I admit that I didn’t know too much about Kamelot when I first walked into a gig at B.B. King Blues Club to see them back in 2005 but since that night I have made up for lost time as best as possible and the band became one of my very favorite providers of Melodic Power Metal. I found them musically wonderful and felt that there was a sincerity about the way they did their thing that spoke to their fans again and again. I was still relatively new to the music scribe game back then but I have covered the live adventures of Kamelot whenever they returned to NYC, reviewed a number of their releases and even spoken at length to some of their members on the site and you can find it all by clicking the link below. It will launch a search query of the band on the site which we hope you will enjoy. You’ll also find articles where the band contributed thoughts. If you are not all that familiar with them then I will repeat what I told a friend of mine who eventually joined me for a gig as I looked him in the eye and said “trust me on this one”. He did and has been a fan ever since. Continue reading PiercingMetal Spotlights: Kamelot→
If you have been reading these segments about how I have been journeying through the various Social Media networks over the years since I became a writer you might have a recollection of me stressing how at the end of the day that your own thing was in some sense a better idea. In my case, I was already running a website for the purposes of professional and objective review of music releases, video, and concert performances but not everyone needs their own full on website and might be better served at showcasing their interests via a very focused and constantly updated blog. After starting my own PiercingMetal domain I also decided to venture into a side blog which I felt would let me explore in a little more personal detail, all of the stuff I was learning and observing as a music media person. I started this by using one of the free options provided by Google which was called “Blogger” or sometimes referred to as “Blogspot”. I decided to call it “PiercingMetal Musings” and yes, you are right now in this same blog, but it has since been imported in full into a WordPress installation under my own domain. I will explain why we did that in a moment. Click the logo below to be taken to what a no frills version of a Blogger account looks like. I used my personal side blog as the link for good measure. It features some posts that I did but it was unmodified in terms of its overall design.
Another popular medium for Blogging is WordPress and I morphed over to this format a few years ago for both the PiercingMetal Musings and PiercingKen blogs. It was more important for me to do this with the websites blog because if you remember on an earlier post, I stressed how it was better to keep all traffic as your own as opposed to sending it away from your domain name. The tools offered by hosting service allowed me to install WordPress under my domain and I have been a happy camper ever since. To check out how a WordPress Blog looks and feels outside of the one you are already in, just click the logo below. That will take you to the updated version and slightly visually modified personal blog that used to also live on Blogger.
Don’t get me wrong here because Blogger is the best to some users while WordPress is the only option for others. This is purely a personal preference and quite honestly if you have some great ideas and images and want to showcase them, doing so in a blog is the very best bet. From here you make your own voice a louder one above the crowd and the chance to be viewed a little more professionally is done with a little more ease. The rise in popularity of Blogs has become so great that even if you have a very content loaded and popular website, you are almost expected to have a Blog as well somewhere for people to enjoy. I admit that I was initially hesitant about Blogs and felt that they should by no means be given preference over a historically archived website like many I supported as well as my own but in time I grew to appreciate the stand out ones based on how solidly they were set up. The goal of the PiercingMetal Musings Blog is more wide spread today than it was when I first pulled the trigger and started blogging. It began as a “side views” of life as a music journalist and eventually became a little bit of everything in terms of how we entertain you over on the main site. At this point in time I am embracing the medium for my own writing and while it adds considerably to the workload, there are times when it can be a lot more fun to do than the focused and objective viewpoints that I offer up as music reviewer on the core site. Setting up a blog is also FREE and we all love that. You just need to create an account on one of the providers mentioned and you are good to go in the beginning of setting up your own blog. Historically viewing the PiercingMetal Musings blog, this was originally a free Blogger one, but now is what is referred to as a “self-hosted blog” which is in WordPress. I neglected to mention that before and I apologize. The reason for self-hosting was to capture all of ones traffic numbers but this need is not applicable to everyone. At the end of the day, it does not hurt to give it a whirl as its much better than putting your hard work all up on the social networking sites and risk losing control over it.
As the readers are already in our sites blog, we ask that they subscribe to our RSS and if they want to see the side blog which is more personal photography and touristy NYC life, then they can click the WordPress logo above to be taken to my PiercingKen.com site. For those who want to learn a little more about blogging on the whole, just click the Wikipedia entry right HERE.
PS: For those who think this might be something to do as well they need to realize and understand that its a very different geography from when I started my own (especially when its music related). One needs to constantly offer up content to remain viewed as “relevant” and doing three or four product discussions will not get you backstage to the Rush or Iron Maiden concert. You need to keep at it and not give up easily. A recent Technorati study cited that there were over 50 million blogs online today and that means that practically every topic has scores of people writing about it. This is especially true in the realm of music review and commentary. It’s how loud you make your voice that gets you noticed, well, that and a quality bit of copy.
One final thought on the blogging. It’s very important to leave comments on blog posts if you have the means to do so and can bring something of interest to the readers of the post. Don’t soapbox or lambaste the writer without a valid point of view as that will only get you reported or banned. It’s also useful to leave said comments with your own domain listed where you post your name. That can act as a traffic sign to your own work and potentially move you into a larger reader base.
I’d like to take a moment to step outside of the usual things that you readers enjoy on the Official Blog for PiercingMetal.com to share some news about my latest adventure in media. Please allow me to present for your blog surfing pleasure – “The PiercingKen Blog”.
Clicking the link above takes you to the blog’s very first post and while it lines out the plans, the premise and the reasons for which I launched it in its introduction narrative; I will give you a quick 411 just the same. The idea for this particular blog was to be able to showcase and share the other photography, ideas and things that came to my mind that did not fall into the PiercingMetal core site or blog focus. There were times where I have written things here that would have been better served up on something like the new blog, and now I have the place to put them without going too far in another direction. I also shoot photos of the world around me every single day and another reason is that it let’s me keep my photography and the rest from ending up on Facebook alone.
I will have dedicated accounts in both Facebook and Twitter for the new site where you can keep up with ease so come follow those by clicking the boldface text. I hope you enjoy what is to come on the site. I already know that I am going to enjoy sharing some different ideas with you on it.
Here we go again with one of the many mediums in the Social Networking realm that are there to choose from and how I am applying them to my own reach as a creative running a brand like PiercingMetal.com – This one is called Tumblr.
Similar to Twitter, the Social Networking tool of Tumblr is considered a micro-blogging site but it let’s you post a few more things to get your own personal message out. It also let’s you use more than 140 characters which appealed to me. When I first signed onto it, I was not sure how to use it to help the site as we already had a Blog of our own and a PiercingMetal focused Twitter account. With this being the case I had to admit that I was not completely sold on Tumblr but I created an account to “lock out the branding” ID of my site. I then connected it to these other accounts and pretty much left it as is. That works for me since I am not posting new writing to this as opposed to the main websites blog or core site. The cool aspect of it is loading in little videos and audio stuff if you so desire and its a nice added choice to the mix for those who for whatever reason do not like WordPress or Blogger accounts. Some of my friends love it, as it lets them be a little more creative than a Facebook or Twitter profile does so that is good since it works for their needs. As far as PiercingMetal is concerned its more of a “catch all” feed of existing things. If you are digging what we’re tossing out there we welcome your adding us to the people you follow. As the RSS feed gets a lot of different things on it, you should see new PiercingMetal site content on a very regular basis. At least that is what I think it will do.
I’ve enabled the “Ask Me” feature since I felt that was also interesting but please know in advance that belligerence, super negative vibes and any hater commentary will just be ignored as spam. You’ve been warned. I have no time for that kind of crap when there is so much other positive discourse to share. With “Ask Me”, the preference is to stick to Metal music discussion. I’m planning on adding my personal blog of Click the logo above to be taken to the PiercingMetal Tumblr account. From there you can “Follow” us and see our postings across a couple of different mediums. If you want to learn more about the company and get deeper details you can read the Wikipedia entry HERE.
UPDATE: 6/30/2010: I really don’t like to update existing posts with new information but this was a totally relevant thought for this topic so I had to. Back in May I launched a side blog called PiercingKen.com and this little site is a more personal side to my day and any adventuring that I do. Since Tumblr was already feeding my Metal Blog to the world I decided to let it import the RSS for the personal blog as well in case some of my readers want to see what I am all about in the more real day to day life. At this point in time it’s a growing experiment but then again so was PiercingMetal.com and I’m still doing that and the domain has just had it’s fifth anniversary.
UPDATE: 6/15/2011: As I mentioned when I first posted this little narrative so long ago now (a year is a lifetime in Internet after all) I was using my Tumblr account to automatically feed my blog posts, Twitter updates and Facebook Fan page postings from not only PiercingMetal stuff but also my PiercingKen.com site. This worked for me and let me have the presence hopefully increase the reach of my brand identities. A few weeks ago I noticed that none of my postings were reaching Tumblr and I had not made any changes to the settings. It seemed as though in an effort to “better handle their resources” that Tumblr has removed the ability to import any RSS feeds. I’m discouraged about this as I view it as a cop out and something that lets those who choose to use this medium down quite a bit especially if they had chosen Tumblr over something else. I did notice that my links were okay and that my Twitter feed still showed for some reason so I will be leaving the page around as opposed to removing it. I only hope that those who find me here choose to dig deeper into my site brand and enjoy what I have over there for them.
UPDATE: 7/15/2012: Wow, its becoming a trend in updating this particular Social Networking overview post but once again it’s an important notice. I will admit to you that since I last spoke aloud about how Tumblr was failing me as a creative, the rapid rise in many of my friends using it has found me being once again on point with it for the purposes of broader reach for the brand name. Gone are the RSS importing, so now it’s up to me to just past in a link when I do things. My head is in a different place about this than it was a year ago because while I am a little bothered by needing to attend to something else; we do have the page here so it might as well be used for what we are featuring on the PiercingMetal.com domain. Here is my plan: I now plan on posting links to the review content I add to the site with a brief description of what it is. The same will apply to both of my blogs and to make it even more interesting I am going to let my Instagram, Foodspotting and Yelp accounts get featured on there as well.
UPDATE 9/28/2012: I am a casual user of the Tumblr account and essentially just come to it to repost links in the same fashion that I do with my Google+ page and today I noticed that they have employed a similar practice to that of Facebook in terms of offering the writer the means to “promote their post” for a moderate sum. This has apparently been in place since late June 2012 but I never noticed it because I tend to go into automatic when re-broadcasting the links to the main site and blogs on these secondary mediums to the brand. I will say that I don’t like this at all and will never participate in it. In my humble opinion, the users of this angle should really investigate starting their own Blogger or WordPress accounts under their own domain if at all possible. Just my three cents.
Seriously, I really do remember how all of this began and I hope that no one minds my borrowing the famous opening line from Queensryche’s magnum opus “Operation: Mindcrime” because it was either use something profound as my lead off statement or be corny with something like “five score and seven beers ago”. Truly one can never go wrong with following in the footsteps of Metal greatness so thanks to Mr. Tate and the boys for giving me something to work with in this commentary as I reflect upon running this website for five years now. Continue reading PiercingMetal.com Is Five Years Old Today!!!→