It is with a heavy heart that I — after 7 years, over a thousand posts, and much more page/post views than I ever thought I would garner — declare an end to The Sonny Wilkins Chronicle, and Sonny himself. Birth, death; rebirth, re-death.
This decision stems from a series of both personal and professional developments that have risen to the surface of my life over the past few months. These developments are beautiful, positive things… I don’t want to give the impression they aren’t. My creative output as an artist (of several kinds) will never end; but it will certainly slow down for the next few months to a year.
I never wanted to turn into a blogger who writes infrequently. Unfortunately that is all too common, and a problem I would not like to contribute to. According to WordPress (who host the most blogs of any site, 43% of all blogs), they have 42 million blogs and receive a measly 500 thousand new posts a day. On top of that, 65% of business blogs have not updated their page in a year or more. Again, this is something I would not like to contribute to. It’s bad enough I’ve gone nearly 2 weeks without a post.
All is not lost, however. I will continue to write about music occasionally at Limitless Lives on Tumblr. Also, I have reserved (like it needs reserving with that name) mildmaynyrd.tumblr.com. If you go there now, you will see nothing. But at some point this year I’ll customize that site and begin posting occasionally as well. Tumblr allows a few things: integration with other online entities, a fewer post count, and a less literary format. If I’m going to be writing less, I should be in a spot that nurtures writing less.
The last LP I’ll be releasing for a while as Mild Maynyrd will be released in May. If interested, keep an eye open for that at Black Lantern Music.
If you have ever gotten any enjoyment out of anything on this site — be it a George Tooker painting, a Physorg link, or a comic book review — I am thankful for you. Like I said, this thing turned into something I never thought it would, hitting a traffic peak in 2011. It has gone through several creative, visual, and conceptual changes, eventually turning into what you see now. THANK YOU FOR READING.
My name is Dan Black. Sonny Wilkins is a pen name and entity I’m sad to say goodbye to. But all things come to an end.