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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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Welcome To The All-New PiercingMetal.com :)

On April 4th 2014, PiercingMetal.com celebrated the achievement of having been online consistently for nine years while its companion blog “PiercingMetal Musings”; reached its own “Lucky 7th” milestone only a few days later. With 2014 almost at its halfway point, I made the decision to move on from the sites original design (seen for one last time in this posting below our logo) and move forward with new articles and images in a WordPress model. They say that the only constant is change and this is especially true when it comes to technology and all the things that you can do with it. Change is also cited as being good for the most part but I will admit that in this particular instance it was a bit daunting because I was so used to the layout that I had and have been using it since February 2005. New readers will not know this but there was a couple of months of live testing time before the “Official Launch Day” of 4/4/2005 and back then you could have a live website that no one knew about until you told them that it was there to be perused. Here is the final official glimpse of it.

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I was indeed hard to move on from a layout that one has gotten so used to for so long but while I loved the way that PiercingMetal.com looked during its beginnings and over the years and how it felt to me as a technical person in terms of content building, it was high time for a more modern flow using the powerful tools and means that software such as WordPress provides you with as a creative entity. As you can see on the new Menus, almost all of the options that were found in our original design are here to be enjoyed in the new framework. I did drop a couple of items since I have not yet figured out a way to best offer them up here and some others are gone for good. That said there are still items forthcoming but they require some serious adjustment before being presented in this new model. The photo galleries in particular is the area that needs the most rethinking in WordPress.

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The Menus will offer up easy access to the Official PiercingMetal Blog which of course hosts our Comic Book themed posts and the films that we enjoy the most. With this WordPress installation the two sides of PiercingMetal will work even closer in tandem than they had before. This was not easily possible in the old design. If you are wondering about the few thousand review articles that I had online, well they are still here for you to peruse but for the time being you need to access them differently. For now the menu option Legacy Reviews is where you can read and enjoy those articles. Please bear in mind that its a simple directory listing but it can easily be searched by the band or album title with the “Ctrl-F” function once you are there. These are the actual reviews that you used to see on the original site and over time I will be transferring all of these articles into the new design while at the same time keeping focused on giving you some exciting new articles that will sustain your Metal hungers. The difference between how an article posted in traditional HTML as opposed to WordPress requires that each item be looked at carefully but at least they will take the most advantage of it. The dates will reflect the same as they did on the original site because that is when they were done, so something written way back in the beginning shall be posted with that same date in the new framework. Our Social Networking options are pretty visible in the new layout and so is our ever-popular calendar and one of the things this allows is for a presentation of our most recent blogs which I think is pretty cool because PiercingMetal Musings has become a voice of its own during its seven year lifetime. One of the things I have been doing since this quiet relaunch is importing many of the music related blog posts into the new WordPress installation. There are some things that are duplicates over there and were used to entice the frequenters of blogs to come visit the main original website.

Though converting the old stuff will be a lot of work, at the end of the day it will make PiercingMetal a much better experience for you readers and that has always been the goal.  Many thanks to all the readers who been coming here for awhile, I’m glad that you do and I hope that you will keep on with us as we continue to raise the horns of Metal for the masses in this new fashion.  Welcome to any new readers, I look forward to entertaining you. Feel free to let me know what you think about our sleek new phase in our comments section and I shall see you in the field sometime soon if you are in our region. Don’t forget to give some love to our various social networking accounts which are down below for your easiest access.

Ken Pierce, Founder and Principle Creative
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: (7/20/2014) – Hey there readers, I just wanted to add an Editor’s note to this post about the status of the “PiercingMetal Musings” blog that was referenced here. There have been some rather dramatic changes to it and you can learn what has happened by clicking HERE.

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Huzzah!!!! It’s PiercingComics!!!!

I know, I know……what is he going on about now you might be saying, and just what the heck is the story behind the logo below these words.  Well, the answer is on the simple side my friends and I was just being a little bit grandiose with the announcement when it all came down to it.  Last year I attended the NY Comic Con as a member of the accredited press and it was a blast to do it and share the findings and photos with the readers of the PiercingMetal Blog.  I had also reviewed one of the Metal related comics that came out from Terminal Press a few months earlier and this all got me to brainstorming a little more – What about a focus on Comics from time to time?  Yes!!! I exclaimed and a quick call was placed to our own Joe Kaufman who fashioned this little bit of coolness for me as I introduce my readers to PIERCINGCOMICS (insert thunderclap here)…..

So what exactly is “PiercingComics”, well, its actually just a different name for the “Comic Booking It” category on the blog that I created just the other day and added to our mix.  This category will line out its focus on the music related comics that we find in our possession and of course the coverage of events like the Comic Con when we happen to go.  Perhaps I will expand upon the idea and offer up some of the more conventional comics releases or the big hoopla events or trade paperbacks.  I refer to the Marvel Comics or DC Comics stuff since they always are dishing out some coolness.  I am still unsure about the actual planning but whatever the case may be I have a feeling that you will find it interesting.  Well, I hope so at least.

I went back through the blog and added in a couple of tags like “comic books” and moved some older items to the “Comic Booking It” category so they are easier to locate.  I felt that this stuff would be best served up in the site blog as opposed to launching yet another website.  There are already a ton of comics sites that have been around for awhile, but with my doing it this way, I get to speak about the medium as a lifelong fan who now walks among a lot of creative people and things as an entertainment scribe.

Comments on this idea are always welcome provided they stick to  topic.  That’s a given at this point 🙂

UPDATE (8/1/2015): Since the time of this posting the PiercingMetal.com site has been completely turned into a WordPress presentation and all side blog features are now part of the main site. The Comic Book related content now all falls under the Category of “Comics”

Introducing “PiercingComics” (Kapow, Zok, Whamm!!!)

Perhaps I should explain what I am talking about. For many, many years I was a comic book collector and as result have several thousand of them in various locations of the city and even some in our illustrious PiercingMetal Command HQ. I’ve freely admitted that I have been close to a lifelong fan of the adventures of Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Hulk, Green Lantern, The Avengers and at this point far too many others to even list. My appreciation of the medium led me to give an overview on a comic book that featured Norway’s own Dimmu Borgir called “The Dark Fortress” and only last month I attended the NY Comic Con for 2010 as a member of the accredited press. This was my first comic convention in years and it was super exciting to be able to present my findings to the fans of my website and blog. I’ll be hitting similar events going forward using the “Convention Adventures” category. So without any further adieu I would like to announce the beginning of the “Comic Booking It” category here on the PiercingMetal Musings Blog. Queue dramatic music and stop 🙂

So What Will This New Category Feature? I am getting to that. Right now I envision this as a means to do additional synopsis or reviews of comics that might feature Metal bands as their protagonists or be the result of a creative team that features a musician or band of note. Over the years there have been a few comics dedicated to the mighty KISS, The Beatles and even a series that was called “Rock & Roll Comics” which I enjoyed reading depending on the issue and the artist that was featured. You can read about the Rock comics HERE if you like. That will be my starting premise but I know that I would really enjoy the chance to speak a little about some of the new mini series that might come out from Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Dark Horse if such a thing becomes possible based on resource availability. Whatever happens I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this kind of reviewing. I’m sure you will like it.

Closing up I just wanted to thank our good friend and unofficial Art Director Joe Kaufman for this new and wonderful logo so we could make a big deal about this new feature on the Official Blog.

UPDATE: Since the original time of this post, PiercingMetal.com has integrated all of its blog content into the main presentation and this category is now labelled “COMICS” – Also, the previously labelled “Convention Adventures” Category has been removed from the website and all event coverage was moved to “EVENTS”. This merge and reorganization has made for a better reader experience.

Welcome to PiercingMetal Musings; The Official Blog of PiercingMetal.com

While I’ve been meaning to start this blog thing up for some time, therein lies the problem – the time to get it done properly and keep it interesting. I’m convinced that working a 9-5 job all day and then choosing to do the “Metal Media Guy” thing in the evening is not only going to cost me my sleep but also my sanity. Oh well, I guess we shall see what happens going forward. My plan for this blog is to outline some of the other thoughts that I come up with based on or around the Heavy Metal reviews website that I have had for a couple of years now, and the adventures that I sometimes have in running it. Let’s face it, not everything that happens in my day as a writer and photographer fall into the context of conventional review. If it works and interests some who have never heard of PiercingMetal.com before then fantastic, and on the other hand if it becomes merely a place to rant and vent about weird stuff that happens then I guess that is acceptable as well. I can’t focus too much on senseless worry as it clogs the creative process. I will do my best to get down to the business of living life as a music scribe, enjoying it, and delivering stories that I found interesting enough to tell. Perhaps I will add some topics that relate to the comic book medium or films since I am very interested in those but only the geek stuff. It might be a good idea to lead you to certain review content on the main website like the shows and since you cannot comment on those posts based on the hard coded HTML, the blog is the perfect place for you to lend me your thoughts. It’s going to be a constant work in progress I am thinking.

Blogging is something totally new to me as a creative resource but it sure seems to be getting popular as a way to do things. Some writers are hating it since they feel its unprofessional while others are embracing it. I am willing to give it a whirl in the hope that it directs more and more people to the existence of the core website. By the way, we are using WordPress as our medium now and for those who first found the blog under the Blogger angle, that was imported and appended to work in WordPress. The original Blogger account was deleted in full so should not cause any confusion and now all of the web traffic belongs to this domain. That’s never a bad thing. Enjoy the ride and please by all means leave us comments about what you love or hate the most.

UPDATE 8/1/2014: Since this post was originally presented to readers back in 2007, PiercingMetal.com has absorbed the sum total contents of the side blog presence making it all one big presentation and the explanation can be found on THIS LINK. We thank you for your interests in this blog for so many years and the same ideas once there exclusively will now be under one PiercingMetal roof.