It’s a little over a year since Vinyl Connection started adding alphabet clumps to the swirling word-clouds of the blogsphere. Fifty-three weekly posts of 1,000 words (give or take), roughly the same again of Cover Art specimens, plus a few odds and sods along the way.
In these past twelve months, VC has attracted ten dozen followers of whom around ten comment regularly (give or take); this loyal cohort and their 800-odd responses keep me tapping away at the late night keyboard and dipping into the murky waters of my uncertain past for stories.
Affiliation via Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter swells the Follower count by a factor of two, though who knows what it really means?
Page views are pushing towards 12,000 and that certainly means bugger all. Just as I search ‘vinyl’ and get plastic animals or bondage clothing, so some seekers for those items will stumble across me. Or maybe Vinyl Connection simply sounds like a chat room for the PVC-trousered.
Folk (or robots) from a staggering 83 countries have drifted over, into or across Vinyl Connection. I have to say that column of little flags on the summary page is quite thrilling even though 32 of those countries have accrued six or less page views. (Come on, Guatemala. Get with the program, Lesotho!)
Tied in the number 1 spot for page views are the USA and the home of Vinyl Connection, Australia. Makes sense. It’s a huge gap back to 3rd, where the UK sits. Thank heavens for Wales, is all I can say. Rounding out the Top 5 are the slightly unlikely double-album combo of Brazil and Canada.
But what of the posts themselves? What would a Vinyl Connection Greatest Hits package comprise? Here are the 5 most viewed articles.
A memoir piece about an early romantic entanglement with Krautrock, including an album review of the brilliant Faust IV album.
Also a memoir piece, about discovering rock music via a neighbour. The Blind Faith album features, being one of several appearances by both Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.
Another memoir piece that reveals uncomfortable truths about Vinyl Connection’s music sharing software and extols the virtues of Neil Young’s tortured but sublime Time Fades Away.
Surprising to see this so visited. It talks about album cover art but does reference music of course. Artists name-checked included Jackson Browne (Late For The Sky), Paul Horn (Inside The Great Pyramid) and Grateful Dead (Blues For Allah)
There was a Pink Floyd reference so maybe that’s what dragged readers in.
Very much a memoir piece. This was also one of the very few critical album assessments and something of a risk. Dissing a sacred cow such as Pink Floyd’s The Wall can be bad for your health. But we survived, thus demonstrating the quality readership at Vinyl Connection.
Five articles hover in the 90s, needing from 10 down to 1 view to hit the magic three figure mark.
“True Colours – No loose Enz” (About Split Enz True Colours. No, really!)
“Vinyl Hunter Gatherers” (Yep, it’s about record collecting)
“Vinyl hunter gatherer goes forth” (see above)
“All hopped up and ready to go” (Ramones Rocket to Russia)
“How do you think it feels?” (A personal response to the death of Lou Reed)
Of course I do not delude myself that all the posts are of equal quality nor of equal appeal. As other bloggers have observed, when you’re the boss of the cubby you can write what you damn well please. That said, and to round out this report, here are a few posts that I’d hoped might have proven a little more popular than they have. So far. (Obviously the older posts have had more time to seep into damp mouldy mass of web-based music writing).
Connecting The Grateful Dead with a 12th Century Persian poet/philosopher via a dusty book from my youth was not the barn-stormer I’d imagined.
A memoir piece that revelled (perhaps excessively) in my love for a small but magic stone circle in Oxfordshire, UK. The Traffic album Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory featured.
Perhaps this recent post will be a slow burner. I hope so as I thought it was one of the better memoir pieces. And The Temptations song is a stone classic.
Thanks to all, both long-haul and recent comrades, for visiting and reading at Vinyl Connection.
I’ll leave you with my favourite ‘CoverArt Pair’ (so far).