This is the 8,000th Post on The Obelisk


This site passed its 7,000th post on Jan. 16, 2016. Today marks 8,000.

That is a span of eight months and 18 days, 37 weeks and three days, or 262 days total. Of those, if we take out an average of two days not-posting per week to account for weekends, that leaves 188 days on which posts went up between then and now. I’ve never been much for math, but 1,000 posts divided by 188 days is 5.3 posts per day, and that sounds about right. Easily the fastest pace I’ve ever gone with this site.

And in that span, I can only really begin to tell you the strange turns my existence has taken. I’ve dropped over 140 pounds. I’ve had surgery. I’ve released a book. I’ve changed jobs. I’m getting ready to potentially move again. I’ve hosted The Obelisk All-Dayer, been to fests in Arizona and the Netherlands, Maryland and Norway, and heard from and met more awesome people than I could ever hope to properly thank along the way. That’s this year. Not even done yet with it. To say the least, it’s been a time.

A question I get asked a lot when talking to people who know the site is where I find the hours to do it. I usually mumble out something about how it doesn’t take that long, but the truth of the matter is The Obelisk occupies a significant place in my life. Significant. It has become my only outlet for writing — acknowledging that┬ámakes me want to run a full-site backup immediately — and while I don’t at all regret the way it’s consumed my being, that doesn’t change the fact that those are hours I’m not spending with family, at shows, working, or doing the other stuff regular people who don’t do this manage to do.

When it comes to The Obelisk, I have no regrets. I’ve said all along this site is a work in progress and it will continue to be until it’s done. I’ve been so lucky to be able to connect with an international community of passionate, thoughtful people, and while others get hit with racist bullshit on the internet by the minute, the most I have to deal with is obnoxious show posters and album covers with cartoon boobs on them popping up in my Facebook feed. All things considered, that’s getting off pretty light. I’m extraordinarily fortunate, and hugely grateful.

Thank you for reading. On to 8,001.

All the best,
JJ Koczan

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8 Responses to “This is the 8,000th Post on The Obelisk”

  1. Michael says:

    Congratulations! And thanks for all your efforts. It is literally the first site I click when I sign onto the web.

  2. Michael says:

    Congratulations! And thanks for all your efforts. It is literally the first site I click when I sign onto the web and the amount of music I have discovered from here is staggering. I have a record collection and bank account to prove it

  3. Shy Kennedy says:

    Cheers to you and all you do for the music community!

  4. Big Dirty says:

    Thanks for all of the great music that you’ve introduced me to. Some of what you do has helped me to get through some tough days and has added to my quality of life (and music). The Obelisk is a ritual in my everyday life that I honestly can’t do without. I appreciate your work, words, and musical mindset. Congratulations on 8,000!

  5. Jose Humberto says:

    The best site to know about great bands in the field of stoner , doom , sludge, prog . psych and a long etcetera.

    Love the obelisk !!!!!!!

  6. martoux says:

    great work, truly been a pleasure following the obelisk throughout the years.
    – martin, middle of no(r)way

  7. Mike says:

    JJ the Obelisk is a pretty unique website to hang out and read about great music. Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work and here’s to looking forward to all the posts on the way to 9,000.

  8. Congratulations, JJ & Co!

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