I’ve written – and subsequently deleted – different variations of this post before. But considering I haven’t posted an original article here since the beginning of the month, I think it’s time to reevaluate my purpose with this outlet.
Given that I’ve devoted basically all of my coverage to Country Universe lately, I think I’ve fully adjusted to maintaining a schedule for what I write there. I initially planned to contribute single reviews to the outlet, but over time, I found it incredibly fun to contribute to a team exercise
Of course, I don’t want to let go of this outlet. It’s what gave me the opportunity to join the CU family to begin with, and I’ve established a base here that’s provided a needed escape over the years. I enjoy the writing process, and I owe a lot to y’all for keeping this little hobby going.
For now, though, I would say I’m keeping this outlet open mainly just to cross-post my CU content, update my badly updated album release schedule (I know I’m behind – I’ll make more updates tomorrow), and provide easy access to past posts and features.
Which has left an awkward question for me lately – what do I do with my TMD features? I initially planned to balance the two outlets, but the greater time commitment was too much to handle, which is another reason why this outlet has fallen by the wayside recently. Thankfully, I found alternatives:
- My “Unbroken Circle” feature, in which I discuss classic country songs, has basically been reborn at CU through its “Classic Country Singles” feature.
- My “Best Hit Songs” feature, which is by far my most popular and, sadly, toughest feature to assemble, has been reborn through CU’s “Yesterday’s Songs” feature. It’s a different spin on it, for sure, but it’s a more relaxed way of discussing older music that, admittedly, is more fun for me (and really, just plain easier).
- Now, the one feature that’s going to take a hit is my “Favorite Albums of the Decade” one. At this point, I’ve discussed 20 favorites, and I’m happy with that amount. I hadn’t planned to stretch it out much further – Sarah Shook’s Sidelong, Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever, The Bloody Jug Band’s Coffin’ Up Blood, First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold, and Robert Ellis’ self-titled release were my remaining discussion points, and if inspiration strikes again, who knows?
Now, I have kicked around how I can still make this outlet somewhat-kinda interesting, so while it’s a small change I’m about to make, it could be fun. From now on, when I cross-post my CU content, in addition the usual “best/worst tracks” thing I do, I’ll go in depth with the personal aspects of whatever album it is I’m covering – my initial thoughts, how they changed, any struggles I had with it or personal little quirks that made it easy for me to love; that kind of thing. It’s a process I go through with everything I hear, and I’m always interested in hearing how other writers absorb music. So, since it’s “unprofessional” to detail those feelings in the review itself, I’ll use this outlet as something of a personal venture – a “behind the scenes” deep-dive, if you will.
Hopefully you’ll stick around for the long haul. I’ve been honored to be a part of the Country Universe family for a few months now, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future.