It’s been a while hasn’t it? It’s funny how time drifts away when you stop paying attention. Having made a sort of commitment to get back on the horse and start writing regularly again after the internal reflection that was our 5th anniversary, we did very little.
Well, we wrote eight posts and then all of a sudden three months passed by, Christmas has come and gone and a New Year is suddenly upon us. We had a lot of plans for those last three months too, not just here at Alphabet Bands but beyond. In the end an unexpected but positive change in personal circumstances and a very busy day job effectively took our time and nothing came to fruition. We owe a few people some apologetic emails as a result and will be dealing with those as a priority.
While the day job remains very busy and fairly stressful, our personal life has settled down brilliantly and now seems as good a time as any to kick back into gear and get going again.
As the New Year signals a time of reflection, we decided to look again at what prompted us to consider the future back in September and think about what we wanted to do with the site.
One thing that struck us was just how much like practically every other site out there we had become. Despite starting out with something that, theoretically, would set us apart (our Alphabet) we never really focused on it and it soon became just a dusty page on the site that we never looked at. So, in the spirit of starting again, the Alphabet has been taken off the shelf, cleared out and the (now) blank pages readied for adding new bands too. As of now we will aim to make the Alphabet an annually updated list, starting with the Class of 2017. So that will mean 26 brand new acts per year, on top of all the other posts, thoughts, interviews (hopefully) that we will continue to churn out.
There will be other changes too, an intention to focus more on long-form writing and getting some in-depth interviews recorded (yes, recorded) with artists we have long admired.
That’s the idea at least and we’ve made a start. Our first new Alphabet Band will appear in the coming days and we’ve been listening to a lot of new acts over the festive period to find the best to share with you. First off, later today, we will have a quick look at some of our favourite tracks from the last 12 months.
As we love you all so much, there are a couple of last minute crackers that some of our blog favourites released at the end of 2016 embedded below for you to enjoy.
It’s good to be back.