Why I Stopped Reviewing Music (End of MusiCommentator?)

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and it’s no lie to say that I have not posted on here in a while. It has been several months since I used this account to create a blog post. The last post I released was last year (last decade, technically). So, I first apologize for this long, unwarranted absence. I know I took a surprise hiatus with this blog before, but it did not last nearly as long as this one and I came back to the site with a larger passion than ever to review music! This time, it’s not like that.

All of my fans deserve an explanation. The main reason I stopped this time was the same as with my first hiatus: lack of motivation. I had just written so much that I hit a burnout that I did not want to continue on. So, I stopped posting, and I haven’t gained the motivation to start again since. This isn’t to say that I am in some depressive state and have motivation for nothing, because that is not the case. I am happier than ever, quite frankly! I just have no motivation to continue with this blog anymore. However, some other things have happened that have kept me from coming back.

One of the biggest reasons I have no desire to return to reviewing music is due to how cynical it made me. I did not become a cynical person in many other aspects of my life, but with every piece of music I listened to, it was hard to not turn on my critic’s ear, even if I just wanted to enjoy listening to something without being critical of it. Not reviewing music for this long period of time has actually made me listen to a lot more music that I would never have touched before. In fact, while writing this, I am listening to and enjoying an entire Gucci Mane album, and a year ago, I would never even consider listening to more than a few Gucci Mane songs. So, it is not like my love for music has gone down–if anything, it has grown, because I have been enjoying so many great pieces of music–but I do not want to look at music as critically anymore. Thus, I do not want to review music.

What does that mean for this blog, then? Well, as I have done for the past few months, I do not plan on posting here for a while. Another reason I stopped posting was because of how incredibly busy my life became, making it so I had no time to post. Things have slowed down during this coronavirus quarantine I am in, but before that, I became incredibly involved at my college. I was a full time student, worked at an on-campus job, participated in multiple theater productions for the school, and much more. This did not give me much time to devote to this blog, so I did not write on it.

BUT, this does not mean I am done with this blog forever. I have no plans for it as of now, but I am keeping it around just in case. I may become motivated to blog about something else in the future, or I may want to write music reviews again! I do not know when or if I will start writing on here again, but there is a chance I will post new content again. I will not delete any of my old posts, as I still think they are well-written and contain a large piece of my past I am proud to call my own, so don’t be afraid to go back and read those if you found enjoyment from them!

So, thank you for reading this post! If you have any good music suggestions, put them in the comments of this post, as I may still keep the WordPress app on my phone to read the occasional blog/comment. But, as always, keep on listening to good music! I know I will!

3 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Reviewing Music (End of MusiCommentator?)

  1. I’d wondered what happened with you Carter. I fully understand being burned out and not having motivation to write. I’ve gone through numerous periods of that myself over the past few years, and it really hit me hard this past January. I worked very hard on my Top 100 of 2019 and Top 100 of the 2010s posts, spending several weeks on the latter, which left me totally exhausted by the time I finished it in early January. During the period while I was writing those posts, I agreed to review several albums, but once I tried to begin writing the first one in January, the words just wouldn’t come After struggling for a few days, I became more desperate and frustrated, which turned into feelings of depression and that I was a failure. I decided I would stop writing reviews, and told all who I had promised reviews that I would not be writing them after all.

    After a couple of weeks of not writing them, I felt rested and more positive, and slowly got back to writing them. Now, nearly three months later, I’m once again beginning to feel overwhelmed by all the requests, which is compounded by the fact that many of my recent reviews have not gotten very many views, despite the fact more than 700 bloggers follow my blog. It’s very disheartening, but for now I’ll keep going.

    Best of luck to you, and I hope you will consider writing for your blog again, as you’re a very good writer and I always enjoyed reading your posts.

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