There are two approaches when it comes to the content business. (And music sort of falls under its umbrella)
One approach is to prioritize showing up on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter that each piece isn’t a masterpiece. By showing up on a regular basis, you prevent yourself from getting stuck chasing some perfection, and regularity helps your audience build trust in you.
The other approach is to prioritize quality over quantity. If the first approach is the machine gun, this one is a sniper. You take your time to create a piece that you can really believe in, how ever long that takes.
It is generally accepted that music leans toward the latter (though some artists seem to release surprising amount of fillers) and online content business like blogging and YouTubing leans toward the former.
2020 is my resurgence after I spent 2019 navigating my mid life crisis. It was important to me to get back in the swing of things. I started out with weekly videos and then upped it to twice a week. I also am “showing up” as a writer/blogger.
But keeping up with regular intervals does feel like work, and while I believe in everything I put out, some of the stuff does feel half baked, not simmered enough.
And the thing that is bothering me the most right now is the fact that I still do a whole lot more talking about music than actually making it.
So I’m going to break the regularity and explore a better balance. The stuff that you are enjoying, from my songwriting analysis to deep thoughts, will continue. I proved to myself that I can and do show up. I just want to see what it will look like, having tried the regular thing, if I focused more on working until I feel very strongly about each piece. And actually make more music.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for engaging with me. And special shout out to my patrons and everyone who comments. You are the sparks that light my fire, especially when I have a hard time keeping it going on my own. Thank you so much.