Updating Your Blog

I completely understand that it’s important to draw traffic to my website. I don’t have social media. I don’t try to sell myself. I forget that I have this blog sometimes. But I know how important it is to update your blog.

I started my website off with a bang, posting as often as possible and announcing on social media with links so people could read them. Traffic was more than double it is now. I was receiving comments and building steam. Blogging is a nice draw. But if you slack you lose traction and its so easy to slack.

When I left social media last year, I knew my traffic would go down even further. I had a meager amount of followers but they were mostly high school friends and family and so I think they were clicking through to my website just to see what I was up to. But my mental health meant way more than clicks. Social media just isn’t for me.

I needed to focus last year, right around this time, on things that were more important than whatever the shitty thing Trump had said or done. When I stepped away from it I felt more liberated than I had expected. I was focused on moving my family across the country and to do so we needed to get rid of everything we owned. It was a difficult time. But the absence of social media and the eventual absence of pretty much everything we owned taught me something invaluable.

I finally realized the things that are most important to me. I don’t mean my family and health, but the things outside of the obvious that I wanted to be focused on. Writing a third novel, writing new music, and fishing was all I came up with. I truly love those things and I wanted to get rid of everything that didn’t help me focus on those 3. Social media has no place in there. Picking up extra writing jobs to get by lines has no place in there.

I got to the West and the first few month were pretty rocky. But I have since settled in with the fam and been more focused than ever.

I know it’s important to update your blog.

New Music Starts with Old Music: It Almost Feels like Something’s Wrong.

You need to understand where you were to know where to go and as an artist that means going back and digesting what you’ve already done, which can be painful.

I’ve always thought that I released the best of what I was working on at the time. So why go back and put out stuff from 15 years ago? But this is more about me growing personally than it is about filling up my blog.

From summer of 04 until fall of 05 I wrote over 100 songs. There’s so many little recordings, clips, blurbs, lyrics, bar napkins, and notes that I have no grasp at how many there actually are. I was hell bent on writing a hit for my band at the time, Drunkenpor, that I was writing a few songs a week or more. But sometimes those songs didn’t fit Dpor (which was a reggae/rock sound) but they got recorded, usually in one or two takes and a just a few tracks.

It was like they needed to be recorded to get out of my head. That year was an intense one in terms of song writing, and some of the tracks I penned then were still being kicked around by other bands in 2010. I’ve had a few periods since 04 where I’ve written several songs, but never as intense as that one.

The two songs below I forgot about completely. Over Now was meant to be the last track off Static in the Attic 2, a follow up to an album of complete acoustic songs that I self-released in 04 or 05. I had just as many electric songs and decided to split them up between two albums since they were all written around the same time. Static in the Attic was a term I had used when my electric piano would occasionally pick up someone’s Ham radio when I lived in an attic apartment in Syracuse in 03.

Static in the Attic 2 was never compiled and released. Two songs that were supposed to be on that album came out years later as Pat Buchanan’s Hearse songs; The Clash and Robot Counter Culture. The Clash got some radio time and when I heard it one night driving home from work, my own voice cawing through my truck speakers, I remembered its humble beginnings in Adams, NY that year when I wrote too many songs to remember.

Wow, I don’t remember writing or recording at all. I think it was written in 05. But I have no lyrics sheets with notation which sometimes I would label with a date to see how long it took me to finish. I was going through an old jump drive when I found it. It’s not recorded all that well, and there’s some pretty obvious mistakes during, but I found this song enlightening in a strange way. There was some good emotional writing going on here, with good foundational lyrics.

The chorus needs a lift for sure, but it’s just catchy enough to be remembered. It surprised me a little, as do so many tracks that I have been finding, for their sincerity or durability or lyrics or some other aspect of song writing that now I feel like I have to try to connect with. It was just happening then, even if I had no idea how or why.

I’m writing songs again. But this time with a new purpose, which is to see them through how I hear them in my head and not stop at what they sound like when they come out. This has so far led me to getting other people play my songs, other people would better guitar skills, better voices, more presence. I wrote a post recently about how I tried to give up writing songs only to launch myself full bore back into it.

I plan on releasing more of the old stuff as I find it. Having a full time job and family doesn’t allow me the luxury of setting up camp for a week and getting through all of it, but it does allow for just enough time a few days a week to spend a few minutes reminiscing over time well spent and looking forward to a future full of writing more songs.