The Art of Falling Off

Sometimes when you’re working on a project, things don’t go quite the way you expect. Sometimes it’s because something unexpected came up – like a sickness, a technological hurdle or another project – and sometimes it’s just because your initial plan wasn’t quite as sound as you thought it was.

(Don’t worry; I’m not writing this to explain why we’re folding or anything).

You see it happen all the time, artists come out with exceptional records, only to follow them up with a highly-anticipated flop that’s critically and commercially considered a failure. Sometimes it’s the artists fault for branching too far out, sometimes there’s label pressure that makes the record go sour and other times it’s probably just a situation where a set of circumstances didn’t pan out quite the way the artist expected, but rather than waiting, they just decided to release the record as it stands.

I’d be lying if I said that our site hasn’t seen its fair share of botched ideas. Interviews gone ary, marketing strategies that failed and staff that magically disappeared, we’ve dealt with it all. And yet, we’re still here, still innovating, and still moving forward at every chance.

I think that’s what’s most important in life. Learning to move forward after a mistake and taking away something valuable.

If that artist that went from hit to shit ends up reveling in his own mediocrity and never climbs back to his former glory, what do we call it? Falling off, that’s what. Unfortunately, there’s a myriad of once-great MCs, producers and musicians that we self-righteously refer to as has-beens.

“His first album was his best,” a commenter gleefully writes about just such an artist.

“What happened? This guy fell off,” another responds.

I can’t fault them for their opinions. Generally, these sorts of consensuses have a pretty hefty dose of truth behind them. But, I do have a tinge of sympathy for the artist that’s the target of their words.

I’m a firm believer that dealing with adversity is the truest test of character for any individual or organization. It’s great to strive for perfection, but how you cope with things that are imperfect says a lot about your experience, tenacity and problem-solving ability. Solving problems is what I love to do, so I’ve always thought that dealing with scenarios like this were a personal strength of mine.

While we’ve undergone changes and encountered problems, our site has persevered, and continued to move forward. And, we’ll be doing that more in the coming months. You may have noticed that we’ve already made a number of changes to the way we deliver and display our content this month. That’s because we’re an ever-evolving organization that’s constantly looking for new ways to do things and make them more meaningful for YOU, our reader.

And, we hope you like it. Hopefully all of our work is propelling us forward, not backward. I don’t want to look back at what we’ve done and say, “Here’s where we messed up,” or, “We were doing things a lot better last year.” No, of course not, I want to continue to build and grow stronger rather than weaker or less-interesting.

That’s what drives us forward. To keep innovating, to keep tweaking and pushing. Always for a better end result than we had before.

I don’t want us to ever falter. I don’t want anyone to ever say we fell off.

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