Saturday, 28 December 2013
A year ago I started this blog with a few goals in mind. I wanted to share my experiences and the breakthroughs that helped me progress as a musician with others, in the hope that it would help them with their development. I hoped to connect with an audience and to develop a following and a community for beginner to intermediate players to share experiences and discuss the weekly confessions. Lastly, I hoped to generate some revenue through advertising (i.e. clickable ads) and affiliate programs (e.g. American Musical Supply, etc.).
A year later I find that these goals have not been realized. I didn't expect to realize them overnight, but after 1 year of weekly posts, the message is clear. I have failed to connect with an audience. Unless I continuously promote the blog through various channels the daily pageviews are very low, which tells me that I'm not getting very many returning visitors. Only 2 people have posted comments in the comments sections, and there are only 5 people following my blog (and one of those is a relative). My blog has not generated any affiliate program sales, and the advertising revenue has yet to exceed the minimum payment threshold.
I've invested a lot of time in this blog, and that has taken away from other things in my life, not the least of which is my own playing. Since I have not realized any of my goals for this blog, I can no longer justify the time I spend on it and have decided to shut it down. Frankly, it will be a relief to no longer have the pressure of generating useful original content every week.
I want to thank those who have provided their feedback to me, both through the comments section and by e-mailing me directly. I wish everyone the best of luck in their development as a guitar player and a musician.