Hey guys, I see some really good points being made here. I can only agree with most of them, but I would like to add a little 'twist' into the discussion (nothing serious, but simply something to consider). Obviously, as most know, artists essentially want to be acknowledged and appreciated through their creations...that may sound slightly cheesy but guess what? It's true.
I think we can all agree that at some point or another we have all said "Ah man...I really wish people would listen to my music more!" We don't all say it out of hopes of being famous (though some do), we simply want the chance to be recognized for what we create.
In fact, it wasn't until very recently that I finally decided it was time to start up in the forums here and talk with other musicians/artists (along with writing more reviews). I just felt that I had to start having more of a presence by participating and sharing my own ideas. By nature, I'm quite shy (even on the interwebz...yeah that's odd I know, don't judge :P ), but even so I am reluctant to post this very message because of that fact. Yeah I make music, but I don't always want to discuss with others due to a variety of factors. For those who are like me, and I'm willing to bet there's a few, there are times where we have nothing substantial to say at the time. In my case, I had to observe and read what people say around here for the longest time to gauge what it would be like to converse around the site. Hell...it took me over a year to finally say anything on here! Hahahaha! :D
Anyway enough about me...this is getting too long and I'm willing to bet there are a few 'TL;DR' faces happening. My main point is that it takes a bit of courage to want to make your music heard regardless of the site you post it on. I commend everyone who posts their stuff in the audio portal (except for the obvious trolls but anyway.....)
P.S. If I have offended anyone (hopefully I have not) then I apologize! Apologies for the long post.