currently in, because I decided to keep writing as a freelancer and work full time in educational media, arts, and licensing for a major publishing company.
I’m happy to say that a few of those companies have kept in touch. Strangely enough, I ended up reviewing products for one of these companies for another writing gig, and now receive their press and marketing releases. For another, well, I’m happy to be writing about music careers for Sonicbids!
I’ve seen Sonicbids change a lot. A lot of my peers interned or worked at this company when I was at Emerson, and shortly thereafter. I can honestly say that everyone I know who has worked there really cares about music. And I appreciate what the team behind Backstage and Sonicbids are trying to do. So, since my blog was a basis for writing about music careers, the wheels were already in motion.
My first post was about a band using their tour to reach out to students about bullying, and using performing arts as outreach.
My recent profile was a surprise! I ran into Annalise Emerick at a show years ago, and wrote about her a few times on this blog. So when her profile came my way for Sonicbids, I was happy to do a music business interview. It’s a small world sometimes for us creative types.
So…why do you blog?