Content is king for forums like TradConnect and I want to encourage as many people as possible to use the blog facility on TradConnect. You all know that our aim as a community is to connect as many musicians as possible and you will have read this earlier discussion This is what we have set out to do and is still our goal. Providing original content on TradConnect helps this in a big way because Google pick up on it and as a result TradConnect rises up the rankings and more members find us

In addition to this new content makes the site interesting and help our community grow. For this reason it would be great if members understood some of the things that you can do with blogs.

For members

For members that may have blogs elsewhere on the web and would be willing to use some of it on this site as well, we don't mind. This is I believe common practice as long as you are the author of the content. In addition rather than adding discussions which is great, why not do a blog about your view of music, your life in it. Within all of us is a writer trying to get out and it is only when you start to put pen to paper that you realise you can actually do it. That you can construct a good story and that your view may help others learn and progress. This can be on anything from the struggles of learning the music, setting up a website, starting a festival, community activity, albums that inspired you, a concert you have been to, opening a music shop, teaching kids etc etc. You get the picture. The best will feature on the home page.

For Artists

Another aspect of TradConnect that I think is great is the fact that we have members from many of the big trad groups as well as many solo artists as well. You will also notice the featured blogs on the home page. By writing short blogs of 200+ works with a good image you can really keep in touch with your fans. All too often members read about artists, but not articles written by the artist themselves. A short blog can be viewed as an advertisement or promotion and we don't mind that as long as it is not simply a link to another site. Where else can you get thousands to read about you. It has the added advantage of bringing you closer to your fans and making you part of this community. When members feel they are part of your music they will be more likely to purchase it. Whenever I see a documentary on the making of an album I always feel more inclined to buy it. In addition you have lots to say. Life on the road, going into the studio, commentary of your last gig, planning a tour. This is what people really want to hear. Don't depend on others to review your work, review it yourself. Consider them slighty longer tweets.

All good blogs that have an image will be featured on the home page and will stay in the featured news stream forever. Fans can go to your page and view all your blogs in one place. We want to bring fans and the artists together. So understand this very powerfull tool and make full use of it. View it as smart marketing and not just a blog. Start now by visiting the Blog section. You can embed videos, load images and lots more.If you produce a good blog with original material and an image we will feature it on the home page. Finally here is an example of one.

So get blogging. We will all look forward to reading and hearing about your musical world.

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