Being real in social media
One theme that is consistent in both my writing and my life: being real. You'll find it in the titles and subjects of my posts; in my general understandings about life; in my poetry; and now in my social media philosophy posted at Tracy Ready's terrific blog. Overextending myself turned into a wake-up call that helped me to get real with myself and my social media friends. Be sure to click over and read the whole story.
Being real with fans and gigs
As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm interested in learning what other indie musicians have experienced with fan (“Contact Management” or DTF “Direct-To-Fan”) apps and gig/event management tools. There is an overwhelming number of these and they all seem to have a price tag. Some come as part of a package (such as ReverbNation). Others are offered by everything from startups to sites claiming they have dozens of top-40 artists in their clientele. Given their complexity and cost, I won't be able to try out all the fan and gig management apps, so if you have experience, I'd really like to share what you've learned here. And that can take the form of a guest post or a reference in a post that I write. Let me know what you know and want! Obviously, I'll publicize you (your web site, social media presence, etc.) as a contributor to my 50,000+ followers once the posts go live.
As always, you can contact me via the comments at the bottom of this post or on Twitter.
And even if you're not social media connected or an independent musician, I'd enjoy hearing what you do to “be real” in your life. What are your stories of being the real you? Please leave your comments.