Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SIART Decade

It recently occurred to me that I've been doing this blog for 10 years now. When I started in 2001 I was a relative newbie to the web. I used Yahoo's GeoCities as my first foray into audio blogging. The name of the page was The Rezidence. It was a lot of writing and a few mp3s. Over the first 4 years I really dug into posting, and enjoyed seeing my readership grow. By 2004 I was stymied by GeoCities' limitations and decided to switch over to Blogger, and at the same time decided to rebrand the blog. (A few years ago Yahoo shut down GeoCities, and I found out too late to save any of the archive, so the only evidence of The Rezidence is preserved as a few pages on the Wayback Machine.)

Silence Is A Rhythm Too was born, the name borrowed from a lyric by The Slits. I've been here ever since, with over a million visitors logged. Over the last decade my wife and I have had 2 kids. As the kids aged life got a little more hectic, time a little more precious. As a result I haven't always had time to post stuff. I might go a month without posting, but I have never given up. There has also been a shift in content over the years. Initially I posted what I wanted to. As the blog grew I began to get posts removed by Blogger due to copyright infringement, so I switched to posts that featured content sent to me by bands and labels. It has meant less of the personal posts and more of the corporate whoring. I would really like to get back to a bit more of my personality here, so I'm making that a goal this year with the blog. So, you might not get a free download anymore, but you will get some good opinion. Let's see if I can make it another 10 years!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael, for 10 years of exceptional music insight.

KiDG said...

More good years to come, mate! Keep on bloggin'...

BTW, have you thought of other sites? Wordpress is a bit meh but at least you won't get your posts deleted. I'm thinking of Posterous too...

popop said...

Congratulations! Love your blog. One of the best.

SILENCE MAGAZINE said...

Happy Birthday! we really appreaciate your blog a lot!keep up the great work! by the way, we just turned 1, we gotta loooong way to go!

Phil said...

Many congrats. I've been listening and reading SIART for 6 years at least. Invaluable!

Erik said...

Congrats! Enjoying this island of silence. :)