It occurred to me that bands and blogs are a lot alike — and it’s not just because they both do most of their work from mom’s basement.
New blogs and new bands emerge at approximately the same dizzying rate, and a very small percentage of both achieve even a modicum of success.
Neither blogs nor bands tend to make money, but they pour themselves into the effort for love of the effort.
Both can be accused of selling out if a corporate entity snaps them up and starts making changes.
So, I thought I’d take it a step further and match up blogs with their respective bands. This isn’t deep analysis. It’s the manifestation of my various biases coupled with my inadequate knowledge.
Deadspin – Corporate since its inception, Deadspin is professional (as blogs go) and consistently well executed. It suffers because it’s a Gawker product and is just a bit too mainstream.
Just like… Incubus
SPORTSbyBROOKS – This blog is well-known and has a very corporate feel. You think it’s pretty good. You certainly don’t think you hate it but, if you think about it, you’re not really a fan at all.
Just like… 30 Seconds to Mars
The Cooley Zone – Chirs Cooley’s personal blog is a fun, rock-the-fuck-out kind of project. He makes no apologies. It’s not about performing; it’s about being himself. The .blogspot hosting also gives it a nice DIY aesthetic.
Just like… Blink 182
Waiter Rant – A one-man-show, Waiter Rant’s anonymous author is a talented writer. At times though, he’s guilty of over-writing and finding too-convenient meanings from everyday anecdotes.
Just like… Ryan Adams