Well it seems like only yesterday that I started the Got A Ukulele site, but this month it is three years old! I must say that it's been huge fun too.
Nearly 1000 posts later brings me to this point, so wanted to share some of the good times. I look back on the earliest posts and cringe (please don't go looking...). Just me sounding off about the first ukes I bought, tentatively starting to review a couple, long breaks between posts, that sort of thing.
Then the blogging bug bit me about the same time as the ukulele bug. Since that time I have tried to keep the blog as regular as I can, sharing news, videos I like and other ukulele bits and pieces. It started with a series of fairly basic beginner tips which went down very well. A couple of friends suggested expanding them into books and that's exactly what I did. My books are now available on Amazon, iTunes and plenty of other places and have done rather well. The intention was to use any revenues to allow me to keep the blog going with interesting things like reviews, and they have certainly helped in that regard. I can assure you though, they don't pay enough to send me around the world (as much as I would love to visit friends in Hawaii!)
The reviews continued apace and I now have 21 instrument reviews on the site together with a range of my thoughts on uke accessories, music etc. And fear not, I will keep them coming, and have several more reviews due to come on to the site in the next couple of months.
Perhaps the most rewarding pieces I have done are the interviews I have held with well known faces in the ukulele world including the likes of Al Wood of Uke Hunt (the daddy of ukulele sites), Phil Doleman and Ian Emmerson, Ken Middleton, Tricity Vogue and clubs like Balham Uke Society and Uke Jam. I hope very much to keep those coming too.
And a word about friends made. Both through the site and through jamming and performing with our local group, The N'Ukes I have been lucky enough to meet so many people in UK uke circles - club members and performers alike. Really nice people all of them.
And finally.... As I mentioned recently, keep a close eye on the site as VERY SOON I will be launching a competition to mark the birthday, with a superb prize courtesy of Ohana Ukuleles in which you can try your luck at winning a superb SK-25 Soprano uke. So thrilled with that, and the competition will be open worldwide!
So, until the next birthday, keep reading, keep strumming, and keep sending your feedback - it really does matter!