I’m off to scenic Door County, Wisconsin tomorrow for my very enjoyable annual summer music festival. I put out a video about this festival earlier this week. It’s fun to think back on my previous seasons spent up in Wisconsin. In 2005, this blog wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye.
A little blog history
In 2006, I had started the blog (and even blogged about the Midsummers Music Festival, about 2200 blog posts ago!), but it was mainly a resource dump for my students (a very useful tool for teachers, by the way), and I had no plans to grow it beyond that.
In 2007, I had been blogging full-force for about a year, and I was putting out multiple posts a day, doing the Contrabass Conversations podcast, tweaking the site on a daily basis, and expanding the readership up to where it is now. I remember that, though I was having fun up in Wisconsin, I was stressed by the self-imposed daily requirement of getting to an internet connection (not an easy task in Door County!) and writing some new posts.
In 2008, I’ve got the lovely WordPress blogging system powering my blog, allowing me to post ahead of time and therefore avoid the digital ball-and-chain tethering me to an internet connection. Though I’ll still be posting regularly here, don’t be surprised if you don’t see anything for a day or two. I’m going to dial it down a little bit for the summer. Life’s short, and I don’t want it to pass me by while I’m feverishly sweating over my keyboard, locked up inside while the rest of the world is having fun in the sun. Also, this is a popular blog with a lot of readers, and there’s a lot of back content to keep people’s interest, so I don’t feel too guilty about not posting every day over the “happy season.” Check out some of our hundreds of hours of audio and video content at Contrabass Conversations, read through our longer articles under the articles directory, or peruse the many other resources nestled within this blog. There’s a lot of content, and unless you’ve been checking in since 2005, there’s probably some juicy stuff that you’ve missed.
I will still be writing over the summer–a lot, probably! I love writing outside, and I’ve got my camera with me, so I’ll be taking a lot of photos, working on my new book, and taking it easy. I’ve got a couple dozen half-gestated blog posts, and I’ll be working on them outside, sipping some iced tea and watching the boats go by on Eagle Harbor.
Feel free to contribute!
If you’ve ever thought about writing a guest post, sharing an article, or even offering an extended observation on some aspect of the double bass or the music business, feel free to let me know! There’s always room for a guest post, and bringing a fresh perspective into the blog is always a good thing. You can write me a note at doublebassblog.org/contact, or e-mail jasonheath -at- doublebassblog.org.