The Obelisk is Four Years Old Today

I just wanted to take a minute out today to note the fourth anniversary of launching The Obelisk. The time has gone fast. I started this site because I had just gotten semi-laid-off — I’d be fully laid off within days of it going live — and when I put up the first post, I had no idea what it would become or how much of my everyday it would consume. I was like, “Oh, I’ll just put one thing up a day or every other day. Whatever. No big deal.” The fool.

And as I’m noting The Obelisk’s birthday, it seems only fair to single out Slevin and thank him for the last four years of diligent, mostly thankless, certainly without compensation work that he’s put into the site. From helping me that first weekend with registering the domain name and installing WordPress, to designing, putting up and managing the forum, to securing the box that houses the hard drive for The Obelisk Radio and dealing with the flurry of technical issues that have cropped up in the wake of that, Slevin has been dedicated to this site from day negative-one, and I feel lucky to be able to rely on him with issues that otherwise would’ve sunk me before I even started. I wouldn’t be typing this right now without him. Thanks dude.

On a level far less related to CSS customization but still ultimately vital, thanks to The Patient Mrs. for putting up with me talking for the last four years about “having work to do” and then going to post some band’s new video at 10 at night, or being anxious because some review I wanted to write I didn’t get time to write, or having to transcribe an interview, always wanting to listen to someone’s new album at midnight and so forth. I’m not an easy person to be with, and for the life of me I don’t know why she’d bother, but she does and I appreciate it.

Before I started, I said to myself to keep this short, so I’ll end off by thanking you, as always, for reading. I say it a lot, but I’m constantly astounded and humbled by the fact that I can type something up, put it online and someone — even if it’s only one person — gives a crap for what I’m talking about. If you’ve been along for the whole ride (as I know a few of you have), or if you’ve only come aboard recently, I hope you feel welcome here, because you are, and I hope that you continue to find this site useful or entertaining, that you continue to point it out when I screw up, and that you continue to share this passion for music.

I’ve never known what’s coming next with The Obelisk, and I still don’t, but four years later I’m still excited to find out. Thank you for that.

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8 Responses to “The Obelisk is Four Years Old Today”

  1. Spencer says:

    Here’s to another four years! Some amazing reviews over the years, specially the recent Colour Haze, just loving that! Keep up the great work from a loyal reader in the UK. See you at the Desertfest London!

  2. goAt says:

    Thank YOU, brother! Happy B-Day, and may the bromance between you and Graveyard continue for another 4 years, and BEYOND!

  3. Slevin says:

    Homme as Mr. Fantastic IS a stretch.

  4. darryl says:

    Happy Birthday to the Obelisk!!!!!

  5. Skillit says:

    thanks for all your work HP!

  6. Jonathan says:

    Thanks JJ. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

  7. Slades says:

    Congratulations and thanks for a great site. We’ve discovered a lot of great music on here over the years.

    Keep it up!

    Stoner Rock BBQ

  8. Solomon G says:

    I don’t always read blogs dedicated to sludgey stoom, but when I do, it’s The Obelisk. Thanks for doing this!

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