Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What now?

Setting the Woods on Fire is now entering its third phase of life as a blog. First I had to figure out how to work everything (i.e., html, hosting, feeds). Then I had to get noticed (i.e., elbows, hype machine, links). Now that I can work the controls and have a fair amount of readers, it's time to figure out what I really want to do with this blog.

My plate is pretty full these days. Like the man said, I've got chores to keep me busy (house), a clock to keep my time (work), and a pretty girl to love me with the same last name as mine (family). So what's the point of adding a time-consuming blog to the mix? Well, it’s a lot of fun. I’m learning more about music, and I’m getting in touch with great music fans and musicians. Maybe a few of you have even discovered some new music in the process. [Please let me know if you have. It would make my day.]

But I don’t want to feel obligated to feed the blog every day or two. This project will stop being fun when it becomes just another chore hanging over my head. So my new plan is to do fewer, but slightly better, posts. I want to spend more time digging deeper into things so that I can provide more thoughtful information along with the music. For example, I've been studying the work of Clarence White over the last few weeks, in preparation for a post about his career. It's an interesting story that I'm learning more about myself. But I can't just slap it together.

Don't worry, I’m not going to get thoughtful on every post—especially if I’ve had a few glasses of wine. (Or whiskey.) But I am going to try to step it up a notch.* So please be patient if you see a chunk of days go by without a post.

Now for some music:

The International Submarine Band – Blue Eyes (buy album).
Guy Clark – Come From The Heart (buy album).

*Disclaimer: Actual improvements to the quality of this site may not be readily observable to the untrained eye. But they will be there. Just take my word for it.


Ramone666 said...

Take it easy Paul, but hey, it´s too late to stop now... Can´t wait for that Clarence White post dude.

rockrobster23 said...

You have a great blog. I am digging the old and new country tracks, and the jangly 80s series is taking me down memory lane.

New discoveries? Caitlin Rose, for sure. Mostly I've been coming across things I'd forgotten about, or things I knew about but wasn't familiar with.

Anonymous said...

Your hard work is much appreciated! Terrific blog!