Saturday, November 29, 2008

creative MySpace Music bios

There's so much, arguably too much, music. You don't have time to listen to all the good music in any genre and sub-specialty that turns you on. So how does your band stand out from the millions of other identical groups?

Have a creative MySpace Music bio/about.

Here are some real examples for you to slavishly imitate or surpass:

Retarded Muppit Farm

Billy Sr. and Billy Jr., The boys in Retarded Muppit Farm (RMF), are both ordained ministers who met during a hang gliding day-camp in 2005.

They discovered they both had horrific scars all over their bodies, and quickly bonded as friends. What started out as a series of nightly impromptu campfire sing-alongs steadily progressed into the studio, where the dynamic duo produced their first album in 2007, entitled "Special Fantasies II: Return to Paradise". This was promptly followed later in the year by college radio breakthrough LP "Mr. Feely Pants".

The two then took a two month break and went to feed hungry animals in Africa. When they returned to the states, they immediately whipped out the vocals-only experimental EP "Not Fun". Their most recent offering, "MANSOUND", is a tour-de-force of singsong vocals, squlching synths, and gut-busting beats. Rumor has it, "MANSOUND" is currently Dick Clark's favorite record in the last 30 years. RMF continues to write, record, and perform in and around California.

Currently, their albums can only be purchased at Sacramento record stores The Beat, R5 Records, online at Snocap music and, naturally, at RMF shows. RMF is currenly working on a follow up to ManSound, which is reported to have a "heavy country music influence".

Bad Bus

the po pho says: "Bad Bus was chaotic and out-of-place in just the right way. Gotta love a dumbfounded crowd. I felt like I was in Bad Bus. I’m standing out back and the next thing I know Ian Paige is sitting on the bar hollering through megaphones in my ear."

Velvet Davenport

About Velvet Davenport

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Funky Panda Love Train

We came on a train, from Planet Funk. We've come all this way, to make funky love to you. We've come all this way, now you will surely come too. We're gonna get between every Earthling leg, every punk kid, and every old hag, You're gonna orgasm 'til you start to gag. We're gonna FUNKIFY the human race by getting inside every orifice. Now we're going down on you, from OUTER SPACE.

Psychedelic Horseshit

About psychedelic horseshit

I never thought I would find the courage to disgrace a complete scene of music, but shitgaze really is abysmal. Another of these silhouettes of shite is ’Psychedelic Horseshit’, I mean seriously which member of the band was drunk when that name was conjured up. ’New Wave Hippies’ sounds like a toddler playing with something that has thousands of buttons. The guitars are scratchy, and deliberately out of tune.

It’s almost as if this band has gone out of its way to completely undermine every musical convention every proposed. This band is either a load of idiots on speed who suddenly thought they could play music while tripping, and sounds like a very massive pile of utter drunken shit, or it’s just some very clever chimpanzee’s who’ve evolved and suddenly realise they ’might’ be able to play some music.

In one song, ’Bad Vibrations’ the vocalist literally says over and over again ’ahhoooowaaaooo oooo oooo oooooooo’.

I’ve actually given up on summing up this utterly pointless way of life. I would rather shave all of the hair off on my body and commit myself to a life of celibacy and become a neo-Nazi. My flat mate has put this review out of its misery and very kindly summed up this entire music scene in two words, ’utter bollocks’.

The Method Actors

About The Method Actors

Here's What They Are Saying About The Method Actors:

"Working with the most basic instrumentation imaginable, the Method Actors is able to make the combination musical...the guitar makes deft use of chords with moving inner voices and meshes beautifully with the drumming."
~ Robert Palmer, New York Times

[Little Figures] is the best album of the year, fashioned from manic, maverick maneuvers and displays a pop sense that sets heads spinning. The Method Actors achieved an uncanny ability to imbue arbitrary squibs of noise and staggering meter with an alluring sense of shape."
~ Sound

"Their version of "All Tomorrow's Parties" is one of the 10 best New Wave cover songs ever...Countless bands have listened to, covered, imitated and assimilated the work of the Velvet Underground, but it took the Method Actors to capture their spirit."
~ Spin

"Far from being restricted by their lack of personnel, they flaunt the kind of freedom which gives full reign to their extremely angular, passionate approach. Devoid of derivatives, this week's best single proves that far from the Big City Kultural quicksands, some of the most challenging music is conceived free of destructive influences for no other reason than the music itself." [On debut single "This Is It" being awarded Single of the Week]
~ Roy Carr, New Music Express, [London]

"Take a young Jeff Chandler and Jack Nicholson and make a band."
~ Time Out

"...riveting psycho-Ramones drive heightened by choogling guitar and the pair's vocals, one a droll sing-speak, the other a madhouse wail..."
~ The New Trouser Press

"The Music of phsychedelic despair."
~ Tip, Berlin

"...more interesting than Pylon..."
~ New York Times

"The most pretentious band since creation."
~University of Georgia's Red and Black

The Bambourines

About The Bambourines

there's no time to constrain us. We don't have bodies to contain us.

Chocolate USA

Chocolate USA was Julian Koster's (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes) first band. It was formed in 1989, under the original name of Miss America, and consisted of Julian (vocals, guitars, songwriting etc), Liza Wakeman (violin) and drummer Keith Block. The band ran the "Chocolatey Good Smash Hit Of The Month Club" for several years, which was a monthly tape club in which members got a new lo-fi tape of songs and stories. The first proper release was a small, quickly sold out self-released cassette called All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today.

The Miss America Pageant took umbrage at the name of the band, and so Miss America became Chocolate USA. In late 1992, Bar/None Records put out a single (100 Feet Tall/Skateboard Heaven) and re-released the band's All Jets Are Gonna Fall Today album to a wider audience.

The same label also released the band's second album, Smoke Machine, in 1994. There were some personnel changes for it: Keith Block drummed on a couple of the tracks, but the remainder was taken over by Eric Harris (later of The Olivia Tremor Control). Bill Doss (The Olivia Tremor Control, Sunshine Fix) also played on the album.

After this second CD, the band called it a day. Liza formed her own band, Alva. Eric joined The Olivia Tremor Control with Bill. Julian joined Neutral Milk Hotel and also began The Music Tapes.

Gregory Jacobsen

About me:

Sad Sourkraut, Sad Cucumber

HIYA! My name is Gregory Jacobsen.

I am a chubby little man, my hands in my pockets. On all fours, I hide in a nearby closet. Found several hairs pasted against a jelly doughnut...punched through rapidly, hot and foamy. Flaccid copulatory attempts decimate a small peephole! Deformation occurs, structure collapse, partially decompose! BOLOGNEY IN A HOLE! BOLOGNEY IN A HOLE!

The will to fail! The will to fail!

I was born in Middlesex, New Jersey. I didn't have too many friends except for a Commodore 64 computer. I eventually befriended some "metal-heads" who would kill chickens and throw crayfish at the windshields of passing motorists. Me and my new friends would hang out in the woods and start fires. Ignited items of note: a pleather couch scribbled with Slayer logos, a headless doll with pentagram and "666" scrawled on chest, feces, an effigy of a disliked classmate composed of milk jug for head.

After being rejected from almost every art school applied to, I made a poor decision of moving to the goddamn midwest to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. Worthless degree in hand, I, much to my irritation, still reside in Chicago, where members of the populace have enormous sticks lodged in their asses.

Links Of Interest!

My website- chock full of paintings from the last five years plus other treats!

I sing and flail around in a dissonant rock & roll band called Lovely Little Girls...No-Wave Opera Theatrical Dada Aktion!
Lovely Little Girls

My MP3 blog Cake & Polka Parade where I post obscure, strange and out of print recordings focusing on avant-garde, found and outsider recordings
cake & polka parade

I do a monthly web-only radio show on WFMU where I play everything from children’s records, no-wave, noise, prog, 20th century classical avant-garde choral pieces, concrete sound poetry and weird foreign pop music.
Fatty Jubbo WFMU Playlists & Archives

I also am a contributor to WFMU’s excellent Beware Of The Blog…a companion blog to the radio station that covers every esoteric topic imaginable.
Fatty Jubbo Beware Of The Blog Posts

Who I'd like to meet:

Pretty Ladies, Muscle Men, Social Retards



Thanks for your visit!! MELT-BANANA is a band based in TOKYO JAPAN.

Nocturnal Emissions

Nocturnal Emissions is a sound art project that has released numerous records and CDs in music styles ranging from electro-acoustic, musique concrete, hybridised beats, sound collage, post-industrial music, ambient and noise music. The sound art has been part of an ongoing multimedia campaign of guerrilla sign ontology utilising video art, film, hypertext and other documents.

From early in their work, the group concentrated on the axiom of music being a form of social control, and highlighted concepts such as information overload, cult conditioning, brainwashing and subliminal advertising, in a critique of information society. Their music drew heavily on worldwide folk traditions as well as that of the European avant-garde.

4,000,000 Telephones

About 4,000,000 TELEPHONES

4,000,000 Telephones' self-titled first album is available for the first time on CD after 20 years out of circulation. The album, originally released on the band's own label, has acquired the status of a lost masterpiece, and has been re-released in response to a steady flow of requests.

Originally launching the album on their own Bunker label, the band signed to Summerhouse Records where they released two singles and a second album.

But it was their debut album that defined the Telephones' characteristic sound and built up a fanatical following for their extraordinary live shows. Their angry, angsty, half-sung and half-shouted lyrics, spliced snatches of throwaway sounds and insistent brand of hard-edged avant-garde funk were several years ahead of its time, and contemporary comparisons with groups like Chakk, 23 Skidoo and The Fall were always just a bit wide of the mark.

Touted in late 1985 in the Melody Maker as one of the bands ..most likely to.., the Telephones very nearly did, and left behind an intense emotional afterburn in all who experienced their music. Featuring six composers, two singers, a found-sound specialist and an Action Man doll, the band was always likely to self-combust and they eventually split up in the late 1980s after a spectacularly successful tour of Germany.

The band are temporarily reforming to launch the re-released album, and members Jack Rabelais, Malcolm Tent, Eg, Carl, Richard and Rick are reviving the album for performance and developing new material.

Ergo Phizmiz

Over the past seven years Ergo Phizmiz has developed a reputation as one of the most inventive and imaginative composers working in the world today. Across albums, radio-pieces, soundtracks, and installations, his work has been disseminated across the world and media to widespread acclaim. His work is marked out by a playfulness and mischievousness, coupled with an inside-out and upside-down knowledge of his medium. Although often associated with the sampling and plunderphonics movements, his music takes in a much wider scope of ideas, and can veer between 3.5 minute Dadaistic pop songs, 3.5 hour sound-collages, deranged multimedia installations, radio comedy-adventures, improvised and ambient music, solo instrumental compositions, visual collages, and text works in all sorts of contortions. Despite the breadth of his practice, the sound and spirit of the productions is always unmistakeably that of Mr Phiz.

His music has been released by many labels including Womb Records, Soleilmoon Recordings, The Wire, Vivo, Sonic Arts Network, Match My Foot, Egotwister, Sonore, and his own imprint Mukow, with forthcoming releases coming on Gagarin Records and Slag Records. His music has been performed at the Tate Modern, the Dutch Academy of Fine Art, the Royal Festival Hall, La Terra Trema Cherbourg, Kraak Festival, Worm, Extrapool, Teatru Ariel Transylvania, and Cologne Kulturbunker, and broadcast on stations including BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, KunstRadio, Resonance FM, WFMU, WRFL, VPRO, WDR3, DFM, Cherryade Radio, and Channel 4 Radio. Ergo also mixes and presents a weekly radioshow 'Phuj Phactory' on New York radio station WFMU. Listen online (with a complete archive of past shows) at He has been awarded grants from Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation for New Music, and the residency scheme of the Leverhulme Trust.

Among the artists with whom Ergo has collaborated are People Like Us (with whom he released the critically lauded "Perpetuum Mobile" album on Soleilmoon, the innovative "Codpaste" podcast on WFMU, and "Rhapsody in Glue" on, David Fenech, Felix Kubin, Satanicpornocultshop, Safety Scissors, Martha Moopette, Jack Phoenix, members of The Bees, Margite Zalite, The The, Vernon Lenoir, and Irene Moon. He has composed music for films by Namaiki, Zenith Pitts, Erik Bumbledonk, Martha Moopette, and Christian Marclay.

Ergo's live performances are chaotic soundclashes of pop performance-art, and he has performed around the world to enthused audiences. One-man, a minidisc, a megaphone, some instruments, some horns, and some toys. He has performed across Europe.

Current projects include a large scale radiophonic work "The Faust Cycle" (using the Faust legend as the starting point for a radio-adventure in various dimensions and spaces), regular live performances, and a number of one-off radio works for various places and spaces. Next year will see the release of his uberpop album "Things to Do and Make" on Care in the Community Recordings.

Pearls Before Swine

The psychedelic folk band Pearls Before Swine was the brainchild of singer, composer and cult icon Tom Rapp, born in Bottineau, ND in 1947; after writing his first song at age six, he later began performing at local talent shows, and as a teen bested a young Bob Dylan at one such event.

Upon relocating to Melbourne, FL, Rapp formed Pearls Before Swine in 1965, recruiting high school friends Wayne Harley, Lane Lederer and Roger Crissinger to record a demo which he then sent to the ESP-Disk label. The company quickly signed the group, and they soon travelled to New York to record their superb 1967 debut One Nation Underground, which went on to sell some 250,000 copies.

The explicitly anti-war Balaklava, widely regarded as Pearls Before Swine's finest work, followed in 1968; the group -- by this time essentially comprising Rapp and whoever else was in the studio at the moment -- moved to Reprise for 1969's These Things Too, mounting their first-ever tour in the wake of releasing The Use of Ashes a year later. Two more albums, City of Gold and Beautiful Lies You Could Live In, followed in 1971; moving to Blue Thumb, Rapp resurfaced as a solo artist with 1972's Stardancer, but upon the release of Sunforest a year later he then retired from music, subsequently becoming a civil rights attorney.

Frequently cited as a key influence by the likes of Damon & Naomi, the Bevis Frond and the Japanese psych band Ghost, Rapp made an unexpected return to live performance in mid-1998 when he appeared at the Terrastock festival in Providence, RI, joining son Dave and his indie-pop band Shy Camp; he soon began work on 1999's A Journal of the Plague Year, his first new LP in over two decades. Constructive Melancholy, a retrospective of Pearls Before Swine's tenure on Reprise, also appeared that same year.

This sparked renewed interest in the band, with Water music releasing a box set of the Reprise material in 2003 (Jewels Were the Stars) as well as a set of unreleased demo and live recordings entitled he Wizard of Is. ESP also remastered and combined their first two albums as The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings in 2005.

by Jason Ankeny


Sorry to disappoint those in hopes of contacting Tom Rapp himself.

This is not he and I do not have any direct contact with the man himself but all comments are encouraged. Some believe that energy is infinite and can be felt/delivered through out the cosmos and can eventually reach the wanted destination in time despite a lack of coordination (assuming objects don't actually move parallel except in a mathmatically ideal universe). I don't condone nor discourage such beliefs.

The universe is a free one (governed by it's four universal forces).

E=mc². The universe is larger than our earth minds can really grasp and the speed of light (even squared) is relatively inefficient when speeking universal travel. However our chances are directly proportional to our output in energy. Keep the love increase the probability. Simple statistics. So don't loose faith. XOXO- JD

MySpace Music interaction tips

So your band has a MySpace Music page, not a personal page, but a Band or Artist Account. That's the first step: making sure you don't sign up for a personal MySpace page, because you won't get the 6 song mp3 player, nor will you be in the musician circuit.

But let's say you've been on MySpace Music for a while now. You know how to detect spam profiles requesting to Friend you and other dubious ploys. You've accumulated a lot of Friends, mostly other bands. It's always good when other bands, especially in your genre, are aware of your band. Collaborations, compilation CDS, performance slots, tours, and other opportunities can arise. Not to mention encouragement and beneficial scoldings when appropriate.

You've Friended many bands you admire, your inspirations and influences. How do you interact with them, in a way that will be neither fawning or self-promo spamming? How often should you post a comment? What should you say? Should you use Photo Bucket to post an image, or paste in HTML of your own captured or created images?

Here are some suggestions based on my own experience and observations.

MySpace Music
Interaction Tips

1. Comment Reciprocity

Bands don't reply to comments in their own comment field. This is an exceptional deviation from the practice of all other blogs and forums. It seems almost like an unarticulated rule: don't reply to comments in your own comment box. Go to that band or person's page and "comment back" over there.

Don't expect a return comment from anybody. Most bands are too busy touring, recording, rehearsing, jamming, drugging, posing for photos, and chasing women or girly boys, as the case may be. They don't want to appear unemployed, unperforming, and unpopular by responding to your comments.

They are icons, after all, better than you and me. We are mere fans, whose only role is to admire the Exalted Stars, bully others into admiring the All Perfect Ones, and purchasing tickets and CDs/DVDs of these Superior Art Beings.

If they're bored, they might Comment Back with a remark on your band's page. But probably, they're too wasted or they're working. Unlike your band.

2. Images in Comments

Don't use Photo Bucket, as their images are often deleted, leaving a stupid looking hole in your comment. Very unprofessional. Paste in HTML for your own image. I create an image, upload it to my blog here, then copy the HTML for the uploaded image in my post template. Then with the image code in my clipboard, I can Paste it into any text entry field, except when a MySpace Music user blocks all HTML code in comments to their page.

A common practice, that I personally like the most, is to embed an irrelevant, non-self promotional artwork or photo, the weirder and nonsensical the better. Please refrain from angel, demon, fairy, and dragon images. We're all sick of them, especially the glittery glowing type.

3. Bands You Like

Don't bug them too much, but your first comment should be how you discovered them, what you like about their sound, which of their songs are your favorites, what CDs of theirs you own, what songs they should consider putting up on their player, what YouTube videos by them you like best, or how (specifically, with examples) they have inspired you.

"New tunes up on our player. Check them out!" is a lame comment. When all your comment does is pump up your own shit, it makes you look desperate, opportunistic, and losery.

Post comments about where you've seen the band, what you like about their new material, what you wish were different about their new material, and what CDs you've bought by them lately.

4. Photo of You and the Band's CD

I make this tip a separate point, because it's so great. I invented it, as far as I know.

Get your webcam or digital camera, and take a photo of you, dressed really cool or strangely, holding their CD up close to the lens.

Then post that image at the MySpace Music page of that band. Add text like "Look what I bought at Coop Records in Peoria, Ill in Noise today!" The specifics make it memorable.

The band members may say: "Wow. Some moron in the hick town Peoria recklessly wasted his money on our new CD. What a chump!" and therefore will like you more than fans who just say "I worship you. I've decided to stalk you." and boring crap like that.

5. Band Photos

I've noticed how hip a fan appears when they post photos of a band on that band's page. It show that that fan probably attended a show, took photos of the band, and now is blessing the band with audience-generated promotional content that the band can use.

Never take photos that focus only on the band dead on. That's so boring and typical. Get a few like that, but more importantly, get photos of the band AND the audience. If there was a huge crowd attending the show, display that fact in a photo. If some oddly dressed characters were in the audience, take photos of them.

6. Self Promotion

Avoid it as much as possible. When you do cave in to the egotistical bullshit of self promo, at least be a lady or gentleman about it. Begin with praising the band you've decided to "use" to promote your shit. Say something nice about them or their music or their videos. Then just post an image of what you want to promote. A show poster. A photo of your new CD cover. An image made to announce a new song you just uploaded to your mp3 player.

I think that's a more refined way to push your own junk.

You'll probably get more reciprocating comments and Friend Requests when you post good content, cool image and clever text, as comments on the MySpace Music pages of other bands.

Just remember to give out specific compliments and tell the bands what you wish you could say to them in person, face to face.

By sincerely complimenting other bands, via business karma mechanics, you'll drive new listeners and fans to your own music. It's mutually beneficial, a real win-win situation as the business pundits say.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

marketing in a fear economy

How can you market a valuable product in an economy dominated by fear?

It was bad investments and poor management that caused the current irreversible global economic collapse.

New economies must arise, barter systems, independent of the globalist agenda and control. Trading, swapping, service for goods, goods for services, an expansion of underground and digital value generation and distribution.

We must create our own networks, more so now than ever. It's not just geeky or trendy, it's mandatory.

Fear in this economy arises from liars, swindlers, crooks, bullies, inepts, greedy and reckless business practices. Thus, your marketing must demonstrate, substantiate, prove, and focus on how you are the opposite.

You're not like the bad businesses out there.

You're sincere, honest, respected, trusted, transparent, proficient, experienced, user-centric, customized, altruistic, restrained, dignified, qualified, visionary. You must honestly and powerfully portray the trustworthiness and transparency of your company. You must listen to customers and meet their ever-evolving needs, sometimes before they're aware of them.

Slick tricks and greasy gimmicks won't work much anymore. Customers are far less exuberant, more cautious, and more cynical.

Treat them with understanding and respect.

Develop strong positive business karma, as you learn to do more with less, and to practice austerity, forbearance, and prudence.

usability of Mumbai hotel security

As we review what we know of the Mumbai Massacre and Hostage Crisis, still "ongoing" as the sensationalist mainstream media love to remind us, what went wrong?

Well, at least we know that "intelligence-driven security" is shit security. Intelligence-driven security means: when there is no impeding danger, the security staff goofs off. Lulled by "no intelligence reports of upcoming attack", the team relaxes, lets down their guard, drifting further and further away from any sense of vigilance or condition of heightened alert.

Boredom strikes and lethargy, inattention, and unpreparedness set in like a thick mental cement. Your "intelligence-driven security" has become unintelligent, numb, worthless.

"Intelligence" means external reports from alleged experts and reliable informants. But whether these slackers had such information or not, that should have no impact on their adherence to training and retaliation against potential terrorist scenarios.

Security snipers, hidden, unknown, and constantly alert, are one solution to terrorist invasion of a hotel. As soon as bullets start to spray, the sniper takes him down with one shot to the head or heart.

Aside from what the grievances of the terrorists might be, for powerful nuclear nations to priss around like sissyboys in the face of violent extremists, it just seems stupid.

Lives were needlessly lost in Mumbai.

Government policy toward minorities (Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Jew, etc.) must be examined. We must listen to our enemies and at least consider their complaints and accusations, ensuring that any valid negatives are acknowledged and not spun off as "the best we could do with the information we had at that time" bullshit.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

7 steps to increasing musical creativity

[Had a bad initial experience with a CD by a favorite band. Later, I liked and respected it more. I delete the details, so as not to offend said band.]

It got me to thinking about how creativity is expanded or lost. It's all about evolving, but that requires the proper methodology, or you just spin your wheels in similarities, or slide into an irrelevant and uninteresting tangent.

7 Steps to

1. Listen to other music artists: innovative, obscure, popular, experimental, eccentric, exotic.

2. Criticize your own music: what could be improved or removed?

3. Perfect what fans like in your music, as you incorporate new ideas.

4. Re-familiarize yourself with early pioneers in your genre.

5. Read music theory, history, and reviews of contemporary artists.

6. Practice the basics as you break the rules.

7. Improve your core techniques, learn new instruments, and force yourself, if only as a mind expanding experiment, to try to sound completely different from anything you've ever done before.

Friday, November 21, 2008

you must change as economy crumbles

Companies are laying off and firing people. The biggest targets are slackers, sandbags, posers, mediocres, customer-loathers, insubordinates, dummies, and phonies, along with nutjobs, inepts, and lazies.

It's now urgent and mandatory that we all improve, or perish.

Your big idea had better be to help your business kick ass with quality and customer service...or you'll be chopped. If you've grown comfortable in your job, have stopped learning new things, and don't want to change, you're already dead. Evolve rapidly, or get left behind in the dumpster or gutter.

It's ruthless. It's already begun, what should have been done years, or decades, ago. Think of it as pruning. The dead and decayed, or intrusive and disruptive, limbs must be surgically removed, for the health and longevity of the healthy remainder.

What could you do now, today, to start improving? What books, blogs, or seminars could you take? Only the super strong, vastly smart, and very lucky will survive this financial tsunami. We must slow down on the fun and relaxation, and get extremely focused on learning more and experimenting with new ideas and technologies.

VoIP, blogs, live streaming video of events or demos, webinars, web conferencing, microblogging, wikis, file sharing, community-based search engines, ecommerce applications, online collaboration...which of these could be helpful to your business? Have you been avoiding any? Maybe it's time to get our butts in gear and get as proficient and experienced as possible.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

promoting your blog

When a business starts a new blog, one thing that's often neglected is promoting the blog. Consider your business blog to be a product, and promote it with the same enthusiasm. Your goal is to start a conversation with customers, let them see the human side of your business, and get feedback from readers.

You won't achieve any of your blogging goals if nobody knows about your blog.

Here are some suggestions for promoting your blog.

1. Post comments on other blogs relevant to your business and your customers.

2. Include your blog URL in all company promotions, sales literature, and advertising.

3. Make business cards devoted to your blog, with name of your business, URL of blog, and some text describing what your blog deals with (topics, issues, information) and contains.

4. Put a link to your blog on your main ecommerce or marketing website.

5. Put your blog business cards by the cash registers in your store.

6. Put your blog business cards in all mailings to customers.

7. Post interesting, valuable, unique content that will cause readers to spread word of mouth advertising about your blog.

The business card shown in the photo above is for my client Naturally Yours, an organic grocery and health food store. The webcam photo is a bit fuzzy. The text is as follows:

Naturally Yours Grocery
HEALTH (spelled out in vegetables like string beans and chilli peppers and carrots)
[blog URL]
Articles. Opinions. Videos. Photos
Interviews. Product Reviews. Giveaways