Update: September 20, 2023

by | Sep 20, 2023 | News

I’ve been AWOL now for almost two months, so I thought it was high time I caught you up to speed.

What Happened?

As early as June / July, I knew I needed to take a break / holiday / vacation, whatever you want to call it. A getaway, sure, but more than that, time to lay in bed and do nothing.

I had plans to visit Seattle with friends in mid-August, so I dovetailed that little getaway into a two-and-a-half-week break upon returning to Vancouver.

But I have officially been back at “work” now for a couple of weeks.

In the last six days, I travelled from Vancouver to Calgary, played a gig, got together with family, had some project-related conversations with collaborators and stakeholders, and travelled back to Vancouver. And as you can imagine, I haven’t had time for a heck of a lot more than that in the preceding week.

How I’m Doing

The two and a half weeks on holiday were much needed, but I did not feel fully recharged afterwards.

There could be any number of reasons for that. For the time being, I’m planning to do a cleanse, but if my energy levels remain low, I will see a doctor also.

I’ve also got floaters in my eye from God knows what, but I’m not too worried about that.

Where Things Are At

I haven’t published anything anywhere for about four weeks (aside from tweets or guest posts). Now that’s an oddity for yours truly. Usually, you can’t shut me up!

Partly it has been a matter of pig-headed discipline. I’m more focused on getting Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook done than just about anything else, and honestly, I can’t think of a more “Big Domino” project than that at this time.

Another factor is my workload. Admittedly, there haven’t been many changes to it, but writing the equivalent of a quarter of a book per week (15,000+ words) does keep me very occupied. And while I do foresee a transition coming, for now it’s fair to say my plate is close to full.

Even then, you know that I’m not the type to sit around and wait for things to happen. Quietly in the background, I’ve been working on:

  • Gradually gathering all the clips, I want to share in episode 300 of The New Music Industry Podcast (this has taken far longer than I ever expected it to, even though I knew it was going to be a big project).
  • Making massive progress with the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.
  • Recording podcast episodes as ideas come to me. I’ve captured 45 episodes since May (yet unpublished).
  • Planning a live event for January and meeting with my team weekly to discuss the project. I’m actively having conversations about this project outside of our weekly meetings too.
  • Creating and dreaming up a ton of offers for Content Marketing Musician, which I plan to make my primary brand moving forward, though I have a few things left to do with Music Entrepreneur HQ. You heard it here first!
  • Figuring out how to leverage YouTube to the maximum extent possible.
  • Planning my next music release.

What’s Next?

Mostly the above – the book, the event, YouTube, music release.

You should expect to start seeing more content from me as well but understand that the projects I’m now engaging in require more from me than your average 500-word blog post. So, while I’m not ready to set expectations just yet, I will be sure to keep you in the loop as to what’s coming next (hint – maybe a new podcast?).

Thanks for reading.