I think we all are fully aware that the internet can be a massive distraction as well as a powerful tool for us musicians. I for a while now have been playing with the idea of a one day off during the week when I would not use the internet, or my computer at all and my phone as… well, just a phone. But for the past few weeks I’ve been meaning to record a few songs and every day I set to do it, I just first decide to write and post a “quick” blog post, share few things on twitter, go through my emails, read some articles… And sooner than you notice, I’m heading out the door to play a session or a show…
So now I am starting to think It might be better to have a day of working without the internet 🙂 This would force me to concentrate on writing new songs and recording. So I gave it a go today and guess what? The world around me did not collapse. Instead I got three songs recorded and one of them mixed in six hours 🙂 So not bad, not bad at all.
Of course the promotion is important, very important in fact. And blogging is a big part of what I do, and I’d hate to do it less. But once again the solution is in how you use your time better. You see we all waste ridiculous amount of time online. The way the internet works is that you go look for something and end up somewhere else. This also is the reason why it is the most powerful advertising platform for any independent artist or for any new business for that matter. But we get so scared of missing something… So yeah, learn the ins and outs of it, but don’t become a slave of it.
So I challenge my fellow musicians, artists, writers or anybody who does some kind of creative work to take a one day a week, where you set most of the day aside for your creative work and stay off line. I know you need to check your emails, social media sites and what have you, but don’t do this until after your creative work. Try it, you might be surprised what you get done 😉
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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