Hello and welcome to AuxCordFM. If you’re reading this shortly after our early-October launch, you might notice that there isn’t a lot of quote/unquote ‘content’ for you to consume. Don’t worry, that will change soon.
Being here means you’re probably curious as to what the heck this site is, or at least what makes it different from every other music and entertainment blog you’ve visited over the last 10-15 years. This post will provide some answers.
This site is built with experimentation in mind.
The entertainment industry is evolving quickly, but entertainment blogs are mostly the same as they were in 2008. AuxCordFM hopes to be the antidote to complacency so prevalent throughout the world of entertainment blogging, especially where music is concerned. You are not going to see traditional news posts or reviews here, nor any photo galleries featuring every image a memory card was able to hold. Why? Our contributors care too much about the quality of their work to shovel out content for the sake of content. We know this isn’t the only way to attract and retain an audience and frankly, we think readers are hungry for capable of digesting quality long-form content.
The fact that you’ve made it this far in our welcome post proves that you’re the kind of reader we want. Here you will not be coddled or deprived of great writing that takes its time. There are plenty of music blogs that will push out press releases and the daily embedded content of note. We have no intention or interest in piling on, but rather offer something more consistently substantial.
With all that said, here are some things you can expect to find on the site as we move forward:
- Artist Profiles (for performers at every level)
- Essays on music, film, and entertainment at large
- Abstract entertainment appreciation (poetry, short stories, and more inspired by art)
- Music and film recommendations
- Beginner’s guides to scenes, artists, filmmakers, fine art, and writing.
- Commentary on culture, both serious and nonsensical
- Short-run, themed (print) zines
That last one is significant, and it’s the one we’re most excited about getting off the ground. For too long an increasingly small number of remaining print publications have dictated what is and is not fit to appear in print. As the market for mass-market magazines has shrunk, these publications have been forced to rely more and more on artists with large, well-established fan bases to sell ads (which, in turn, keep their lights on and bills paid). Our approach to zines will be different and follow a resurgent trend towards more discerning communities and curated content.
Each AuxCordFM publication will be themed, and the proceeds will be used to support charities and other non-profit organizations working to make the world a better place. More details on this, and much more, will be coming in the weeks ahead.
But how will you pay for this?
Good question, curious reader. The question of cash is one that has affected everyone involved with this site at one point or another, often preventing us from creating something we truly believed in. Covering music and entertainment can be a lot of fun, but those of us who have attempted to make careers out of our journalistic passions have quickly realized such goals are rarely achieved because of the almighty dollar. A writer has to eat.
With that in mind, AuxCordFM is launching a Patreon to cover initial costs of site operation. We may be hungry, but we’re also pragmatic. Our first goal is $20/month, which will cover hosting costs, as well as costs associated with launching our first podcast. Those who give as little as $2/month will receive access to a weekly wrap-up/recommendation newsletter and a personalized playlist from one of our contributors and know that they are funding a site they will actually look forward to reading.
Can I write for you?
Great question! We are currently seeking contributors who feel they have something to say or share about the music and culture that moves them. If you believe that describes your passion for writing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As mentioned above, our limited run physical zines will be sold through pre-orders. We will only be printing what we need to limit overhead while meeting demand. Being limited means that we have no plans to reissue a zine once its run in our forthcoming store has expired.
This site and the amount of content that exists on it depends entirely on our ability to make you care about the things we have to share. If you’ve made it this far, thank you. We have so, so much to offer in the weeks and months ahead.