Hello. You may not know it, but today is Doklands' 10th birthday. During those years it has changed filehosting half a dozen times, layout three or four, and been censored once. Don't ask what, it's really much less interesting than you might expect. Writing this thing is very much like being a shepherd. Sometimes you have to let one of your posts freeze to death on the mountainside so that the other 3,653 might live. I mean, come one, there's a new lamb born every day, don't get so fucken sentimental.
Doklands was not the first mp3blog, nor was it even a particularly early one. The field has shrunk dramatically since 2006, but there were others before us who are still here and still doing well. Even the blog's regular schedule isn't that impressive. We've skipped plenty of days over the last decade. I don't keep a slush pile of unposted writings, and I don't backdate entries to fill holes. Everything goes out live.
Part of what has caused so many mp3 blogs to die is the rise in streaming music services and recommendation engines. Why take the advice of a stranger over your Spotify weekly discovery playlist? At least that's a question that I assume is being asked, presumably by people with far less shite in their playlists than I have to wade through. No, there's definitely still a place for curation in today's world, and there's definitely something to be said in favour of downloading over streaming. You don't need a gatekeeper between you and your music. That's been the dream of media companies ever since they started to panic about home taping. As Kenneth Goldsmith of UbuWeb says, "Don't trust the cloud."
Don't trust the cloud, and don't trust Doklands either. No promises are being made about how long this thing stays open. I suspect we've made it this far together because someone once, after discovering I'd been writing for two years, informed me that most blogs don't last longer than three. After that, it didn't matter how much great music you knew about when you started, you were going to inevitably run out of source material. Lambs, man. He'd never even heard of lambs.
Here's something I recorded some time around 2000 about being a content provider. Timely.TINC Project - Net Work(alt)