I can’t quite believe it’s nearly December again; 2013 has gone by in a real flash (isn’t that – god forbid – actually a sign of getting old!?). I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support on Another Kind Of Mind this year, it really does mean a great deal – especially during the long periods of frustrating ill health which have made it difficult for me to post as regularly as I would have liked over the last twelve months.
All this has left me with quite a backlog of half written and long-promised posts, the drafts of which have taken to glaring accusingly at me from my Dashboard every time I log in to WordPress (inasmuch as the draft of a blog post can actually glare, of course…). Nonetheless, I really do need to get them properly finished off and posted before some of you die of boredom waiting for me to finally get them done!
However, there are some brand new posts in the works too – coming up over Christmas and the New Year will be plenty of the usual Another Kind Of Mind seasonal treats (as ever!), plus a good loud blast of my albums of the year for 2013 (warning: some of them really are quite noisy…), a few opinionated rants and, of course, any other divertingly interesting odds and ends that may turn up there or thereabouts in the meantime…
And over at the Top 50 albums blog, I’ve recently added a few more links to some great 1990s lists from various Twitter folk (if you still haven’t sent me your 90s list yet, please do get in touch here or on Twitter and I’ll add your Top 50 to the blog). I’ll also be sharing my 1970s Top 50 albums list with you over there in the New Year – I’ll post the full list here too, so watch out for that some time in January if you’re a music lover!
Also, if you’ve got any brilliant suggestions for new posts, I’d really love to hear from you – all ideas will be given due consideration, and you’ll be credited in any resulting posts. Get in touch too if you think you might like to write a guest post on Another Kind Of Mind sometime in the New Year. It’s easy. Simply leave a comment here or tweet me with your idea. Are you ready… set…. GO!
Oh, and for those festively-inclined folk who are already in a Christmassy frame of mind, you may be interested in some of my previous seasonal posts, which can be found here.
More than three hundred posts.
Over six hundred comments.
Almost fifty-three thousand views.
And you, the reader…
Yes, today is Another Kind Of Mind’s fourth birthday. I can’t quite believe that, but it’s true. I never imagined this blog would make it to four years, let alone be as (comparatively) successful as it has been.
Thank you, all of you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for liking, for sharing, for all your support. For making this slightly eccentric and opinionated personal blog what it is today – and for continuing to inspire me and make me smile every time I log on to WordPress.
And a very happy birthday to Another Kind Of Mind!
First off, apologies if any of you have been getting weird tweets and emails from Another Kind Of Mind which lead to dead links or blank/unfinished posts – it’s just me being completely technologically inept whilst playing around with WordPress on Android (which seems to have a rather annoying habit of posting stuff without me touching a thing). Hopefully, I’ll have it all figured out soon…
You may have also noticed that the blog now looks very different. After using and liking this new theme on the Top Fifty Nineties Album blog, I decided it was time for a change here as well. Personally, I think the new look is much better, and I hope you do too – plus this particular theme is configured to show properly on both computers and mobile devices, so you can also now read Another Kind Of Mind on your tablet or phone if you so desire!
On the subject of the Top Fifty Nineties Albums blog, my list is now complete. If you missed out on my reviews, you can still find them all there, along with a few geeky stats and links to loads of other great lists sent to me by various Twitter people. I’ll be adding more lists and other bits and pieces as time goes on, so keep an eye out for that if you’re a music fan.
Elsewhere, street art fans will want to check out my Flickr stream, which I’m regularly updating with lots of interesting images from various sites in and around London. You’re also welcome to follow me on Twitter (where I mostly ramble rubbish and/or talk about music), or over on Tumblr (where Another Kind Of Mind’s slightly eccentric and distinctly vintage photography-obsessed little sister blog lives).
And I’ve got some good stuff coming up for you right here (alongside quite a few long-promised and much-delayed posts!), including more sideways glimpses into the history of my favourite city, another musical memorial bench, how to be a telly ‘tec, and a few other bits I probably haven’t thought of yet. Plus, Another Kind Of Mind will be celebrating its fourth birthday at the end of this month, believe it or not – so I’ll also have to think up a way to mark that surprising anniversary!
Finally, I’ve had a few responses to my call-out for mondegreens, but I still want more! We’ve all misheard a lyric or two whilst listening to music and I want to hear your favourites – leave a comment or tweet me your contributions, and the best will be included in an upcoming post.
Ah, go on. You know you want to…
Yes, the music lists are back! Only this time I’m doing it all slightly differently…
As the title suggests, this new list is of my Top 50 albums of the 1990s (if you are a music fan you’ll know that this was a brilliant era for great albums!). I was in my teens and early 20s during the 1990s, and it was a formative period for my taste in music – a lot of the choices on this list have a very deep emotional resonance for me, and I decided I wanted to write about that. So, instead of inflicting fifty geeky music essays on you, I set up a dedicated blog for this challenge, and it is that I have been working on over the last few weeks.
When the whole list is completed, I’ll be posting a rundown of the full Top 50 on Another Kind Of Mind (of course), but in the meantime you can catch up with all my selections so far on the new blog here.
And if you’d like to see even more Top 50′s of the 1990s (and a few links to the results of previous music list challenges) as compiled by some of the lovely people on Twitter, you can find them here.
I’ve had some fantastic feedback on my list choices and the new blog already (there’s still 20 albums to go!), and I’d love to hear what you have to say. Feel free to head on over to the blog and leave a comment, or check the list as it goes out on Twitter (hashtag #CB90sTop50) – I look forward to hearing from you!
I realise all has been very quiet on the blogging front here lately – but worry not good readers, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth….
There are lots of shiny new posts to come, however – including the very long-awaited (and, it must be said, rather rude!) second part of the most ridiculous names in sport post, more bizarre and sinister episodes in the history of medicine, another selection of the weirdest words in the English language, the story of why a yew tree in a quiet west London churchyard commemorates of one of the saddest events in 17th century history, even more music lists, and anything else that catches my fancy or makes me cross enough to start typing like a demon.
I’m also still after your mondegreens (see here for an explanation of this), so leave me a comment or send me a tweet with your favourite misheard lyrics and you might find your contribution used in an upcoming post!
I know many of you enjoyed the street art photos I posted at the end of last year, so you’ll be pleased to hear that my Flickr photostream is currently being regularly updated with more images from various parts of London. If you know of any good places to see street art in the capital, I’d love to hear from you too.
You can also find Another Kind Of Mind on Tumblr, where I post lots of typically random bits and pieces, and I’m often to be found being geeky about music and ranty about politics on Twitter too – feel free to follow if you are on either or both!
I just realised I haven’t posted anything in almost a month – my apologies for that. Unfortunately real life and a painful back injury have eaten into much of my recent blogging time, but I will be back very soon with some brand new posts and a few that have been promised for quite a while…
Thanks for your patience!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for Another Kind Of Mind (thank you stats helper monkeys!):
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals
And a very big thank you to everyone who visited and read in 2012. I wish you all a happy new year and lots of light, luck and love in 2013!
The Bad News:
Just a quick post to let you know that as of today, I have mothballed the Another Kind Of Mind Facebook page. Sadly, the stats are telling me that it is hardly reaching anyone and that this situation is only going to get worse now that new rules for pages have been introduced by Facebook.
The page will continue to exist but it will no longer be updated. If you were one of the few that the Facebook page was reaching and you wish to continue being updated about new material on Another Kind Of Mind, please subscribe to the blog directly (you can find the details at the very bottom right of this page), or follow me on Twitter.
Incidentally, I have removed as many references to the Facebook page as I can find – but with more than 250 posts on here, trawling through them all will take some time! If you do spot any that I have missed, please leave a link to the relevant post in the comments here or on the Feedback page.
Thank you to all the people who liked, commented on and shared the page – I am sorry to see it go, but it is no longer worth my while to continue updating it, especially as I am using Facebook less and less in a personal capacity.
The Good News:
There are some brand new Christmas blog posts coming soon! I will also be speculating about the end of the world (or not) and – assuming we’re all still here by December 31st, obviously! – exploring New Year’s celebrations through history. Watch out for those in the next few weeks – but if you can’t wait until then, you can find some of my previous seasonal posts here.
Also watch out for some more weird history (even weirder and darker than before), some excellent news from Syon Lane Community Allotment, and whatever else I turn up in the meantime…
Time flies. Not sure how this happened, but today is Another Kind Of Mind’s third birthday. In those three years since August 2009, I’ve written 250 posts and wrangled more than 500 comments from the nearly 38,000 visitors who have popped by (swarmed by is more like it, as Brian’s Mum puts it) from almost every country on the face of this planet. Considering that this is an eccentric personal blog written by someone who doesn’t have a ‘niche’ subject or much time for SEO dithering, those stats amaze me. Seems I’m not talking to myself after all…
However, all this would not have been possible without some amazing people. Big thank yous go out to all my readers, whether you’re a regular subscriber or a drive-by single post glancer, and to all those who have liked, shared and commented on my posts over the last three years (especially all my lovely Twitter followers!). Thanks also to my friends and family, without whose love, support and encouragement through some difficult times Another Kind Of Mind would not exist. Here’s to the next three years!
Time for some birthday cake, methinks…
Here’s a bit of fun.
WordPress have recently introduced country stats, which means I can finally be nosy and find out where all my visitors are from. The stats go back approximately a month, and, in my case, contain some rather interesting information…
Unsurprisingly for a British-based blog, the vast majority of my readers during that period hail from the United Kingdom, with the United States and Canada lagging a long way behind in second and third.
I also seem to get a lot of European visitors – in fact, during the period covered by the stats, readers from twenty one of the twenty seven European Union member states popped by (I’m only missing hits from Cyprus, Estonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia, so if you know anyone in any of those countries, send them a link to Another Kind Of Mind NOW!).
But I also get hits from some slightly more exotic, far-flung and, frankly, often unexpected places, including Argentina, Mexico, the Netherland Antilles (where’s that?), Bermuda, Mongolia (wow), Paraguay, Vietnam, Morocco, Japan, Tunisia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Korea, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
I’d had no idea that Another Kind Of Mind had such an international reach – thank you to all of you, wherever you are, for your visits!