How to start your own music blog
We’ll walk you through everything you need to know so that you can start your own music blog.
In this tech-obsessed world, music is literally all around us. Thanks to apps such as Spotify and Pandora, as well as platforms like Bandcamp and SoundCloud, we have unprecedented access to music all over the world.
It’s no wonder that there are so many successful music blogs out there. But with this much available music, there is always room for more. If you are passionate about music and want to share your perspective with the world, then it is definitely worth giving a shot. Read on, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know so that you can start your own music blog.
Music reviews are one of the most popular types of articles online. People enjoy reading something that either strengthens what they already believe as well something that encourages them to think differently about a product or work of art. Music reviews are how magazines like Rolling Stone and sites like Pitchfork got their start.
Whether people are looking for the best snare drum reviewed or just want to hear someone rant about the latest Drake album, you are sure to attract followers. Just be sure to write what you honestly believe and use your own voice. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style.
Check Out Other Music Blogs
Research the most popular music blogs and online magazines, even if they don’t cover the kind of music that you plan on writing about. Seeing what others are doing can help you understand what makes them successful.
Everything from how a webpage is laid out to the type of headlines they write can influence a blog’s success.
Research the site’s history as well. Find out when and where they started out and see if you can learn how they grew into the brand they are today.
Pick a Genre
It’s a good idea to start small. Pick one or two musical genres. Stick to those and become an expert.
Understand the difference between writing about mainstream vs. under the radar artists. For example, if you wanted to write about popular artists, you are going to have a large potential audience from the start. However, you are also going to be competing with the most well-known blogs.
Writing about local and independent artists, on the other hand, will give you a niche market. It will greatly limit the number of people who will be interested in the things you cover. You’ll become more likely to gain a following as an authoritative figure of your niche genre.
Luckily, there is always new music coming out. And much of it is waiting to be discovered. So you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding topics to write about. Because of this, you should be writing constantly and consistently.
If someone comes across your site and likes your articles, they will probably be back in a few days for more. If there is no new content, they may very well forget about your blog and you risk losing that reader forever. You should be posting at a minimum of once a week.
When just starting out, try to write as much as you can so you can have a backlog to use if there’s a week where you don’t have time to write new articles. Try to write a mix of both timeless articles that can be posted whenever and current ones as well.
Keep these tips in mind, and you will be more likely to develop a music blog that you can be proud of and people will be eager to support!
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