Taking A Break, For Now

Taking a break: a note from Brady Gerber, founder of Headphone Nation

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Dear reader, wherever you are in the world:

Goodbyes are always weird, and, in my experience, rarely final. So instead of saying goodbye, I’ll say that Headphone Nation is taking a break.

At this moment, I no longer have the time it takes to give this website the attention it needs or deserves. If I were to continue at my current rate, my posts would get shorter, my writing would grow lazier, and I would only post just for the sake of posting. Headphone Nation is entirely a labor of love, a mostly one-man effort and an ad-free, SEO nightmare that, with just me doing pretty much everything, is not sustainable. I still believe in this website’s mission to share excellent music from around the world outside the United States missed by the major publications – if, for whatever reason, I don’t return here, I hope someone will pick up where I left off and make it even stronger. And if I do return here, it will be after I’ve learned the best way to come back and make the website what it needs to be.

Though I’ve never been so busy, I am busy with exciting new opportunities; I’m continuing to write through freelance work and my weekly newsletter, and I am working on a few writing projects that I can’t wait to share once they are ready. I’m writing more than ever, but, ironically, I’m not sharing as much as I used to. That’s OK. Writing and creating content are two separate skills, as much as social media has blurred those lines. They can both be related, but I want to dig deeper into the former. (It doesn’t require Wi-Fi.)

When I started this blog, I was 18 and had too much to say, with no place to say it. The Tumblr boom and the novelty of having a blog had passed, but a blog was exactly what I needed at the time. I decided late that I wanted to write and did not pursue writing in college, and I didn’t know the first thing about getting published anywhere. But I knew I wanted to write, so I made my own platform to write, and I wrote. At first, I wrote about whatever I wanted, whether it be two sentences about a song I liked or, like my very first post, a poorly written review of my favorite album at the time. I wasn’t a good writer! I was still learning how to write well. I’m still learning how to write well, and this blog has been a huge part of my growth. I cannot overstate the importance for any writer to have a place to have total control and where you can write “bad” in order to write well. My place is now journaling, but everyone is different.

Seven years ago, I would have never guessed where Headphone Nation would take me and the doors it would open for me. I’ve always written these posts for myself, the artists, my family, and my friends who paid attention to stuff like this, so to grow an audience with pretty much zero marketing and to introduce people to new music has been fulfilling and an honor. To anyone who has ever read a post, interned at the website, contributed words, shared this website with someone, liked or followed one of its social media platforms, or heard music that made you stop and go wait wait, what is this, thank you so much. I’ll gladly take another email from an artist thanking me for taking a chance on their music over any number of likes.

You, reader, are the reason I’ve kept going here. You’re the reason why I’m stepping away, so I can grow as a writer and share with you something even better. I’m taking a break here, but we’ll talk soon.

Stay well,

Brady

 

Website: http://bradygerber.com/

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Headphone Nation Is Moving To New York City (and needs a little break)

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Hey y’all,

A lot of big changes are about to take place, and I need to give you guys a heads up.

The next couple of months are going to be some of the most hectic, yet exciting months of my still-very-short life for a variety of reasons. Very soon I will be graduating from college, I will be attending my mom’s wedding, and I will be making the big move from Bloomington to New York City to begin my post-grad life with a brand new job in a brand new city. I will be working in Brooklyn with a job that I couldn’t be more thankful for – a kind of position that will allow me to get in greater touch with the music industry and will allow me to continue my writing.

I want to put in as much focus and energy as I can into enjoying my last days of college, and once I’m in NYC I want to spend as much time as I can getting to know the city. This is a huge transition, and I need to step away from my computer and be present in these moments; for me, writing is an enhancer, but not a replacement, of life, and sometimes it’s better to step away and experience something new.

In this time I won’t be able to give Headphone Nation the time or energy that it takes to produce meaningful and consistent content. So to make things easier on myself, I am stepping away from Headphone Nation for the next couple of months.

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But don’t worry, this is not the end.

In fact, this is the beginning of something even better.

Headphone Nation has always worked because I could find all the music that I needed through the Internet, but moving to NYC will allow me to gain access to so much new music that I’ll be able to write about and share with you. I cannot wait to be in a city full of bands and creative types, and I can’t wait to share the kind of music that you won’t be able to easily find on the Internet.

Once I settle into my job and have a better sense of what kind of time that I’ll have to write, I will come back to this website with all sorts of new ideas and a new energy to make Headphone Nation even better.

I cannot express enough how much I love running this website and what its modest success has meant to me, and I am forever grateful for this small yet loyal community that has grown around this website. I started this little music blog in high school as a means to express my love for all the music stuck in my head (and to stop annoying my friends and family with all my yammering). I didn’t have a clue what sort of direction this website would (or could) take, but Headphone Nation has opened so many doors for me and has introduced me to so many new writers and musicians whom I would have missed.

The greatest satisfaction, however, is all the music that I’ve been able to share with so many different people. That ability to share something meaningful is what drives me to make this blog the best that it can be; one of Headphone Nation’s taglines is “We Want To Make Your Life Better”, and I would like to think that, in some small way, we’ve done just that.

Thank you all for keeping up with us, and I hope you stick around for just a little bit longer.

I will still be active on my own personal twitter (@BradyWGerber) and I’ll try to continue posting interesting things I hear or see on our Tumblr and Facebook page. I am also a music contributor for Dingus and Cultured Vultures, so be on the lookout for my pieces there.

Thanks again for being a part of this. See you soon.

Tune in. Tune out. Live on.

-Brady

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