I get sentimental on New Years.
Dizzy and I started this thing in April 2009, not really realizing how much this site would become an extension, a narrative of our dealings with music. It’s a running portfolio of every downloaded mixtape, bookmarked article, interviewed artist, attended concert, and DJ’ed show. Most importantly, the content is inspired by our incredible group of friends who support us in moving this site forward.
2009 was erratic. Inconsistent updates, theme changes every couple months, study abroad programs, and a general feeling of “how the fuck do we get this site off the ground” were the dominant themes. 2010 was our first full year, and we finally found our stride. Believe it or not, there are now people who read this site, 20,000 unique a month strong, from all over the world. We’ve also amassed a team of contributors who help us fill in the holes, both in terms content and musical taste. Praises are due for seanermc, Sheek Shah, miss a.k.w., Mr. Alexander, jonno, hankerins, chunkee, and ACB. This squad brought elements to this site that Diz and I would have never been able to conjure up ourselves. And yes, the main reason you don’t get a 404 error screen when coming here is shoms, our resident Dutchmaster.
As comfortable as we are now, 2011 is inevitably going to be a year of drastic change. You might only catch a couple posts a day on the homepage, but behind the scenes we are formulating something that is truly going to stand up to the heavy weights of the music publishing world, Mickey Ward style. The same way the blogging format is a reflection of our temporal college lives, the next reincarnation of Benz and a Backpack is going to represent the quality and professionalism that will be demanded of us in our coming careers. Every little thing we learn in the “real” world will be re-invested back into this site, and that makes me so excited for the future I have to remind myself I still have a diploma to earn.
We take the most pride in the content we have produced that is original, creative, and exclusive. With that in mind, hit the skip for the top 10 posts of 2010 in chronological order.
P.S. – I think I was 4 for 5 on my top 5 things to look forward to in 2010. The Wu album prediction was a little disappointing.
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