I have something to share that I doubt will shock many of you: I’m putting The Good Groupie on hiatus through 2017.
Ugh, hiatus. I know. As music fans, we are conditioned to cringe or curl up into the fetal position and cry when we hear that word. It’s arguably the worst word in our musical vocabulary.
But from where I’m standing right now I have to admit…I get it. Sometimes when you’ve been doing something for so long and a new, unexpected creative project falls in your lap…it takes over. It gets you excited in ways you didn’t think were possible. It gives you opportunity to explore new things. It makes the world new again.
And that’s exactly what has happened for me over the past six months. Last September I started a second blog completely unrelated to music in every way possible. I thought it’d be a little pet project. Instead, it’s taken on a life of its own and has grown in ways I never expected. There is a lot of opportunity for me to build it into something, so for the time being I have decided to put my focus there.
I didn’t make this decision lightly. It took a lot of soul searching and several productive – but sometimes painful – conversations with two people who know me best (and weren’t afraid to be honest with me) to come to this decision. The simple truth is I don’t have enough hours in my day to accomplish everything, and The Good Groupie was the easiest thing to pause.
But don’t worry – I’m not disappearing from the Internet. You’ll still find me popping in on Twitter and Instagram, and I will likely post occasional updates to the site too. The archives are always here for you to browse as well whether you’re in search of new music, band interviews, a playlist or my musical musings.
During my down time, I encourage you to check out these amazing music friends:
- Krissie, aka JrzyGyrl, is my go-to source for up-and-coming bands. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram for tons of instant new music recommendations. Also look for her quarterly playlists full of new music you need to know.
- Adam always has a song for your day – in fact, he’s created a whole blog based on that idea and also writes for the Vinyl Me, Please blog…which I think is pretty awesome. Check out his site and give him a follow on Twitter.
- For the more pop – and pop-culture – inclined, get to know Kati Rose. She creates a mean playlist you won’t be able to stop listening to, and she has the fandom thing down pat.
- Tess just might be one of my favorite people on the planet. Her passion and enthusiasm for music are contagious. Her YouTube channel is FULL of concert vlogs, new music recs and all around musical goodness. I dare you not to crack a smile while watching her work.
- My friends over at My Music, My Concerts, My Life are yet another great source for up-and-coming bands. Whether you’re looking for album and concert reviews or playlists and record store spotlights, you’ll find a little bit of everything on their site.
- Josh from onpiratesatellite.com is constantly writing and sharing smart, introspective pieces about the music industry as a whole. (No surprise since I think he’s done every music job on the planet from club owner and band member to radio DJ.) You will constantly learn new things about music following his work.
- And of course, if you are not following All Things Next, you’re doing this music thing all wrong. I guarantee they will help you find one new band you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with within a week.
It’s always terrifying putting a blog on pause, but I really feel this is the best option for me and the musical journey I’ve been on in 2016. This isn’t goodbye by any means – it’s just a “see ya later”.
Until we meet again,
If you’re interested in following the new project, you can check it out here.