Well 2011 was far more than I ever thought it would be. Seriously crashing into, and breaking thru the ceiling of expectations here at Blues411, with over 4k unique visitors a month, averaging just over 7k visits for the month of December – all I can say is WOW ! The “Jimi” awards alone garned almost 1k in hits on the day it was posted and had a slip- stream effect pulling another 500+ the next day.
With your help and continued support we plan on building on these numbers and looking forward to starting 2012 off right ! Feel free to share Blues411.com with all your blues loving friends as many of you already have done, as it is this word of mouth that is the backbone of this little home for blues news.
Here are some of the things planned for the end of the world as the Mayan’s knew of it . . .
With that in mind we are taking steps to change our perspective.
Starting with the LRBC #18 Caribbean Adventure Bluescruise, January 22-29 (SOLD OUT) but the October 2012, Southeastern Caribbean cruise has still some more spots left as does the January 2013 which is taking reservastions.
With a one-day turn around I will be heading to Memphis for The Blues Foundations’ amazing International Blues Challenge January 31 thru February 4, 2012. Be sure to check them out at this link and maybe get yourselves down here for a great opportunity to see over 100 bands from around the world compete for prizes and acclaim as they take over downtown Memphis for these five days. http://www.blues.org/#ref=ibc_index
Blues 411 is also opening up the door to advertisers who wish to be part of the official Blues411 family. Long time supporter Heritage Shortbread has expanded their base and are doing really well. They feature a great selection of hand made original recipe shortbread unlike any you have ever had. Check them out here http://www.heritageshortbread.com/ . If you are interested in advertising on my site, just hit me up with an email or grab me on facebook to discuss the down ‘n dirties.
Looking forward to hooking up with some super artists for interviews, quick chats and just plain talkin’, plus all the great music slated to come out this year sure makes ’12 look really super. Thanks to all of you – the artists, the fans, the labels. PR and related folks who work tirelessly keeping the blues alive for us and the future generations.
Oh yeh, a special shout out to Mr.’s Bill Wax, Tony Colter and Pat St. John at B.B. King’s Bluesville Sirius/XM 70 for believing in this project from the get go. Check out the home page to see what’s happening down at Lo-Fi’s ! http://www.siriusxm.com/bluesville
So Happy New Year to everyone out there and together we can not only keep the Blues alive but help to make it a vital and widespread around the world.
Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Courtesy of organizations.