There is tons of traffic to be had

The thing is about internet traffic is that it is there to be taken, to be garnered. It won’t come to you easily mind you, you have to create regular content. It’s about being dedicated to creating content regularly, it always has been and it always will be.

Round 1: Bare Knuckle Blues Band

I’m a guitarist by trade, so to speak, having spent years gigging in various band, though my first ever instrument and musical experiences was on piano and keyboards. In recent months I’ve returned to playing keyboards in the Bare Knuckle Blues Band and I’m really loving it.

Here’s our first recording that we’ve called “Round 1″, all part of linking into the brand name. Have a listen and let me know what you think of it in the comments?

Hey Mum: And then he shat all over the carpet

Parenting

Hey Mum: And then he shat all over the carpet

Strange title? Maybe, but it’s true, it accurately reflects what took place today.

Our youngest is a mere 10 months old, he’s a beauty, a real cracker of a lad, but the poor bugger has been carrying a temperature for the last 24 hours now. So this leads to all sorts of interesting family dynamic changes as any of you parents will now.

Basically my wife was due to be working today, she is a primary school teacher, albeit in “supply” mode currently due to focusing on raising the kids. So at times like these we usually, and very gratefully rely on the grand parents, my mum in this case. So here is where the fun starts.

Mum is going on a lovely holiday this coming Sunday so we made a decision last night that we wouldn’t ask her to cover today as she could potentially pickup the germ that the lad has, he had started to be sick and doing an awesome job at projectile vomiting early yesterday evening. So we didn’t want my wife to not work either, cause we’re all about good relationships, so I decided to man the pumps for the day, I work for myself and ALL HOURS so I’m able to be flexible.

So wife was on duty yesterday evening with an ear on the boy while I was due to take over at 3am. Well the fella didn’t sleep well all night and sure enough at 3am he was on my chest trying to get some comfort and sleep. Bearing in mind I went to bed at midnight I wasn’t off to a splendid start to the day on three hours sleep, I mean fuck!! Sleep deprivation CHECK

Anyway, he crashed for a few hours and then I fed him a bottle  of milk about 5am, crashed again, and spectacularly threw that up with great might about 7am…  bed was soaked with vomit CHECK.

So now it’s 7:30am and the two older girls were up and ready for breakfast, down we go on the breakfast routine, boiled egg broke in the pan, egg white boiling over the pan CHECK.

Turn around and the lad had not only shit himself, but due to the liquid nature of it leaked a ton of it out of the side of the nappy. This was spread across the carpet in rather random pattern, smeared into the pile and layered onto several toys, probably over about a 6 foot area.. CHECK

Finally the girls get off in the school with the mrs, after 28 different requests to ensure teeth were brushed, hair brushed, breakfast eaten, shoes smart, tie straight, food money, book bag, coats on, socks, lost count here.. CHECK.

Things settled down after the hectic breakfast hour and I managed to beaver away as a house husband with great efficiency. I think I got through 6 washing machine loads, all out on the washing line and back in again and folded up including all the bed sheets towels etc. Swept the floor, did the dishes, tidied the lounge, toys away, another bottle made, fed the boy, put him to nap, ironed some shirts, cleaned the cooker..  and was like midday. I could go and on but I want to ask you one question:

Mums, how the fuck can you do this day in day out??

 

 

Sex or music, which is best?

Here is a recent picture of yours truly taken at a recent Bare Knuckle Blues Band gig. It’s quite a stunning image taken by the wonderful Bjorn Thomassen.

I like the image as I think it captures my emotion quite well, you know full on in the moment, verging on ecstasy…  well maybe not that far.  Someone once said if you enjoy music more than sex it is time to stop..  hmm or was that me?

Anyway, captions welcome, let’s have a bit of fun.

Chris Hambly Musician

Easter gigs

I’ve a couple back to back gigs this Easter weekend with the Bare Knuckle Blues Band. Should be a blast for sure, as we are fresh out of the studio having recorded 4 cover songs, as a prelude, and studio practice to an album (yet to be written). I’m excited by the prospect of writing songs again it has been a while, but once begun I find they ideas tend to flow pretty quickly.

Happy holidays to you.

Like a virgin

I recall very vividly visiting Plymouth as a kid in the late 70s and witnessing a mass group of punks hanging out around the local Virgin record store. It was clear, I felt it, I sensed the emotion that something really important, something big was taking place. Naturally I was not old enough to truly appreciate what that was, yet I knew this was fucking cool, and I had to have a piece of it.

As time went on I also become a punk of sorts, formed a band with three chords and yes, relished the anti-establishment culture that was rocking society.

I’ve always enjoyed Richard Branson’s outlook, his have fun at all costs attitude, his daring adventures and desire to break the stale mate.

You might enjoy this book too, it’s an easy read, in small bite sized chunks based around a chapter question.

Are you building your own network on your territory?

A strange title, but let me explain.

When we all started out on the Internet we all built email lists, forums, a network on our own websites, our own domains and databases. Yet as social has become the dominant force on the Internet the trend is for individuals and brands to instead utilise third party platforms for building out their following. The conversations between brand and customer often now take place on facebook, twitter, or G+.

It’s hardly surprising this has happened, we all tend to follow the crowd and go where the people are, and we SHOULD. Added to that these networks make it simple, absolutely easy for us to sign-up and feed on the crack of the networks.

The trouble with all of this though is that we are at the mercy of these networks, in so much that the following points should be a cause for concern.

  • we don’t own the data
  • we can’t directly monetise the data
  • we can’t generally back-up the data
  • if the platform sells, fails, dies, we could lose our community

My advise is to focus on building your community on your own turf as much as possible and use these third party networks to funnel in traffic  to your own territory.

What’s your view?

Bare Knuckle Blues Band Photo Shoot

Bare Knuckle Blues Band

I’ll have more of these coming soon, but thought you might enjoy seeing yours truly in this photo shoot for The Bare Knuckle Blues Bland. I’ll be honest with you I did find the whole thing slightly amusing and had a bad case of the giggles for a while. It’s so funny being told to “pose” this way and that way, which often feels uncomfortable, for me, anyway. However, the photographer Bjorn was so professional in this shoot, so hat tip to him.

What do you think of the shot?