T/RD Turns 1 Year Old!

June marks the 1 year anniversary of Texas / Red Dirt Music Scene. It’s been quite a ride for me. I have learned a lot about blogging and even learned more web design. We reached 43,000 Hits in our first year with WordPress and now we are looking to take it a step further. Sometime within the next month or so we are going to switch over to our own Web Address. i.e. We are dropping the wordpress.com out of our URL. We will still continue to have wordpress host the blog for us due primarily to the fact they are better at catching the spam comments. We will upgrade to a preminum account though so we will have a little more control over the blog.

Now what does all this mean for you, the TRD readers? Well you can expect to see more request for donations since we are upgrading our services that will cost us out of pocket and well, we don’t sell anything…yet…so the blog doesn’t make money. Therefore I hope some of our regular readers will want to donate occasionally to help keep us going.

We are looking into a Color scheme change, though the tan and red scheme has served us well over the first year I feel a more eye pleasing color scheme is past due. We are open to suggestions for a color scheme just leave us a comment on this post.

As CD submissions increase, I am getting way behind on doing reviews and now I have had several bar/dancehalls ask if we could do a review of them. So, again, I call on you my loyal readers. If you are interested in doing reviews for us please drop us a note and let us know, we’ll contact you and try to work something out. Here again, we don’t make money so your only pay for the reviews will be free CDs and concert tickets, when possible.

In conjunction with the Blog Revamp we will also be upgrading our web site http://www.texasreddirt.net to match the newly restyled blog. We are hoping to have the online CD shop reopened soon also. When we switched web site host back a couple months ago we lost our database with all our store files. And rebuilding the database is super time consuming for me at this time, with so much on my plate.

In closing, I want to thank you all for making TRDs first year a success. We have become somewhat known in the music scene and look forward to more recognition in the coming year.

(as of this post at 8:57 am on June 1, 2008 TRD has received 43,540 hits! Thanks!)

KEEP THE DIRT RED YA’LL!!

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