Hello Lovely People!
I honestly don't know how many people check this website for blog updates but a lot has changed since I first launched it last year. The primary purpose of it, was to keep listeners of my podcast up to date and also to hopefully drum up more listeners (and readers). I'm not sure how well it has succeded on that front. I have not had nearly as much interest in the last half a dozen or so posts as I did on those first couple (and that first one gave me a lot of hope) but it was not to be.
Most of my engagement has been via INSTAGRAM - and while some of my podcast listeners have contacted me through instagram, I'd say most of my instagram followers mainly follow me for my instagram content, which, has definitely been ramped up this year - in particular. I started getting into making "reels". And found it a lot of fun! Then I received a fabulous boost when Evelyn Nam AKA Herspective Feminist posted my remix of her reel on her page.
Suddenly I had a whole new following, seemingly clamoring for some more 'self-affirming, anti-agist' stuff. And then I became way more motivated, inspired and BUSY! In the interim I have also launched a PATREON. I have TWO patrons at this stage (I had three, but oh well, not so easy come-easy go). Then about three months ago I decided I'd bite the bullet and open a TIK TOK account. I have found it clunky to use, compared to instagram reels, but having said that IG just changed their software for no apparent reason...so now they are both clunky. I just pre-edit most of my stuff anyway.
On that front I'm happy with how my video editing skills continue to evolve. I really love it too. I'm quite meticulous with these things and given that these videos tend to be SUPER SHORT it's way more rewarding and less tedious than editing the podcast. Editing three hours of audio at a time can be really, really tiring. I like to make the final cut - tight and coherent.
WE LIVE IN SUCH A SHORT-ATTENTION-SPAN-DERING SOCIETY!
Anyway speaking of the podcast, I have an announcement to make. THE AUSTRALIAN PODCAST OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. And I didn't get one, which is not surprising HOWEVER, I am eligible to run for 'Listeners Choice' which requires my listeners to vote. FOLLOW THIS LINK and select The Eloquent in the Room!
I've posted quite a few special tidbits on my patreon page.
However, if you're reading this now and you regularly check this page - I'D LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org OR slip into my DM's on Instagram.
I'm taking a short hiatus from the podcast while I celebrate 60 years on the planet this month. I can't say this is how I would have pictured my life - years ago. But here we are. I'm flying solo in almost all respects. BTW new music is still on the back burner. My bandmate/producer, AKA my son Riley has been quite unwell lately so it will happen when it happens. Follow The Eloquent in the Room on spotify for updates.
Finally - my 'YEAR OF KATE' comes to an end next week. I made 52 reels to celebrate her body of work - and honestly I could have added at least 20 more songs. I have to say it stretched me creatively and warmed the cockles of my heart emotionally. Celebrating her music and my life simultaneously was a pretty cool idea if I say so myself. I DID IT. It was such a spontaneous thing to do at the time, too, to make up my mind to do it. I literally just - got the idea and posted the first one, within minutes.
A year later - I look back all the 'work' it took, putting the next 51 together. Sometimes it was quite straigtforward and at other times I angsted over how best to do it. I showed a lot of vulnerability in the process. They weren't a huge, runaway success vis a vis 'plays' and comments and such, but the people that liked them, really loved the journey, so it was my privilege to take them on it. I might to another tribute thing in the future, but not till next year!
So that's all for now. Till next time. Happy Everything.