At the end of 2005 I wrote a little wrap-up piece along with a few things I was looking forward to doing in 2006. Reading that post a year later is a bit like reading old New Year resolutions; you realize how much you didn’t actually do what you intended.
OK, so…my bad.
On the positive side, traffic at this site is up 4-5 times over one year ago and 18-30% of all visitors now stay for at least 15 minutes. I’m happy that visitors are taking the time to read the archives and hanging out to dig a little deeper.
Some of the most popular posts this year were The Voice and What’s Wrong With Mark Swed? The Mark Swed essay was reprinted in the Los Angeles Musicians Union monthly publication, The Overture, and I received a lot of supportive phone calls and email from fellow players. Some of the stories from last year were still being read in large numbers including Wynton Marsalis & The City of New Orleans and Rip and Remix Culture.
I have a lot of new ideas that I want to write about in 2007 and hopefully, with a bit more discipline in using my time to its best advantage, I’ll be able to post more frequently.
I get the biggest enjoyment from hearing from readers who take the time to drop me an email. Whether you have a comment, criticism or suggestion, I’d love to hear from you.
Happy New Year!