A friend once said, "There is nothing worse than indifference."
First and foremost, thanks for the kind words and comments. I hope you believe me when I say, this was not what I was looking for. Actually, many of the comments came from readers who I have never seen comment in the two plus years Burning Wood has been around. Where've you been? It makes me happy to see so many fans of the blog, but this was sincerely not a ploy for attention. I mean that!
To those who shared the sentiment that one "should write for himself," I'd like to say, I agree and I do. But I didn't start Burning Wood for just me and my need to shout out opinions. It was to be a public place, with outside contributions, where music fans and obsessives were to gather and share their loves and hates. Is there anyone out there who doesn't want approval now and then? Can anyone tell me when they had posted a song suggestion in the comments, they weren't secretly hoping for someone to comment back and say, "What a great tune?"
As I said, stats have dropped almost 50%. Steadily. Not 2%. I check the stats to determine what may have been picked up elsewhere, where traffic came from, and what is most popular. If none of this matters, why do this at all? I mean, I could just burn a whole bunch of CDs and mail them out to everyone and call it a day. What fun would that be?
One reader and friend, suggested I was "thin-skinned." Yeah, maybe. But again, I wasn't asking for only positive feedback and some stroking. I love a good debate, just as long as it doesn't turn mean, or into harassment, like the comments from (not-so) Anonymous. As much as I love posting and sharing music, it's only natural to feel a bit let down when a "Weekend Mix" gets 100 downloads and only 2 comments. I know I put it out there, so do what you like with it. But if your fun is grabbing the music, then mine is hearing about it from you. Lately, that isn't happening so much. So I burned out.
"Matt" just asked, "Why kill the blog?" You're absolutely right, Matt. No need to, so I won't.
I am already missing Burning Wood and the thrill of creating a "Weekend Mix."
Let's see what happens.