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September 2020 has come and gone. You know what that means don’t you?
It’s time for another exciting life update!
Healing is not an overnight process; it is a daily cleansing of pain, it is a daily healing of your life. – Leon Brown
Healing takes time. But September certainly was healing.
Want to know what I’m talking about? Keep reading!
Past Life Updates
Want to find out what led up to this point? Check out my past life updates:
September 2020 at a Glance
On September 6, I went to a friend’s birthday party. On that day, I consumed two Yerba Mates (one of the most concentrated sources of a caffeine). When I arrived at my friend’s house, I had a bit of wine. And at the restaurant, I had some green tea.
That ultimately triggered a bit of a panic attack.
It wasn’t the fact that I had consumed all those substances on the same day, although that was a contributing factor.
It was more the fact that I had been hustling and grinding for about two months straight, while consuming two Yerma Mates daily.
This year, I’ve had more projects “crash” than “land”, and that seemed reason enough to stop, especially in July. But I kept finding reasons to continue and things to get excited about. Stopping in July, ultimately, probably would have been the best idea.
Well, you can’t change what you can’t change.
I wasn’t in unfamiliar territory with anxiety and knew what I needed to do to heal myself. And in the weeks that followed, I continued to experience uneasiness and intense sadness, which was somewhat expected, somewhat not.
But I kept resting and sleeping. I kept myself away from the wrong things. I found some support with family and friends.
And here we are, about a full month later, and I find myself nearly recovered.
September was not a bad month. I kept publishing daily. And I continue to see good things come out of that.
But now I know my limits, and I never intend to rev the engine that hot again.
Having talked to others, I know I wasn’t the only one that had a bit of a rough month either.
New Music in September 2020
I remastered a few of my tracks in September and plan to release them soon.
Aside from that, I’ve had to hit the pause button on my various musical projects until I feel better.
New Blog Posts in September 2020
So, as I’ve mentioned before, I started publishing daily at the end of July.
First, I started publishing on Medium. Then I started publishing on my personal blog. For a while, I did both.
Then I started taking more of a sensible approach by publishing to my blog and syndicating the content to Medium.
Finally, I settled on publishing right here on Music Entrepreneur HQ daily.
As I mentioned in my last update, I didn’t want to go full force ahead on Music Entrepreneur HQ until I figured out my branding and positioning. But now that I’ve got that sorted out, I’m focused 100% on growing Music Entrepreneur HQ (though I’m still syndicating the content to Medium).
So, with the abundance of new posts on Music Entrepreneur HQ, while I would love to offer a description for each, from here on out, I’ll probably be highlighting the posts in list form as I’ve done here.
Click on anything that piques your interest.
- How to Make Six-Figures & Beyond as a Musician
- How to Make it in Music
- How to Make Money on Spotify
- SoundCloud vs. Bandcamp
- A Guide to Making Money as an Artist
- How to Start Making Music
- How to Sell Music Online Successfully
- 10 Steps to Start Your International Music Career (guest post via Hendry McDowell)
- iTunes for Artists
- 10 Ways to Reach a Global Audience for Your Music Project (guest post via Henry McDowell)
- How to Become a Freelance Musician
New Podcast Episodes in September 2020
I managed to knock out three more podcast episodes in 2020. Here they are.
205 – Appealing to Buyers, Not Just Moochers
For better or for worse, I’m all too familiar with attracting moochers to my content. It’s fine, everyone’s welcome.
But let’s face it. Ultimately, we want to attract people who are engaged. And people who are engaged tend to become buyers!
206 – Selling Your Music in 2020: What’s Working & What Isn’t
I know 2020 has been a difficult year for many. I’m painfully aware. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities.
Even in 2020, you CAN sell your music.
207 – Building Relationships to Grow Your Music Career – with Ty Frankel of Shut Down Media
Had a great conversation with Ty Frankel of Shut Down Media, and more than anything, found a like-minded friend.
If you’re wondering what to prioritize in your music career, you’ll love this episode.
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Since I’m basically syndicating all my stories to Medium, there’s no sense in posting links here.
I thought I would share some stats with you, but I can’t select a date range within Medium to show you how things went in September specifically.
I’ve started experimenting with other Medium analytics tools to see if I can get the data I want, and when I do, I’m more than happy to show you what’s been going on.
Conclusion, September 2020
I spent most of the month writing for four to six hours per day. Otherwise, I just stayed in bed and rested up. This is exactly what my body needed.
I’m still basically in that rhythm, and probably will be until I take a two-week break later this month.
Nevertheless, I am genuinely excited for what’s next.
Thanks for joining me, and I look forward to sharing again after October.
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