Modern Vinyl will be going on a news break until January 16th. We’ve done this for the past couple years in efforts to give staff some “winding down” time following the holiday and Black Friday rush, and to allow for some 2017 planning time. If anything game-changing comes about, you’ll be able to track developments through our Twitter. Podcasts will continue to run, as will promotion on a few fronts.
The Year That Was
In terms of traffic, we topped 2.5 million visitors, our second best year, along with 1.7 million unique visitors. For The Modern Vinyl Podcast, we had a total of 61,000 downloads in 2016, with our top 5 episodes as follows: Kenny Vasoli interview; our Kanye West Life of Pablo roundtable; our RSD 2016 award show; our top 5 Drive-Thru Records releases; and our top 5 Fueled By Ramen label countdown.
In terms of financial support, you readers, as always, keep us afloat with affiliate purchases. This year, you bought nearly 8,000 items at Amazon through our links. That was $153,000 spent through our links, which we got a portion of. Woah.
We’re doing a live podcast this January in Chicago, and we’ll continue to promote that through our break. You can get tickets, here. We’ll be doing some kind of meet-up at a nearby bar either before or after the show. Also, if you’d like to book us for a live, house recording of the podcast on Saturday afternoon (obviously in the Chicago area), we may be able to accommodate you. Please reach out at email@example.com.
We started up a Twitch channel! You can follow us, here. We’ll basically be playing games, talking music and giving you more podcast-like content. Games will include Battlefield, Overwatch and Dying Light, among others.