So that was it, I finally found the courage to end it and move on to some other, still undefined activity. I had been thinking about ending this blog for some time, as far back as last October actually. The reasons for stopping are simple: B & B (broke & bored).
I'm broke. I've now been out of work for 18 months and it's slowly wearing me down, psychologicaly and financialy. I feel like this blog is distracting me when I should be spending more time looking for a job. With unemployement at an all-time high in Europe I don't know if that's going to make any difference though, we'll see...
I'm also bored. This blog hasn't changed much for the past 2-3 years, and I don't see it evolving much in the future. I like it the way it is: the simple layout, the Grooveshark previews, the Bandcamp promotional posts. I don't see how I could improve it in any significant manner. If I had enough imagination to write record reviews I would have done it. But I really suck at describing music, music for me is more of an emotional than an intellectual experience, and emotions are personal. So, creatively, that's as far as this blog will ever go I think. And I don't see myself spending another 5 years endlessly uploading and reuploading.
This image was the original banner of this blog back in 2008. It was a simple 2-column template with the Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il at its top. The current banner with the headphones is taken from Superdrag's album Head Trip In Every Key and tweaked a little bit with Photoshop.
So what's coming next on this blog? Well, in the following months I will be doing some cleaning up and I will also be reuploading some vinyl rips. Quiet a few records were never reuploaded or were never uploaded as FLAC files (some of you will recall that in 2008 the maximum file size on file lockers like MediaFire was a mere 100 Mb!) So expect some of the early posts (circa 2008-2009) to be updated (I will make a list, don't worry). I have also been sent some live shows by the Sundays, some of them in lossless audio, so I will post these as well. And finally I still have around 20 records already uploaded but not yet posted, so expect them to be showing up here in the near future. Then that will be it, for good this time. I need a change of scenery.
And now, time for some boring stats!
Five years and six months, one thousand posts, that's (roughly): 105 promotional posts; 17 DVD rips; 11 VHS rips; 18 "pyrolysebred selection" mixtapes; 21 audio cassette rips; 277 CD albums or compilations; 113 CD singles; 35 miscellany; and the 403 remaining posts are mostly vinyl rips (and a few live shows).
It is also 26 followers, 1 troll and relatively few requests to remove download links (as far as I remember it was always because the record was being reissued). And also one DMCA complaint to Google/Blogger. Those riot grrrls really are angry!!
You probably have noticed a counter at the top of the righ-hand column of this blog. It shows a staggering 174,710 total views. Don't believe any of it, this is just to impress the girls. The download stats provided by some file lockers is a better indication of popularity. And those stats are a lot less impressive. Few records had more than 30 downloads, even less for the FLAC files. From what was uploaded on DepositFiles, at the moment the most popular file still online is... drum roll... this one! Who would have guessed? Then comes Poly Styrene and then The Wake. All in MP3 format.
According to the stats provided by Blogger, over the past 5 years, the overwhelming majority of visitors to this blog came from the United States. Which is a little ironic considering how much energy the US government is wasting fighting so-called piracy. Another example of a government waging war on its own people, nothing new there.
So thank you all for dropping by, leaving comments, sharing music. Thank you also to the record labels and bands featured here for not threatening to sue or kill me. I still believe that, under certain conditions, file-sharing has the potential to generate more revenues than what may be lost through sharing. 5 years of interacting with other music enthusiasts through this blog has only reinforced that belief.