Good Tools = Good Work


I’ve had the most complicated two weeks as far as my music has gone. I’ve been in 4 cities, haven’t had consistent internet access, and have been working around a computer that shuts off without warning every 15 minutes.  I am tired. But in light of all of this, its made me think long in hard about how our resources determine how successful we are at what we do.

Good tools = Good work. If you have the means to accomplish something, and easy access to aids that will help you do it better, why wouldn’t you go for it!? Yea, we’ve talked about Facebook alot, but here are a few other must-haves…

Time
It might sound silly, but time is a resource that makes a world of difference. When I’m on the road, you’ll notice that Grassrootsy (unfortunately) takes a back seat to things like 4-hour drives from city to city and lack of regular internet access. Set aside some time…even if its 2 hours a day…to keep up with your music.

  • Check emails.  More importantly, if you don’t have any emails coming in, try and figure out why. Do people know who you are? If not, why is that?
  • Do you need to increase your social network presence? Become better at just a few social networks.
  • Read. Do a search on Grassrootsy and its likely that there’s a post about it or reference to it. Click the links on the sidebar to visit other sites that have something worth reading.
  • Network with other musicians. Open Mic. Meet at a coffee shop and talk out ideas. This is fun 🙂

Space
This might also sound silly, but SPACE is a huge factor!  If you can’t stay focused, make sure you’re not lounging on your sofa while working on your music. Setup shop at your dining room table, living room desk, or in a coffee shop.  When you set aside a specific time and space just for your music, you’ll be more disciplined. It won’t be an afterthought, and you’ll get sooo much more accomplished (spoken from personal experience).

ArtistData
Here’s something more tangible. I’ve written about it before on this blog. ArtistData is the ultimate calendar. Not only does it allow you to easily post and update your show information, but it posts that information to all of your other social networks, submits your shows to Eventful and similar calendar event sites, and give you embeddable code to incorporate the calendar into your personal site(s). Very clever and very useful (spoken again from firsthand experience). ArtistData does much more but you’ll have to do your own research to learn more.

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I’ve written about it before on this blog. ArtistData is the ultimate calendar. Not only does it allow you to easily post and update your show information, but it posts that information to all of your other social networks, submits your shows to Eventful and similar calendar event sites, and give you embeddable code to incorporate the calendar into your personal site(s). Very clever and very useful (speaking from firsthand experience). ArtistData does much more but you’ll have to do your own research to learn more.

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4 Comments on “Good Tools = Good Work”


  1. I always appreciate your posts and your blog. Quick question: Do you have any opinions on reverbnation.com vs artistdata.com? (This is the first I’ve heard of artistdata.com).

    Thanks.

    – Michael

  2. grassrootsy Says:

    Hey Michael.
    I’ve actually never used RN…but i’m not so hot on their web design and their widgets. I really like artist data’s clean layout…and i think design plays a big role in readability and audience engagement…whatever that means 🙂

  3. MartinT Says:

    Was recently doing web design for a client and had 4 random blue screens of death, nothing to worry about though!

    I have backups of my work and i live in a shared house where everyone has decent computers, i just jumped on a friends and used some portable programs through a usb and away i went again.


  4. I currently use RN for my calendar & music/video players but I am checking out some other possibilities. I do like only updating one calendar for all sites but I don’t believe RN is compatible with MySpace. RN has a virtual store which I haven’t used yet but it’s a great idea. Right now I think I need to change my website host. I’d also like to see a performance calendar that looks like a calendar. Seems to me the visual aspect will help people to remember dates better than a list of dates.
    The latest promotional tool that I think is just wonderful is mobile marketing. I have an account with mozes.com & it’s such a great idea. Though at this point, it’s been hard to get subscribers because people (around my area anyway) aren’t used to this and it’s difficult to describe to someone who is unfamiliar with the whole thing. Let me know if you have any RN questions; perhaps I can help. Thanks, Denise


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