The Show Going Forward

You might have noticed last night if you're a live-listener (oh hi! *waves*) that there wasn't a new episode aired last night. Actually, to be honest I don't know what was aired in place of the show; if it was a prerecorded episode from the past, or it was a different show. Don't worry - the show's still alive. I just need to set a few things straight.

The first thing is that I always planned on doing live episodes following the end of the Paternity run. It was always going to be hard, and I mentioned it in the past that if it wasn't working something would have to be sorted out. The second thing is that I absolutely love doing live shows. In fact, I love it so much this hasn't been an easy decision, but a nessecary one.

The bottom line is that I am going to take a step back from doing live shows. Instead, I'll be recording a weekly podcast style episode that will be airing at 11pm on Mondays instead. This is because I just can't balance being up until 1am every Monday when every other day of the week I am getting up for work at 5am and going to bed at 9.30pm. 

How long will I do this? Well, probably until the end of January at the very earliest. This is because over Christmas and new year I'll be going home to Canada for three weeks, in there will be a run of prerecords there, and then a few weeks after that to grab the jetlag back before I even attempt a live show again.

The downside is that there has been a big drop off in engagement on the show since the paternity run, especially on a live basis and also listeners to the show after the fact. The Mixcloud numbers, which were around 40 to 60 listeners per show are now down to 10 to 20 which is shame, but understandable. I want to focus on the show as an outlet for music showcasing, with this blog as an outlet for more content and a bigger push for the show's brand to an extent, and by making sure I have a show broadcast and ready to go prior to the Monday night gives me more flexibility to do this.

I've managed 48 weeks of continuous shows with only two (including this one) missed shows, so I think that's a pretty impressive run, and by moving to prerecorded shows I can make sure that there is a show ready to play out no matter what happens on Monday.

So yeah, I hope you stick around listening either live or on the catch up. I love sharing the music I play with you all, even if there is only a select few of you. 

There is one massive upside to doing them prerecorded actually, and it's an idea worth ending this post with - I am suddenly able to have live guests and even live music sessions on the show. That's an avenue I'll be exploring in the new year.

Thanks as always for listening.

Near the Top

Mixcloud, where the listen again episodes are hosted, added a new feature a few months back that created charts based on the tags that I add to the show. This means that there is a chart online of where the show, based on listens and likes, in the seven days since it was uploaded.

It is fun seeing the show rise in some of the charts, but the best thing is seeing it appear higher and higher as then peaking before dropping out.

Last week's episode, episode 29, has managed the incredible feat of making it to 37th in the Ambient chart, 12th in the Chill Out chart, and number two in the World in the Experimental Ambient chart.

Number two in the world. 

I am understandably chuffed with that, so thanks to all and everyone who listened. Last night's show, episode 30, will be uploaded later on this week, mostly likely tomorrow (I am busy tonight, it being Canada Day and all).


A Change for the Better

What Has Happened?

If you're here, that means that you've found out that the old blog is no more. Well, it is still there, online, and it will grow cobwebs now, but I don't think it's fair to delete it.

However, you will notice that this new place is a lot different than the other place. First of, who is this Mark Shields, and what is his blog doing here? Well, in the interests of making it easier to know who I am and other things, I've moved everything that is me online into the one place. Find out more here.

What does this mean for the Monday Graveyard's online presence?

It actually means a lot - first of all, this place is more site like. So there will be galleries, reviews, more articles, and a lot more content. I plan on doing more with the blog, and putting into a new place makes that a lo easier.

Also, remember the covers? Well they'll be here too.

So, in short, plenty has changed, but not everything will be obvious until I get the whole site up and running. This is the first step towards a better and more complimentary Monday Graveyard show. 

As always, please get in touch with the show.