I have a website (www.catherineelms.co.uk
) which is dedicated to my music - I've recorded a 5-track EP which is for sale on the website, and I'll be recording an album this summer. On the website there's also a gallery, a page for gig information, etc. It's all very plain and functional.
Recently I've been considering selling my zines on the website too, and putting a link there to my blog
, just to make the website more interesting and personal. I've also found someone who is going to make the actual layout of the website more interesting, so that'll be good.
I like the idea of a personal website which is devoted to the author's artistic pursuits, especially www.deformative.net
and Clementine Cannibal's site
. It's awesome that these women show that their creativity is multi-faceted, and I find that quite inspiring.
My main concern is the quality of my zines versus the quality of my music. My music is of a decent quality (regardless of whether you think the songs are well-written) because I recorded them with decent equipment, and with great musicians helping out. I'm also hoping to do some gigs in the summer, so I'll be a "proper" local musician in my town putting a lot of effort into my music and promotion. My zines, however, have had more mixed reviews... I'm a better musician than I am a zinester, so maybe it's not a good idea.
I don't know. I'll be putting up recent issues because I've made a bigger effort with them and I'm happier with the quality (so #4 onwards), and I definitely won't be doing it for a few months anyway, because I want to have more than 2 up there. But I'm not sure if I should bother at all. Because if someone visits my site with the intention of buying the CD for £3, and sees a zine up there for 80p, then it's very likely that they'll throw that in with their order as well. And I don't know if my average zines will put people off, or will make me seem like less of a serious musician? Not that I think I'm any sort of amazing musician on the rise (I'm really not), just that if the zines aren't very good, does that make me less of a credible artist ("she might be able to write songs, but she can't write prose for shit
")? Or what if people think that putting zines up there is a way of making people feel guilty/gaining attention, because some of the writing in my zines is so negative?
So what do you think? Should I bite the bullet and do it anyway, or should I wait until I'm certain
that my zines are a decent quality before I put them up (so, say, in about 2 years' time)? Has anyone else done this? What was it like?