FEATURE: The Nature of Music Journalism

I read a very interesting article recently. Although it’s a couple of years old, as a music blogger myself I found it quite eye-opening, and it made me think about the way that I blog about music.

Check it out here.

I think Carles is right.

Made me really think about how much I sometimes might let those kind of things influence me. I mean, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking “buzzbands”. I like some, but I think a lot of them are awful too.

I think in the future I’d like to put more emphasis on bands that aren’t blogged about on a huge scale or hyped up. Not that those bands are bad per say, but because anyone who reads about music on the internet can find out about them easily enough that it seems pointless for me to mention them and just contribute to all the hype. I’d rather help people discover music they can’t find through a lot of other blogs and websites.

That said, I’m not going to ignore a band here because they’re liked a lot elsewhere. For example, The National are relatively quite popular, and “High Violet” is being blogged about and hyped up a lot. But I really like them, so if I feel inclined to blog about them, I will. Essentially I’ll be blogging about what I feel like, but I would definitely like to take the focus away from some of the more well known bands and put it on some of the bands people might not have heard of.

I’m also considering changing around my scoring system. Yet again. I like to think blogging is more about recommending music, or giving a loose opinion of something, to someone. I don’t like the fact that I’m giving a quantitative score to albums and songs, when it feels like my tastes are constantly expanding and developing. What I might give a 9/10 to at one point may in a month feel like a 7/10 or a 6/10. It just doesn’t feel consistent, and I don’t like it. So I’m considering changing to a system where I give a verdict of either “Negative”, “Average”, or “Positive”. I also think a more general verdict will allow my opinion of the album to move around over time, which my opinion no doubt will. It also feels less like I’m telling you, the reader, how much you should like the music.

What do you think? In regards to both the article and the nature of music blogs, and in regards to the scoring system.


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