Monday, June 08, 2009

Ring My Bell

The Triffids (featuring Rob Snarski) at the Perth International Arts Festival

This blog has been a labour of love and loath for over four and a half years now. It is always a time consuming process to manage the posts, researching bands or contemplating gigs, choosing and uploading photographs and writing the posts.

In that time Something Old, Something New has received over half a million hits, a (small) number of thoughtful emails and comments, an equally small number of emails and comments slightly less thoughtful, far too many emails with nothing to do with music or what is posted here and a handful of downright rude emails and comments. This is my blog and I choose which comments are posted.

Writing this blog also enabled me to purchase tickets to The Triffids show at PIAF after they had sold out, thanks to Mr Graham Lee.

But apart from that I haven't received anything for the many hundreds of hours which this blog has consumed ... all by my choice I admit.

Recently I received a rude and nasty email deriding the quality and composition of the gig photographs taken by me and posted here, referring specifically to The Triffids PIAF event.

A day or so later I was advised that one of the very same photographs were shortlisted to appear in the online tourist guide Schmap.

I have had a number of other photographs taken around the world published in Schmap, but it was nice to receive some recognition for the blog content, particularly in the light of the amount of negative and neutral responses generally received.

This photograph has since been accepted and published in the Schmap guide ... it's here if you're interested.

January 2010 will be the fifth anniversary of this blog and most likely also it's demise.

It appears that most visitors are only in search of free music, and the tracks which I post are usually rare and always very short lived ... many of the emails I have received are requests for the re-posting of songs ... if you missed it the first time around, then it's too late, too bad. I'm more about posting information on and links to the bands than their music. And that's another reason for taking a step away.

Something Old, Something New will remain online as an archive of links and references, particularly for some old bands from Perth which otherwise have no online presence, but there won't be any additional posts.

In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying the music which rocks my world. There's still some life in the old boy yet, but the tinnitus is setting in.


Blogger Chris said...

Leechers don't seem to realize that the blogging is often done for comments. It's sad really. I don't even get thanked for my most downloaded albums. Four years is forty in blog years. Well done!

Sat Jun 13, 07:37:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for everythng you have ever posted - your blog, along with a handful of others was the reason why I started They Called it Good at the Time and the comments you have made here are also the reason why that blog never saw it's third year.

I hope you continue until the time that you feel it's time to finish - until then I will continue to check in and find some great music and interesting insights

Thanks again


Mon Jun 15, 08:19:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn! i think you deserve a meddle and im sorry to hear that you get so much negative feedback, a true artist and lover of music deserves more. i cant give you a meddle so ill give you this. hope you enjoy it.
best regards matt

Tue Jun 16, 09:16:00 pm  
Blogger MCCRIT said...

"Don't let the Bastards you down!" - Kenny Loggins (to Snead O'Conner after she gets booed off the MTV Music Awards)

There will always be naysayers, ask any great artist....there will Always be nayseyers, so do what you love, because you have to.

I've enjoyed the site...hate to see it go, but just understand, there ARE silent fans that always watch, however apathetic that may be, its just the way it is....keep doing your thing as long at it fufills its purpose and your enjoyment....

Good luck

Tue Jun 16, 09:37:00 pm  
Blogger Michael said...

hey everyone

thanks very much for your kind and generous comments

life continues whether we write about it or not, as does the music

hope you all find the tunes of your dreams

Wed Jun 17, 03:06:00 am  
Blogger jonderneathica said...

I will be sorry to see you go.

Tue Jun 23, 04:28:00 am  
Blogger Michael said...

thanks Jon

it's great to see that underneathica is still going strong!

everyone should check out Jon's excellent music blog

Tue Jun 30, 01:19:00 am  
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