The Music Enthusiast thinks it’s important to maintain some humility in life. He feels, as Winston Churchill supposedly said of prime minister Clement Attlee, that he has much to be humble about.
But he woke up this morning to the following message:
“My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Music Enthusiast* has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Music Blogs** on the web.
I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Music Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!”
And so my first thought, of course, was – they have awards for this shit?
And then I thought, well hell, why not? It’s a terrific list and it really is cool to be on there with Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound. (Numbers 1 and 3, respectively. I am number 87. I beat the freakin’ Guardian by three. How is that even possible?) The last time I won anything at all was, I believe, 2000 or so when I was presented with “Best Sales Support” from the sales team at some computer firm I worked for. This is way better.
I find this especially rewarding as in the first six months of this blog, I didn’t feel I was connecting at all, felt like I was talking to myself. And I almost shut it down and deleted everything. Glad now I didn’t. Early on, Musicophile visited my site and said, basically, hang in there, it’s rewarding. Special thanks to him.
So thanks firstly to Feedspot. Greatly appreciated. Thanks as well to all followers of this blog and special thanks to the people who comment most frequently, pretty much all of whom are on my blogroll. The main reason I started this blog was to talk about music. But it’s grown to be somewhat of a historical record as well as becoming my tribute to the people who made – and continue to make – the music we all love.
Blogging is a lot of work. But I think I speak for amateurs everywhere when I say it’s not really work when it’s a labor of love. I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing and I make this personal pledge: I will work very hard on this and by God, next year I’ll be number 86.
I will now shut the fuck up and leave you with the immortal words of the hardest working man in showbiz, Mr. James Brown:
*I am in the New England area. My listing on the Top 100 site says Dallas because there’s a guy there with a same-named site on Tumblr. He predates me but we seem to co-exist nicely.
**These blogs are ranked based on following criteria
- Google reputation and Google search ranking
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
- Quality and consistency of posts.
- Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review