Call This a Hiatus
Last week I tried four or five times to upload the shows I finally posted yesterday and kept running into issues. I got the files ready, stayed up to midnight, loaded them into Zippyshare, watched them start to upload and then came back the next morning only to discovered it had crapped out after a file or two. On Saturday I decided to give it one more go and thought that if it didn’t work I would go on hiatus for awhile and try to decide what I wanted to do with this site.
Well, those files worked, but I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed that they did. Which is why I’m taking a break anyways.
Long time users of this site will know the trouble I’ve had with it over the last year or so. All of my files were deleted by Megaupload and Mediafire, Rapidshare stunted the bandwidth making it unusable for me. Various other sites continue to have issues. Losing so many files has caused the reupload requests to go through the roof which in turn caused me to change my policy to a no-reupload rule. Still, in spite of the fact I have that policy stated in my side bar I get daily reup requests. I hate having to say no to those. I hate that so many of my files are now gone.
These things and more have caused what once was a truly fun hobby into more like a really irritating job. The fun has been sucked right out. So I’m taking a break, I’m going on hiatus to determine just exactly what my next step will be.
I want to pause right here though and say how much I really have enjoyed doing this. Its been a blast collecting shows and sharing them. I love the fact that I’ve been able to provide such incredible music with so many people over the last few years. So many of you leave comments, send e -mails, give me shows to share and I truly and deeply appreciate it. I especially want to thank those of you who leave so many wonderful comments. You guys rock. You have an incredible amount of knowledge about so many artists and shows that you have really added so much worth to this site. It is you all who have kept me going through so much of this nonsense. Thank you.
Now this isn’t an official goodbye. I’m taking a break. I want at least two weeks off and then again, maybe more. I honestly can’t say what will happen then. Maybe I’ll be refreshed and will start posting again with verve. Or maybe I’ll decide to give it up completely. My guess is that it will come down to something inbetween. I like the idea of posting one or two shows a week and actually being able to listen to them and to write a review of them. Or perhaps I’ll put all of my efforts into the Van Morrison Cafe or the Grateful Dead Cafe, concentrating on posting boots of one band and reviewing every show. Or maybe I’ll drop this blog and just post to sites like Guitars101 which would allow me to leave the stress of running a site and just become a little member posting when I want.
I have no idea what will happen. I’m gonna rest and relax without worrying about putting up shows. I’m gonna try to figure out what I want to do with the Midnight Cafe. I will certainly let everyone know when I decide, but definitely give me a couple of weeks to think about it.
Again, thanks everybody for all that you do. It is truly the fans that have made The Midnight Cafe such a treat.