As you probably have (haven’t) noticed, I have not been doing a good job on here lately. The last few months have been devoid of content except for show recommendations, and the past few weeks have been scant even on that front. Despite this poor showing, I love writing this blog, and I think it has a place within the Brooklyn music community.
Still, some crazy things have been happening to me job-wise and life-wise. I need to take some time off from the blog to figure out if NYRM is still something I should do. Right now I do a lot of things, and I do an ok job. I hope to do a few things in the future, and do them extremely well. One of those things might be this blog, one of them might not.
I love writing about music, and I believe that cultural criticism, especially when it relates to music, is an incredibly important task to undertake. But I’ve figured out it’s pretty much impossible for someone my age to make a living off of writing excellent music criticism (let alone finding the opportunity to become excellent in the first place). I don’t really want to have a successful blog. I want to be a successful music writer. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to make that happen without mooching off of my parents the rest of my life.
I thought the key was to get a related music-industry job and blog in my spare time. That sort of works. But I’m beginning to suspect that the only people this whole thing is a good deal for is the people in the bands, the people actually making the music. I want to be creating something worthwhile and bringing people together through entertainment and excellent critical thought about that entertainment. So, while I figure out how to do that in a life-plausible way, I’m going to take a blogging break. It might be a week or two or a few months, and I might never start back up again. Only time will tell. And if you know how I can make money writing, well, you know how to get in touch.