A note to all our readers:
Wears The Trousers turns a noble seven years old this July, but this birthday we’ll be doing more reflecting than celebrating. You may have noticed that we haven’t been our usual selves so far this year, and we will be the first ones to admit that our 2012 coverage has been a little patchy. There are several reasons for this. Many are personal (new day jobs, new demands on our time), but at the core has been a growing dissatisfaction with online music culture in general.
We’ve never really considered Wears The Trousers to be a blog in the strictest sense of the word. Wears The Trousers is a niche publication, and always will be. We’re okay with that, and have been right from the start. But it seems that we still managed to fall into the blogger’s trap of sweating too much of the small stuff at the expense of applying ourselves to what we do best: writing thoughtfully and fairly about women from all walks of music, women who deserve to be heard and discussed not just because everyone on the internet is posting their latest track or video.
Of course, we’re very proud of what we’ve managed to achieve so far – especially in the past few years, what with the print editions, the Odetta tribute album, being invited to host a music industry panel at Roundhouse Rising 2012, and so much more. Everything we stood for at the beginning still inspires us, and we still believe that there is a place and a need for Wears The Trousers in the music world. Emails we receive every day attest to that. In light of all the positives and the few negatives, rather than shut down completely we have decided to take some time out. Time to reconsider our position, and to fall back in love with music again.
So, from May 29 to October 1, Wears The Trousers will be on pause. Well, almost. We’ll still be running our annual Venus Prize and there may, from time to time, be the occasional feature popping up on the site. We will continue to share links and interesting music tidbits on our Facebook page (and on our slightly neglected Twitter feed), so we’re not disappearing entirely. Please do join us over there if you’re not already part of the club.
When we return in October, we’ll have a new website, a new perspective and some exciting new interviews with long-treasured artists and brilliant newcomers alike. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to bringing you a more meaningful version of Wears The Trousers in the near future.
– Alan, Charlotte and the rest of the Wears The Trousers team
If you would like to be a part of the relaunch (we will have both writing and non-writing roles to fill), we would love to hear from you. Email Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org with a bit of information about yourself and what you would be interested in doing for the site.