By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #92!
I'm an organist and a blogger. This combination has changed my life over the past 5 years.
I'm writing these words to you after a long day of teaching at school where I still managed to write a blog post in between of classes after lunch.
It's 9:39 pm. I'm ready to go to bed soon but I know my readers are waiting for me to show up in their email inboxes. That's a powerful motivation for me to write tonight.
If I remember correctly, I haven't missed a post in five years. Yes, sometimes I write them in advance and schedule them to be published later. But there's something new on my blog to read every day.
I do this daily. No matter if I'm tired, no matter what kind of weather it is outside, no matter how I'm feeling. Because I have long ago adopted pro mentality. Long before I became a professional blogger.
Mentality is everything. It gives me enormous rewards - as a person, organist, creator, artist, teacher, blogger, or thinker.
There are numerous benefits of blogging for any person. When you read a lot and you think a lot, the only way you can sort out ideas that are swirling in your head is through writing down and sharing them.
In my mind I'm joining the ranks of influential bloggers, such as Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss or Shaunta Grimes who think that EVERYONE on earth should write a daily blog.
For me as an organist specifically blogging has helped spread the word about my expertise, build trust and credibility.
If you're a concert organist, when you write regularly, engagingly and honestly about your organ playing activities, over time you'll increase chances of getting more invitations to play organ recitals.
Recently, among other places I got invited to play a recital at St. Paul's Cathedral in London (2018) and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (2019). I'm not bragging here. I just want you to see what's possible for you too.
Yes, you have to play well. But playing well won't cut it. There are thousands of organists who can play better than I do. But for some of my subscribers, I'm the best in their world.
This is because I show up. Day after day. With generous and inspiring words. If I can do this, so can you.
Don't try to be me, though. Because the world doesn't need two Vidas'. What the world needs is YOU.
Also when the time will come for you start looking for an organist position, you have to remember that the first thing that your future boss will do before they invite you for an interview is to google your name.
And what will they find online will determine their opinion about you (unless of course you'll be recommended by some people or sources they trust already). We call them influencers.
Blogging for organists will help to build their platform online. That's pretty empowering feeling, trust me. You'll no longer be dependent on your boss, if things go sideways.
You'll no longer feel helpless and worthless, if your pastor decides to fire you because you play your hymns too fast or too loud.
You'll have options about how to make a living in the future. One of the options might even mean being your own boss (even when somebody else is paying you).
I hope you will publish that blog post today before you hit the bed.
Your future depends on it.
I invite you to join my free 10 day mini course and learn how to get more organ recital opportunities in 60 days or less using my exact blogging system which got me invited to play recitals at St. Paul's Cathedral in London (2018), Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (2019) and many other places.
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By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
For the last 5 years I've been teaching people through this blog how to play the organ.
Through this incredible journey I met many wonderful people I didn't know existed, many opportunities presented themselves that I didn't now were possible.
I constantly meet people who want my help in teaching them about blogging what I have learned along the way so they could replicate my success too.
Let's face it. It's hard to start a blog. It's even more difficult to keep going relentlessly.
But the only thing harder than blogging for me is to walk around and meet people from all walks of life who are enslaved by their job, by their boss, who think it’s the way it’s always been and it’s the way it will always have be.
Who think they have no choice but to obediently follow instructions until they die.
But the world has changed and those middle men are losing their power (many of them still don’t understand this).
With the changes that technology has brought about, the power has been given to an individual, to a person who is no longer satisfied to be an anonymous cog in the machine.
For the first time in history, it’s possible for a person to do the things that truly matter.
So that’s what I’m going to help people with - to change their lives for the better with their blog by creating their own rules instead of following the rules of someone else.
I hope you will join me in my new Vidas Blog Academy.
I have written a report "Overcoming 12 Challenges Beginner Bloggers Face".
You can download it here.
As a result of my example, a few people have decided to start a blog about organ playing. I'm very happy for them because they help make the world a better place.
With this in mind, Francois has a question about blogging and intellectual rights:
"I know only about blog hosters who claim that the contents bloggers send are their property, or others that put automatically contents as free for all. Do you have recommendations about blog hosters that:
- grant intellectual rights of blog owner AND
- are not under GNU or other license?"
On my site everything is free to share as long as a person doesn't charge for it and gives a link back.
Links from other websites pointing to your own blog can be really helpful. So this could be the prerequisite for sharing information on your site.
It doesn't make sense to me to forbid people to share it because they will do it anyway.
In a connection economy, if you feed your network often enough, the network turns back and feeds you in many ways (in making a difference, in a community, in a privilege of doing work that matters).
But first you have to be extremely generous with sharing your ideas.
I hope you care enough to put yourself on the line.
[Thanks to Francois]
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Michael Hammer: "If you have something to say and you want to say it, then you don't really have a choice"
Welcome to episode 18 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
Today's guest is Dr. Michael Hammer, an American organist, pianist, composer, improviser, church musician, teacher, and a fellow blogger.
He is the creator of the blog "Pianonoise" and works as an organist at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, IL.
In today's conversation you will find out about Michael's experience of being a liturgical musician, creator of piano and organ music on the spot and in the written form, and also about what it takes to have a commitment to share stories on a blog about piano and organ music in a humorous and highly personal way.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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