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Legitimacy: An Exercise In Restraint

As shameful and terrible as it may be, I have not posted since Halloween. A culmination of doubts, laziness and apathy is to blame, and I will now detail these reasons and discuss future plans for The Milk Lounge.

As much as I enjoyed writing on this mp3 blog, it began to become a chore. Writing every thursday and once or twice in between was an unspoken expectation between Pipe and I, and not one I looked forward to. This laziness caused me to search for an excuse to stop posting, and what I came up with has really made me think twice about the entire mp3 blog community. Don't get me wrong though, I love what these little journals and downloads can do for an under-appreciated band or forgotten source of nostalgia, but something still bothers me.

We were getting hundreds of views per day, which was very exciting for us, but I personally feel that many of these site visits were unfairly received. Free mp3s are very popular these days, and putting them up on The Milk Lounge surely attracted quite a few viewers, especially when we are included in such (wonderful) aggregators as elbo.ws and hype machine. But how many of these downloaders actually read our articles? Is it fair to offer free mp3s? Not only is it illegal, but when thinking about it, I begin to feel like one of those sleazy used car salesmen that advertises free hot dogs during car shows. And I'll let you in on a little secret: I used to go to these car shows JUST FOR THE HOT DOGS.

Basically what I'm getting at is that I don't think we should post free mp3s anymore. Pipe and I had a discussion last night in which we made plans for the future of the site. Most importantly, we want to start posting often again, but with less expectation. We want to keep it casual, but worthwhile. And soon, we plan on deleting all the mp3s in our archives. This may upset a bunch of readers, but we would rather have our hits come from those that are genuinely interested in our articles, not just the freebies. But don't expect the music to go away completely! Pipe is currently researching ways to have streaming music on the site, instead of downloads. This way there would still be music, we would still be providing the service that music blogs are designed for (sharing and exposing music), and we would no longer be breaking the law.

I would also like to thank the (as of now 3) people that commented on yesterday's sympathy post. You actually REALLY HELPED encourage us to continue this little hobby we have. We have never and will never lose our love for music and the desire to share it with others. I believe this is a big step for us, and will be a very mature decision on our part. While we will most likely get less hits, the visits we do get will be more valuable, because they will be from people that want to hear what we have to say. Thank you very much for your continued reading and support, and hold tight while we sort out exactly what it is we do next.

Enjoy.

-TakeoffZebra

3 Responses to “Legitimacy: An Exercise In Restraint”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Happy that you're back. :)  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    that's two!!!
    time for beginnings not endings
    keep it up  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    ill still read them. haha

    -danny  

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