I have been a little off the internet radar lately, and I must apologize for a lag in posts, emails, youtube videos and all that good stuff.
It has been a VERY busy time for me actually. I will quickly get you up to speed, and I promise to post & blog from the road over the next few months.
Here is the God’s honest transparent news update that I’d give you if you were drinking a coffee with me right now.
#1 – My Mom
Well gang, my mom is getting older and I’m the only family she’s got. August 2013 was basically centered around getting her into a hospital for the care she urgently needed. She is in rehab getting antibiotics for an infection that won’t quit.
This meant an unexpected overseas trip and seeing her daily for a few weeks. She’s getting better which is good news.
Now that her situation is normalizing, I can get back on track with the touring, planning, blogging and music creation. I’ll keep you updated.
New “Fingerstyle Favorites” Guitar DVD Shot & Edited
This July 2013 I shot the newest AR Guitar Instructional DVD – and realistically I am planning on a February 2014 release. Not enough time right now to get this pup out before Christmas.
It’s impossible to be on tour and also keep an eagle eye on the production side of things, so the DVD release is backed up.
As Holiday madness kicks in after my tour, I can curl up with a warm hot chocolate, a candy cane and get to the final production stages on the DVD.
It has songs that many of you asked for, hence the name “Fingerstyle Favorites.”
Lessons will be – “The Hippie Dance”, “Jill’s Song”, “Rolling With the Ashes”, and “Harlem”. I’ll also have to think about which free bonuses I can add on.
Youtube – Lessons & Originals will be my focus in 2014
For now gang, I will be focusing on lessons & originals on Youtube.
Artistically speaking, I have a ton of covers – many of which I have not even played live. These covers have helped get the online eyeballs, but my inner musician & composer now needs an outlet.
Practically speaking – I never know which newly uploaded cover tune could get flagged for copyright infringement and put me in bad standing on Youtube. I’d rather not flirt with that.
It may be a slower go with originals, but I don’t need a gazilion more views…I need to fulfill my soul, and create content that I own!
Web Security, WordPress and all that Jazz
I have always hand coded and administered adamrafferty.com (since ’96) and for over a year have been looking into a facelift and better functionality – especially something “responsive” so that my site wil look good on tablets & phones.
I painfully learned that WordPress (for websites) is very insecure and a #1 target for hackers. Look on youtube, you can see how they do it!
This sucks, as I had been re-vamping my site using Genesis & WordPress. WP is awesome, but very vulnerable.
In any case, I have found myself becoming a student of this stuff and appalled at how people “hack” others sites for fun.
It’s time to stop writing my own code. I don’t know if I am sold on Bandzoogle or Hostbaby as I am a snob for certain features. I want a good looking site that is bullet-proof and easy to maintain – and get THIS blog you are reading under the main domain of my website.
Marketing Activities 2014
I spent a good deal of time this summer studying something called “marketing automation” which offers the promise of closing more sales, but basically it’s an oh-so-advanced spam machine.
Then I started getting pissed off when I’d do a google search and suddenly have ads (related to the search) blasted at me within minutes. It’s not clever, it’s annoying.
Spring Tour 2014
Just today I have started looking at March, April May 2014 and taking gig offers so it’s been a morning of admin work and emails – but fun ones. I get to see my musical family once a year and make the rounds.
Life is good, and I thank you unendingly for being a friend and fan. I have the coolest job in the world – I play music, travel and see my friends.