Hey! My blog is one year old today! I’ve had over 29,000 hits in the past year which I consider pretty good considering I started off with about 15-20 a day and I’m not listed on Hype Machine (more on that later). I love the way it grows word of mouth style with people stumbling across it and some becoming regular visitors. Time to say a few thank you’s...
First JC AKA the Vinyl Villain. I contacted him when I first discovered mp3 blogs to ask him to re-post Paul Quinn and Edwyn Collins’ brilliant version of Pale Blue Eyes which he duly did. As a thank-you I sent him a copy of Fingerprintz Dancing With Myself when I got my USB turntable and had rescued my records from the cupboard at my mum’s house. He advised me to start my own blog and said “Your life will never be the same again” which I took to be a slight exaggeration. But it’s true, isn’t it?
When I first discovered mp3 blogs I thought it was all about getting free music so I checked Hype Machine regularly for stuff I might like without giving much thought to the content of the blogs. That changed when I started this blog and started getting comments and exchanging views with other bloggers. You slowly get to know these people and want to hear what they have to say. For example, I look forward to Londonlee’s recollections of 70’s London knowing I’m as likely to hear a dodgy Bay City Rollers track as a great Motors song. And I find myself listening to music new to me because I value the judgement of the bloggers I read. You don’t always like it but what would be the point if we all liked the same thing and had the same records/CDs? I sometimes visit Davy’s brilliant blog to find he’s posted another jazz song and I hate jazz with a passion, but I’m a secret prog rock fan so who am I to complain? I want to read what he says and I love the soul and funk posts. Similarly, Steve’s Festive Fifty posts; your never going to like all the music he posts there (he doesn’t like some of it himself) but you have to applaud his style and enthusiasm for his subject and he’s an all round great guy. If you’ve exchanged messages with him you’ll know this.
That brings me on to the whole ‘community’ thing. You meet some really nice people on the blogosphere, except you don’t actually meet them at all, do you, but I consider them friends. People who read your blog and take the trouble to contact you and say “you might be interested in this..” I’ve got some great music from Davy and Planet Mondo like this.
Here’s a quick roll call of people I want to thank and recommend:
The Vinyl Villain who’s blog was the initial inspiration for this one.
Davy, who has contributed to this blog more than anyone else.
Steve, whose blog is a labour of love which is what makes it so readable.
Iain, who I think must have the best record collection in the world.
Londonlee whose posts have such resonance for people of a certain age.
Jon from the other side of the pond who somehow manages to post every day when I struggle to do more than a couple a week.
Crash, who inadvertently turned my most personal post into one of my biggest hits when he linked to it from his blog.
TutuVicar who disappeared for a while and then returned.
Planet Mondo, for reminding me that I actually used to really like dance music.
Kippers and Spike over at Too Much Apple Pie for making the blogosphere fun.
Mick, who annoyingly often posts songs I was planning to, but that’s the reason I like his blog.
The guys at The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party. A great site and when they feature this blog the hit counter goes up.
Ian, whose posts I have to read when there’s no chance of being disturbed to really appreciate.
The now defunct Retro Music Snob whose links to my blog really helped it to grow.
Finally, everyone who has taken the trouble to read this and leave comments in the past year, with a special mention for Dick Van Dyke whose comments on this and other blogs always make me laugh.
So what song should I post to celebrate my birthday? I’ve chosen this one because it led me to discover mp3 blogs about 18-months ago. My brother and I found we had been listening to lots of old progressive rock so we made a CD for each other. The one he made for me featured a song by a band called Pacific Drift that I liked so much I Googled them to find more info. This linked me to a blog called ChrisGoesRock, which had previously featured a Pacific Drift album. From this I found Hype Machine and The Vinyl Villain and the rest is history. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s a prog band. It’s only two minutes long and it features some great harmonies.
mp3: Pacific Drift - Tomorrow Morning Brings (1970)