About a week ago, kidwithavinyl reached 10,000 hits. You might think we’re a bit silly to be celebrating this, considering some websites get that much traffic after a few hours. However, to a small independent blog like us, 10,000 hits is absolutely revolutionary.
I initially began this blog when I was a freshman in college and was feeling alone. I had trouble making friends, and music was one of the only things that kept me company. I grew tired of bothering my high school friends and family back home with long-winded, obsessive rants about the music I loved, and decided I had to start something bigger than myself. Since starting this blog, my love of music and my music taste has grown exponentially, and, most importantly, I’ve become a much more confident person. I’m so honored and humbled that, after 2.5 years of running this blog, people still take time out of their day to not only read what I have to say, but also listen to the music I have the audacity to recommend to them.
Repeatedly and incessantly, I attempt to convince all of you through my words and posts that kidwithavinyl is the project of an entire team, when in reality, it’s just me, sitting alone at my computer mind-numbingly late at night and ridiculously early in the morning, writing outlines for album reviews and making list after list of all the new and amazing releases that continue to pour in. I obsess over what to post on instagram and on twitter, and I check my email countless times a week. I don’t write about anything if I don’t absolutely love it first – which often times affects the timing of my posts – but know that any time I write about something, I try my best to make it honest and genuine. I can’t even begin to explain the amazing feeling I get when a band or artist contacts me and thanks me for the post I wrote about them, or when I receive a comment or email from one of the many wonderful readers I have asking me to review their work. It makes me feel important and essential, so I thank you for that. Of course, I’m definitely not a flawless music fan, or a flawless writer, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn about every aspect of the music business and the right way to absorb it all. Inside, I know I’ll always be that little kid rifling through my parents’ record collection, and forever addicted to the feeling I get when I find that new amazing song or a band.
Again, it might be a bit silly to celebrate 10,000 hits (especially when some of them could have just been me), but I truly appreciate every single one of them. So, from me and my entire “team,” we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting and reading kidwithavinyl! Here’s to many more years of obsessing over music together.