In october 2018 I was inspired by @artsyhonker's post about success of Patreon (https://mastodon.art/@artsyhonker/100825850785031499) to re-evaluate my own work and strategies & discipline. I never published that write-up that I started on my blog, since it seemed to be going nowhere. I have now dug it out and, well, here it is...
@luka Interesting and thoughtful post!
I wonder if part of the solution to irregular working but wanting regular output might be to work further in advance. Create something, but sit on it for six months or a year before release; then you know what your release schedule is like far enough in advance to do more communication. In the meantime "repackage" what you already have.
This won't always work or be appropriate, and if anything requires *more* discipline.
@luka It's definitely something I want to do with at least one of my projects, though: essentially spend a month working on it once a year, and then an extra day per month here and there the rest of the time. This is a project with regular weekly releases. (It's a curation project rather than composing, though!)
@luka I really do think "I give my music away for free" is part of why people pay me, though. In the genre in which I work, the alternatives would be that I sell sheet music to people, or get paid commissions. It's... not the healthiest market, for a bunch of reasons, and I'm not fully part of the social world of people who succeed in that approach.
So people who support me want to support *me*. Some of them would probably buy my sheet music anyway, others would not.
@luka Before I set up Patreon, I didn't really have a way for people who love my music to give me money for it. Neither publishing nor recording are big earners for many choral composers.
@luka that was an interesting read. Although my day job is very different, lots of what you said really resonated (found your profile from the procrastination article you shared). Putting such thoughts "out there" is an interesting accountability technique. Thanks!
@mindshoot thank you. I'm glad you found it interesting. I'm not sure if it's goes under accountability technique, but it's definitely an opening up, somehow allowing vulnerability to be 'out' and that you stand behind it, acknowledge it.
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