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.