For those new (and old) to the blog, I thought I’d give a brief summary of the blog, why I’ve returned to it, and what can be expected…
Triggered by an appetite to write, boredom and nerdiness, I started the blog in October 2018 with a mournful piece about The Fall that I’d written for a university magazine months earlier. The blog was active for about six months before my interest began to wane. University demands had started to grow and I was on the cusp of starting a full-time placement year, meaning an entry in to the tediously draining working world of the London Nine-to-Five.
I returned to writing in January for my blog 2019 Unwrapped, a response to my abject failure to seek out new music last year. While this afforded me new listening experiences, the posts were simply not being read, and motivation quickly dissipated for this too. I will concede, however, that it was extremely optimistic to expect readers of my previous punk-based blog to want to read a piece about Lana Del Rey or Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, for example.
And so, while discussing sharing writing online with my friend, I learnt that my posts on this blog from twenty months ago were still gaining more reads than anything I’d published on 2019 Unwrapped this year. A couple are on the brink of 200 reads this year, which, for a totally inactive blog, I felt was enough to justify the resurrection of Oh! Blogger!.
This blog had a particular focus on punk and post-punk which mainly centred around an unhealthy obsession for The Fall, the greatest band to ever exist. While I think future posts will continue more-or-less down this path, I am keen to diversify my output. I’ve ventured into previously unexplored listening territory over the last year, finding an affinity with the euphoric Underworld, the beauty of Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock, and the growing wave of imperious female vocalists, led by Nadine Shah, Fiona Apple and Angel Olsen.
In a bid to properly start diversifying future articles, I’ll be posting a run-down of some of the music that has stuck with me over the period of inactivity. How it will be structured, ordered, executed (etc) I have no clue, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
For now, have a browse through the Artist Index page and check out some of my old articles. Activity is always appreciated hugely by myself, and I’m eager and excited to go down a new avenue with the blog!