When I was fourteen, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to become a music journalist. I was passionate about music and enjoyed writing. I spent all my pocket-money on music magazines. I loved how the pages of a new issue smelled on the bookstore’s shelves. It was certain, I wanted to write about music for a living.
Growing up, I became even more passionate about music. Going to gigs became a habit; I spent my Saturday afternoons at my favorite music store; my friends and I even formed a band and I wrote about music online, thanks to this brand new tool that we called blogging or this website called Myspace. After high school, I went to college in the aim of entering Journalism School. And then, my plan collapsed.
It quickly became clear to me that professional music journalism was dying. Everything is online, everybody can pretend to be a music journalist, nobody needs to get a degree to write and get published. You can self-publish your writing and get a readership without moving from the comfort of your bedroom. Even my own media professor, a journalist, former editor, author of a book on online social networks, and recipient of a degree in Journalism told us that going to J-school was useless.
I got scared and lost. I was in my second year of college and had no idea what else I wanted to do with my life. As required by my school, I went abroad for my third year of college. From Paris in France, I am now in Oberlin, OH, USA.
The enlightenment arrived this year, a few months ago. I started to believe in music journalism again. OK, getting a degree in Journalism is no longer necessary. So, I focused on improving my writing, learning the ethics of Journalism and my enemy became my best friend. I thought online social networks killed my dream, but actually, they are bringing me closer to it.
I don’t necessary want to become a professional music journalist anymore. I want to get a job that will actually help me pay my bills. Hopefully, I will be able to do that in the culture sector. I am following another path, but it remains close to the previous one. With this blog, I just want to be able to write.
This is what this blog is about. It is me, writing about my passion for rock music, reviewing music and trying to practice criticism the best that I can. It is a learning process; the more I write, the more I feel like I am getting better at it. Hopefully, one day my writing will be as tight and beautiful as some of the journalists and writers I enjoy reading (Rachel Lux, Emily Zemler, Sara Marcus).
Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy reading this blog. I can only wish that you find things that spur your interest, satisfy your curiosity, answer your questions or make you want to learn more. If not, comment a blog post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try harder.