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Music Success in Nine Weeks – Week 5 – Blog Challenge 2.0

August 13, 2010

Week 5 – Fully over halfway there! It’s all about blogging and I’m so not being a good girl by blogging sort of inconsistently, but hey – I’m new to this so hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon. When I first read the book – Music Success in Nine Weeks – I wondered if Week 5 shouldn’t be up there near the beginning of the book, since it seemed pretty vital to the program. So much so that I decided I wanted to have that going on while I went through the book week by week, so I tried to start my blog back in April… Yeah. That didn’t go so well… First, I got all hung up on my pitch not being ready – I wanted to be able to put it in my “about” section – and then, I couldn’t decide which blogging platform to use… wordpress? blogger? myspace? reverbnation? my artistdata page? A lot of choice. Too much, really. Thank goodness for this challenge, or I might still be on the fence there… I’m not always great at decision-making. I don’t like making the one wrong and having to do things twice. So, I decided to try the wordpress blog from within my website, as Ariel suggests. I had it set-up right there at /blog and everything, but then when I got back around to it last month to start this challenge, something was a bit whack (don’t remember what exactly, but I think it was too many user names and passwords and it was getting messy), so I ditched that and decided to use a wordpress page on it’s own. I was concerned at first because I did like the consistency of having it right in my site, but then I realized it will be better for me later, because “Kim Jarrett” the soft rock artist/singer songwriter is only one piece of my business. I’m also a drummer and/or backing vocalist in a few others bands (3LD, Elana Harte and more), as well as being into non-profit administration so I thought my blog would be a good place to talk about the other “bits” of me.

So, now here I am, merrily posting away. I also set-up profiles across the web and at openID etc. so I can leave my little flowered-head picture around (that’s where I’m applying my consistency) when I say hi on other people’s blogs and pages. I started doing that a few months ago so now I just have to add some links to my blogroll, and set about reading more blogs!

I’m excited about my blog target research because I have a new release to unleash onto the world soon, and blogs will definitely be the base of my promotional strategy. I’m also considering a small push of my back catalogue, hoping that the year of release is less relevant these days.  Or maybe just a single song. Actually – are there any thoughts on that out there? I mean, I know *I* don’t care what year a song was recorded or released – I just care if I like it or not. What about re-packaging old songs into a release under a new name? Is it worth it when you can sell single songs anyway, into a customizable package? I’d love to know opinions if you’d care to tell me your thoughts.

Catch ya soon with Week 6 – Connecting with Fans via Your Monthly Newsletter. I even have a recent success story to go along with that one. 🙂



gigs – cds – mp3s – news

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2010 1:40 pm

    Hey Kim,

    Thanks for the blog post. I am also trying to figure out how to navigate among my different personas (inspirational songwriter vs. instrumentalist). Do I integrate or create separate blogs, sites, etc?

    I can also relate to having a back catalog. I have a CD I originally released nine years ago that I’ve recently re-released with a new design, especially so people can find me with my current website. I’m planning to put out a Vol. 2 this Fall and hope to have interest in that generate interest in my older stuff. But, yeah, if it’s good it doesn’t matter when it came out, right?

    Take care!


    • August 15, 2010 3:28 pm

      Hey Kelly! Thanks for dropping by –
      I just popped over to your blog and read a few. Keep it up – I enjoy your sense of humour!

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