Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, Baby! In The Round Turns 5

Happy 5th (!) birthday, ITR! It's hard to believe that five years ago, I fulfilled my every stereotype and started a music blog while sitting in Starbucks. New to the whole blog thing (it was a very different landscape at the time), I remember writing maybe five posts at once because I just had so much to say. It was years of verbally begging people to listen to songs all pent up and finally spilling out on to this strange, newfound platform.

I started In The Round because I wanted to be a music writer, and a pretty famous music writer who I nagged for advice told me to start with one of "those blog things." Now, whenever someone asks me how to best penetrate the seemingly impossible music writing industry (or any other creative realm for that matter), I say the same thing. It may not be in the form of a blog, but just carve a space for your voice where it might not otherwise exist. And then keep doing that consistently, over and over again. I can say from experience that you'll eventually be heard, your craft will develop (looking back at my earliest posts is cringeworthy for me) and you will find wild opportunities sprout out of your decision to be a bit louder.

So, if you've only read ITR once or twice or every day, I love you all the same and can't begin to express my gratitude! Sharing music is, and always will be, my favourite thing - and it means so much that you've come along for the ride. I sure don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Rather fittingly, here's Jose Gonzalez's "Let It Carry You":

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