Frequency of Features

Every now and then, I try to do a “reality check,” if you will, to see if what I have been doing with the blog is what you want me to do. Because, after all, I’d rather provide the content you want to read than continue my own merry way regardless of what you want.

  • Interviews. Do you prefer one or two per month? I know past responses have generally been “the more, the merrier.” Because of time involved, I can’t pull off more than two per month, but I can aim for that goal (especially in post-NQC season, when I have a couple in the queue).
  • CD Reviews. Once or twice per week? My spare hours have been tied up getting the underlying formatting done for the reviews of projects I picked up at NQC, so I have been several weeks running with few reviews. Once I have all the blog formatting set up (and revised in compliance with the FTC’s new arbitrary review guidelines that apply only to bloggers and not to more established forms of media), there will be quite a few in the queue. And I don’t want to overwhelm you with more than you want.
  • Contests. I loved the first two. Any ideas for a third?

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29 Letters to the Editor

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  1. Personally, I like the interviews, but have never bought (or not bought) a CD on the basis of a review, and don’t care if you do those or not.

  2. Interviews and pictures.

  3. I like the interviews basically depending on who it is, but usually read the highlights anyway. Maybe you should do 2 a month; depending on how many you have ready they may become dated. And like Jim I’ve never bought a CD based on a review, but I do like to read the reviews. I really like to read reviews when several bloggers do the same CD. As far as contest go not really concerned either way.

  4. I think the cd reviews benefits the singers who need the exposure but I have purchased 1 cd because of the review. However the reviews bring attention to singers/groups that I am unfamiliar with. I hate the shipping/handling fees and if I could purchase them locally I might purchase more.

  5. Love the blog – keep it up!! I don’t comment very often, but I do read. Interviews are my favorites, reviews are good, and i love posts that help explain the recording process, etc. Thanks for all you do!

  6. Just keep doing what you are doing. I enjoy most everything on the site.

  7. Like most everyone else here, I’m very happy with qhat I see here on a regular basis. But I respect the fact that you care so much about what all of us feel about what you do.

    Just keep in mind that in the end, this is YOUR blog, and “to thine own self be true”.:-)

    • Well, yes, but ultimately I want my blog to be what the readers want.

      I guess I approach it more as a public news website and less as a personal corner on the web.

  8. I wouldn’t change anything

  9. I enjoy the news articles the most. While there isn’t news every day, it is nice to feel up to date when there is. Interviews are interesting and I enjoy them. I also buy cds based on my personal preference rather than the reviews – no offense intended, but I do enjoy hearing your opinions.

  10. I think you are doing a great job. As far as the CD reviews, you have opened my eyes to a lot of artists that I would not ordinarily listen to. I listen to nothing but southern gospel now. I have so for almost 4 years. I am a quartet man! I would say that 90% or more of the music I listen to, is quartet music. However, with your interviews and reviews, I have ventured out and listened to mixed groups, or trios. While it does come down to a personal preference when it comes to buying an album; reading what you have to say about it helps me decide. It makes me search that artist’s website or youtube for something that the artist sings! Keep up the great work! I just got my prize in from the “10,000th Comment” contest. I do appreciate that! I don’t know what kind of contest you could do next but that was really fun! God bless you! Thanks for all you do!

  11. I also enjoy the news most.

  12. I am in agreement with J.C. You often open my eyes to artists that I am not as familiar with and often end up purchasing some of their music (generally through iTunes to begin with to see if I want to purchase the actual CDs) as a result of your reviews.

    After reading so many of your reviews, we have a similar taste in music and I highly value your opinions on it.

    I always enjoy the interviews, and would like to see more of them. But at the same time, you ask great, poignant, out-of-the-ordinary questions that always result in a wonderful interview. That being said, I enjoy them as a “every now and then” feature because they are always worth waiting for.

    You exercise great judgement on here all the time, and I love your site, so just keep doing whatever you feel is worthwhile. Thank you for valuing all of us readers enough to ask our opinions though!

    Thank you for all you do, Daniel!

    • Thanks, and I’m glad our tastes are similar! Knowing there are a few people who care about the reviews makes it worth the time. 🙂

      • You are welcome. I’ve definitely realized, through reading your reviews, that we do have a very similar taste in music. I love your reviews. Thanks for putting to much time and effort into them!

      • You’re welcome!

    • Ditto to this one!

  13. What on earth is this about FTC regulations that apply to bloggers? Is there a link to something about that? I never heard anything.

    • Hope Daniel doesn’t mind that I offered this [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken Link removed] to answer your question by Kyle Boreing.

      • No problem. Saved me the trouble.

        It wouldn’t be so bad if it applied to journalists. It would still be bad, since it’s an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of the press, but not as bad if it was consistent.

      • Thank you. That is rather ridiculous!

      • Yeah.

  14. Hey, sweet Daniel…you know who loves the CD reviews the most…the writers! We’re gluttons for punishment, or praise…whatever; all I know is we can’t wait to read what folks think about the overall project we have a song on. I am blessed to have strong relationships with just about all the groups who record my songs, and I help them pray over song selection and the whole recording process. So I like to see what people think about the final result…helps us to know what we’re doing right and what we’re doing…uh, uh…wrong!! Of course, I don’t really think any of my quartet boys are doing anything wrong about what they’re recording!! Keep up the good work, Daniel…you’re tops!! Dianne.

    • Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

    • Honestly, one thing I look for in Daniel’s reviews is whether or not there are any Dianne Wilkinson songs on it! Those are almost always my favorites on every CD I buy. I now have 58 of your songs in my collection (mainly Kingdom Heirs, Cathedrals, and Mark Trammell Trio). Thanks for the great music.

      And Daniel, thank you for including songwriter information in your reviews. That is a great point of interest for me.

      • Brian – you’re welcome.

        And for whatever it’s worth, I have 162 Dianne Wilkinson songs in my collection, of which only 29 are duplicates. 🙂 I’m one of her biggest fans. 🙂

      • Man, I guess I got work to do. 😉

        Mrs. Wilkinson is the most represented writer in my modest collection, ahead of Bill Gaither (38 songs), Rodney Griffin (37), and Kyla Rowland (21).

      • I just checked my collection. I also have:

        74 Kyla Rowland songs
        264 Bill Gaither songs
        127 Rodney Griffin songs
        105 Mosie Lister songs