Lost at sea…

Its like you’re constantly swimming to keep your head up. Some days the water is calm and you have the energy to keep swimming. But some days there’s a storm and the waves are so big you don’t know if you can keep from going under.

You know you can’t swim forever, and you know you’ll eventually sink to the bottom. But each day you keep swimming because you don’t want anyone to worry about you. You don’t want to worry your family or friends and you’ve been swimming for so long it’s second nature.

Sometimes you can talk about stuff with friends and they’ll understand. Those are like drift wood, helps a little but they take on too much water and can hardly float for themselves after a while.

You try not to think about all the things that would happen when you go and how your loved ones would suffer. Those thoughts make you swim harder, those thoughts are the sharks that circle you.

Then finally, you know that if you keep swimming long enough you will eventually reach shore and you won’t have to swim anymore. Those are the goals and hopes that I use to remind myself that good times are possible and that my life will get better.

#DescribeYourDepression

#NationalSuicidePreventionMonth

Take back your Power

It’s easy to let negative people monopolize your time – even when they’re not around you. Don’t let them in your head!

It’s easy to spend a few hours dreading seeing or spending time with a negative person. Combine that with more moments of venting to a friend or co-worker, and you’ve just given that person hours of your creative time!

Don’t allow negative people to steal your time and energy. Don’t complain about people you don’t enjoy. Don’t give them any real estate in your peace of mind. Instead of spending your downtime thinking about how much you dislike that person you have to work with, turn on the radio and listen to music that reduces your stress or work on your favorite project.

Take back your power by limiting the amount of time you spend talking about, thinking about, and worrying about unpleasant people. Seek out positive people and positive vibes instead.

#InviereLife

Morning Pages…

Have you ever had that feeling of frustration when you couldn’t come up with anything new? I had been struggling with my attempts at coming up with some new visual styles in the past few days. So I had been getting down on myself for a while before trying something new.

I had never heard of “Morning Pages” before today. So, wanting to try anything that would get the creative juices flowing again I wrote my first three pages. These were nothing groundbreaking, thoughts and affirmations that I felt at the time. Nothing was off limits, and nothing was stupid or lame. What I wrote didn’t matter. What was most important was the act of writing.

This helped my mind get into the “Mode”, if you will. After writing these pages I felt okay, and had cleared my head of all self-doubt. Before I knew it I was working on a new project, and had formed an idea in my head.

So I recommend that you try writing a few pages when you have time in the morning. This was something that I am happy to have found, and I plan on trying this every morning for the rest of the week. I will plan on posting the final products here for everyone to check out.

Until next time, keep up the good work and stay inspired.

.Inviere

3 Reasons to blog your music!

So in this day and age everyone has a blog (Yes, even your grandmother!). It could be in the form of a Facebook profile or Page, Twitter or here on WordPress. Everyone is creating content, and everyone is placing it online. I want to go over the importance of creating and managing a blog to share and promote your music! Let’s get to it!

I’m sure you all know what a blog is, but if not here’s a very…very short description. A blog is an online journal composed of articles called “Posts”. These posts include text and media like photos, video’s, and music tracks from around the web.

There are TONS of ways to create a blog, but I will not be going over how to create one. I want to focus on some of the main reasons I blog and why they can help you develop a bigger following as well.

Develops a larger fan base…

When you create content on a regular basis, you give your fans or followers more chances to learn about you. When you make a post about your latest tour, you show them what they missed if they didn’t make it to your show. When you post a video performance of your new single, it gives them something that they won’t find anywhere else. Once they see they you post exclusive content to your blog, they’re going to want to visit more often!

Your followers can keep up to date on Twitter, they can see your coolest moments via Instagram. They can go behind the scenes by reading your blog! Your Blog (and social media in general) gives them insight into your work on the stage and off. By reading your blog, you want your fans to develop a closer relationship with you and your work. This is great in marketing and promotion, but it’s cool to know that you have people that enjoy what you are creating.

*Quick tip: If you post content primarily on Social media, make sure to ALWAYS link back to your blog site. Think of your Social media posts as the appetizer and your blog post as the main course!

Expands your reach..

Creating content on a regular basis increases opportunities for your fans to discover your work. This also generates opportunities for your content to come up in search engines. As your followers come back to your blog, the chances of them using a search engine to find your blog increases.

This is good because search engines are always looking for new content to categorize. Search engines discover which websites are growing and how active they are. The more active your blog is, the higher your search ranking. Everything that you post can be another opportunity for a fan to discover your content via search engines.

Broadcast your own news…

If you take away anything from what I posted today I hope that it is this. With a blog you can announce your own news, your own way. You can tell your own personal story as you play shows, or write your songs. At the very least, a blog lets you share concert dates, a few photos from the road, ect. Share all your music related events when creating content for your blog.

But you want more than a list of tour dates, you want to share the cool moments that make creating music so awesome. This is your time to let your music life shine. The more open you are, the more your fans are going to want to get to know you.

That’s it! Those are my top three reasons I blog, and why you should to. It has helped me with sharing my music and has given me a platform to share my work with you! I hope these tips help you, and help encourage you to start writing about your own musical path. If you have any more tips on blogging, or have questions about starting a new blog, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks again!

.Invere