Believe it or not, today is the 15th Anniversary of the PiercingMetal.com website. That’s 180 months or 5475 days or 131,400 hours depending on how you like to look at things. As a numbers guy I always find it amusing to showcase a length of time in that fashion. So here we are and what a world this is at the moment. Back in February, I was making plans for this anniversary with friends as it was supposed to be a super-duper busy one. There were tours like Tyr, Mayhem and Life Of Agony coming through on this weekend along with the Big Apple Comic Con and instead of a flurry of activity the city and actually the world at large are hunkered down trying to be safe from this dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic. Those and numerous other events were postponed for the duration and some cancelled in full during this very precarious time. My annual photo for this anniversary reflects the time spent and the current necessities.
Greetings and Happy Thursday my Friends, I’m excited to share the news that today is the 14th birthday of the PiercingMetal website. So much has changed here since we first announced the domains existence to the masses some 5,110 days ago and I am happy to also say that it’s been busier than ever at the Metal Media Command HQ in terms of things to do and share with those who find our voice interesting to them. Legacy readers might remember the visual down below when the premise was a lot more simple and straight forward.
Back in 2005 it was only going to be reviews and photography but so many changes have happened since I brazenly referred to it as “New York’s Definitive Metal Resource” and quite honestly that was our Developers idea and no one wants to argue with the person building the thing so it stuck. I lined out a majority of the brands changes in last year’s birthday announcement (seen HERE for reference) and in the interest of time on a very busy morning for me, I will not repeat them. I will say that I did make some cosmetic changes and have filed all of our content under what amount to three distinct disciplines. There are Reviews, Features and Pop Culture sections and each of them bring worlds of awesome to your device of choice. As I compose this update for you, there are more than 6,200 posts to enjoy and I’ve scheduled 10 more to go live in the coming days. My plan is to push the content base past the 6.5K mark by the end of the year but a lot of factors are involved in doing something like that. Since news happens every day and I find myself toiling at the keys in response its probably doable even before the year ends so let the challenge begin. In any event, the new tagline going forward is “Where Heavy Music and Pop Culture Collide” and I feel it sums up what we are about even better than ever before.
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Hello my friends in the world of Heavy Metal music and Geekdom, I’m here to share the news that today is the PiercingMetal website’s thirteenth birthday and that it was officially announced to the masses on this very day back in 2005. It’s been quite a thrill ride since that fateful day when I said to myself that I would invest a whole lot of time into the process of administrating a website. On this “Lucky 13th” milestone I’m here to share some thoughts about how different it’s become from the bygone days and how much the scene around us has changed
When the website launched it was 100% objective review and photo galleries and that was based on it being sold as an online magazine for such topics. It was presented to the masses in the conventional HTML and was driven by a MySQL database. I loved the flow of it and how easy it was to find things but with such a rigid programming code to follow any necessary changes required days of modifying hundreds and then thousands of code pages. Some of you might remember how the website looked from 2005-2014 and for the newbies I’ve added in a photo below.
Greetings my trusty friends in PiercingMetal land, it’s once again time for me to take a pause in the usual proceedings to let you know that my Lifestyle Blog “The Chronicles Of PiercingKen” is now seven years old. That’s 2,555 days worth of online entertainment which touches upon a veritable cornucopia of topics. I’ve said this before and shall repeat that I really enjoy having this creative home away from home because its made my process even more fun and challenging. For those who’ve read that website, it’s no news to them about my speaking about so many different topics that just don’t belong over on the the music and Pop Culture vibe of PiercingMetal.com – For those folks who are just now hearing about “The Chronicles”, its absolutely loaded to the brim with NYC photos, touristy stuff, food forays, adventures and the occasional music piece that has nothing to do with Metal but still needs to be discussed. There are times when “The Chronicles” serve as a traffic sign to something on PiercingMetal and of course vice versa. Are you hungry for more information about the website? This photo is probably the reason that the notion is hitting you if I had to take a guess.
So about the photo above, if you have never seen one of our anniversary posts before please know that I love being playful with visuals that speak to whatever anniversary we happen to be toasting. Being a pretty much lifelong Brooklyn, NY resident there is nothing quite like a slice of our pizza. Since it’s not really a representation of a “7” I improvised. I can say that its been steady as she goes over on “The Chronicles” and it’s surpassed the “500” posts mark which is pretty cool considering. Since our sixth anniversary there have been a lot more convention posts and some modifications that you can learn all about by clicking the slice of pizza photo above. As much as “The Chronicles” are for our own area readers, its also a blast to direct my far away visitor friends to some things. I love being able to send tourists to our sights when it comes down to it. My goal for the coming year on this site is to surpass the 600th post which was a hope for the 7th year but just not possible based on all we have going on with PiercingMetal.com – it happens.
Now its time to get back to the business at hand. Thanks to all who are finding this other website of mine to their liking. The goal remains simple – to entertain you and to inspire you to look around a little more. For me it’s been a mission accomplished state for awhile and I look forward to keeping it coming. Ciao.
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Good afternoon my fine Metal friends, I’m here to tell you that today is the 12th Anniversary of the PiercingMetal.com outlet. In some sense it feels like yesterday that I decided to branch out on my own from the couple of brands that I contributed to and at others it does not and instead feels like a lifetime. My how the times have changed for this stuff over the years. Back then the magazines were still one of the best ways to enjoy the myriad of Metal bands that were out there but unless you were reading the European offerings you rarely would have heard of so many of the bands that are now almost common discussion among fans. Facebook and Twitter were still pretty new and now they are a focused part of our day and yeah I’m using them for the website on a regular basis so I hope that you are with us for that social networking ride.
Since I always do a look back on how this site started against what it is now I have to say that it’s a world of difference from the original premise that was launched twelve years ago. Back then, I only wanted it to be reviews and concert photos and yeah I did those in massive amounts but I was never going to blog about stuff. Then a blog was created which let me discuss so many other side topics that related to the stuff on the once separate review side. I was also never going to use these newfangled Social Networks for site promotion but I am using all of them nowadays. I wanted to make the whole site into WordPress and a conversion began in 2014 and I’m happy to report that PiercingMetal.com is now 85% in WordPress and constantly working towards full transition. There are still a few hundred or so legacy articles that bear some re-editing and format for inclusion in the way it looks now. The constant happenings in the music world today find the older items taking a backseat while the more “spur of the moment” items are addressed. Though I don’t treat the outlet as a newsfeed site like the great Bravewords.com and MelodicRock.com handle, I do offer up the touring plans, the band lineup changes and the occasional record label signing to keep some level of newsy article being featured when it’s best to do so. Creatively speaking our archive of content has just surpassed the “4600” mark in terms of postings and these posts span a wide gamut of topical review, photo galleries and features that inform on numerous different interests. When I merged the once side blog into the main presentation I decided to also up my game in the Pop Culture stuff so as you peruse the Comics and On Screen or Toy posts you will see there is a lot more there. It makes sense since bands write and star in comic books and there are numerous toys for them as well.
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