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by Jan Seides
Saturday 17th August, 2013, 4:28pm

I confess it. I did not do the latest 14-days challenge.  As I mentioned at the end of my last post, I got a lot of usable songs out of the last challenge, but they needed work, and practice. No need to add to that stack just at the moment, right?  Plus, I’m going to be playing at the airport in September, and I needed to work up some covers for that gig.  Busy, busy, busy.

Something has come up, however, that I want to present to others and see what they think about it.

This summer, I’ve been working a lot on my online presence.  I have a Facebook profile, which is primarily for communicating with friends, old and new.  I have a Facebook Page, which is useful for communicating and building a relationship with fans, some of whom are also friends (at least of the Facebook variety).  I also have a Twitter profile, and, of course, a CDBaby presence, where I sell my CDs (I do that as well on Electronic Press Kits reside at both SonicBids and ReverbNation.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

ReverbNation has a rating system, of sorts.  I’m sure it has everything to do with activity on ReverbNation and Facebook, as it is a subsidiary of Facebook; other than that I know nothing about its parameters.

Here’s how this question began:  I noticed that on my Facebook Page, I was getting really close to 1,000 fans.  What a delightful thing, if I could reach 1,000! So I began mentioning that on my profile, encouraging my FB friends to become my FB fans.  I gave away a song or two as part of that encouragement. At that point (end of June 2013), my rating on ReverbNation was somewhere in the 60s on the ReverbNation Singer/Songwriter chart for Austin, Texas. The local one is the only one I pay much attention to, as I find the national and international one meaningless to my activities.  After a few days, including a memorable encounter with total strangers at a hotel who decided to add their names to my fan list and help me out (!), I did reach 1,000 fans on my Facebook page.

What happened after that was kind of startling.  Not only did I get a coupon for $5 off promotion from ReverbNation, but ratings started changing all over the place.  Facebook pages actually tell you how many people have seen your posts.  Previous to the 1,000 mark, those numbers had been in single and double digits. After 1,000 – suddenly more, lots more, people were seeing, and sharing, my posts.  And my ratings in ReverbNation started to move too. First into the 30s, then the 20s. Then ReverbNation notified me that my song “Femme Fatale” had been played 20 times in one week, and was “trending”. Not sure what that means, exactly, but there it is. And then, just today, I am on the front page!  Number 8!  (With a bullet?  Who knows?)

That’s my question, really.  Who knows?

Considering the fact that my Songwriter showcases in Austin all folded, one after the other, and that August was my least busy month (other than practicing new songs), I’m having a hard time understanding what that #8 actually means.  Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate it.  I’m just not clear on how that will be helping me to put my music in front of people that, I believe, would like it. I want to believe that it’s helping my career, and a little evidence of that would be lovely.  Skepticism is not my position of choice.

If you have information that would lead to understanding, I would love to hear from you.  Just add a comment below.  I promise to acknowledge it.



Category: Gigs, Music, Music Biz, Songwriting

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