IT PASSED ME by at the time, and it is only now, three months later, that the landmark has dawned on me: Porky Prime Cuts is five years old. Michty, as Our Wullie might say in the Sunday Post.
There have been more than 150 posts in that time, including interviews with artists and some great personal features such as the series on my life in record stores, from Aberdeen to Wellington.
Looking back at that first article, in March 2009, is like going back to another time in my life. It looks like how a first-post would look like, but the blog hasn’t changed radically since then. (Check it out here, https://craighaggis.wordpress.com/2009/03/).
In tricky times it has been a relief to be able to write something I want to write about, on an album, a band and even sport. The feedback is generally good, and artists have been in touch after an article I’ve written about their former band, such as 5:30 and the Blue Ox Babes. I took some flak when I exposed The National as the phoneys they are, and I fully expected that. (see review here, https://craighaggis.wordpress.com/?s=The+National).
It has been, at times, difficult to keep writing knowing that sometimes few people are reading. There are posts that cause a massive spike in the visits graph, and there are others that barely trouble it. That is part of the process, of course; swings and roundabouts.
There is plenty to come. Very soon Porky will post an excellent interview with Bomb Factory’s Ranting Jack, and a review of their new album. I have plenty of ideas and partly-written articles so keep an eye on this space. Feel free to post links to the site where you can, and everyone is welcome to make comments.