Are You A Rockstar ? (550th post)
Now I could be forgiven for starting this post by celebrating the fact that it is my 550th post here at WA but I've gone with "Are You A Rockstar" first because I felt that this post, in particular, needed to have more substance.
This has been mulling, rather, I have been mulling this over for a couple of days, allowing my brain some 'downtime' in between all the other stuff that's going on, don't worry I won't bore you with the details, yet.
It's an analogy, obviously, but the more I thought about it the more I warmed to the idea, plus it's a good way to spend an hour in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
The world is full of 'musicians' and when it comes to 'tracks' or songs then a conservative figure for the number online is 97 million and that is from ten years ago.
More recent estimates put the figure closer to a billion if you include all songs everywhere and not just those that are traceable through official channels, anyway, that's by the by, sort of.
If we are playing into this post then you have to consider yourselves as 'artists' and your websites are your albums and the pages (posts) contained within are your 'tracks'.
Worth noting at this stage that there are approximately 2 billion websites ( figures vary for the number of active ones, but it's between 200 and 400 million approx).
6 billion indexed, individual web pages, it's no wonder Google drags its feet sometimes.
Going back to the analogy and it's open to discussion, I'm just going with my thoughts and they can be random.
As an artist, you will put yourself in a certain genre, be that Country and Western, Pop, Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Rock, Soft Rock maybe even Classical or Rhythm and Blues. There's over fifty and I'm not about to list them here.
For argument's sake let's say there are three main ones, Popular, Classical and Country, feel free to swap out any with your own choice.
These could be compared to 'niches' yes? Maybe we can use the three main ones and again I am sure they're open to debate. Let's say health and fitness, make money online and relationships.
These are very broad, not unlike the music genres, so we can narrow both of them down if we so choose. Dance, electronic and beat music within the pop category, then we could have nutrition, dieting and weight lifting within health and fitness.
It is possible to narrow the playing field further still but we can stop there, no need to labour the point.
I heard an interesting fact the other day that added to my train of thought. Sam Smith, a popular singer-songwriter, has been known to write close to a hundred songs when putting together an album that might only consist of between eight to twelve tracks.
My point, heavily disguised under the 'waffle' genre, is that unless we want to be a 'one-hit-wonder', we need to write a shed load of content.
Having found our audience it is up to us to create a shed load of content that will please them, not unlike the musicians, who over the course of their long and illustrious career, will put out dozens of albums and hundreds of individual tracks.
Each track that is released is done so with the intention of scaling the charts to that elusive number one spot, in the same way that we hope our posts will find their way to the top of page one.
A loyal following will devour any new material but that doesn't stop the artist from promoting their latest wares by any means that are open to them and that should be no different for our written content.
So, are you a rockstar? Are you sitting on the next number one smash hit or are you a
That's a wrap, or is it rap? Rap works better, considering the musical references. Tea's in the oven and the evening is disappearing at a fast rate of knows.
Hope you're having a good one.