Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Breaking More Waves Is 7 Today (And Why We're Slowing For A While)

Today Breaking More Waves is seven years old. Happy blog birthday to us etc.

Here in order are the artists we've posted about the most over the last 7 years. Whilst we like to support new acts, we also continue to write about more established artists that we've covered in their early days, when they release new material, if we like it and time permits. This isn't one of those automatic 'post the first two tracks and then lose interest' blogs. That's why Little Boots and Ellie Goulding are at the top - we've featured them from demo stage through to more recent work. Alice Jemima who was close behind in third may have only released a single self released EP and featured on a song on Laura Doggett's EP to date, but keep your ears out for Ms Jemima as this year (and next) progresses.

The Most Blogged Artists On Breaking More Waves from 2008-2015

1. Little Boots 
2. Ellie Goulding
3. Alice Jemima
4. Marina & The Diamonds
5. Hurts
6. Stornoway
7. Charli XCX 
8. Slow Club
9. Curxes
10. Chvrches

7 years old is pretty old in blog terms. Especially as a 1 man d-i-y effort. In that time we've written over 2,500 posts. Really this blog should have stopped a long time ago. It’s as dated and uncool as they come. We still use an old school Blogspot / Blogger template, we still like the idea of writing some waffle to go with the music and we still like the idea of that waffle being about ideas, opinions, context, emotion and sometimes just stupid old tomfoolery. All of that stuff seems pretty out of fashion these days - but then we didn’t start this to be fashionable or cool, we started it to have a bit of fun.

Whereas many other blogs / bloggers have ambition to be bigger and better, or a desire to expand their passion for music further, through shooting their own videos, creating their own record labels, putting on their own shows, making their own podcasts and the like, we don’t have any of that. We’re just happy doing what we do.

We often see music blogs ending because the site has become all -consuming in the author’s life,  or they don’t have the time / enthusiasm any more as they pursue other things that have now become more important to them (the raising of children usually being the killer). We’ve never really had to do that, despite having a family of our own. The reasons, we think, are something to do with not having ‘blogger ambition’, not letting the blog become too important and quite probably being pretty organised and motivated in life generally. We’re not the sort of person to have lie-ins or spend a week just chilling watching mindless TV. We like to be busy.

Having said all of that, for the next few months Breaking More Waves will be scaling things back a bit. First, because we’re off to Glastonbury Festival, so whilst we’re there the blog will be silent. Once we return, Breaking More Waves HQ is likely to be relocating and we need to take a bit of time out with everything that is associated with that. Building works don’t get done without some labour.

We’re not stopping the blog completely though. There will still be some spare lunch hours at work, so we anticipate posting at least once a week in July and August, a little more than that sometimes.

But as you notice a slowdown in output, please don’t think this is the beginning of the end. We have every intention of posting our 8th birthday celebration next year. We still get enormous pleasure in adding to the digital trash on the internet, and all the time we’re getting that, we’ll make some time for Breaking More Waves. However, for  the next few months we might just be the blog putting the 'late' into latest music.

Right we're off to Somerset tomorrow - some family called Eavis has arranged our 7th blog birthday party in a field there.


Stu Basham said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday! Thanks for supporting new music!

Richard G said...

Happy birthday!
Hope Glastonbury, just down the road from where I write 'Thoughts on Music'whose birthday is End of The Road Festival as I started posting early one September, is the start of a great summer for you.

Rain said...

Seven years really is a number for a blog. Congratulations.