I wanted to take the time to introduce myself. Like many other newcomers, I too have learned a lot and found inspiration just from reading all the content on this forum. You guys have been a valuable source of info and advice.
2015 is a great year for me. My son was born in February, I'm getting married on the 27th of next month and I will be taking my fiance's beautiful 5-year-old daughter as one of my own. More in regards to music, I've played the piano for 18 years and have been making beats for 11 years now. After 11 years of investing money and time studying and mastering the craft, I've finally made the decision to invest in the marketing side of the business, that is my website, Soundgine services and other things you may have discussed In regards to promotion. I'm kicking myself in the ass for not starting sooner, but I believe my time was well spent improving on my skill and product overall.
With the powerful tools available to me, hard work, time and dedication, and success stories from you and others I'd like to believe all things are possible. That being said, as a beginner in promotion, I've also felt discouraged of my situation. I've already mentioned my young family, which means, naturally, I will provide for them. I've been working a full time job and one part time job for over 5 years now. We're not hurting financially, but it is necessary to pay the bills, feed the family and pay for Soundgine all at the same time.
I apologize for such a long introductory, but I do have concerns you may be able to shed light on. Something I've read several times is that consistency is key. I agree that being consistent with adding new content (e.g. beats, how to's, blogs) for potential customers is important. Unfortunately, as you may already have guessed, I simply don't have time (any more) to, say for example, finish a new beat every week. Sometimes I'll finish one every other week and sometimes once a month, but I do get some downtime at work to write blogs, read this forum and tweak my website. I'm avidly searching for a new job that would replace both of my current employers so that I can make more time for a potential music career. I understand that I may not see hundreds or even just tens of dollars for a long time, and I don't expect to make a killing but I hope I might find something that works for me even while being super busy. Any advise you have for my starting out with a bit of a slower pace is appreciated, otherwise I have seen other threads on this forum that I can definitely pull useful information from. Although it's currently a small catalog of 3 beats and I just started last month, do check out Forte-Catalog.com if you have time to give me any pointers. I've been watching you all and will keep following everyone here to learn from your experiences while making my own. I appreciate you all. Thank you for reading this, and have a great day!