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When I started Headphone Sacrament it was as an experiment. I’d played around with blogs before, but I could never get one off the ground. My past attempts had involved a scattershot approach where I posted what ever the hell I felt like posting. With HS, I decided to try narrowing the scope a bit and focusing purely on music, hence the name.

I’m not sure how much of the equation was the narrow focus of the blog, and how much of it was just lucking into meeting up with Z and Church fairly early on, but HS was able to get some legs under it and stick around.

Over the past several months though I’ve begun to feel a little constricted. Music will always be my primary geek passion, but thanks to meeting folks like Jason and through my conversations with Z, Church and Lizz, I began to see what I wanted to write about shift from music to geek culture. At first this wasn’t a huge issue, since my writings on geek culture tended to be coming from a musical point of view. I wrote about WRock and nerdcore and other similar things. I felt a little tinge about the name. A slight longing for something that reflected the geek kink in what I was writing, but it wasn’t major. And I really liked the name Headphone Sacrament.

Then came my Geek Culture Debate with Jason and two interesting links that Jason forwarded to me. (here and here) The short of it is that through Jason my Geek Culture Manifesto had wound its way into the livejournal vidding community and many of them had embraced it. I’ve been seeing a slow trickle of LJ links popping up in my logs since (though, I can’t read any of these posts, so I’m not sure what people are actually saying). This caused me to realize that while I’m thinking of geeky music when I write these things, other elements of geek culture are also appreciating them. In some cases, they appear to even be adopting them. And so, the name Headphone Sacrament started to feel a little more claustrophobic.

Which brings us to today. I haven’t given up the name Headphone Sacrament just yet, it may resurface at a later date, but for now I’m re-christening this site free_geek.

With the new name comes a few new changes to the site, beyond the obvious layout change.

1) I’ve created a page that houses links to all the relevant posts between Jason and I and out little debate. If Jason ever replies to my last post ( :) ), I’ll put up new links.

2) I’ve also added a “Cast of Characters” page. This is a group of short introductions of people whose name pops up here again and again. This way I can avoid constantly having to reintroduce people and constantly link to them again and again. I’ll also be adding to this as time goes on.

3) I also figured this would be a good time to overhaul the About page in the sidebar, which I’ve never been happy with.

4) Finally, it has been decided that Z is, in fact, a crack dealer. It was Z’s peer pressure that convinced me to finally set up a myspace page and now the bastard has gone and gotten me to set up a Twitter account. The link is over on the side bar. I figure it is only a matter of time before either he or Lizz gets me on facebook.

OK, I think that’s enough for tonight. I’ll let these changes sink in. Nighty night.

Written by Matt

May 6th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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