This month Lyrically Addicted celebrates its one year anniversary.
It’s an incredible milestone for me, because if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how this project was going to play out in the long run. I have a tendency to throw myself into projects with enthusiasm and complete commitment…until things start getting hard. And it’s true we’ve gone through some rough spots with the blog. The first month went great but then we struggled for the next few while I tried to find my footing. One of our original founding members is no longer a contributor, decreasing the pool of creativity we can draw from. We’ve tried countless times to institute a type of schedule for posting new content but nothing ever seems to stick. And on top of all of this, I work full time in retail which can be rather exhausting. Most days when I get out of work all I want to do is go home and curl up in bed with a book.
And yet here we are, one year later, still going strong. We now have a tumblr, a twitter, and a facebook page. The last few months we’ve gotten successively more and more views, and I’m thrilled (and slightly baffled) to announce that as I’m typing this we’ve reached 1004 views for this month alone.
So I’d like to take a minute to thank some people. This blog is a very personal and very important project to me. Music has always helped me feel less alone and it’s gotten me through some hard times. One of my favorite things is to meet other people who connect to music so deeply as well. When I started writing this I thought that there were only a few people to mention but it turns out there are quite a few so bear with me. I realize this is rather indulgent to do it this way – but it is my blog after all.
So thank you Vas, for co-founding this blog with me and for sticking with it through the ups and downs. I have so much fun running this blog with you and discussing music news with you on facebook. I don’t think I could have done this without you.
Thank you Ben Marwood, for being gracious enough to be the first person we interviewed on the blog. You are one of my favorite musicians, and though you might make folk music for angry people you’re really a sweet guy at heart. Thanks for staying in touch, it always makes me smile to hear from you.
Thank you to Jay for hanging out before and after your show with us and granting us our second (informal) interview. It might have been a small gig but seeing how much you love making music was really inspiring to me. Hopefully I’ll catch you when you come back around and we can drink cider together again.
Thank you to Gabriela for designing the logo for this website and making me some kick ass business cards. I may not have given out as many as I probably should have at Boston Calling but everyone I did give them to loved them. That truly was the best surprise ever.
Thank you to my family for supporting me in this (dad, mom, Drew, Millie, and the girls). You guys always make me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with my time instead of just perusing a hobby. So thank you for your unquestioning support. It means a lot.
Thank you Lauren for being cool enough to introduce yourself when I finally saw your band play in Portsmouth. I had a blast hanging out with you (and Jordan and Cam) at Boston Calling and you guys were amazing opening up the festival on Sunday. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next.
Thanks to Eric for all the random and ridiculous music conversations we have. Keep doing what you do, you really inspire me a lot with your passion.
And Ken. Can we trade lives for a bit? I love everything you do and I really do need to move to New York so we can take the music world by storm. Someday.
And last, but certainly not least, thank YOU. Yes, you, dear reader. I don’t know who you are, or why you are reading this, but it means a lot to me that you are. This blog is like my baby and I’m so incredibly proud of it. I can’t wait to see what happens next and I hope you come along for the ride.