I usually don't rant on here but I used to so if I sound like I'm ranting then I'm ranting. I'm stuck in my ways. Anyway, I'm tired of getting asked to pay for promo. If I feel the need to promote my artist/myself or blog I'll post a picture on my Instagram, or my Facebook. As far a paying for promo though I can't get with it. I did it once and it ended terribly. I'm not here to say don't buy promotion for your music your blog your art or artist. I am here to say don't pay promo if you don't have to. If your music is good you may need to pay for promo.
However, if your music is great don't pay for nada. Just push the music yourself someone will hear you. Good example Michael Jordan. Greatest ball player ever, even he was almost overlooked. In addition to his career starting off without playing time, he kept working on being great, he didn't worry about the press or the time he got on the court. He simply used his skills to get to the next level. That's what you and I need to do.
We need to put promoting ourselves on the back burner and put practicing our craft on the front burner. Like I said push the music yourself someone will hear you or see you and then you will get mentioned they'll say "yo did you see that Jordan kid from North Carolina hit that buzzer beater for the win ". The feeling of acheiving will also be much more grand. To me when you pay for promo or for followers your giving up your selling out on yor dreams your losing creativity. Your just as bad as the person following and unfollowing people to get more follows. That's not what the world is about... If you are good you're good. Build off that. If the music is great, just keep doing what you love.
The music will speak for itself. The blog the book whatever goods they may be its up to the people to like the dope not the pusher. Or is it? Regardless, next time you see that company wanting to charge a ridiculous amount of money to promote your music or your art or your artist forget that and think about how Michael Jordan overcame the syndrome of being good vs. being great. He will tell you himself... Now that's what happens to good when good meets great.
The Michael Jordan reference was a good example, but let me tell you a great example. Me.
I have been going back and forth with this blog thinking I need something else on this blog to make it more popular. So I made a business account... I lost money.
You know what it was.... I thought boosting my business to a business level would bring me money. But I didn't have a great product. No one will buy a good product, they will buy a great product. Yet, I didn't see that, I also didn't see that my great product had already existed. It was called Rocketjrjr.com build your own empire.... Point blank period. That's was the product. Instead I wanted to promote/put money into a book that I wrote,but didn't illustrate, didn't publish... Just wrote and put it online.
No one will buy that... I mean it's good, but it's not great. Great is when I take the time out and draw out ideas for the illustrations and work on the publishing rights then put it out... That will change everything, but till then I will sit here with a monthly charge from weebly for something I'm not even getting a dime back from. The whole time all I needed to do was add a post and share with the world what was going on over at rocket🚀. That's it. I didn't need the business account, all I needed was something great.
So don't believe em... They're telling you lies
It's debatable yes, but having a good product with promo over a great product with out one is not wise. In my opinion.
I've dealt with a few promoters and I've come to the realization that if I would've just kept adding material to my site, and as an artist kept building a brand rather than trying to promote a brand yet to be determined my following numbers would still be the same. My interested visitor number would be up still. I would have the audience that I lost. Solely because I stopped posting my random thoughts and adding content on my other pages. There is a great review I did on boyhood on one of these pages, but how will people see that if I've lost their interest. This all has to do with staying consistent.
Being true to who you are and knowing what your audience wants. You could easily buy promo and get thousands of followers, or views but those views/folllowers won't stick. It will be a facade, a mirage. A scam, which is why I personally don't condone buying any type of promotion. Whether it be for music, videos, followers, stats, anything you may put a value on and deem to be worth promoting. The people will decide if you have a great product, or a great asset.
Truthfully speaking, the only person that should determine the greatness of a product, blog, brand, or a person for that matter should be the person him, or herself. If they think it's great who cares if others hate it. That's art. You shouldn't have to pay to promote art. Why? Cause art was never meant to be taken out of context. It's meant to be made from the heart not the wallet. What kind of artists pay to get heard? An artist that is trying too hard. It should come naturally. You can't force creativity, you can't force art. Art and creativity are waves they come and go. So it's up to you to keep them ever flowing. Nonstop. The only way to do that is to focus solely on the art. Not the promo. If you're a watered down artist bubble gum rapper let the promoter promote your garbage. But, if your an artist! Keep struggling my friend. Art only gets better.
Do what you've loved to do snce12
Whoooh!!!! Here's all the links bundled up that I go to on the regular to update the brand and the brand I follow the most. The Sound of Tomorrow! Soulection!
A Ferris State Grad, with a Bachelors in Television & Digital Media Production. Writer and Videographer Steve Jones Jr. is a man of many talents. His new music will be available in the spring.