On this very date ten years ago, December 18, 2007, I created The Delete Bin. Happy ten-year anniversary, DB!
You can even read my first post here, written during an era when I wasn’t sure what kind of blog this would even be
However, this is a bittersweet occasion, Good People.
Because today, on this very same date ten years later, this is the last Delete Bin post ever.
Let me explain.
I’ve taken so much reward by authoring this blog which has been my own music magazine, effectively; a dream come true and a privilege.
It has been an amazing vehicle for me to talk about the music that I love and that I feel is worth talking about.
It’s allowed me to talk about the human condition; about how popular music helps us to better understand it and by virtue of that, to better understand ourselves.
In the end, it’s that better understanding of the human condition – so full of fear, joy, doubt, triumph, mystery, revelation, and any number of other conflicting and overwhelming forces in our lives – that counts the most. If there is a purpose to life at all, then surely this is it, along with using any knowledge we pick up to be better humans, and to do our small parts to making a better world.
The Delete Bin has been my means to do all of that, or at least to start thinking about ways to do it better.
Overall, I have been, and am, very grateful for the chance to externalize my journey as a music fan, and as a finite human person in time and space.
I value each person who has read, liked, subscribed to, and shared the ‘Bin over the years. I owe you a debt. Your attention and input has made me a better writer, and a better thinker, too. So, thank you.
But, I don’t want to keep this going until it sucks, y’know?
I want to leave on a high.
So, it’s time to bring it on home.
Here’s what that will look like.
The Delete Bin site will still exist as long as I can manage it.
I will even update individual posts when necessary to include new links and new information. I may even respond to comments.
There won’t be any new posts, though.
The reasons for this are not dramatic.
Here’s the most mundane reason first.
My readership has been in steady decline for many years now. Despite what I feel is pretty good stuff in the output department, I don’t feel like I’m connecting anymore.
This is possibly due to the decline of the individually authored blog as a key source of information that once thrived in the world that was in 2007-08 when I first started this. I like to think that’s a reason, anyway!
These days, I find myself in an increasingly “pay to play” world that is the modern internet. The noise in this new world is a hundredfold to what it was. Only a steady and significant spend on the part of large companies or celebrity brands who can churn out content cheaply with the requisite social capital to promote it can cut an easy path through that noise for readers. The Facebook gods must be paid.
Here’s some perspective on the all of that.
Also, a lot of web users don’t like a lot of text, it seems. Bad news for me.
This trend has been going on for years. You can read one perspective on this trend right here.
I’m not bitter about any of this, necessarily.
Times change. World’s end. New worlds emerge, good or bad.
Here’s another reason I’m retiring the good ship Delete Bin.
I want to try some new stuff.
At the time of this writing, this includes my work with The Deeper Cuts Podcast. If you haven’t listened to the show, I recommend it!
I’ll still be active on Twitter and talking about songs and albums there. You can even follow me.
New projects and efforts could include fiction, too. I’ve written a few things already. I wouldn’t mind exploring this side of my writer’s life even further, although I don’t know what that looks like yet. Maybe I’ll take up one of my unfinished novels again. Yes, one of.
I also may start a whole new music blog, focusing strictly on new music and emerging artists.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time with The Delete Bin, it’s that there’s a lot of great music being made out there, a lot of which casual music fans aren’t hearing. I could do worse than pursuing a new mission to help those artists be heard more widely even in my own small way, an effort in which I sort of dabbled here. I may discover even less readership this way, I know. But that idea is still in the running.
Finally, I may take some of the materials here on The Delete Bin and turn it into a book.
It’s an idea that’s in its primordial stages. But I may develop that more in the New Year. Watch this space, as they say.
Of all of the above, I’ll keep everyone in the loop on this as I’m able. I’ll put some links right on this site.
In any case, this is the end of this particular chapter, Good People.
Ten years to the day is a good run, and carries with it a certain poetry, if you’ll allow that.
Thank you so, so much for following along, to those of you who have. If this last post is your first encounter with The Delete Bin, thank you, too!
Finally then, I leave you with this for now.
There is so much music out there to discover. And so much to come.
There’s so much to learn about what’s common between us through that music to carry with us on our journeys.
So wherever you are, and whatever your soundtrack is for your personal journey both now and in the future,
6 thoughts on “The Delete Bin Last Post: 10 Years Gone, and Fare Thee Well”
Alas! Rob, all good things come to an end. Still, it’s a bit a shock, as you’ve been so consistent and consistently good. I feel bad that I haven’t been doing my part to keep the readership numbers up, but you’re right about the times. I’ve long suffered from information fatigue and I daily cower and whimper in front of my Inbox. The Delete Bin, not excepted. I shouldn’t have whimpered. I am thinking of Joni’s words: “you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.”
You are a superb writer, my friend, and a wise soul. I am certain your voice will emerge anew, and that whatever or where ever it is, it will be worth listening to, reading. Indeed, please keep us informed. I sure like the idea of the book!
Keep the faith! Best wishes,
That you start and end this chapter on my own birthday somewhat underlines my own love of “the Bin.” Do know that I read every single week (would that be called ‘lurking’?), and that – while I am sad to say goodbye – I am hopeful that I will find your voice SOMEWHERE out there.
You’ve been tremendously instrumental to my own endeavors and I’m happy to have partaken of yours for as long as I have.
See you soon,
You always were a smart one Rob.
Smart move to bring things to a definite end rather than letting things drag on until one day you realize you haven’t posted for months (been there, done that).
I agree with you – I think the heyday of the single-writer-no-marketing-budget blog is past. So much competition for eyeballs now and so little attention span.
I’ve always been astonished at the quality and depth of the writing on here (I guess I shouldn’t be… I do know you!) so please do keep stoking the server’s boiler room and tweeting the occasional archive as appropriate.
Guess I have to go subscribe to your new-fangled podcast thingy now.
Thanks for all the years of intelligent musical thoughts!
Sadness, recognition, gratitude, curiosity… the first few inner notes on reading this post.
Let’s lead with the second-last of those. When I started Vinyl Connection in May 2013, The Delete Bin was a model and inspiration. You even helped me work out how to use WordPress! Not to mention featuring some of my writing. Although I haven’t visited as often as I’d like (and far less than your knowledge and writing deserve) I remain deeply grateful for your support and generosity in my early days of blogging.
The sadness and recognition relate to your observations on the blogosphere and general social media noise. It seems (even in the paltry 4.5 years I’ve been posting) that the cycle has accelerated, attention spans have dipped, engagement is more tenuous.
Like you, I began to feel constrained, dissatisfied with Vinyl Connection this year. Not due to any waning of enthusiasm for music, I hasten to add, but a sense that despite the ‘memoir’ stories, the limitations of a music blog were beginning to chafe. So I started Lonely Keyboards (and even, cheekily, recycled some of the memoir/music pieces!) and waited for a new community of writerly writers to grow around me. You can guess where that one is going, but I’ll leave some suspense (because I think there’s a Lonely Keyboards post in it – as Elvis Costello sang “I want to bite the hand that feeds me, I want to bite that hand so badly”).
So write on, brother. Like others who respect both your humanity and the vehicle you use to express it, I’ll welcome any news of new projects. My ideas for novels are mostly still in my head!
Thank you Rob Jones. No-one in music-blog-land writes a better opening descriptor than you.
I still recall the pleasure I experienced a few years back when I discovered “The Delete Bin”. It sparked more than one long night cruising back through the archives to find some fresh tunes, some old faves, always with erudite, witty commentary explaining “Why This Mattered!”
So long for now; I’ll keep an eye/ear out for your next venture. Thanks for all you’ve contributed to the love of good music.
Same here, Rob. Very sorry to hear your not going to be doing any new posts, love your site. I’ll hope to hear from you on another “platform” as they say. Rick