I probably should’ve realized at the outset that trying to juggle three completely different blogs would be time consuming, hectic even, but in terms of what’s on my mind these days and what’m interested in trying to accomplish online there just happened to be three pretty diverse categories that I wanted to try and sink my teeth into.
You’re reading the first part right here, my “regular” blog, the place where I talk about what’s on my mind and try and come up with some cool general interest topics and focus on some of my writing, hobbies, and other interests. The second one was really born of the first, back when I was just doing a free blogger blog I put up some pictures and BOOM! suddenly my page views went through the roof (relatively speaking, of course). I realized right there and then that a picture blog could be something that could merit a page of its’ own, and so I created lulzJapan, which has thus far been my most successful effort judging by page views and the fact that even google seems to be showing it a little respect and throwing me a few bones. It is also by far the easiest to maintain, as it’s simply a lot easier to upload a picture or two, write a short bit about it, and hit “publish”, compared to blog posts which are really a lot like being in the newspaper business in terms of demand, you simply have to keep generating new material and sometimes that’s easier than other times. I can upload a picture and hit publish any old time, it takes very little effort or energy aside from the picture taking, but I enjoy it and even that doesn’t take a whole lot of time to accomplish. A few times a month is all I really need to keep the site topped off with great content, since the city of Tokyo never disappoints in that regard!
But then there’s my baby, Upbeat Rhythms, and I would’ve thought it would be pretty easy since it’s very much in my wheelhouse as a musician but it has turned into quite a project unto itself, mostly because I’ve set out to put forth a truly comprehensive set of resources for rhythm, not just drums but all kinds of rhythm for all musicians. And the fact that it needs to be comprehensive means I’ve got to exhaust all the necessary studies, patterns, styles, not to mention the fact that I have to be very careful to make sure the details are just so, since I’m claiming that it’s a true lessons & tutorials resource for musicians so I need to make certain I minimize any errors along the way. I’m sure there will be some from time to time, but I’m working to keep them at a bare minimum as much as I’m able to.
So in any case, I like what I’m doing and I’m pretty happy with how things have gone so far (though I could use more hits and more comments…come on people, share these blogs around on all the social networks, make me “Internet Famous” lol), but the rhythm site has a long way to go. It’s definitely a marathon project, unless I can significantly up my output of new content it could easily take several months for me to get to the point where I consider the site a truly comprehensive resource for people.
But that’s okay. One very cool thing that happened quite by accident is that I began writing a book, without writing a book, simply because of that website. What I mean by that is, researching SEO on videos gave me the idea to begin transcribing my videos, and once that was done I had all the material I needed to start putting together in book form (with proper edits and adjustments, of course), so that’s a happy accident that I think will be of great value to me and others in the long run. Aside from that, I’ll keep churning out the content as often as I can and we’ll see how it goes. When the book is ready, I’ll be fure to let everyone here know about it!
Thanks for reading!