Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's been FOREVER, and my apologies

Hi there, folks.

Like so many bloggers, I'm afraid I let my blog go dark for a long time there.

The reasons were many. First, I've just been so busy with real life. Honestly, since my job has me at a computer for so many hours each day, it gets difficult to want to sit in front of a monitor during my free time. Second, a lot of the music I've been listening to the last year or so has either been stuff I've blogged about, OR is new stuff that I haven't really digested. I try to be a reasoned opinion giver, having taken the time to let music settle with me before I give opinions on it.

The third reason isn't as fun or even as understandable, perhaps, but it was a factor in my taking a break: I was getting so many requests from people who just wanted links to the music I was discussing. As I've said since the beginning, I don't provide downloads. I strongly encourage everyone to buy music, or to go through sites where artists and companies get compensated when the music is enjoyed (be it Spotify, YouTube, etc.).

With this third factor, I was feeling like my words were often being ignored as people just looked for download links. I LOVE music discussion, I enjoy the opinions and contributions of other music lovers, and I just lost a lot of enthusiasm for sharing my thoughts when they so often seemed to take a back seat to people who wanted free tunes.

I don't know when (or if) I'll return to active blogging. I've been contributing a music column to the place where I work, so I still have that outlet.

Please understand, I'm not blaming others for why I haven't posted. Really, the first reason is probably the biggest factor overall. A blogger can't complain about the audience he or she has, and I appreciate the heck out of everyone who visits my li'l nook on the Internet.

I've gotten some really nice comments and feedback on the blog in the last few months, even though I haven't had any new posts in quite a while. I've appreciated all of that! Maybe it'll be time soon to start cranking more music stuff back out on The Regular Record.

We'll see how it goes!

My best to you all.

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