Hello 2023

As a first post of the new year I thought I’d wish you a very happy new year. I don’t know about you but I had a fairly poor 2022, so I wonder what this year will bring.

Whatever you hope for in 2023 I hope that it comes to pass.

I’d like to think that I’ll post a bit more consistently in 2023, but I won’t promise something that I may well not deliver on.

Goodbye 2022

I’d like to say that it’s been great, but on the whole it hasn’t, so let’s call it a day and part company!

Overall 2022 has been poor for me, so I won’t be sad to see the back of this year. Of course there’s no guarantee that 2023 will be any better.

Some favourite posts

I thought I might share some of my favourite posts from this year.

Some favourite pictures

I also thought that now might be a good time to share a few favourite images from this year.

  • Blancmange Private View CD
  • Blancmange Private View Cassette Front
  • Blancmange single
  • Blancmange in Electronic Sound magazine
  • Modified Toy Orchestra - Silfurberg CD case
  • A little synth key ring I use on the zipper of my bag
  • The London Sound Survey From Dusk Till Dawn

It has been a while

I have been aware that it has been a while since I posted anything here. There are a few reasons. First off, life just gets busy. Not busy with interesting and fun things sadly, but just busy. Secondly, and probably in part as a consequence of the first reason, I have very little to say.

I’ve had a few things in draft for a while now, and I would like to get some of them finished off and posted. None of them are startling, but they may be of some small interest. The plan is to get some of these out over the next week or so. Whether that will happen or not is another matter entirely.

In the unlikely event that you’ve been waiting for some new content here, then please accept my apologies.

3,000 posts and 12 years

This is post 3,000 and it has been 12 years since the start of this site or blog or whatever the correct term is. I think that is a fair amount of time for something to be running. Not that the level of activity has always been consistent, and it certainly isn’t at the moment,even so, it feels like 12 years is something of an achievement.

When I started writing this it was a way to talk about stuff that I was doing that was nothing to do with the mobile music world and PalmSounds, but since PalmSounds shut down it feels like it has lacked something. I’m not entirely sure why that is. I often think about what I want this site to, what it could be, but somehow that never really becomes a reality.

In part I wonder if it could be because of DayOne, the journalling app, which I have used a lot, and of course has been acquired by the same people who run wordpress. It is possible. It seems strange to have both of these things running at the same time, but perhaps it makes sense.

After 12 years I don’t feel like I want to give up on the site, but I do feel like I need to have a reason to for it to exist. I think that’s important.

A bit of a tidy up

If you have been here before, you may have noticed that the menus have shifted around a bit. I have spent a little time tidying things up. If I am honest, I should probably have done that a while ago and should probably do it on a more regular basis too. However, it always feels good to clear a few things out that no longer feel relevant.

A lot of old stuff has now moved to a menu item called ‘archive’. Which should make more sense. I’ve also cleared out a lot of pages that had little or no value.

Hello 2022

I almost feel like I have to write something about the start of a new year. Even though I have no expectations that this year will be any better than 2021 or 2020. The world is still struggling with a pandemic and everything that brings.

In the past I have written about what I plan for the site and made somewhat vague commitments to doing things with it. Not so this year. I have no plans. If there is one thing I have learnt from the last couple of years it is that having a plan is a sure way to make certain that the plan will fail.

I have no idea what 2022 will bring, and I have no idea what I will do with this site. More than that, I can’t say.

10 years, is a fair age for a site

Yesterday my little blog turned 10 years old. When I started it I had no idea that it would last this long. But here we are at 10 years old. For the last few weeks I’ve been wondering what I should do to celebrate. To be honest I still don’t know. But I do know that I have to mark it in some way. Although this seems like a slightly lame attempt at that.

I didn’t want to leave it too long before marking the day, even though it was yesterday.

I was thinking about saying what I was going to do differently now, promising more content etc etc. But also that seems a bit hollow. So I won’t promise. I’ll just keep going. Maybe that’s a better statement.

Hello 2020

Well here we go again. Another year. Another 1st of January. What shall we do?

Well, I do plan to do a bit more here. 2019 was a bit of a dry patch for me in terms of posting, for lots of reasons. But I hope that 2020 will be a bit better and perhaps more posts, more news etc. I’d also like to revive the site and refresh some of the content in pages etc.

That’s the plan anyway. If you have any views or thoughts, I’m sure you’ll let me know. I shan’t be holding my breath though.

So I’m at CDM now

I’ve been meaning to mention this and just haven’t gotten around to it as yet, at least not here anyway. So, PalmSounds is kind of on hold as I’ve moved writing my mobile content to CDM now. I think it’s a good move. It means that mobile music content will hopefully get a much bigger audience, and as things move and converge I believe CDM will be a better place to see that through.