RSS

1-to-10 Taking a Break

20 Sep

Hello, everyone!  I have an announcement to make.

Due to my schedule, which has been getting busier, as well as various other commitments, it seems the time has come for me to step down my blogging activity a slight notch or two.  As you’re probably aware, I’ve been keeping up this site on my own while also contributing regularly to Country Universe and making occasional contributions to Roughstock.  Unfortunately, my schedule has become such that I’ve been unable to keep up my 1-to-10 site to the quantity standards that I maintained early on in its existence (which has been the case for many months now).  Thus, after having tossed around the idea for a good while, I have made the decision to place The 1-to-10 Country Music Review on indefinite hiatus.

Rest assured this does not mean that I intend to stop blogging, which I couldn’t do if I wanted to.  But since running a website on my own is currently no longer feasible, Country Universe will now be the primary focus of my blogging efforts, where I will continue to post single reviews, album reviews, and interviews as my circumstances permit.  So if Country Universe is not already on your reading list, please go check it out, because that’s mostly where I’ll be from now on.

This was certainly not an easy choice to make – I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a tremendous sentimental attachment to my little 1-to-10 blog.  But in the end, I believe working mainly as a part of a team-effort blog will be a much better situation for me.  For now at least, I’m still going to leave the door open for me possibly reviving this site somewhere down the road, (“Retiring” just felt like too strong a word) though I can’t say I see that happening in the foreseeable future.

While I don’t intend to go off on a spiel as if I’d just won Album of the Year, I couldn’t conclude this announcement without offering a sincere thank you to all who have read and supported my site over the course of the two-and-a-half years I’ve been running it.  Last but not least, big thanks to Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, and to Kevin Coyne and the rest of the Country Universe team for taking notice of my work, and giving me some of the best and most-cherished opportunities of my still-young blogging career.  I can’t begin to say how much it’s meant to me.

Thanks to all!  Looking forward to plenty more blogging fun to come in the near future.

- Ben Foster

I’ll close with the first song that I ever reviewed on my 1-to-10 blog.  It all began with this song, so it might as well end with it.

About these ads
 
8 Comments

Posted by on September 20, 2012 in News and Events

 

8 responses to “1-to-10 Taking a Break

  1. Sharon Wells

    September 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Ben, I know you, and I am confident you made this choice after some long prayerful considerations. I am sure this was the right thing to do. The door will open again. It might not be this door, perhaps an even better door..to newer brighter things. There is never enough time in the day for an ambitous young man like you. I feel confident you have chosen the “more important” things as part of this decision. I am proud of you.

     
  2. Leeann Ward

    September 22, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    The 1-to-10 Country Music Review

    Where Nashville Faces the Music

    Home
    About
    Comment Policy
    ..
    RSS

    ← Album Review: Joey + Rory – His and Hers

    .

    1-to-10 Taking a Break

    20Sep

    Hello, everyone! I have an announcement to make.

    Due to my schedule, which has been getting busier, as well as various other commitments, it seems the time has come for me to step down my blogging activity a slight notch or two. As you’re probably aware, I’ve been keeping up this site on my own while also contributing regularly to Country Universe and making occasional contributions to Roughstock. Unfortunately, my schedule has become such that I’ve been unable to keep up my 1-to-10 site to the quantity standards that I maintained early on in its existence (which has been the case for many months now). Thus, after having tossed around the idea for a good while, I have made the decision to place The 1-to-10 Country Music Review on indefinite hiatus.

    Rest assured this does not mean that I intend to stop blogging, which I couldn’t do if I wanted to. But since running a website on my own is currently no longer feasible, Country Universe will now be the primary focus of my blogging efforts, where I will continue to post single reviews, album reviews, and interviews as my circumstances permit. So if Country Universe is not already on your reading list, please go check it out, because that’s mostly where I’ll be from now on.

    This was certainly not an easy choice to make – I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a tremendous sentimental attachment to my little 1-to-10 blog. But in the end, I believe working mainly as a part of a team-effort blog will be a much better situation for me. For now at least, I’m still going to leave the door open for me possibly reviving this site somewhere down the road, (“Retiring” just felt like too strong a word) though I can’t say I see that happening in the foreseeable future.

    While I don’t intend to go off on a spiel as if I’d just won Album of the Year, I couldn’t conclude this announcement without offering a sincere thank you to all who have read and supported my site over the course of the two-and-a-half years I’ve been running it. Last but not least, big thanks to Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, and to Kevin Coyne and the rest of the Country Universe team for taking notice of my work, and giving me some of the best and most-cherished opportunities of my still-young blogging career. I can’t begin to say how much it’s meant to me.

    Thanks to all! Looking forward to plenty more blogging fun to come in the near future.

    – Ben Foster

    I’ll close with the first song that I ever reviewed on my 1-to-10 blog. It all began with this song, so it might as well end with it.

    Share this:

    Facebook7
    Twitter1

    Tumblr
    Email

    Like this:

    ★Like

    Be the first to like this.

    1 Comment
    Posted by Ben Foster on September 20, 2012 in News and Events

    ← Album Review: Joey + Rory – His and Hers

    .

    One Response to 1-to-10 Taking a Break

    Sharon Wells

    September 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Ben, I know you, and I am confident you made this choice after some long prayerful considerations. I am sure this was the right thing to do. The door will open again. It might not be this door, perhaps an even better door..to newer brighter things. There is never enough time in the day for an ambitous young man like you. I feel confident you have chosen the “more important” things as part of this decision. I am proud of you.

    Reply

    Leave a Reply

    Enter your comment here…

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    Email (required) (Address never made public)

    Name (required)

    Website

    Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

    Notify me of new posts via email.

    Categories
    Album Reviews
    Ben Is Thinking
    Commentary
    Concert Reviews
    Contests/ Giveaways
    Countdowns
    Guest Contributions
    Interviews
    Miscellaneous
    Music Video Round-Up
    News and Events
    Opry Spotlight
    Playlist
    Retro Reviews
    Reviews
    Single Reviews
    Songs I Love
    Uncategorized
    Year In Review

    More Cool Sites

    All Things Country
    AOL’s The Boot
    Country California
    Country Universe
    Dixie Streams
    Engine 145
    Independent Sky
    Jonathan Pappalardo’s
    My Kind of Country
    Roughstock
    Slant Magazine
    Taste of Country
    That Nashville Sound

    Facebook

    Twitter
    1-to-10 Taking a Break fb.me/2pE0aVXSi1 day ago
    Country Universe – A Country Music Blog » Album Review: Kathy Mattea, Calling Me Home fb.me/23JREG7Wo1 day ago
    Country Universe has a special contest for all you Easton Corbin fans! fb.me/X0HAO1JU3 days ago
    RT @CountryCa: Five Questions with Jerrod Niemann goo.gl/fb/rPhZH4 days ago
    RT @RodneyJCrowell: Hello out there. “Old Yellow Moon,” the Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell duet album produced by Brian Ahern is (con … 5 days ago

    Recent Comments

    Sharon Wells on 1-to-10 Taking a Break

    Ben Foster on Album Review: Joey + Rory …

    SamB on Album Review: Joey + Rory …

    GBSMITH on 2012 CMA Nominations

    Nick on 2012 CMA Nominations

    Archives
    Select Month September 2012 (4) August 2012 (7) July 2012 (9) June 2012 (7) May 2012 (6) April 2012 (7) March 2012 (5) February 2012 (5) January 2012 (9) December 2011 (5) November 2011 (7) October 2011 (6) September 2011 (10) August 2011 (10) July 2011 (11) June 2011 (15) May 2011 (18) April 2011 (18) March 2011 (17) February 2011 (17) January 2011 (16) December 2010 (16) November 2010 (18) October 2010 (24) September 2010 (21) August 2010 (16) July 2010 (14) June 2010 (15) May 2010 (15) April 2010 (14)

    Search The 1-to-10

    Topics

    Alan Jackson Angaleena Presley Ashley Monroe Blake Shelton Brad Paisley Carrie Underwood Deana Carter Dierks Bentley Dolly Parton Eric Church Faith Hill George Jones George Strait Jake Owen Jason Aldean John Anderson Johnny Cash Josh Turner Justin Moore Keith Urban Kenny Chesney Kris Kristofferson Lady Antebellum Little Big Town Loretta Lynn Love and Theft Luke Bryan Martina McBride Matraca Berg Miranda Lambert Pam Tillis Patty Loveless Pistol Annies Randy Travis Rascal Flatts Reba McEntire Sammy Kershaw Sara Evans Shane McAnally Sugarland Tim McGraw Toby Keith Vince Gill Waylon Jennings Zac Brown Band

    .

    Blog at WordPress.com. Theme: Choco by .css{mayo}.

    Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)

     
  3. Leeann Ward

    September 22, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Oops! Sorry for my above comment. Not sure what happened there…

    Anyway, we are very fortunate to have you with us at Country Universe. You’ve turned out to be quite a Godsend. Over the last couple of years, I can’t help but notice that your writing has gotten better and better. While I’m sure it was hard to make the decision to take a break from your personal country music blog, I know that we’re lucky and pleased that you have chosen to stick with us.:)

     
  4. Shannon

    September 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Your 1-10 blog is the first country blog I started reading with any regularity which led me to become a regular reader and semi-frequent commenter on Country Universe. I enjoy your writing style, reading your reviews and have found myself thinking “I wonder what Ben Foster thinks of this song” when I hear a new single or a new album is being released.

     
  5. Paul W Dennis

    September 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I wondered how long you’d be able to keep it up. You’re at the stage of life where the demands of actually living that life are enormous and can (and should) take precedence over things such as the 1-to10 blog. I didn’t comment often but rest assured that I checked your blog several times each week

    Good luck with your future endeavors and I’ll look forward to reading you at Country Universe

     
  6. Ben Foster

    September 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Thanks for everyone’s kind words. The support is very much appreciated.

     
  7. Lynn

    September 29, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    I’ve frequently visited this site ever since I discovered it, and I looked forward to reading your reviews. If there’s song/album review at CU that you did not write I wait for your review here to see what you think about it (this is true, not mere flattery lol). You give balanced reviews, something that i really appreciate. This and Country Universe are my favorite country websites. It makes me sad that you’ll be cutting back on blogging on this site, but I do understand why. Good luck, more power to you, I’m looking forward to your reviews over at CU and your other projects in the future. :)

     
  8. Russ Berman

    October 3, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    I also used your blog as a regular way to keep in touch with the latest releases, and the same time get your take on them. Your reviews are down-to-earth and generally make sense to me. I like the fact that you don’t automatically run from the pop side of contemporary country. Anyway, thanks, and will continue to follow on CU, Best of luck with everything you take on from here.

     

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: