Hi there, my name is Mike, and until last October i’d been blogging about new music on this blog for eight years. Today I want to answer a couple of questions people have been asking since I stopped blogging at the end of last year. What happened? Why did I stop blogging?

The simple answer would be lack of time. In the run up to October, I was finding it increasingly harder and harder to find time to blog. I, like most bloggers, have a full time job, which unfortunately took up a vast amount of my time. Which was only made worse by the fact that I had also started a number of freelance, projects which also commanded lots and lots of my attention and extra time on top of the day job. Ultimately ilovepie paid the price.

“I was finding it increasingly harder and harder to find time to blog.”

As I said that’s the simple answer, the whole truth is that in the run up to October last year. I had become increasing disillusioned with the way the music blogging community had developed. I’d felt more and more pressure to blog, but less and less desire and interest. I was getting upwards of 150+ emails a day from music PRs asking me to listen to their clients music. It was a volume that I had no chance of getting through and assessing in any meaningful way, and the few agencies that I had contact with increasingly demanded more of my attention. Not to mention agreeing to post tracks, scheduling posts, making sure the post went up at the right time, and making sure everyone was happy with the content. The level of work required to maintain this process increasingly sapped the love and dedication I once had for uncovering and sharing new music. I felt obligated to post, felt like people were relying on me. But ultimately felt that I was getting little in return.

To say stepping away from ilovepie wasn’t a relief and a weight off my shoulders would be an understatement. It was nice not to have to worry, to ignore the barrage of emails, not have to care if I was keeping in step with the latest releases and upcoming artists. But it was also sad to stop working on something that i’d spent so much time building up over nearly eight years.

“To say stepping away from ilovepie wasn’t a relief and a weight off my shoulders would be an understatement. It was nice not to have to worry.”

I’ve had nine months to really consider what I want to do with this blog. I appreciated the tweets, and emails from people asking me where i’d gone, or what was happening. But in all honesty I didn’t know. I’m still not one hundred percent sure, about what I want to do with the blog next. I know that I need to get back to posting here, but this time without the sense of pressure and importance that I felt before. I need to press the reset button, try and get back to the reason I started this blog in the first place. To share music that I love.

So with all that said, if you’re reading this thanks for sticking around and being part of this. It means so much to me. and stay tuned, i’ll be back soon.

Mike