Sorry if I'm bumping this one but I didn't see it pass and I'd like to have my 2 bits on it.
I've been on NG since the beginning of 2009. Not long I know, but here's my feeling about it.
I came here because somebody showed be incredible music on the website and I thought "jeez I should put my music here too". Than I realized there was a Forum... "Even better" I thought.
LJCoffee pre-approved my account in like 1 hour. I was freakin happy and started posting our music and started writing on the forum. Chron was probably the first to write a review on my first submissions. I was welcomed on the forums. Everybody was nice. Thx by the way! Even if I'm not a major poster, people are always nice and try to help when needed.
I know for a fact that you have to get involve in a community if you want to get known. I'm doing my best even if I have a REALLY busy life. I write reviews from time to time. I answer to those who review my stuff and I try to write on the forums more than just when I have a question for myself. I even participated in a contest and won 2nd place. Do I get more attention? Nope. I don't see more people reviewing my stuff or just plain coming to listen to it. And I consider our music pretty good. No it's not all typical stuff 'cause we try to do what we like and what we think is good music.
Do I care? Yes and no.
I care because the first reason I was coming here is to get comments on our music. I got some pretty good ones and I considered a lot of the suggestions people have made to create our last piece that will come out soon. All in all, I think I could say that I got at least 50% of the reviews that were constructive. But I got like an average of maybe 5 reviews per submissions. So yes I wish we had a little more attention, but in the end.... I don't really care 'cause I'm not here for publicity. I'm here to share our music, get to know more musicians, get feedback... I'm here because I love making music... I only wish people were just reviewing it a bit more so we could better ourselves.
Also, I think it's unfortunate that people don't go back to review artists they reviewed once and liked. I know I merely do it myself, but we should all do it! We should use the tools that our provided to use and care for the musician we like and help them grow and support them in there work. I think that personally I'll start doing it from now on to show a good example.
And to finish, yes the image that stayed in many people's mind about NG is bad. I've told many of my friends that I was posting my music here and they were saying don't go there, it's just porn, you'll get viruses... I convinced a few of them to come back and see a lot had changed but I realizes that for many people, NG isn't a nice place...
Ok... I'll stop here, but I had to say it.
Thx again for listening!