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PiercingMetal Is Twelve Years Old Today (2005-2017)

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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PiercingMetal Is Eleven Years Old Today (2005-2016)

Hey there my Metal Legions, I am proud to announce that I am turning it up to “11” here on PiercingMetal.com and if you are not following me based on the hour that I’m making this post – Today is the 11th Anniversary of PiercingMetal’s launch. Yessir, way back when I decided to deliver this Metal media outlet, I opted with 4/4 as my launching date since I am a former drummer and it was fun to make that our birth date to the world. Of course it would have been even more awesome to have launched in 2004 to be 4-4-4 but oh well, the idea hadn’t come to me until sometime in January of 2005. After a couple of months of plotting and planning and idea brainstorming – it launched. Tada and welcome, what an amazing ride its been so far.

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Looking back to compare the site from the very beginning against how it is in the present day is quite jolting for me because I remember how it begin as a straight HTML website with some focused areas of review along with a pretty healthy calendar of things to in the region. Over time there were some additional review areas added and a comprehensive photo section which I felt added to the scope of offerings quite nicely. Then blogging became a lot more prominent so one was created to discuss a whole other area of things that the fans of our music also enjoyed and of course were also interests of mine. That Pop Culture stuff sure did let me expand the brands reach and meet even more interesting people along the way. As the outlet approached passed its 9th Anniversary, a complete redo was put into play and it merged the classic review side in with the standalone blog side turning the two sided coin into one big WordPress offering. With so many parts to integrate, many legacy items are still works in progress and that is because its more important to keep the presentations coming and engaging your interests. I have to say that I love having everything in one place with each and every article or photograph relating to one another. It’s much more dynamic than it was able to be back in the day.

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The last eleven years have been both a fascinating and fun ride for sure. I’ve met some truly incredible band members and the folks that allow my work to get done as best as possible. It’s really awesome to be able to speak about such talent on this medium and shine lights on stuff that the world needs to know about. According to some of the record keeping I do, I’ve written a few thousand review items, saw about 1500 bands in concert and shot about 75k photographs. The process is sometimes exhausting but so worth it if you make any sort of difference for music that you are passionate about. For the past bunch of Anniversaries I’ve been finding various representations of the number of the anniversary to feature in this kind of posting but I have to say that not only is it getting harder and harder to find them as we tack on the years; there is just too much on the creative plate to offer up more than one of them this time around. I would be exaggerating if I said that I was planning on resting on my laurels as result of the anniversary. I’ve actually just gotten home from seeing Sonata Arctica perform and later on tonight will be seeing Uli Jon Roth at B.B. King’s. I’ll celebrate this 11th year by keeping out in the fields of Metal and media. If you are someone who has followed the site from the beginning, I say thanks for all the tireless support and if you are new to the presentation please accept this welcome to our work thought. I’ve a lot planned in addition to continuing the complete integration of my legacy content which still continues based on just how much had been done. Hopefully you are following the social networks where various things are shared and discussed. There are links around the main page to guide you to the lot of them. Thanks once again and now the climb to year 12 begins.

PiercingMetal 11th Anniversary

The PiercingMetal.com website is eleven years old today. Thanks to all of our readers for helping keep this site a busy and fun place for Metal and Pop Culture commentary.

PiercingMetal Is Ten Years Old Today (2005-2015)

Hey there Metal Legions, I can hardly believe that I am writing this down because it surely doesn’t feel like it to me but PiercingMetal.com is now ten years old and was officially launched to the public on this very day back in 2005. My, how time has flown. On this anniversary I’ll reflect upon the beginnings with some “10” related visuals with some thoughts on the process from then until now and I hope you enjoy it. Here we go.

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The Beginning: In the time before I jumped into the media fray with my own site identity I had gotten my introduction to the craft thanks to the overall awesomeness of The Metal Circus, Maximum Metal and Sea Of Tranquility websites. As I did my writings for these mediums I kept notes on how I liked doing this and after a couple of years at the task felt that I had a solid enough idea on how it could be done with my own brand. My good friend Joe was one of the main folks pushing me to do start my own thing and the topic of conversation was easily agreed upon after several rounds at the original Smith’s Bar before a show that we were hitting at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. I brought this theory up with a couple of trusted publicity contacts and the seal of approval was given and PiercingMetal was born. I quickly secured the domain name days later and started looking for someone to build the website for me. In 2005, or the bygone days of Technology, a website required a lot more manual devotion than it does nowadays. I’d find this help with Hoffman Digital Designs founder Joy Hoffman who crafted a sleek and functional design for me. From there it was a lot of testing and loading of my past writings into the database so the visitor had something to see from the moment that we announced it was here to examine. I had high hopes that any Metal audience would find this to their interest. Back then the site was pretty much only reviews and I mean CD’s, DVD’s and Concerts. There was no Book or Event reviews and stuff like the assorted demos that I had stockpiled were relegated to the “Other” section in the menu. It was succinct and to the point and worked out rather well right from the start for me. I also had a Calendar that served as my own event planning angle but that became something much larger for the Metal Legions almost immediately. The ride had started to move.
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Merging “PiercingMetal Musings” Into “The All-New PiercingMetal.com”

Ladies and gentlemen today I am saying goodbye to “PiercingMetal Musings”, a presence that has served our readers well as “The Official Blog” for PiercingMetal.com for just over seven years at the time of this writing. I see that you look a little sad at that announcement but let me tell you why you should only be smiling at that little bit of news.

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I’m about a month into the redevelopment of my PiercingMetal.com site and since I am now using WordPress to deliver all of the content that you have come to this dotcom to enjoy, there was no longer a need for a side presence to the brand name that used this same software. When I first installed WordPress and created the “PiercingMetal Musings” Blog it was to expand my creative voice outside of the context of objective reviews. It worked very well but as we steadily approach the websites tenth year online it was time to make a change. Over the last few weeks I have been importing all of the posts that you’ve enjoyed for the past seven years and have appended their categories to fit nicely into the new framework. Some of the more visible changes come via my “When The Music Died” and “Movie and TV Mania” categories. The topics written for those particular categories remain online but the top levels have been renamed to “In Memoriam” and “On Screen” respectively. I dropped my “Heavy Metal Holy S**t” and “Around The Metal Republic” categories and put all those stories into my “Heavy Metal Happenings” grouping for the time being. Once I get a little further along I will examine that stuff a bit more and see which category works out best for the particular story. I’m going to create an Editorial category where I speak on any number of items and call that one “PiercingMetal Says” to keep it simple. In time there might be other categories added but I would rather keep this whole thing streamlined as much as possible. The sites popular Events Calendar is still there and using the same “Web Calendar” software that it has since 2005. In time perhaps that will be more integrated into WordPress but I need to see what is available to be used for this item.
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