Click on the questions below to get the answers to the most common concerns
How do I blog for ND?
First, you have to sign up (click on “Sign Up” in the top right corner of your screen). Once you’re signed up and logged in, click on “Post to ND” – it’s a red button in the top nav. Select what kind of blog you want to write – or whether you want to add a photo or video, or start a discussion – then fill out the form that takes you to. You can write your article/review/interview directly into that form, or paste it in from Word or some other program. You cannot upload a document and have it appear as a blog post. Once you’re done, click “save,” and voila!
How do I get my band's album reviewed on ND?
We don’t have a staff of reviewers. All our album reviews are posted by folks who are members of the No Depression Community and enjoy writing album reviews. You can contact one of them through their member page and ask them directly.
How do I promote my band on ND?
There are a few options. You can purchase ad space – it’s actually pretty affordable. (Email sonja at nodepression dot com for ad rates and other info.) Or, you can join the site and start writing about the music you love. We don’t allow overtly self-promotional posts, but we do welcome posts from bands who have a story to tell. Artists from all over the map, style-wise, have written for ND, including Chris Funk, Jim Lauderdale, Jolie Holland, and Shane Tutmarc. Check out their posts and contact our Editor (kim at nodepression dot com) with any other questions about what works here, for artist-written content.
Can I advertise myself, my services, event, or band in a blog post?
Technically you can, but we'll probably delete it. Because so many people come to this site searching for reviews, recommendations, and commentary, we try to keep the blog area free of items that are just show listings, links, or that look like advertorials. There are so many artists, venues, festivals, radio DJ's and publicists as members of the site that if everyone posted only links or self-promotional posts, we would become overrun with that kind of post and it would drive away many of the readers we have who are looking for more than that.
We also respect and appreciate our advertisers' willingness to continue to support No Depression, and we would be more than happy to send you information about advertising on this site (email advertising at nodepression dot com).
We also welcome your band, business, or other entity to participate in the community by blogging, starting discussions, sharing your photos, music, and video. You're welcome to create a member page that links back to your website or places where people can hear your music. But, if we see you've created a blog or forum discussion for no reason other than to advertise your goods or services, we'll have to delete it.
How do I get my blog featured on the homepage?
This is like the old joke: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!” Seriously, though, the posts that are featured are the very best posts. There’s no secret trick to getting something you’ve posted featured. But, even if it doesn’t get featured, it will still live on, listed among the reviews, articles, and interviews on those respective pages. People will still be able to find it and read it, share it on their social media, and comment on your posts. Not getting something on the homepage doesn’t mean it’s lost. We just can’t feature everything that’s posted.
How do I get a hold of [member name]?
We do not give out contact information for the people who post on this site. If you’d like to contact someone whose posts you’ve read here, click on their name at the top of their post(s) and then follow the prompts to “Contact.”
How do I pitch a cover story?
Cover stories run 5,000-7,000 words and cover a wide range of topics, from artist profiles to in-depth essays, music history and cultural trends, and so on. If you have an idea for a cover story you’d like to write for No Depression, pitch it to our Editor via email (kim at nodepression dot com). Include clips of pieces you’ve published before.
What if I've written a review for another publication, or for my personal blog? Can I repost it here, or should I just link to it?
You are more than welcome to post reviews on this site which have already been posted on your personal blog or with another publication (providing that other publication is okay with you reprinting it here). For the sake of making this a smooth and easy experience for our readers, we ask that cross-posted blogs be posted in full here rather than an excerpt with a link, or just a link. So that this site doesn’t come to look like a message board full of random links to other sites, we will delete any posts that are just a brief excerpt and a link to another site. If you do/are able to cross-post something you’ve written in full, please feel free to add a line at the bottom of the post that says "Originally written for [NAME OF PUBLICATION]", with a link to that publication or blog. We’d like to share the love and let people know that there’s more to this community than just what happens on this website.
Can I access this site from my phone?
Yes. Not only can you read all the great articles from your phone, but you can also upload photo and video direct to the site from your phone or tablet. Just click on “Post to ND” and follow the prompts for uploading photo or video.
Some content I posted on the old site is missing or broken. What should I do?
If there's a problem with any of your old content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where did all my music go? Can I post music on this site?
Due to various legal issues and other complications, we decided to forego allowing music file uploads on this site. For these same reasons, we did not move any music from the old ND website onto the newly redesigned site. Luckily, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Vimeo make it very easy to embed live and recorded music into your posts on this site.
To embed a Soundcloud, YouTube, or Vimeo player into your post, click on the icon at the top of the text editor that looks like a filmstrip (if you mouse over it, it should say "Image or Media"). This will pop up a window where you can paste embed code from these services.
Can I edit the HTML on my post?
No. We do not allow users to edit the HTML on this site. If the layout of your post is broken, please let us know at email@example.com, and we will work with you to get it fixed.
I'm having trouble logging in. What am I doing wrong?
As of Aug. 8, 2014, we migrated all existing ND accounts onto this site. If you were a member of the old ND and would like to log into this redesigned site, your username should be the same but you will need to create a new password if you want to post, comment, or participate in the community. When you arrive for the first time, click on “Log In” in the upper right corner, and then click on “Request New Password.” Follow the prompts to reset your password. Unless you forget your new password, you should only need to do this once. If you have any trouble at all accessing your account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the HOME button?
You can always get back to the home page by clicking on the large NO DEPRESSION logo at the very top of the page.
If you want to embed images, audio or video into your posts, you can use our custom embedder. You just need to enter a Url, give it a style and you are good to go.
Listed below are the formats we support:
- JPG, PNG, GIF
- Vimeo (example: http://vimeo.com/101912164 )
- YouTube (example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_CKeb2gPQ8 )
- SoundCloud (example: https://soundcloud.com/radiohead/sets/radiohead-tkol-rmx8-1 )
NOTE: You should enter the Url, not the embed code.
We plan to increase our format support in the coming days.
Why doesn't my video work when I share on Facebook?
If you've tried to share a video on Facebook, and it didn't work, send us the url of the page the video is on and we'll fix it for you.