I've Quit Podcasting and Some Other Things

Hi, it’s February 9, 2019.

After nearly 15 years, I’ve decided to quit podcasting. It’s run it’s course.

Along with the 145 shows I’ve produced, I released one final podcast yesterday, a lengthy megamix of various tracks I’ve released or produced recently, but it and the rest of the available archive will disappear after February 28th.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been using Libsyn to publish podcasts. I’ve enjoyed using their service and would recommend them to anybody else thinking of podcasting. Prior to that, I self-published.

Now for Some Other Things…

I’ve also decided to leave an online forum of musicians who, more or less, work in more avant-garde/electronic genres. It was fun for a while, but it’s grown tired as the number of contributors has expanded.

Some people don’t want to do any heavy lifting with their art. It’s easier to just be snarky at encountering relatively constructive business advice. If you have major envy issues, or expect the world to fall at your feet, then you should really get that dealt with before stepping foot into the world of The Arts.

For me, publishing music, sound, and paintings is a way of living, not a contest or race to be won.

I’ve been lucky in recent years that some of the recordings I’ve published, mostly under pseudonyms, have done well on the various streaming services since late 2016 to early 2017. It’s not “quit your job money”, but it’s enough where I’m now using a tax professional and taking their advice. After 15 or 16 years of releasing sounds, it’s a nice problem to have, and I’ve learned a lot about what I should be doing on the “business side” of the music industry. But sharing that knowledge, even at a high level, to strangers online is a bad idea. It’s not like we’re sitting around a table at a restaurant or having a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation. And that’s the problem with “social media” - there’s no context - there’s no human algorithm involved.

Mark Rushton Writing

Hi, it’s Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. Is this microphone on?

I moved my web site from hosted WordPress to Squarespace in the past couple of weeks. I am glad to be moving away from WordPress, which I had used and never liked for over a decade. Squarespace is nice. There was a slight learning curve, but then I quickly figured out the basics.

What am I going to do with this site? I’m a painter and recording artist, so I’ll be displaying paintings, grouping paintings into galleries, writing about the art, and writing about the music and sounds that I regularly publish. I’ll soon have a store for certain paintings and artworks.

Once thing I like about Squarespace is the Events page. It’s good for announcements, and that’s how I treated my “blog” on WordPress in the past. If you want to be more passive about announcements, sign up for my monthly-ish email newsletter. If you only want to know about music and sound releases, follow me on your favorite streaming service.