WordPress Problems…

So I have this re-occurring problem here on WordPress where I sometimes cannot access the “new editor” since I only get up a white page with the WordPress logo.

The upside is that you can still edit inside the “old editor,” the downside is that if you want to contact tech-support you will be directed to the blank page in the “new editor” … which means that tech-support is useless unless you can access the “new editor.”

The same thing goes for the management of your payments. If you fear that you are having problems since your payment is due you cannot even check your status or payment plan since this will also direct you to the “new editor.”

Tech-support on WordPress is stellar and instant whenever you need it, or it is, if everything is up and running and working.

I’ve figured out that everything is operational when I’m using a different browser, so if you are experiencing the same you know what to do!

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Having A Consistent Schedule For Your Posts.

Hi there to everyone and anyone who reads my blog “The Daily Walk.”

This is an announcement that I’ll try something new:

  1. I will now try to publish entries at the same time every single day or every other day in order to have a consistent and predictable blog-schedule. This is recommended everywhere when it comes to uploading content, so I’ll try to be more predictable since most people enjoy routines. My current bet is that it will be smart for me to share blog entries at around 01:00 AM my time, so you can expect an entry from me at: 01:11 every night. It could be that I’m wrong it could be that I’m right, but I will now try one week of scheduled posts with all of them being published at the same hour. That will take away some of the spontaneity, but it might prove to be a success!
  2. Some of my entries will from now on be “spoken entries.” This is an extremely convenient way for me to create blog-content, it’s quick and easy and will diversify my blog! I don’t know what people thought about my two previous entries that were both spoken, but they did attract a lot of traffic to my site, so I take that as a good sign.

Thanks a lot for being a reader of my blog! Keep in mind that this is an “organic-blog” where my entries are updated and eventually turned to private after a couple of years. If you enjoy my blog and my writing then make sure that you check out my first blog-book: Thoughts.

My 2nd blog-book will be released this year as I’ve previously mentioned.

Finally some sponsored YouTube content! Find out how you can do the same!

So this morning I woke up to the beautiful sight of my account looking like this:

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This is how it looks like when you have made an approved sponsored video! It will show up in your content section and automatically become part of your “commercial-cv.”

If you want to know more about the site and my experience so far then make sure that you join my LIVE stream on Patreon for only 1$ on the 28th this month! I do minimum two update videos every month and have turned these into live streams in 2019 which means that not only will you get all sorts of tips and advice relevant to being an indie-musician you can also ask me questions and interact with me!

Obviously I’m very excited about my first sponsored content and I hope that I will get hired to make many more videos in the future! I’ve only contacted brands that are related to interests that I’ve expressed on my social media, which is an important detail when it comes to sponsored content! You have to aim for products that genuinely interests you or that you think that your fans/followers will have an interest in!

Whenever you create a video that features sponsored content you are obliged by law to notify the viewer, which means that none of the videos that I’ve made in the past for brands were sponsored! The standard for a video with 100.000 views on YouTube is 10.000$ for a featured product. That’s quite something to find out, especially when you are creating content that is in perpetuity, which obviously is the case whenever an artist makes a music video!

I wish that there was an organisation for independent musicians that could notify creatives of these things! As it is you just have to find out things on your own which means that you’ll miss out on financial opportunities!

The secretive nature of musicians also makes it difficult to “unionise” if you get what I’m trying to say. When I was offered to do my very 1st clinic some years back I tried to shop around and ask musicians who only do clinics what an average rate might be. Nobody wanted to help me with this so I was never able to figure out what a standard industry rate might look like. Likewise; when I was ill and injured I couldn’t find any averages for injuries or an estimated retirement age which meant that I had to resort to online forums which is not representative due to limited sample sizes! 

The music industry is so murky that it leaves a lot of people fumbling in the darkness when it comes to: technique, health & money! 

I think most aspiring musicians will have come across people who play amazing licks and runs only to receive a note with a scale written on it if asking about said lick!

I took lessons with a very difficult (but well-respected) guitar teacher some years back who waited until my hand was hurting so much that I had to take a break before he shared health-related knowledge with me. He literally waited until I could have gotten injured. That is not acceptable tutoring. Nor is it acceptable to shower students in sarcasm which I guess is common with miserable musicians. Envy is apparently rampant in this business which is not a good thing.

The secrecy that guitar players shroud themselves in is ridiculous as well since it only makes it harder for musicians as a demographic. The general atomised culture makes it easier to take advantage of performers or creative artists in show biz!

If you are looking for a mentor or a teacher who doesn’t hold anything back then you should get in touch with me! Not only do I customise my music lessons to fit whatever individual needs, I also share my knowledge. Obviously I don’t do this for free! In order to have a one-hour customised private lesson with me over SKYPE or in person you’ll have to pay 30GBP, I will also expect that I’m mentioned or thanked if I aid you when it comes to your recordings, etc; It is a bit silly to seek out expertise only to pretend that you came up with everything on your own afterwards!

I always give credit to Ramon Ortiz even though I didn’t take that many lessons with him, because he had a great influence on my heavy metal guitar playing. I also mention Steve Smyth even though I only had one masterclass with him. He is a great teacher and if anything, he  boosted my confidence as a player before I recorded my Evolution EP!

And of course I always thank my mother Elisabeth who taught me how to sing opera by using the bel canto technique, not to forget that she is also my manager!

Letting people know that you appreciate their help and support by giving them credit or by officially thanking them should become more commonplace in showbiz!

There is always a generation of musicians coming after you and it is the duty of those who are more experienced to pass their knowledge on, especially if you know how to sing or play classical music.

This is part of our irreplaceable European heritage and it can never be allowed to get lost!

My 2nd Blog Book.

Today I set a great deal of my blog entries to Private for the simple reason that I intend to create another book.

Nobody pays me to write on this blog and as I’ve said before: I started this since there was a demand for me to share whatever I’m up to.

After two years of publicly blogging I decided to create my first blog-book. I realised that there were enough entries for two books: one about my experiences as an artists and another one dedicated to opinion pieces and book reviews.

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My artist book contains so much useful knowledge that it could and should be synced up to speaking engagements etc; which is why I put it together but decided to publish it on another occasion.

I did however release a blog book which can be purchased via Blurb. You can see it to your right if you are reading this on a computer or you can find a link to it if you keep on scrolling downwards.

My apologies if you are looking for entries that are now unavailable!

I publish as I write, which means that my content is available for free for a considerable amount of time.

I will also make some changes to the topics that I address this year since my most popular entries are the ones about beauty and self-help!

I will continue to write book-reviews but will cut down on news-related entries.

If you don’t want to pay for what I write I urge you to pay close attention to when I release something.

If WordPress keeps on being a thing and nothing strange happens then you can expect that entries written in 2019 & 2020 will be set to Private in 2021!

Thanks a lot for reading my blog, please make sure that you check out my other work!

 

2018 – The Year In Review

2018 was a stable and good year overall!

In 2017 I wasn’t quite sure how my life was going to develop, if I would ever play guitar again, if I would ever eat a normal meal again, etc; so I’m happy that I’ve been getting back to work after suffering an incredible set-back due to health problems that were triggered by a parasite that I caught in November 2016; the following year I suffered from both post-infectious syndrome in addition to a shoulder injury, so you can imagine my relief that I’m both back to playing and exercising again in addition to recording.

The truth is that I’ve been incredibly ill and now find myself immensely grateful for every single little thing that is positive in my life.

The timing of my illness couldn’t have been worse; it would have been preferable if everything had just kept on moving forward, but I guess that life isn’t inclined to operate like that.

2017 is the only year where no music was released from me at all since starting the whole “Commander In Chief” business with Elisabeth back in 2008, I did release an illustrated Lyric Book however (that charted), in addition to writing a lot on this blog.

I was initially planning on starting my entry with a new section called “my personal highlights,“ but me being a musician and the world being the way that it is, I will start off with career-highlights instead…

  1. Getting back to work and actually being able to play again. After losing over a year of my life to health issue this is undoubtedly this year’s highlight. It has been an uphill struggle getting back to work again but I’m very happy that I’m better. I started off 2018 working because I knew that I had to bring music back into my life again even if it meant just working for some minutes or some hours every day. I experienced set backs and sometimes struggled with motivation. I found it saddening that my energy was so greatly reduced. The skin on my fingers also had to get used to playing again.

  2. Starting a Patreon page. We’ve done two successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past through Pledge Music and finally signed up to the subscription model this year. This is obviously the best was to support talent as the aim is to create a monthly salary for artistic individuals. There have been many start-ups and trends aimed at the ever-changing music industry in the aftermath of the digital tech-revolution; the Patreon model seems really cool to me.  Needless to say: this is the best way to support me as an artist! Every month this year, since I started the page, I’ve released 2 video updates and offered album previews and downloads to my Patrons. I also created a 30 min. 10$ guitar lesson, in addition I’ve also sent out care-packages with exclusive content. Make sure that you sign up if you like my work!Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 18.30.37
  3. Finally releasing my 3rd album! I buzzed about it & teased about it; in November 2018 I finally released “Berit-Vol.1.“ In my opinion it is the best music that I’ve written so far. The first music industry person to review it has called it “a masterpiece.“ I’m very proud of my 3rd album which I’ve co-produced with my manager/vocal coach/promoter/mother Elisabeth. I look forward to pushing it extensively in 2019. So far we’ve sent out signed physical CDs to 19 different countries! We did a successful independent pre-order campaign despite not having optimal reach on Facebook (and other social media websites) and without any major press outlets covering the release. We had to order another batch of CDs which is always good news and what you want as an artist, especially as an unsigned, independent one. I’m very excited about the feedback that I’ve received and once again find myself in the situation of having created something that people are willing to pay for! My hope for 2019 is that we’ll be able to get a marketing budget for my album, so that more people all around the world can get to hear my music! So far we’ve released 4 music videos for it and a teaser video, we’ve also done live streams on YouTube to promote it as well. More music videos will be shot when the new year kicks in. I can’t wait!
  4. I passed 3 million views on my YouTube channel! If this had happened a couple of years ago I would have marked it with great fanfare, I just posted a little post on my Instagram page, but I was very, very, very, happy still! I’ll drink some extra champagne on New Years and celebrate retroactively.
  5. The release of the rehearsal tapes from 2016. Since things did not play out the way that I had expected regarding the major label that I worked with in 2016 on my “secret project” it made me very happy that we actually had lots of videos from that period. Hopefully I’ll complete what I started in 2016 in 2019.
  6.  The making of the physical version of my “Lyric Book.” Nothing beats having a physical copy of something you’ve created in your hands. It made me very happy to hold the very first physical copy of my Lyric book. I think it looks very exclusive and nice. I’m very proud of it. IMG_6035
  7. I had my music aired on a major Norwegian Radio Show. This was the first time that several of my recordings and the scope of my talents actually received Nationwide attention by a major broadcaster in my home country . My cover version of “Paranoid” was aired once in either 2011 or 2012 by a Metal show, but this year I actually did an interview and had both my metal and classical work covered, which I’m very grateful for.
  8. Getting on the digital front cover of Classical & Crossover Magazine. It has been a quiet year in terms of press with only one outlet mentioning the release of my Toccata video, and only two mentioning my return to music and the release of my first single and video from my upcoming album. So far since the release of my album last month I’ve done one interview and received one review of it. It made me very happy and grateful to see that I landed on this front page this year, it was also funny to get yet another reminder of how small the industry actually is. classical & crossover magazine
  9. My debut as a classical singer. While I’ve been working on Heavy Metal and classical crossover virtuoso guitar playing I’ve also been studying bel canto opera singing; I’m actually a coloratura soprano. This year I finally  showcased this during a benefit concert that I did in order to raise money for the crumbling churches of England. It was an enormous luxury to be able to just show up to rehearsals with only a bag containing sheet-music and drinking water. I would absolutely love to do more concerts and hopefully also recordings as a classical singer. It makes my life way more easier than dragging my guitar around. Also when I sing classical I keep myself to music that has been written for my voice type, rather than doing all sorts of crazy stunts like I’ve done on my guitar and in my original music, where I’ve consistently picked pieces not written for my instrument or written extremely high notes and vocal runs combined with equally challenging guitar playing. Singing traditional classical music is certainly not a suicide mission and I enjoy it tremendously.
  10. Being in the Norwegian Grammy jury once again. My involvement with the Norwegian Grammys this time around started in the fall of 2017, I was still not quite there in terms of my health and managed to miss out on some phone conferences, but managed to listen through all of the material handing in my points. If I had had the energy then maybe I would have broken my back trying to get to the show in order to walk the red carpet and get some press, rather I chose to lay in bed.
  11. “2 Guitars: The Classical Crossover Album.”  The album I recorded with Craig Ogden and released in December 2014 has continued to haunt the Amazon bestseller chart! This makes me extremely happy and proud! It is a great concept indeed and something that I’m aiming to get back to next year since I want to release a second album in the spirit of what I was working on before I got ill. The fact that this album keeps on selling on its own account makes me so happy that I don’t have words. It makes me incredibly happy to feel valued as a musician and that all of my efforts are taken seriously!
  12. Getting a piano again. We finally got back a proper piano in the house this year, which made me really happy. I’ve written so many instrumental songs for piano and now I can finally revisit those and compile an album with this sort of material as well. IMG_8792
  13. The release of my 3rd book. In March this year I released a blog book featuring entries from my first two years of blogging. The book has not been successful, I don’t know if this was due to all of the pages that were made available for a preview or if people just don’t care too much. Considering that this has been my most popular blog year so far, I’m not too sure what to make of it. It is still out there though and I will eventually make the entries I’ve published between 2017 & 2018 private as well when I release book nr.2. blog book cover

These are my personal highlights from the year that was:

  1. Confirmation. Last year I read an awful lot that had to do with politics in Norway before I registered to vote for the very first time, this year I finished reading The Holy Bible in its entirety and was confirmed by the Bishop of Tewkesbury! The service was absolutely amazing and my mother cooked up an incredible feast for all of us who gathered in our living room afterwards to celebrate. It was a wonderful evening that will stay with me forever.
  2. Performing Together With My Family. After my mother had repeatedly been saying that we ought to do some classical singing together I just added her to my Christmas Concert as Berit Hagen & guests. That certainly changed things as I notified my siblings that they were going to be my guests as well, all of a sudden we had to get something ready for all of us together. My mother was of course behaving like the popular depiction of an opera singer not knowing if she wanted to do it going back and forth with all sorts of reasons. To cut a long story short – we did it and it was both great fun and well received. It was wonderful to share the stage with my family. I really enjoyed it and so did everybody else! 🙂
  3. William’s conversations. My brother & I have never been closer! I appreciate this a lot!
  4. Nicole’s Debate Club. Now I know how it feels like to be part of the cheerleading team. Nicole and her partner were one of the three teams that won and went to the next round representing their school in a debate competition. It was great to be invited and to get insight into (once again) the best of England.
  5. Helping Eric with homework. I’ve practically co-raised my two younger siblings & I have to admit that I really enjoyed helping Eric with his pop-up book project this year. You really bond with children when you build and make things with them. I really enjoyed it, just like it was fun to  cheer him on when he was learning how to balance on his bike! 🙂
  6. Successful Fundraising. Back in high-school in the U.S.A. I was involved-ish with issues that concerned me but I always felt that I fell short. Once I moved to London to pursue my rock-star dreams charity was certainly not on the agenda. After moaning around on my blog about issues that concerned me (from 2016 onwards) I figured that I could try to raise money for my local community by doing a fundraising event; since I know that the local church (and churches all around England) are struggling. I had no idea what would happen but managed to raise lots of money and be of genuine help by using my musical talents! I repeated the success in December 2018 by doing a Christmas concert where I was able to raise lots of money for the local Village Hall! The fact that I could pull off two successful fund-raising events in a small village in The Cotswolds really made my day since I now can say that I was of genuine help and could contribute in a noticeable fashion! This was my first go at fundraising and I can say that I pulled it off! 🙂 Thanks a lot to Rev. Colin Randall & Georgina Oldham for promoting the events.

This has been my most popular year of blogging! 

I can’t really believe it, but it is true! My top 3 countries are: U.S.A., U.K. & Canada! Norway is no longer in the top 3 but now finds itself on the 5th place with Australia on nr.4! These have been my most popular blog entries this year:

  1. My Skin Care Entry has become my most popular entry of all time! Lots of people are clearly searching for the various skin-care ingredients that I mentioned in this post; some of the searches are for allergic reactions! It is obvious that there is a great interest in this topic since I wrote this post back in September 2016.
  2. Self-help is a popular topic! This 2017 book review of Dominique Loreau’s “L’art de la Simplicite“ tops the list. People are clearly in need of spiritual guidance and motivational assistance.
  3. This simple summer update is my top entry of everything that I’ve written this year! There isn’t really much content in the post, but there are summer-pictures of me!
  4. A brand new addition to my site, this is my home-page which I created not that long ago when I changed my blog design. The front page is only dedicated to music so that this is the 1st that people see.
  5. Pedophilia, Cannibalism, Prostitution & Racism. Yes, that is quite the title I’ll admit! Grotesque and troubling topics that were all addressed back in December 2016.
  6. This unflattering documentary about  Chinese expansionism into the African continent tops the list once again which was what I predicted once I made it public again.
  7. This was a total joke meant to troll my fans & followers.
  8. Diversity – Why it is a complex issue.  I don’t know if I should feel alarmed that these type of entries are becoming increasingly popular. Trust me, I don’t like division, hate and instability; I’ve written what I’ve written since I don’t like these things, yet I think we are heading towards dark times indeed. It’s all due to bad political management. It’s totally unnecessary as well.
  9. How to fix your apple wireless keyboard! I’m glad that I can be of help!
  10. This is the 2nd mental training/self-help book  to make it into my top. 10!

I feel like I’ve covered a lot of very important topics this year, so it is hard for me to boil it down to only 10 entries; I’ll try:

  1. 30 Reasons to be grateful and/or things to look for. The civilian population is ill-prepared to deal with survival. Nobody really talks about the general preparedness level, I chose to do so this year after the village that I live in lost its tap water.
  2. This is Evil. The most sinister document I’ve come across so far suggesting ways in which to artificially create a fertility crisis in the U.S.A.
  3. When You Think You Are Healthy… even eco-friendly, over-priced, politically-correct food comes wrapped in plastic.
  4. The downward spiral of curiosity & honesty, I think this sums up my blog & my writing perfectly.
  5. The greatest weapon of all = us.
  6. What is the end-game of NATO’s foreign wars?
  7. What is the end-game of political activism?
  8. When you lose your headquarter while fighting a conventional enemy.
  9. Why I support the right to bear arms.
  10. Immigration is a heated topic worldwide & nobody really respects anyone’s Sovereignty unless forced to.

These were my top 9 on Instagram:

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My personal top 9 were these ones:

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I hope 2019 will be a good year! Fingers crossed!

 

The Greatest Weapon Of All.

A few weeks back I was hanging out with my youngest sibling when I ended up reading about Dinosaurs.

The thought that came through my mind once I was done looking at the illustrations (where one section was mentioning herbivores while the other was mentioning carnivores), was that the old reptiles were slightly luckier than us when it came to identifying the predators among them…

With humans this is not that easy, which is why murderers and delinquents can blend in and hide among those who would fall under the “prey category.”

While I was laying there thinking about this it dawned upon me how dangerous we humans are as apex-predators, which is precisely what we are.

I thought back at certain moments in time when I observed my fellow humans ranting.

Rage, unhinged, unleashed, uncompromising, catapulted into whatever room, with no concern or thought about how this might affect the overall atmosphere.

The catalyst for these cracks in whatever docile facade were almost always: the news.

One person once declared loudly and clearly that a certain politician deserved the bullet, countless people have ranted out into the empty air when they’ve heard the news of children suffering, and the list could go on.

What these outbursts had  in common was that they were the result of information being plotted into the human operational system.

By who?

By the news, who can be seen as “the programmers” in our societies.

The same can be said of a great deal of other things as well, but it is mainly the news, and the sound of a headline, that will generally get an instant, loud, angry, reaction.

What’s interesting is that “the emotional system” is a global one (unless you fall into the psychopath category) which means that people all over the world are prone to this.

What happens then when we are fed wrong or misleading information? 

“Weaponised humans,” awakened as a result of their natural emotional wiring being triggered; acting out acts of violence, in the false belief that they are indeed fighting “evil,” must surely be one of the greatest issues with human behaviour generally speaking.

If you’ve ever followed real-life crime series then you’ll probably be aware of cases where the murderer thought of themselves as very reasoned in their actions, only to find out later that they were quite misguided, not just in killing another human, but killing the wrong person or doing it based on wrong information and/or assumptions.

The latent-apex-predator-type (such as people ranting at the news) is also visible when observing and/or experiencing people’s reactions to artists and people with a public profile. It is perfectly normal to all of a sudden find oneself in the receiving end of hate, not because you’ve done something stupid or said something stupid, but because of what you represent.

The irony is of course that you might not even know that you represent anything at all, yet that doesn’t nullify that you will to someone else.

It is also of interest to note that war-crimes and abuse within political systems are usually blamed on the political system and the situation itself, rather than airing the theory or viewpoint, that this might be how certain humans behave when given the chance!

As I’ve said before it is rather murky to talk about bad guys versus good guys, since humans have a tendency to see themselves and their in-group as inherently, and uniquely heroic.

People justify their actions to themselves and to the rest of the world, even if the action cannot be justified.

In many ways it can be said that we are the greatest weapon of all, but a lot of this I’m sure has to deal with lack of self-awareness and taking things at face-value, such as “the news.”