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 contact [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 and designate whether you want it to be left aligned, full width or right aligned.
Listed below are the formats we support:
SoundCloud (example: https://soundcloud.com/radiohead/sets/radiohead-tkol-rmx8-1)
JPG, PNG, GIF (example: http://nodep.thoughtrefinery.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/59.jpg)
Note: For all of the above, use an URL not an embed code
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.
How do I include images in my article/review/interview post?
Main Image: This is the lead image with the piece -- it's what will show up in the blurb that leads people to read your full post, meaning it's the image that accompanies the intro text from your post wherever it appears in any listing on the site, including the homepage. Even though, in the post editor tool, it shows up as a separate entity, when you preview or publish, it'll sit inline with the test, aligned left, at the top of your post, just under the headline.
All Other Images: Due to storage, site organization, and a few other factors, you cannot currently upload an image from your computer into the body of your post (except for the main image). You can, however, embed other images into your post either from our image gallery or elsewhere on the web, providing that the image URL ends in .jpg, .png, or .gif. (There are exceptions to every rule, but this is true for almost every single photo you might want to embed.)
To embed an image from elsewhere on the web: click on the button at the top of the post editor that looks like a small filmstrip. This is the "embed media" button and allows you to embed photos, video, and sound files all through the same method. Simply paste the image URL into the box this pops up (or the YouTube or SoundCloud URL) choose whether you want the image to align right, left, or take up the full width of the text field. Then click "OK". The WYSIWYG field of the post editor will show a grey square for where your image will appear, or an orange square for where your SoundCloud or YouTube video will appear. When you preview or publish, you will see the image/media you embedded.
Note that, if you want to move the photo or media once it's been embedded, you will need to delete what you embedded and re-embed it where you want it to go.
To embed an image you've uploaded to the ND photo gallery: If you want to embed an image you took or that you have saved to your computer (i.e. it doesn't live anywhere else online that you know of), you can upload it to the ND photo gallery. Simply go here: http://nodepression.com/node/add/photo and fill out the form to add your photo. Once it's been uploaded, you'll see a field below the photo that gives you the photo embed code to paste into the "embed media" function back at your post.
We urge you to respect intellectual property rights and best practices by uploading and embedding only photos that you have permission to use. Record labels, artists' websites and publicity links are the best places to get press-approved images. Wherever possible, credit the photographer at the end of the post.
How do I receive email notifications if I want to follow a post or discussion topic?
Simply comment on a post and you will receive an email notification when anyone else comments.
Can I add a single as a Release?
No. At this time, our Album Releases area is meant for full albums or EPs containing a collection of songs.
However, if you have a single (Soundcloud track) that is part of a future album release, you may add it to your release post even if the album is not yet available. Just be sure to add all the proper information (title, artist info etc) and include the pending release date. Once the album is released, be sure to go back and add any link or other information that wasn't available before.
How do I become an ND Roots correspondent or get a venue signed up?
ND Roots pairs writers across the globe with music venues in their community. We've created this special space on No Depression so that we can be sure the best live music at the best venues in all the best Americana/roots music scenes gets covered.
Writers: Apply to be a No Depression correspondent here.
Correspondents are paired with a top venue in their town and commit to writing four reviews per month in exchange for access to shows at the ND Roots venue.
Venue managers: Apply to be an ND Roots venue here. (Login required. Please create an account.)
We want to partner with top Americana venues for the ND Roots program. ND Roots venues are prominently featured on the site and become an integral part of the ND community.
Here's how it works: If your venue is selected, we'll pair you up with a music writer in your town. In exchange for access to four shows a month, he or she commits to writing four reviews a month for publication in No Depression. You'll get a dedicated page on No Depression for your venue, which you can customize, and which will feature all your ND Roots reviews and venue information. (Here's an example.)
Fans: Contact us to suggest a venue. We love your ideas!