Well, you've wandered into the adventures of Audio Diva, a music blog that caters to and celebrates women in today's and yesterday's music scene. The blog is comprised of reviews, news, and muses, all of which are written in a vibrant, friendly, (and at times) humorous voice.
Who the heck are you? Are you Audio Diva?
My name is Jennifer Floyd. I'm a writer and blogger based in the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas. "Audio Diva" is my blogging nickname, still most people call me "Jennifer" or just plain ol' "Jen".
How long have you've been blogging?
I have been blogging on-and-off since the dawn of the Stone Age when Xanga and LiveJournal were popular, but this particular blog began in October of 2008 as Adventures Of An Audio Diva (now Audio Diva, for short). It was first created as a means to deposit thoughts about some of my favorite musicians after I found out I was annoying my family and friends with all my music nerd antidotes. Little did I know the blog would be the main launching pad for my writing career as well as keep me afloat in the insanity that is unemployment and the economic recession.
In its later years, Audio Diva swelled in its readership count and has matured (somewhat) into a professional music blogging site. In 2015, I decided to close down the original Audio Diva, and begin a second, newer version, this time focusing more on longer introspective pieces, as well as catering more to the female side of music. Though with some focal and technical changes the mission of Audio Diva remains the same as it was the day it was derived as it's an open, personal space to write about what's happening and what happened long ago in my favorite music genres.
What music genres do you cover?
It depends. I'm mostly a soul, R&B, and pop music fan so you'll see these genres covered more extensively than the others, but I do also dig hip-hop, rock, jazz, and really everything in-between. I like to surprise myself, and surprise my readers, as you'll never know what will pop up on here!
Are there any specific artists you cover more than others?
Yes...and no. If you read this blog long enough (or know me on social media) you'll see who I have biases for, but I know that sometimes your faves aren't everybody else's faves, thus I balance all the
I also love discovering underrated artists from the past as well as caping for new artists who are doing interesting things with music, so you'll see a lot of love for them here as well.
How much do you post?
I strive to post at least 2 to 4 posts a week. I am a freelancer so other writing projects, and life in general do elbow their way into the posting schedule so don't be alarmed when a week (or several) aren't fulfilled. I try to keep a loose vibe with this site as I feel it's like a journal in a way, a journal that I'm allowing to leave open for people to see :-)
Even though I do plan on certain posts (reviews, throwbacks, etc.) others are spontaneous as music releases are sporadic at best where some weeks are slow and others everybody and their mama is releasing something amazing. Thus, I suggest that you subscribe to the blog and/or follow me through social media so you'll always be informed of a new post from me always.
Okay, there are tons of music blogs out there, what makes yours so super duper special?
I'm fully aware that music blogging has become fine art and business bait now, but I assure you I strive to make Audio Diva be a fun break from the usual "stuffy" and minimalist music blog experience. So you won't see me kissing ass towards artists just because they are the "in" thing right now, or see me writing "Here's Adele's new music video. Her new album comes out in the next billion years. Bye." This blog is like a musical journal/diary, it's where I analyze, share opinions, and muse. There is nothing but love here...well, unless snarkily stated otherwise.
On the so-called "old Audio Diva" and you featured male artists...what's with this "women only" stuff? Are you some batty feminist now?
I discovered throughout the course of writing this blog that I was posting more about the women I enjoyed in music so it was naturally going to come to this, especially with a blog title like "Audio Diva". I am also a woman and believe that women music artists from past to present aren't properly covered at all in the music journalism/blogging world. I also believe that women who write about music are treated pretty crappy. If you don't believe me, I will direct you this. These things are why I write this blog --- to fill the void and hold a polished finger up to the nay-sayers. So yes, you'll just have to excuse my feminist rants from time-to-time.
Still I'm not batty and I have a whole 'nother blog for me to get all phenomenal woman on you, but Audio Diva is not discriminatory to male artists, I just make special cases, especially if a male singer/musician/producer/rapper whatever is featured with another woman then consider it posted. See, #notallwomenmusicbloggers.
Yeah, yeah, that's dandy, but what is an Audio Diva, exactly?
Audio Diva is you, it's me, it's everybody we know, it's the ocean, the trees, it's life...naw, I'm kidding, it's just a name. I wish I had a cool story over how I got the name for this blog...but I don't. One day the title just popped into my head, and it stuck.
I will say that I don't buy into "diva" being a bad thing or someone who is "temperamental" and "haughty". "Diva" often takes on a negative connotation because well...sexism. "Diva", to me, is a person that voices her stance with bravado, has her own special brand of style and class, and who gets messy and makes mistakes, but gets up and raises a polished middle finger to live another day. It's just that simple.
I'm a musician/promoter/all-around musical bad ass, can you talk about my music on your blog?
You wouldn't believe all the e-mails I get on a daily basis, and it is difficult to keep up and blog about each artist and trend that comes my way. I wish I could post every single song/artist I come across --- but I can't. I will say if you stand out and don't spam my e-mail or Twitter feeds, there is a larger chance of me getting around to talking about you or your client. For more information on getting in touch with me or conducting artist's interviews see my contact page.
I'm a writer/blogger, and I love what you do on your blog and want to be apart of the Audio Diva experience, is there a way that I can submit a guest post?
If you would like to submit a guest post, please send me a link to your site/blog and tell me what you have in mind for a posting. I prefer it if you have the post already written before you pitch me an e-mail me so things can go a bit more smoother, but if not, at least have some sort of tangible idea of what you want to write about before contacting me. For further guidelines and information please visit this page.
I like writing about music too! Can you give me advice on how to get started music blogging?
The best and quickest advice I can give you right now is to sit down and WRITE. Just WRITE and keep going, as your readers will find you, but you have to WRITE and you have to keep WRITING!
Do you write anywhere else?
I am currently putting together a freelance portfolio so you'll be seeing me around, but I do have a personal blog where I write about pop culture, books, beauty, fashion, feminism, and my daily (boring) life. To take a look, you can visit the site here.
Gosh, you talk a lot, anything else I should know because I gotta go...?
Well, thank you, I like talking --- but I do listen too --- so don't be afraid of giving feedback or engaging on the blog through the comments section as I'd love to hear what you have to say! With that, I'm glad you decided to pop in and join me on my many adventures through music :-)
- Jennifer (Audio Diva)