A funny detail that some forget is that whenever you see a public person there are usually other people who are part of the package as well.
A professional artist or musician doesn’t just materialise out of thin air without inspiration or guidance.
Likewise an online influencer who is pushing some sort of product is probably doing so due to brand deals, endorsement deals or could be creating positive, un-paid for propaganda content in the hopes of landing a sponsorship deal.
There is always more than what meets the eye.
My reason for writing this tonight is that I’m currently compiling a couple of new blog books. The entries have been published on the internet anyway so I see no wrong in transforming them into books and putting them up for sale. In fact that will probably look way more orderly, especially with explanatory introductions, etc;
I have already one blog book under my belt with entries written in 2015 & 2016, and there is way more to come.
By simply looking at my fist year of keeping a blog there are four categories that present themselves:
- Super fun entries about what I do professionally together with my mom/manager covering: award shows, travelling, lesson learnt as a musician and career highlights.
- The everyday toil of being a creative, independent musician with all its ups and downs
- Well written (or ok written) opinion pieces, thought experiments and book reviews. Inspired by current events, history, life, and topics discussed within the home.
- Filler content or what would become outtakes when compiling a book.
It is a good idea to get some sort of an overview as a blogger. In total I’ve written over 624 WordPress entries, a great deal of them with a 10k + word count, some have been deleted since I thought of them as silly or pointless. In addition to that I write by hand all of the time + that I’m a songwriter and constantly find myself in a creative process.
I’m currently playing with the idea of shutting down my blog next year or at least radically change it, since I have other things that I would like to prioritize time wise. This has been my hobby ever since 2015 and I’m not quite sure which label would be the most accurate one: habit or “online addiction.”
My first brush with opinion pieces was back when I was 17 years old and had to have a guitar break. My most productive blog year was 2017 when I was ill and down for the count. So I always turn to writing if I’m not doing well health wise + that it is a very accessible medium since no recording studio or art supplies are needed.
I’ve run a bit out of steam this year when it comes to “The Daily Walk” which I also did at the age of 18 when I was co-running a political zine. At a certain point I just flagged out and didn’t follow the news for 7-8 years.
Being a creative artist is a bit more fulfilling and interesting to me than commenting on destructive people starting wars and ruining the planet.
I will organise everything that I’ve written here on WordPress so far and then I’ll see where I’ll go from there. Whenever I start a chapter I also enjoy concluding it.
I’m a bit more excited by the idea of making more picture books for children & a new illustrated lyric book for my latest album! That will mean more art & less words!