I'm now focusing my blogging efforts on Crowdfunding For Musicians, a blog on the way to a book about crowdfunding music. Check it out!
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I regularly see stuff about blogging that would be perfect for this site but I've just been too busy with other projects to do anything about that.
So I've decided to share those links on Twitter at twitter.com/thisbloggingbiz. See you there!
Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
I find myself at a moment of crisis, one whose details I'm mostly keeping to myself, but a crisis that I hope will become a productive turning point. I could certainly use one of those!
Faced with my weariness at high volume industry blogging, something I pursued for a little over five years at a hip hop business blog I launched in 2005 called ProHipHop, I'm realizing I can't do that kind of thing right now. I sold the site and a related web property last year. That gave me some breathing room as I battled with this multipronged recession but it has not led to a new blogging business as I anticipated.
Instead, after exploring numerous possibilities including two that would make fine business blogs in areas that have not been glutted, I find myself incapable of turning on the machine and building such businesses.
Oddly enough, my recognition that I need to take a break from such attempts and return to blogging as a means of communication and self-expression is inspired not just by my difficulties digging in but by my viewing of a documentary about Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch architect, called Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect.
It reminded me of my love of big ideas and meaningful details brought together productively in real world projects. But also of my love of thinking through concepts for the sheer joy of creative thought.
In a sense, that's where my blogging began, back in 2002 with a blog about hip hop, culture and politics called Hip Hop Logic. The earliest version of that blog is lost and a later version became part of a web project called netweed that was intended to be a platform for alternative culture and was inspired by a number of influences that I discuss at that site.
Blogging at Hip Hop Logic and building a variety of resources at netweed, some that are no longer available, taught me a lot. I went on to create other blogs about politics and alternative culture but eventually became best known in the world of blogging for ProHipHop: Hip Hop Business News.
Honestly, I thought of ProHipHop because I realized if I wanted to make money blogging, I should probably write about money. It was the first dedicated hip hop business blog and allowed me to become surprisingly well known among "tastemakers" and "influencers" in the world of hip hop.
I left that world for many reasons, including the fact that I had to deal with a lot of negative attacks and mishandled my response in a manner that undermined the business I was trying to build. But it was also undermining my love of certain forms of hip hop music and my desire to help other bloggers.
During the early years of ProHipHop, I boosted many unknown bloggers, some of whom went on to become quite well known. And some of those were the ones who either attacked me viciously once they had the attention they were seeking or stabbed me in the back the way self-centered careerists are prone to do. I'm past most of my negativity about those betrayals but they also keep me from returning to that world and made me happy to have a successful exit.
In any case, having learned quite a few lessons, my work there led to my current parttime position blogging about the music industry for Hypebot. But it has not led me to a new phase of industry blogging as I anticipated.
In fact, I've decided to return to blogging about things that interest me because I need a platform to share those thoughts and to open up possibilities beyond processing huge amounts of daily news, jumping on breaking news and generally wearing myself out as have so many people in professional blogging.
But I still love blogging and still think it's a great way to build a business, build a brand or just build a platform to share one's thoughts. And the latter looks like what I'm going to do.
Update to follow!
Since I've been doing some experimenting over the last few months and am currently making a lot of final decisions about where to focus this fall and winter, I want to share an overview of what's happening with my various blogs and blog related projects.
This Business of Blogging: Down for the Count
This Business of Blogging is officially down for the count. This was one of three blogs launched or relaunched around the same time to explore some territory and help clarify where I want to put my energy.
Flux Research: Wildcard
The current incarnation of Flux Research, with its focus on online business models, is closely related to This Business of Blogging in many respects. I'm working on Flux Research behind the scenes but am not sure if my fantasies will ever see the light of day. What I want to do, as opposed to what can be seen on the blog, will be quite time consuming but I'm getting that obsessed feeling that's required so, who knows?
Raleighwood, NC: Intermittent Signs of Life
Raleighwood, NC was the third blog in this round of experiments that has become an on again, off again attempt at local blogging. I'm going to keep it alive with periodic posts but its neglect is tied up with my ambivalence about my current locale which is also my hometown. However, it has helped me think my way into the local publishing scene, both in Raleigh and in general, and that's a path worth taking, though I am taking another.
Ill Moves: The Struggle Continues
Ill Moves: Hip Hop Dance could be a real winner if I put some consistent energy in. Though it was not part of the launch/relaunch of the first three blogs mentioned, its rather weak relaunch over the summer was also an experiment of sorts. However, its progress is blocked by my current issue of burnout.
ProHipHop: Threatened by Burnout
ProHipHop: Hip Hop Business is my flagship blog and both its daily operation and the operation of Ill Moves have suffered from my general state of burnout and my posting block regarding hip hop. It's not like there isn't anything interesting to cover, quite the opposite, but I'm working through a temporary block that's affecting both these projects.
Weekly Hip Hop Albums: Along for the Ride
Weekly Hip Hop Albums is a weekly report that comes out of my ongoing activities tracking hip hop album releases. I plan to continue this as long as I'm in the hip hop web publishing space.
Hip Hop Press: Humming Along
Hip Hop Press: Releases is a fairly straightforward and solid affair that isn't so much about blogging as content management. Bonus: it's easy to do when experiencing posting block.
Hip Hop Research: Long Term Project
Hip Hop Research is a project I'll continue with periodic updates. It's intended to be a starting point for an annotated bibliography in book form but, however that turns out, the blog's archives will remain available.
Cultural Research: Birthing a New Blog
Cultural Research has been primarily an archive site for my academic papers and an indicator of my academic interests. I've decided to relaunch the site with a blog to pursue my professional interest in such areas as the transformation of academic libraries and disruptive innovation in education and information services.
The Big Picture: Pushing Forward
Any blogs not mentioned above are either dead, in hibernation or waiting for hell to freeze over.
Of the above projects, the hip hop blogs will continue, hopefully with some revitalized energy.
Cultural Research will be my new baby after the upcoming relaunch. I hope to maintain the new blog as a thoughtful, low volume project and academic calling card.
Flux Research and another project about which I haven't written publically will remain in wild card status, possibly for a January launch/relaunch.
Likely I Ching Hexagram: Biting Through.
I'm launching this blog as a resource for projects related to blogging, both for business and for brand building, which can include personal, commercial and nonprofit blogs.
Here's one bio, for those that are wondering who the heck Clyde Smith might be:
Bio [to be updated]:
Clyde Smith is a web publisher and professional blogger with a background in the arts and education. His academic background can be explored at Cultural Research.
Clyde's web publishing career began with an alternative culture portal called netweed.
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