Yes, this is post number 1,500. And it’s just a mish-mash of stuff that reaching that milestone brought to mind.
If you’ve got any thoughts on any of these, leave a comment or send an email. I’d like to know what you think and which direction you’d like to see things go over the next 1,500 posts.
First off, it’s time to refresh things. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed a few changes to the theme. There’s now a podcast bit on the front page and a Dummies bit in the sidebar. And a few other clean ups. If you spot any issues (like the titles in the How to Play and Review sections are screwy) please do let me know. And if you’re seeing a font like this for the post title (on the website) rather than the Saul Bass type font in the header, could you leave a comment.
I’m also rewriting the ebooks and giving them the same look as the blog. That might mean some of them disappear for a little while before they get a re-release.
And there are a lot of old/outdated news and window shopping posts. What do you think I should do with those? Delete them? Leave them? Rewrite them to make them more timeless?
After doing all that, I’ve decided to slow down posts here. So I’ll be doing one-week-on, one-week-off for a while and seeing how that goes.
If you’re desperate for more, I’ll probably be upping the amount of stuff I post on Tumblr, Twitter and Google+. I’ve been posting a few previews and extra bits of tab to my circles on Google+. So if you’re on there add me and I’ll put you in the ‘Ukulele Players’ circle. Unless your only following me to get in my pants in which case I’ll add you to the ‘Pants’ circle (but I think circles are limited to 5,000 so that one is going to fill up quickly).
1,500 posts in and I’ve posted loads of stuff I love, a few things I used to like and now I’m not so sure about, some stuff I don’t like (those are the most popular), and plenty of deeply unpopular stuff.
Here’s a round-up of the stuff I like most.
My Favourite Tabs
Magnum P.I. Theme
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Five Black Keys Riffs
Jonsi – Go Do
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music for a Found Harmonium
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
Jay-Z – Death of Auto-Tune
Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came
Elliott Brood – The Valley Town
James Bond Theme
Star Wars – Cantina Band
The Office: An American Workplace Theme
Match of the Day Theme
My Favourite Chords
Bon Iver/Kina Grannis – Michicant
Jonathan Coulton & GLaDOS – Want You Gone
Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap-Hop History
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me (The Ukulele Song)
Melissa Polinar – Beyond the Blue Horizon
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Erika Eigen – I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight)
Beirut – Elephant Gun
Gothic Archies – Scream and Run Away
My Favourite Interviews
My Favourite Wednesday Posts
Podcast 8 with Helen Arney
Podcast 4 with Uke Punk
10 Things You Hear About Ukuleles That Might Be Bollocks
10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Ukuleles Before I Bought One
10 Things I Learnt From John King
10 Reasons It’s Easier To Learn Guitar Than Ukulele
Ten Reasons You NEED To Buy A New Ukulele