I’ll just cut to the chase – Ride into Glory will no longer regularly publish articles. The site is going to stay up and we’ll still be posting long form features and guides from time to time, but we’ll go from about 100 articles a year to 3 or 4. The front page of the site will get a small redesign to highlight the site’s most important guides and articles. More details on what we’re doing and why can be found in the rest of the article.
What we will stop publishing:
- Standalone reviews (all types)
- Short interviews
- Track and album premieres
Articles you can expect moving forward:
How the publishing schedule will change:
- No more 2 articles weekly
- The goal is for around 3 or 4 big articles a year
- I am fully committed to keeping the site up indefinitely
- I will keep the promise of never running a single ad on the site – the site’s maintenance and server costs are entirely paid for by kind donations via patreon
- The discord chatroom will still remain active
Why We’re Doing this
There’s nothing crazy here and I hate to say it, but it’s simply come down to the fact that I don’t have the time and energy to keep RiG going in the same way that it has been for the last 3 years. I got engaged earlier this year, I’ll be getting married next year, and I’m going to start a family soon. I am starting a new job next month. I am fortunate enough to have a great, but very stressful career and as I progress, I only expect the stress and responsibility to increase. So it’s with a heavy heart that I realize now is the time for me to dial back RiG.
Three years, 300 articles, and 24 unique contributors. I never expected RiG to get to where it got and this is all really bittersweet for me. I fully expected to shout into the void for a couple of months and close up shop, but instead I got the support of so many folks like you all. I had many awesome people join me along for the ride and contribute. I’ve met incredible people and musicians through the site and I had the chance to spread the love for my favorite type of music. We’re not journalists, linguists, or authors by trade – at the end of the day we’re just a group of passionate metalheads who want to share the music they love. I can’t thank you all enough for reading and supporting RiG throughout the years.
I’ve gotten many, many emails and messages from people thanking us for helping them find bands and scenes and how they’ve gone out to buy a ton of music as a result. Each of these messages may seem innocuous, but I really can’t say how amazing and happy every single one of them made me feel. That’s what it was always about for me at the end of the day – spreading the love for heavy metal.