Hey guys! I want to personally welcome you to my new and fresh blog. I had the idea of starting a blog since quite a long time and the start of 2017 was the perfect opportunity to kick my butt and make it happen. I have to say I underestimated (A LOT!) the amount of work required to self-host my own blog. I wanted to release it the first or second week of January, but that was a lot more work than expected with finding a good host, managing plugins, new email box, understanding a bit of CSS code and understanding the interface. Nonetheless, I think I have built a place where I would like to hang out for a lot of time. A very clear, uncluttered, simple design with the emphasis placed on the content. Tell me what you think about the look of my blog in the comments below!
Why A Blog?
Why did I start a blog? Is this going to replace some of my stuff on Youtube? Of course, not! It’s going to be extra content for those who like my stuff and want more. This is not going to slow me down posting on Youtube. For 2017, I am planning a schedule of one Youtube video and one blog post every week, minimum. Something like: Youtube videos Saturdays and blog posts Wednesdays. There are no definite, official days, but be assured: you will hear about me every 3 days or so.
As for the question why a blog, I have come to realize that there were more things that I wanted to share that weren’t very video-friendly. As I said one year ago, I want to make more music and talk less on Youtube, and the blog will help me withdraw from Youtube more of the talking stuff that I did a little bit less last year and have a nice place to post it and interact and exchange ideas.
Another reason is that, as some of you may know, I am French Canadian, so English is not my native tongue. If only you knew how much I rehearsed, edited and did different takes when talking to the camera! That takes a lot of time and writing my ideas seems just a lot more natural for me when I want to communicate in Shakespeare’s language.
I also have great memories of reading Andy Othling’s blog every week back in the days and I got a lot of inspirations and ideas from it (a shame he deleted it). I’d like to recreate that kind of place again for the ambient guitar community with my blog. I am not targeting only my ambient guitar Youtube community, but I’m sure that the first returning readers will come from there. You are so supportive and nice fans! And if you are a fan of my band Mystery or just an independent musician looking for some tips and inspiration, welcome aboard!
For my first post, I didn’t want to just write a welcome message, so here’s a little thought.
New Year’s Resolutions
I want to quickly talk about New Year’s resolutions. For a lot of people, it means setting some very precise goals (and failing after a couple weeks or a month). I am not really a fan of this concept, because I believe there is never a better time than NOW to change something that you feel should be changed in your life.
But if I were to set some new year’s resolutions, I would do it a little differently. Nothing really precise. More of a principle to drive your new year. I do not wish you to lose 50 pounds, stop smoking, or release 10 more youtube videos this year. That’s too precise and that always falls off. Instead I wish you and myself to:
– Take more risks!
Take more risks, because that’s what you need to do to reach your goals. Always being comfortable prevents you from growing and going farther. Taking risks also means starting a new project or bringing a new idea to life even if you don’t know if it’s going to succeed or fail (you know, that’s exactly what I’m doing with this blog!). It means doing things that you would not normally do. Or that you dream of doing, but never did out of fear.
I already know how I’m going to take some risks this year. I will talk a little bit more about me and get more personal on future posts, but if you didn’t know it, I am primarily a music teacher to earn my living. I teach in elementary schools. That gets me good, long vacations during the summer. Usually I’m working on a new album, but I’m also having a second job during the summer to earn more money, meet ends and for being able to buy myself more nice gear for my studio. But I decided that this year, I will leave this second job. I won’t get that extra income that helped me a lot through the years and that I liked a lot on a personal level.
Because I felt that it was the right time in my life to take some risks and grow my project. Because I feel Monochrome Seasons, my personal branding and my hard work on my musical projects are going somewhere and need more time injected in them. Because if it’s not now, when is it going to be? Yes, that’s scary to leave my comfort zone and a job I really loved, but it’s also very exciting to know that I will get some months off to develop whatever big project that is in my mind to get to the next step in my music career.
I will end this post by saying that you can (and that I want!) you to use the comment section below as often as you can on this blog. I want to keep hearing your opinions and continue creating this nice little community.
So, how about you? How will you take more risks this year?