Live Musician Central One Year Anniversary Of Everyday Blogging

Live Musician Central author, Matt Rushton, reflects on the one year anniversary of this Blog.

Live Musician Central Author - Matt Rushton At The "Imagine" Mosaic, Central Park, New York City
Live Musician Central Author - Matt Rushton At The "Imagine" Mosaic, Central Park, New York City

   This week marks the one year anniversary of Live Musician Central going live online. It’s been a really fun year writing and producing Live Musician Central and I’ve learned more about Blogging and web development than ever imagined that I would. I’m giving myself a pat on the back here because the only outside help I’ve had is from friends and family who have done some graphics work for me. It’s been very challenging at times trying to get things to work the way I want them to on the site and I think Live Musician Central is improving all the time.   

   When I started Live Musician Central in April of 2008 my goal was to create a website where I could share my experiences playing in a live band with other musicians around the globe. I had been posting in various musician forums but you can’t get in depth on the forums like you can in a Blog. I would also lose track of my postings in the forums and this Blog has been a great way to collect my writings. Another goal I had was to add content to the site every day, 7 days a week for an entire year. I’m pleased to announce that somehow, I managed to do that. It has been a real struggle at times to come up with ideas to write about. Luckily I have a good network of musician friends that I’ve been able to glean ideas from. So thanks all you guys that chipped in with ideas like “Why don’t you write about how you handled that drunk guy that grabbed your guitar off the stage?” or gave me other great ideas for equipment reviews and song lists.

   After writing new content for Live Musician Central 7 days a week for a year I have to admit that I get close to Blog burnout at times. It’s really hard to focus on writing sometimes with all the distractions that are on a computer. I’m still trying to decide if I should only add new content 3 days a week. What do you readers think? Should I back it down to 3-days a week or should I keep churning out 7 days worth of new material every week? I know I can do it but I’m trying to decide…

   I do have some goals for Live Musician Central in the coming year. I’m hoping to do a site redesign with a new visual theme. That could prove challenging as I’ve really customized the current theme with bits of code and widgets. But I’m growing tired of the look, so the site may be changing soon. I’d also like to get more items available for download like the “Fudgie The Dog” album. I mainly want to keep putting up posts that are of interest and value to all the live musicians that read this site. I write for you people in the hopes that Live Musician Central will help you in your career as a live musician.

   I do have some more exciting ideas for Live Musician Central that I’m hoping to implement in the coming year. I’m working on doing some spotlight articles on some of the great independent musicians out there. I’m hoping to do some live online concerts with my bands as well. It’s all as time permits since I work full time and play in two bands as well.

   So let me thank my two bands, In Stereo and Shufflin’ Noah for letting me use them so heavily on this site in the stories and the pictures. You guys are all great friends and I love playing music with you. That’s really what makes life worth living is making music with all my good buddies. Keep reading Live Musician Central everyone, and please leave comments! It helps me so much to know what you’re thinking and what you’re interested in. That’s why the Cyber-Twin SE pages get so much work. I know that people are reading and using them. Many thanks to the Cyber-Twin SE crowd too!

   Let’s keep rocking people and we may just end up with world peace! (ha!) -Matt-
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Author: Live Musician Central

My name is Matt Rushton. I have been playing in bands for 27 years. I've been playing professionally for 21 years. I have opened for Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Jett, Little River Band, and Quiet Riot.

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