Sunday, June 20, 2010

End of a forum...beginning of a blog

If you were on your way to the Hammondbeat Forums and landed here, please read on. If you are already a member of the Hammondbeat Blog, worry not, what follows does not directly affect this place.

Well, it's been a very long time since we created the Hammondbeat Forums, and even longer since JTQgroove. But it is time to bring that old platform to an end and focus on new things. I suppose there was a lost innocence when Ryan and I decided to put our emphasis on the record label several years ago and move away from something that was dominated by a single band...a band we pointed out at the time was not even on Hammondbeat, but we were painfully aware that this caused many to abandon what we had built up and for that alone I regret the decision, but while I will always have a fond spot for The James Taylor Quartet, for better or worse they too have transformed and I'm sure JTQgroove would have gone to news heaven by now anyhow.

So, with the domination of digital media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I have noticed that the forum world has become something of an antique, and Hammondbeat's forum hasn't had any serious activity for well over a year and is quite frankly a bit embarrassing if not down right depressing. Other forums I once followed have become cesspools of hate and sniping, something I'm proud to say HB never suffered, but at the risk of becoming a hacker's target for pornography and dope peddling, it's pretty clear the HB image is in jeopardy if I just let it sit there untended.

So, about a year ago I started this blog. Though it hasn't been exploited as of yet, it was created to replace the "news" portion of the Hammondbeat Forums, and hopefully many of you that miss the dialogue of the forums will find reason to join in.

I will be back in 2-3 weeks to get things fired up...Peace and the ever lovin' Groove...


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