Happy Birthday CML!
About one year ago the first post went live on CML. That post – 10 Tongue-In-Cheek Country Songs is still one of my favorites. Those songs are still great and I listen to them every once in a while.
As the months went by I kept writing about the songs and artists I enjoy the most. People kept showing up a little at a time and the number of visitors continually grew throughout the year.
Thank you so much for visiting CML over the first year. Without you CML wouldn’t exist as it does today. I’m going to continue trying to provide value to your lives through information about the music and artists you love.
When I started CML back in April it was at the request of my girlfriend. She insisted I take my love for country music and share my thoughts with the internet world. Little did I know a few of you would actually care about what I think regarding the greatest country artists and their songs.
My goal initially was to share my interpretation of country songs, artists, and news. That’s still the goal today as we all try to interpret the happenings in our lives.
Here is a little recap on Year One…
CML Year One
The first goal I had for CML was to make lists of country songs people could use for reference and possibly to create playlists. The result was the list of sad country songs, funny country songs, etc. There are a ton of lists available on CML and it seems to have been a popular format for posting.
Let me know your thoughts on the lists and if there is anything I need to do to improve them.
Another format for the posts has been to listen to new song and album releases and share my thoughts and interpretation of the music. These posts were a bit shorter than the list posts, but people seemed to appreciate the interpretation of the songs. And I’m glad some of you let me know when I was completely wrong in my interpretation especially the Keith Urban fans. You guys rock by the way.
Mixed in along the way were posts about award shows, interesting news, and a few posts looking at the future for country artists.
It seems like a good first year for CML as far as posts are concerned.
Thanks for all the feedback and comments.
CML Year Two
Coming up in Year Two I have a few new things I’m going to try…
I’ve been enjoying writing more in-depth feature-type articles about specific artists lately. See The Forgotten Legend of Ricky Van Shelton and The Genius of Blackhawk. People seem to be responding well to these so expect to see more posts like this in Year Two.
I’m also going to highlight the artists featured at this year’s Country Jam in Eau Claire. It’s the biggest and best country fest near my home. As the Jam gets closer I’ll be posting articles about each artist (hopefully). Beyond that I’ll also provide my reviews of the performances.
Beyond these ideas I really don’t know. We’ll see what comes along in the old imagination. I’ve been enjoying the Flashback Friday series and hope you do as well.
Thank you again so much for visiting CML over the first year. It’s been fun meeting you and sharing our passion for country music.
I hope you stick around for Year Two.
Bonus: CML Year One Stats
For a bonus I thought I’d share some cool and interesting stats from the first year.
CML Year One Visits
It’s been fun to watch more and more people visit the site, share their thoughts on my interpretation of the country world, and share the content across the internet.
Thanks for all the support. It’s been fun.
Here are a few key stats from CML Year One…
- 275,000 people visited generating over 600,000 page views
- 30,000 people visited via their phone or mobile device
- 57% Female and 43% Male
- A lot of Texas country fans visit
- 32% are ages 18-34 with 31% ages 35-49
The most popular posts from Year One…
- The Saddest Country Songs of All Time
- 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s
- 50 Greatest Women Songs
- Sara Evans is a Little Bit Stronger
- Ranking the Best Garth Brooks Songs