Well, that was fun (and a lot of work).
I hope the 2009 list did something for you, whether it exposed you to some music you hadn't heard before, reinforced some positive opinions you already had, or gave you more reason to hate self-absorbed bloggers who have too many opinions for their own good (what a bunch of assholes). Also, just a thought I had; don't see a 2009 album on the blog (before or after the list) that didn't make the list and think "wow, that must fucking suck if it can't even hit the top 100!"; chances are that I just didn't listen to it enough. Promise.
Also; I'd like to point out that I've uploaded a lot of albums in the past couple of weeks. That's a lot of mediafire links, a lot of .rars, and a lot of room for error. I've already been quietly reuploading and replacing dead or corrupted files, and if you find one, please please please please please tell me about it. That goes for anything else on the blog, too. There are simply too many uploads for me to keep track of them all myself, so you guys telling me when something is fucked is the only way for me to know I need to fix it. Thanks for keeping the blog running smoothly, or as smoothly as possible anyway.
Pretty soon, Watch the Tapes will have reached the one-year mark of active posting (the first couple of months don't really count). To me, that's pretty fucking cool. I'm pretty happy that I've been able to maintain this blog and keep it (apparently) fresh and interesting to hundreds of regular readers without having a big long roster of other posters. You guys seem to enjoy the music I post, enjoy what I have to say about it, enjoy the mixtapes, enjoy the variety. That's what this is all about; you. If nobody read this blog, I wouldn't have much reason to keep doing it. But the numbers of followers and viewers keep going steadily up, which makes me feel like I'm doing something right (comments help too though!).
Basically, I don't see a whole lot of reason to make a lot of big changes to the blog right now. Things seem to be going well, people are digging it, I'm having fun with it, readers are going up. Why fix something that isn't broken?
There are a lot of wonderful blogs out there on the net, some of which I link you to over in the blogroll. But there are a lot of shitty blogs out there too - some of them with followings that dwarf this one - and I do all I can to keep this from becoming one of them. If you think it already is, well, tell me! I'm a big boy, I can take it, just make sure you've got some constructive criticism or else there's not much I can do for you. But fuck, if you've got something to say, say it. I really do like to hear what you guys think, good bad or indifferent.
Anyway, I'm gonna step down from my soapbox here and resume regular posting. As always, hope you guys enjoy the tunes, and spread the word if you do! Cheers and thanks for reading.