Well hello, whole new blog look and feel! I’m kind of completely in love with you. And I hope you guys will be too! Updates include: a refreshed blog header with a new tag line (thank you to Gala Darling for seeing its genius when I didn’t), a navigator bar that no longer conflicts with search capabilities, a new photo (yeah, I cut my hair again – this was the summer-o-haircuts, apparently), some snazzy new social media icons that I’m super in love with, a simplified way to browse my posts with a list of my most popular blog sections and a new pop of yellow splashed throughout with my signature teal. All of this courtesy of conversations and lessons learned at The Blogcademy.
Since last weekend, the wheels in my head have been spinning nonstop – not just with all these sparkly changes you can see but also with changes in what I’m writing about. Refocusing my content has gotten me thinking about waaay back in 2010 when I first started The Good Groupie, so as I take the next step forward in my blogging journey, I thought I’d reground us all by sharing why I started this blog to begin with.
I want to be a paperback writer…
I’ve known since I was 13 years old that I wanted to be a writer. That year I had an essay published in the Houston Chronicle‘s weekly teen section, and I was instantly addicted to the thrill of seeing my name – and my words – in print.
To get myself there, I joined the high school newspaper. In college I double majored in communications and English, and the Monday morning after I graduated I walked into my first job at a community newspaper. It was here I first started writing articles about local bands and even managed to fulfill my dream of someday interviewing Hanson.
Charmed life, right? Not quite – a year later I took a leap of faith to give television writing a try and ended up watching my entire life explode. I lost my job. I couldn’t pay my rent. I ended up leaving a city I love to return home to Houston.
I wasn’t thrilled.
On the boulevard of broken dreams…
But through that experience I learned a lot about myself – and if I hadn’t come home, worked two jobs for minimum wage 17 hours a day while I freelanced and job hunted in my “free” time…I might never have decided to create this blog.
I really lucked out finding a job in journalism when I graduated in 2007 because I was watching my industry completely crumble – including some of my favorite music magazines. I’d already let go of the dream of working for a daily newspaper. Now it looked like I might be better off giving up my dream of working for a music publication too – I couldn’t find an in or see a logical, attainable next step for a girl just two years out of college. For awhile I thought about giving up on writing all together. (I’m so glad I didn’t.)
This is the part of the story that’s a little silly: during the fall of 2009 I was watching some awful reality show where the prize was getting a job at a fashion magazine. One of the girls in the competition had been in the military, but to show off her love of fashion and strengthen her writing skills, she started a blog. Because if no one was going to pay her to write, she might as well write for herself, she said.
It stuck with me.
Do you believe in magic in a young girl’s heart…?
In March 2010, I decided I was going to start my own blog – about music. I’d write about shows I was going to from the fan perspective. Keeping that fan perspective has always been key – as I wrote in my first post as The Good Groupie, there are plenty of blogs and publications out there for interviews, reviews and a list of why your favorite band sucks.
I’d rather take a stab at being a modern day William Miller – just a girl who loves music and wants to share with the world why it matters so much to her.
Welcome to the roller coaster ride…
And a roller coaster ride it has been. I started and stopped blogging several times. I spent most of 2011 not going to see bands. (Mostly because I didn’t have the money.) I wrote only about live shows, then I’d throw in an album review, then a handful of tour stories…it was a little all over the place, to say the least.
But this summer I feel like I’ve come back around to my roots – the real reason I started The Good Groupie in the first place: because I love music. And if you’re reading this, you probably do to. You’re probably a music fan like me who has a handful of favorite bands she lives to see live, and in between you fill your weeknights and weekends with local or smaller touring bands.
Because you believe in the music those bands create. Because music is essential to your existence. Because you’ve felt the power of the perfect melody and the pain of even more perfect lyrics. Because you agree to live in this crazy world of dark venues, loud music and cheap beer just to chase down a dream – or maybe to help a band chase down theirs.
Because you love music too.
Starting now I’m starting over…
Today marks the beginning of the next phase of The Good Groupie. You’ll still find my monthly playlists, #bestsongallweek, confessions and tales of my misadventures with “the girls.” But you’ll also find more posts about being a music fan in today’s environment – what that means to me and how we can be better music fans together.
I feel like I’m counting down to a tour with all these new ideas – I kind of can’t wait.
I hope you feel the same.
Song lyric credits:
“Paperback Writer” by The Beatles
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
“Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
“Georgia” by Hanson
“Time Bomb” by The Format