Yay… Happy Birthday me.
The last twelve months haven’t been the best, and right now the next few months are looking much the same way. For that reason, today seems to be a normal day more than anything else.
One thing’s for sure though – Alfitude will keep going for as long as I can keep it up because there’s just too much joy that comes from discovering new music. And even more joy when that music is shared amongst loved ones such as yourselves.
Long live new music!
Half a decade ago I started this site with no clear aim on what it should be about, or for what purpose. I was a bit down and bored with too much spare time and not enough fun.
In time as I’ve learnt more about myself, I’ve come to realise that discovering new music – or music as a whole – is something I just can’t do without.
I didn’t care how cool, or current, or how unfinished, or how dated something sounded. If I connected with it then I didn’t need anyone to tell me that what I was listening to was good or bad, right or wrong.
I started to feature sounds before most people had heard them. It didn’t matter what genre they were. I just posted what I liked. And I just kept going. Over the years the followers started to grow and I came to learn that I am not the only one to think this way about music.
That is what Alfitude has evolved into. I’m not the biggest music site on the web. But I know that when it comes to the followers on here- there’s a real love for music.
I’ve seen unsigned talent get featured and have the deals they deserve, and that’s an awesome feeling.
I’m sharing some Robyn with you in this post for a reason. These past twelve months have been the hardest for me, and only recently have I started to think with a clear head again. ‘With Every Heartbeat’ had randomly appeared on a shuffle two weeks ago and something in me changed; a new level of optimism that I wish I could share with you all. I’d never quite felt anything like it before- it was as though the world was trying to tell me a message. And I haven’t felt the same since.
That’s what music does.
Thank you everyone for following Alfitude all this time. None of it would have existed without you and the passion that you share with me. There are no plans for any of it to stop. In fact, it feels like a new beginning…
The screenshot above was my inbox last night. I check my mail every day after I finish with my office job, going through each one until I hit ‘0 Unread Messages’. I’ve been getting around 142 emails a night for a good while now. Emails from amazing fresh talent, PR reps that put a smile on my face, and record labels who are always interested to hear my thoughts on new signings.
It’s not easy going through 142 emails every night. And I do go through each one I get sent, because missing out on a good track or band would break my heart. And some nights I’m so tired that I’m struggling to stay awake. But I still click my through, hoping to hear the next ‘big thing’. And occasionally, I do. It’s such a buzz sharing music I love with you all, and it’s also neat that so much of it comes to me.
So anyway, four years ago today I started this site from boredom. And it’s practically become an obsession that has made me aware of my purpose in life. A big part of it’s success has come from you connecting with me, which is something pretty awesome.
I’ve made Alfitude my number one priority this year, and I’ve already got some big news which I’ll release once I have everything finalised. In the meantime, thank you, I really do love you all.
Check out this new info graphic (featuring yours truly) by Neo Mammalian Studios. Interesting to look at!
Alfitude is three years old today. I can’t really believe it sometimes, when I look and see that half a million of you have popped by over these last years. There’s so much more to come.
And to all the artists I’ve featured, the labels and PR’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with so far, thank you for showing me so much talent.
Love you all. Have a cupcake on me.
Alfitude is nearing another year of existence. It’s the longest surviving thing I’ve made and managed to not destroy and I’m pretty proud of that.
This time last year I started Alfitude with a crappy little post I wrote up after being a bit bored and having too much wine. I didn’t know what it would turn out to be, or whether I would even keep working at it. One year on, I’m having way too much fun blogging away. Thank you to all the artists who’ve been in touch, PR and labels… It’s awesome working with you and I’m so excited about the year ahead!
Our first day online only brought in 4 people. We’ve come a long way since then (as of this morning we’ve had a total of 34,722 hits since we started, and we’re averaging 300 hits a day now), so keep telling your friends about us- join the Facebook group if you haven’t yet, and if you want to be featured let us know!
Thank you for checking Alfitude out, I love you so much. Cake time!
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.
In 2010, there were 363 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 479 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 422mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.