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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

For Audio Overflow, This is Cale. Signing Off.

Bloggers are a strange, egocentric bunch. We write with a spirit of self-importance, with the belief that what we pen is somehow important or meaningful. We often forget that we are one of millions doing the exact same thing, rarely contributing unique ideas or perspectives, usually not writing anything of note. But it is this egocentricity that keeps us going; because even as we know deep down that our musings are generally of no concern to the general public, we persevere in the hopes that it may affect someone, somewhere. It is this hope that sits you down in front of a computer screen every day, that forces you to write, even when you don't want to, when no discernible reward can be derived from your actions, your writing. At best, you can hope for a couple Diggs or an increased number of Google searches. But for the most part, the life of a blogger is one of little to no importance.

As the founder and main contributor to Audio Overflow for the past 2 1/2 years, I've learned this lesson well. Though the monthly site visits have increased steadily over the last year and a half (as long as I've been tracking them), the majority of these visitors are first-timers who stumble upon Audio Overflow via a random search query, read for a minute and never return. A few stick around, but most don't. Just a regular guy with no experience in running a website, I never knew why this was, and still don't. I certainly never advertised the blog on other sites, because I'm poor and unwilling to take that risk, but I would've thought that somewhere along the line the site would start to gain a significant amount of readers. It never did.

This post will in no way be the final post on Audio Overflow, though it is the beginning of the end, more or less. As most of you know, I have a few loose ends to tie up, though the schedule on which I will do this is completely up in the air at this point. I have given much thought about the future of Audio Overflow over the last few weeks, and several ideas have come into my head. In the end though, I'm more content to just let it die peacefully than milk it for all it's worth. As stated a few weeks back, I would like to do my yearly Top 31 countdown, but that has always been a draining process for me. I am not sure I will have the energy or desire to do that in December. I am almost sure that I will post the occasional review, and I plan on keeping at least a few contacts open to allow me to do this.

Essentially what I'm saying is that today is the last day of Audio Overflow. Anything that happens past this date is an extended death rattle. I would hope that those of you who have read the blog regularly would check back periodically for the occasional update, but I won't blame you if you don't. Should you feel the need to contact me, you can leave a comment (all comments are forwarded to my inbox) or simply shoot me an e-mail at

Thank you very much for your support over the years.



JD said...

The tears have not stopped flowing. Thanks for your efforts Cale, I always enjoyed reading the new post everyday on this site. It was one of the few sites I visited and read everyday. I must say, it will be missed but I understand that life must go on. Good luck with your future. Tell Jill and Erin the same, they contributed for a short while too. Later

T said...

Agreed. I can't for my life understand the low popularity of such a great blog. But oh well, that's life for a misunderstood genius, right? =P

I'll miss your stuff, man.

Roger said...

I'm a frequent reader but have never posted. I'll miss reading your stuff and wish you all the best.