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.