Shit, where did 2015 go? It already feels like 2016 is falling away from me but exactly 365 days ago, one Gregorian calendar year if you will, on the 14th January 2015, I launched my humble little website Second Guess to mild fanfare from my family and friends.
Reading over the words I shared last year,
"I finally forced myself to make a website. I realised that I'm always talking about music (mainly to myself), so I figured I might as well create a forum in which I can share my thoughts with anyone who might possibly listen"
I'm proud to say it's grown from that already, although perhaps just in my mind. At the end of the day this is still inherently a personal endeavour, which I started as a challenge to myself, a push to be more productive. Now I find myself placing a certain level of expectation into this spare time activity, striving to adhere to a quality in all of my output.
While this may seem like a bold claim, and despite a decent amount of finished articles so far, I think I wrote nearly as much content that I didn't post on here that lays half complete in a variety of formats, gathering both physical and digital dust. I've said it before, but you could easily find my mind spilled out across a series of disorganised, unpublished drafts - the problem would be making any sense of it all.
I still have a lot to learn, and I could hugely benefit by learning to write faster, with more purpose and clarity (or just better editing) but I'm trying my best to combine my passions of travel, live music, and writing, and turn them into something that others may find some bit of excitement or knowledge from.
In the past year I've been to Barcelona for Primavera, and to France for Pitchfork Paris, but in 2016 I'm set to crack North America, trekking through the States and into Canada, and I hope I can liaise some of my own sense of adventure to you. This is all self fulfilled, and a sure sign that bigger and better things are set to come.
As ever I'm rambling, but a sincere thank you for reading (whether it's your first, fifth, or last time) and I hope you find something on here that you truly love. As for me, I'll just be out here, listening to great music, rambling on & trying to write more. It's the only thing I know how to do.