From a Facebook mail I sent, which somehow survived deletion (Hi there N S A!)
“Hey XXXXX – thanks for your Fandalism invite ….I have to admit to being somewhat burned out with online networking/sharing activities – just counted at least SEVEN sites where my online musician persona is partying, singing and dancing and promoting its little self 24/7. But maybe number eight is my magic number? Or just more hours with a hunched back….I really don’t know – what do you reckon?”
What you see on this blog is the tip of a technological iceberg. Steep, steep learning curves got me here and most other Net places. As an “I- don’t-read- the- manual” diehard, I just try things out, lose drafts, misunderstand instructions and occasionally burst into tears. Eventually its all fine and dandy – apart from the feeling I just lost a few hours of my life.
When my first significant band, The Accelerators came together you couldn’t be in eight places at once.
In fact the process of getting people to know who we were was pretty damn simple.
You phoned promoters. You generally found they weren’t there or were “in a meeting” but got some clues as to when they would be, noted time in diary and tried again. Ad infinitum
They came to your shows. If they liked you, they’d come again.
Photocopied flyers and posters plus the odd Band Photo for sending to Journalists/Promoters I’d actually managed to contact
I didn’t “get” networking, beyond saying hello to people at Erics. Playing shows was the be-all and end-all of my existence.
It wasn’t ideal, but now I miss that safe and guiding wall of limited options that could never have allowed me to go running haplessly into eight lanes of incomprehensible Internet traffic.
I was not being relentlessly urged to connect with more people than I could handle if I had several lifetimes to do it in.. I did simple stuff like visiting musician friends without even phoning first. To talk about all kinds of things in real time over a brew and a spliff.
Enough!! – I hear the warning siren of a nostalgia alert.
PS Talking of incomprehensible Internet traffic…..between you and me, I don’t actually understand how I manage to do this blog. It’s all trial and error. And the FAQ section is not for the fainthearted.
But I’ll be back in a month.