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It’s Been a Year

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    One year ago I retired and launched into the world. I can’t believe it’s been a year. First, I want to thank everyone that’s supported the website for a full year and all of you that kept monthly payments on and re-signed up today with a new yearly subscription. Seriously, thank you. I had no idea if this entire endeavor was ever going to work, and all of the support has truly blown me away. I’ve loved getting to know so many of you over the past year and being able to share this experience with you. Again, I can’t tell you thank you enough.

    One year in I figured is as good a time as ever to run down some of the numbers from the last 12 months:

    • 5,145 articles posted on the main site.
    • 1,004,735 words written in those articles.
    • 895,137 forum posts.
    • 34,766 registered forum members.
    • 891,056 likes given out.
    • 2,000 private messages sent per month (average).
    • 27 podcast episodes recorded (and 3 bonus episodes).
    • Over 160,000 podcast listens.
    • 83,035,328 pageviews.
    • A 6:40 average session time.
    • 13 “first listen” blogs in the supporter forum.
    • 365 days where I was happy with the choice I made.

    Not a bad first year at all. As I wrote about when I posted up our new $3 per month supporter membership plans, I’m definitely in for another year of running this site, posting about music news, technology, ranting in the forums, and hopefully expanding our little community even more. The first year was the most fulfilling work of my entire career. The cloud that had been following me around for the past few years has lifted, and I’ve found myself more inspired and excited to work on this website than ever before. I think we have something very special here, and I’m as committed as ever to keep doing it for as long as all of you keep reading it and supporting us. The rest of the web feels like it’s getting louder, more crowded, more angry, more cluttered with junk, and Chorus to me has been a much needed antidote to the bullshit.

    So, what’s next on the roadmap? I’m currently working on a bunch of changes to clean up the main website’s codebase. There’s some design tweaks in there that I think will make the main site much more intuitive to browse, find the information you’re looking for, and better organize our content. It’s also far more optimized for mobile and tablet browsing. I’m also working on improving our supporter perks so that patrons will be able to better customize their experience.1 After that gets rolled out I’ll be working on new features for our community. Of course we’ll still be posting content on a daily basis and hopefully adding even more new voices as contributors in the near future.

    As always, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter, email, or in the forums with thoughts, ideas, or concerns about the website. And if you like what we’re doing, please give our supporter options a look. If you can swing $3 a month to help us out, it would mean the world to me. It’s with the support of readers like you that we’re able to keep publishing and stay online.

    We made it a full year, I’ll raise a glass tonight to everyone that helped make that a reality. Here’s to the next.

    1. The plan is to have an ad free version available within a month or two, and then, Dark Mode will be a priority.

  2. bodkins


    So awesome! Congrats dude, love Chorus!
    Jason Tate likes this.
  3. defmytones


    While it was definitely a hard adjustment, glad to see the site going strong. Between this and AP I've been an almost daily viewer for a lot of my music news for the last 10 years.

    One thing I'll say I miss though are the reviews. I know you guys still post them here and there but that was one of my favorite areas to go to for discussions. Other than that stellar stuff here Jason.
  4. Morkypep


    No disrespect to Jason but I sure do miss absolutepunk. I don't know why but this place just doesn't capture the same magic. Maybe it is just nostalgia. Anyways, congratulations none the less.
  5. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    pretend this says year not week
  6. tyramail

    Trusted Supporter

    I have to say, the transition was weird as a longtime ap user, but I definitely enjoy chorus just as much. Congrats!
  7. KyleAtGalaxy


    It's been a year now since you were here now and I'll be trying to heal inside.
  8. disambigujason

    Trusted Supporter

    Long live chorus
    Mrplum5089, coleslawed and Jason Tate like this.
  9. Gen Handley


    Nice work man! I was a bit skeptical at first but was soon proven wrong.
    Jason Tate likes this.
  10. this site sucks... B-)
    Aaron Mook likes this.
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  12. teebs41

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Love the site, to me this is a much better site and maybe community than ap. I mean I was around in the dark ages of 06-08 where a lot of nasty people would show up in the forums. People treat each other with respect here and I love that.

    Also can't believe my band premiered our ep on this site, amazing
  13. you should add a sarcasm smiley. sunglasses was the best i could find.
  14. Tim

    grateful all the fucking time Supporter


    #RememberMe #NeverForget
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    I've got so much stuff on my computer from that era.
  16. Fletchaaa

    Trusted Supporter

    Congrats, I've been a daily reader and I've enjoyed this site just as much as the old one
    Jason Tate likes this.
  17. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    I think I see Saosin and Chiodos and I'm not sure what it says about me that I can recognize half their logos lol
  18. abear182


    Also agree with this point. I discovered many bands from the reviews section.

    Other than that I really enjoy Chorus :-).
    defmytones likes this.
  19. Definitely working on expanding out the contributor base and getting even more reviewers to write.
  20. kylethrash


    Can't say I don't miss AP and it's format / members :-/
  21. Tim

    grateful all the fucking time Supporter

    Really though, it feels like a lot longer than a year. feels like an eternity ago. Chorus has been a noted upgrade for my fav website for sharing my totally faultless superhero opinions. Look forward to more perfect takes in the years to come. :spiderman::superman::panther::heart:
  22. smowashere

    Trusted Supporter

    Miss, love Chorus so much more.
  23. angrycandy

    I’m drama in these khaki towns Supporter

    I loved and was sad to see it go, but I'm really happy that we have chorus which is an improvement in most every way. you should be really proud, Jason.
  24. Honeymagnolia

    Regular Supporter

    Congrats. It has been a great success and though I am not a supporter (sorry I am a poor British student) this site is great.

    Awesome to hear you are looking to expand the contributors and stuff as sometimes I feel there is less new stuff being posted probably as it is a one man job and more regulated to ensure quality over quantity but I don't like to miss out on anything.
    Jason Tate likes this.
  25. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    It's been a good year! Here's to many more.