Saturday, May 28, 2011

So Maybe I Don't Have Better Things to Do

A few months ago I broke myself away from this blog. The main reason I did it was so that I could focus on getting myself into grad school and spending more time with my family. I am the master of giving myself unimportant tasks and following through with them as if the world depended on it. The previous posts in this blog represent that exact thing. I was listening to several albums a day and really trying to think of interesting things to say about them. In the end I spent way too much time on something that didn't really matter. So I have reevaluated the way that this blog should fit into my life and here's what I came up with:

1) Nobody but me has ever read this thing. When the world is caught up in a sea of flames and apocalyptic horsemen I will still probably be the only one who has ever read it. This blog is a place to put my musical thoughts. It is a luxury, not a necessity.

2) I tend to write too much. I have always been the kid who has trouble with essay questions because I can't stop myself from writing multiple pages when other kids make do with a single page. I actually started a twitter account before realizing that a) 140 characters is way too few for writing a proper album review b) twitter is too current for my purposes. Blogs are a little more dated, which fits my needs perfectly c) I missed the twitter train and I don't really know how to use it effectively. Anyway, having written too much, the point is that I don't want to write too much for each album. I should just say what, if anything, I enjoyed about it and move on to the next one. Look forward to shorter entries.

3) I never know what to do with people. I would enjoy it if thousands of people were reading this and marveling at my fantastic music collection, but I don't want to invite any of my real life friends to read this, and I'm not going to be the guy who hits people up in an internet cold call trying to get them to read his blog. In many ways I am a hermit. I don't mind. I've thrown my thoughts up on the internet for nobody to read before and there's always some strange comfort in it.

4) The goal of this blog is for me to listen to every album I own and review it. I have spent so much time accumulating my collection and not nearly as much time enjoying it. I have always been driven by the desire to consume, but haven't really gotten around to part where I sit down and enjoy the things I have accumulated. If I feel myself being pulled from the task of enjoying my music, I reserve the right to shut this down. Who will care? We've already established the fact that this blog is strictly for my own use.

Anyway, I hope to take better care of this blog in the days to come, but if I dump it altogether don't act surprised.


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