A year ago today the very first post ever on Country Perspective was published. That review? It was Tim McGraw’s “City Lights.” Not a very memorable song, but I chose it because I wanted to start with something in the middle of the road. The next review though was a lot more important, as I reviewed Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Quite the step up, huh? Before I started this blog I had done several other blogs and every single one of them I ended up abandoning. I lost interest or enough time to maintain them. So going into making this blog I didn’t think I would stick to this one either, but then again I wasn’t as passionate about those other blogs as I am with this one. Obviously I stuck with it. Those first few months were the toughest, as it takes a while to get your blog off the ground and building readership. After a few months I realized that to grow the site more I should add another writer. I think I put something up on the site looking for a new writer in late July. Now for a fun fact I have never disclosed before: the first week of August in 2014 I was on vacation. Yet I had a blog post each day, Monday through Friday that week. Well I wrote an entire week of posts before leaving and scheduled them out. So for those that were reading the site then, the site basically was ran unmanned for an entire week and it didn’t burn down. In a weird way this amused me, but also reinforced the fact that I needed another writer. Luckily, Derek came on-board not too long after and he has been an excellent addition to Country Perspective. You have no idea how helpful it has been to have an extra set of eyes and another voice for the site. Not just for posts, but behind the scenes. I’m always bouncing ideas off of Derek and he’s been extremely helpful. So thank you Derek for helping me take this site to another level.
The amount of growth this site has experienced in a year’s time absolutely blows my mind. I never fathomed getting so many hits and visitors a month to the site. But while numbers are nice, what I appreciate more is you the readers voicing your opinion on the site and on social media. There are some days where I just don’t want to write or I’m not motivated, but then I’ll get a shout out from somebody thanking me for introducing them to new music and it gives me a boost. I’ve gotten messages from fans, artists and people within the industry who praise the site and it makes me very happy to know that people out there appreciate our work. So thank you for all of your kind words, support and words of encouragement. It does not go unnoticed and it’s very much appreciated by yours truly.
I’ve also come across a lot of great music and artists myself while I’ve been running this site. My music library has expanded a lot and I’m never without new, awesome music to listen to. What’s been even cooler is artists reading my reviews and thanking me. I remember the first significant artist to share one of my reviews was Sunny Sweeney and I’ll never forget it because I felt like that was the moment I felt country music is willing to give me a chance. People always think that it’s these sites that need to give artists a chance. Well these artists also need to give writers like me a chance. They won’t just share or read any blog’s stuff. When an artist of Sweeney’s caliber shares your material, it’s a good sign. Since then I’ve had numerous other artists reach out and share my work. I really freaked out when Sturgill Simpson retweeted my album of the year post on him, as I simply couldn’t believe it. So thank you country artists for giving me a chance and accepting Country Perspective.
Of course I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to all of the people who have left hateful comments on my blog and towards me on social media. You guys get to see some of these comments, but the most vulgar and explicit ones don’t get through because they look like they came straight from the YouTube comments section. Trust me I have a collage of these comments. But I actually get a lot of amusement and humor from these comments. So thank you for the laughs, especially you Florida Georgia Line fans, you delusional morons. You are relentless in your defense of the Nickelback of country music. You need to step up your game, RaeLynn fans!
So in conclusion thank you to everyone who visits this site and reads our material! I’m truly grateful. I look forward to many more great memories and moments right here on Country Perspective.
Josh Schott, Founder & Editor-in-Chief