This is another post from my ongoing series... I thought this concept 'fits' here just as much as it does over at the Relaxed Machinery community. Note - a better formatted version of this is here: http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/kinetoscope-five-007-raising-the-water-level
We have a very strong core principle at the Relaxed Machinery label ("rM") - that every mention of one of our artists or albums raises the water for all of us. All of our boats float a little higher - are more noticeable. That's pretty much the whole concept of rM... "we self release... together". If we self released by ourselves... there are no other boats around us (well, maybe a couple) - but joining together as a label. Now there's a better chance that we all get more exposure. Each airplay, each review, each podcast, each status message saying someone is "now playing" one of our albums... that's a win for everyone on the label.
Of course, that means that we have to have many great artists and many great albums - or people lose trust in us. We try hard to win your trust and to keep it.
So, I was just thinking how that whole idea actually applies to this whole community (which I tend to abbreviate as "rM.ning" to keep the label and the community straight). We as a community post our new releases, our new tracks, blogs about what we're working on, or thoughts on playing live, or questions about gear or philosophy. The more people posting, the more interesting and interactive the site is... the more readers start stopping by (whether they join or not)- and the more exposure everyone gets.
We're raising the water level for the entire rM.ning community. The more interesting this place is - the more likely new listeners, readers, photo lovers, etc... are going to come around and keep coming back. All of our boats rise in visibility.
I figure most people join here are:
a) creative in one or many fields
b) deeply loves the music, photography, poetry, or art posted here
c) has something they want people to see, download, or buy
d) enjoys talking with people with similar likes
e) all of the above
Post a blog! Whether it's super short, or super long... or in many parts... post. No one's judging you on your english or grammar... it's your ideas that matter.
image: lily pads and koi in my ex-neighbors pond - http://www.flickr.com/photos/johei/5864661859/#sizes/l/in/photostream/