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PiercingMetal’s Editorial For 2018

Well my friends it’s almost a wrap on the 2018 year and that means its time for my annual “State Of The Site” or “Year End Editorial” – you can run with whatever label that you prefer. For those who’ve seen these over the years I don’t need to repeat what it is, but the newbies should know that it’s my chance to share some of the insight about this website with those who are interested. It’s here that I offer up the scoop on some development changes and all of the other machinations on being a bit of a content manager, scribe, photographer and social media savant. As I did last year, I am aiming at keeping this a lot shorter than it used to be. Here we go.

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The Website Changes:

Visually Speaking: The PiercingMetal site continues to use the theme “Twenty Fourteen” after moving on from the “Raindrops” theme back in late 2016. Though I’ve got an issue here and there with it the theme functions as I need it to, so it will remain in place. Perhaps I will give the Raindrops one another go around our 14th Anniversary in April because I did like it. Originally we changed said theme to the one you see now based on lack of updates and issues that messed up the reader experience. Failure to get any support help found me saying “Next”. Before the morph into WordPress, a special customized theme was being worked on, but when the Dev let go of the project said theme was never released to our Metal Media Command HQ. Tech happens.

Features: In the Features Grouping, the main topics of focus fall into the Upcoming Tours, Milestones, and Memorials and all of these have all picked up steam this past year. These three are aimed at keeping you aware, keeping you celebrating and alas even reflecting with respect about those who might have left us. There is also “PiercingMetal Says” which is a bit of a catch-all/ While I don’t anticipate any additional features being added to the mix at the time of this editorial I will say that I have made a couple of subtle changes. I’ve retitled “Upcoming Tours” to be “Tours and Festivals” with the mindset being to reach our readers outside of our immediate geographic region with stuff that is relevant to their interests. Several of our publicists handle a wide array of Festival events and it would be a missed opportunity to not showcase that to you. If a new feature comes to me in a dream, I will strongly consider adding it but for the most part I think that we cover sufficient bases with these. My suggestion box is open for those of you who might have a brainstorm but please be aware that no prize comes from you discussing something that will cause me more work at the end of the day.
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Dramatic Changes To PiercingMetal’s Regional Event Planner

I wanted to take a quick minute and share with readers about one of the big changes that was made to the PiercingMetal site just this past weekend. As our long time readers are well aware of, the website has had a handy Regional Events Calendar installed under the domain since Launch Day One back in 4/4/2005 and this resource would feature as many of the areas hottest shows and often an album or video release when it was possible to add that information.   I should add that the image below was how this calendar looked up until this past Friday afternoon before it went away in the format that was in play for the past ten years.  So now what you might be wondering.

Photo - PiercingMetal Legacy Calendar - 2015

With the PiercingMetal website hitting its 10th Anniversary back in April and Converting to WordPress just over a year ago it was high time for a change to the Web Calendar.  I found a plugin that I liked and began loading it up with as many upcoming things that I could find so it was immediately a mirror of the upcoming stuff from the old presentation.  To up the ante I even added several new venues and types of happenings to the mix to make this even better than the one that our brand had moved on from.  The historical archive of the entries to the old calendar show that “4,885” items were listed over the past ten years and two months.  That amounts to almost “1,200” entries more than the “3,719” total days that PiercingMetal.com has been online. Whew. The stuff you discover when you love numbers. I was sad to lose all of those legacy listings and I should admit that the idea of none of that being a part of the site anymore almost made me not do the changeover. It was when I realized that no one is looking through the calendar for old show dates likes its an issue of the Village Voice or the East Coast Rocker that my resolve was firmed up to do it. So without any further adieu, please click the link below to see the new Events Calendar for PiercingMetal.com – I hope that you love it as much as I do because I think it has a lot more depth than the older software allowed. There is even a form for readers to point out any glaring omissions that should be added to the mix so by all means use it.

The All-New PiercingMetal Events Calendar: http://piercingmetal.com/events/

Let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to share this resource with your fellow Metal heads so more people can get to the shows. There are so many great things happening in our Big Metal Apple that need your attention. Now back to the regularly scheduled narratives. Don’t forget to follow along on our social networks which have been placed below for your immediate access.

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Huzzah!!!! It’s PiercingComics!!!!

piercingcomics logo, piercingmetal comics

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)…..
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Ka-Pow, Zok, Whamm! Presenting “PiercingComics”

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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 “Dimmu Borgir: 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 🙂
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