Back Home. Writing.

Ever since I came back home I’ve been busy writing on my 3rd album, which is nearly done 😀 ha-ha! Lots of new stuff hitting the world in ’16 😛

Hmm….My “Daily Walk” route isn’t much to talk about these days in comparison to my previous one. If you guys ever checked out my early entries this year I posted lots of beautiful pics from the English country side….this is my new “walk/run” location…

 

Things are getting INSANE at the post office….so glad I have started with sending out a “proof of postage” to all my buyers. That way they know it has been sent if they have to wait a little 😛

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There is a pub next door 😛

The Dragons are hanging in there. The angry guy with the black beard, seem to think that the whole living room is his territory. So he goes berserk if any other Dragon enters *ehem* “his” room 😛

 

Selling T-Shirts! There are not that many left folks!

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My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.” Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually! https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation! https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!” Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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Number 1!

4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!”  nobody cared much about that. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz. https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And Followers https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSON https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

I’ve joined a torture club.

Sooo, I’ve officially joined a running club and went there for my 3rd time yesterday. We did a 12K run and I was determined to do it, ha-ha! I felt really awesome when I was done even though my legs felt like jello! Didn’t feel that badass this morning though :/ I’m now laying in bed unable to move! Walking the stairs feels like torture and sitting down is even worse! I didn’t eat until someone was kind enough to bring me food in bed 😛 No guitar playing on me today unless I can play laying down :/ If I ever recover 😛 I cannot wait until next time! Hopefully my non-existing running endurance will pick up soon 😛

My love affair with the Post Office.

Some fun facts!

My album with classical guitarist Craig Ogden is now a #1 Bestseller Album on Amazon USA! If you want to check it out look here: https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

In a month I’ve had 100.000 views on my Youtube channel 🙂https://www.youtube.com/user/thecommanderinchief1

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Soooo, whats new from the exhilarating life over in England? Well, the post office officially loves me, in fact I suspect I might be getting flowers from them next. I had an epic trip to the post office yesterday and sent out an insane amount of merch; physical CDs, posters, calendars, my children’s book, etc.. I’m now out of physical CDs when it comes to my album, so anyone interested will have to buy from Amazon 🙂 Check it out: http://www.commandermusic.com/store.html
It feels great to have all of it marked as shipped, so I’m very happy about that 😀 😀

This is some of it, towards the ending. It’s all coming guys!

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So what am I doing now? Well I’m officially torturing myself ( read: practising ) or I was, I’m having a little break and I’m contemplating an exceptionally important matter…should I walk down to the gas station to get some chips or should I wait? Decisions, decisions…hmm…

hmmm….still undecided….

hmm……. 😛

hmmmmmmmmmm……………

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Yes, everyone has to do laundry.

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Look at that! It’s snowing in the UK! Or thats what I thought the other day, until I looked around the house and realised…nooo…
the sewage was full apparently! Yes! So much for snow!

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yummy!

yummy!

Someone is becoming more and more comfortable, it now seems like we have someone who is volunteering to move in with us.
I’m starting to wonder if this cat has a home or not :/

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And this is what you see when you run around in the British countryside!

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Playing with my little brother Eric! Pirates are always awesome, not quite sure what happened to Padme :/

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I’ve made something special for all my haters! CHECK THIS:

I’ve become addicted to blogging!

I think it’s a good thing I started writing this blog, it serves as a reminder that there are other things to talk about than just music all the time.

I will try to maintain some mystery though, as this has been a trademark for what I’m doing for so long. Nobody really knows what I’m up to when I’m not working and I’m thinking maybe it’s better that way 😉

In this age where everybody knows everything about everybody, it might be cool with a counterweight.

Those were my thoughts when I started promoting my music, but people change, and I think artist can have a tendency for dramatic image/communication & style changes that can baffle their fans.

I have therefore edited this entry and intend to only show you guys some peeks into my life with these pictures from last week, up to you to draw conclusions.

Helping my brother with school.

Helping my brother with school.

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Super yummy :P

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I don't know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don't you think?

I don’t know if I would be happy about an Easter head :/ :/ a bit strange don’t you think?

Hmm.....

Hmm…..

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Tomato allergy sucks :( I got some serious tomato cravings :(

Tomato allergy sucks 😦 I got some serious tomato cravings 😦

Mom's stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

Mom’s stalker tried to come into the house, he now comes everyday.

Starting A Blog?

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For sometime people have been telling me that I should have my own Blog and every time someone has suggested this I’ve been asking myself: Blog about what? Guitars? My endless daily practice routines? Outside of music I think my life is utterly un-bloggable, so the idea seemed ridiculous. This year though after realising that pretty much everyone has a blog, I figured I should start one as well, and write about things that are “un-bloggable” and/or whatever comes to my mind; Like my old sweater for example 😛 or bad hair days or maybe no-make-up-selfies 😛
Everyday  pretty much I go for a run or quick walk (it is usually 6 miles), and considering how uneventful that is, I figured that would be a good starting point for this under-whelming concept.This is why I decided to call it “The Daily Walk” as I thought that this might sound mundane enough. People often assume that the lives of artists are 10x more eventful than their own, but the truth is that if you are ever to master an instrument, repetition and routine are key elements. If I was to publish my practise diary ( yes I actually have one ) or if I was to film a normal day in my life, it would either involve me travelling to do a performance, or me just sitting still with my instrument, playing the same thing over and over again. The truth is dear reader, I believe you would be bored to death 😉 Let me then introduce you to my very un-bloggable blog, let’s see how it goes!