You should probably try it. There’s a reason you’re unsure. Perhaps you’re unsure because it involves taking a chance or you don’t think it’s perfect. Yet the ideas – especially the creative variety – that you’re unsure about are probably the most interesting. They’re also probably interesting because they are imperfect.
Perfection isn’t as pleasing to us as imperfection because it’s not natural. This is where so many get the web wrong: ideas which are overly polished don’t resonate with people, they resonate with marketers.
The Future Buzz is a place where I help more than just communications professionals and businesses with their internet marketing. I also try to create content and conduct experiments that photographers, musicians and creatives who produce digital media of any sort can learn from.
I write frequently that social media and artists are a natural fit. I’m not just pontificating, as an artist who personally embraces creative commons as a promotional tool, I have firsthand experienced the positive effects the web has had helping my music spread. In fact, without the web I would have a total of zero listeners.
Focusing is underrated, and has been for quite some time. Yet it’s the secret to great work. Twitter, email, phone calls, instant messages, aimless web browsing – they are all distractions and ultimately collateral tasks. They constantly call for your attention but they don’t make a real difference in accomplishing objectives from a production standpoint. And if you’re not a prolific producer, you’re never going to be successful.
I’m excited to share some good news with you today. After carefully weighing my options, I have decided to join the talented, passionate team of digital marketing professionals at TopRank Online Marketing in Minneapolis, MN.
TopRank’s team and leaders stood out to me as the best in the industry, and they offer Internet marketing services far ahead of the curve. Even a step further, a big part of what attracted me to TopRank in-particular was their level of involvement in the marketing industry and social web as a brand, as I am equally interested in being a contributor.
The quality of their team has met and exceeded expectation, and I look forward to a prolific future as a member of their forward-thinking agency.
With that said, this post is short on purpose – head over to my introduction to the TopRank community for the whole story and leave a comment!
Many readers here know this, but for those who don’t – for more than 8 years, I’ve been producing/remixing/mashing up digital music. It’s my hobby and the avenue that I focus idle brainpower when not working as an Internet marketing/PR professional or blogging.
My reasons for doing so are purely intrinsic, I openly share what I make under a creative commons license, and aside from selling one of my albums in 2007 as a CD and being in iTunes/Beatport for some selected productions, I don’t actively seek revenue for my work. Over time, many have asked why I do not actively attempt to monetize my art, and the answer is simple – it provides me something far more valuable: life balance.
It hit me the other day that while I’ve shared some of my experiences as a creative commons artist with you, I haven’t shared the back story to how I actually got into audio production, or how it has helped me achieve greater self-discipline in all my interests in life.