Greetings to all,
My dear friends, we’ve reached the end of another year, at least for some of us, depending where you live, which calendar you follow as well as other aspects, but, all in all, I believe the world is celebrating a new year.
Well, there are many injustices in the world, crimes, genocide, wars, corruption, diseases, but we can’t simply see only the negative aspects of life. I admit that it is hard for me to see the positive ones and that I am aware that it’s very difficult, but we have to try, we must overlook all the bitterness and aim for a better and happier life. Of course we should not forget the abuses and wrongdoings, we should do our best to fight them, but life isn’t only about melancholy and darkness.
I started this website as an outlet, I was under so much stress I had developed a deep and serious depression. I wanted to do something different in order to forget about things for a while and also, to support the bands that I like, and this is a “task” I have always enjoyed performing. I don’t care about getting money or free albums; I simply want to support them and not get free stuff. In fact, I spend more on releases nowadays than ever and I already spent a considerable amount before. But, as I said, this website is a tribute to the bands and music I love, to show my admiration and to share with you, my cherished readers, my thoughts about them. Perhaps I might have suggested some bands here and some of you bought the albums… this is a reward for me.
Being that said, this website has been way more successful than I ever dreamed. There are many readers out there checking my thoughts and suggestions and I feel an immense joy about this. As I’ve mentioned before, I have no sponsors, expect for Karsten’s help on the webspace and the layout of the page, something that I will always be grateful, simply my writing, alone. I always say that my writing, visions and thoughts are humble and modest because I’m not some “big-shot” metal journalist. I’m simply a music admirer like you. And, to tell you the truth, I prefer to be this way, I can say whatever I want to, review what I’d like to and not to be obliged to work with materials that I don’t appreciate.
But I’m digressing, I wanted to let all know that I’m very grateful for your comments, likes, shares, messages, this all mean a lot to me. I didn’t think that Metal Maniac would reach this amount of readers. You all are utterly cherished and I mean it. I’m not just saying to be nice, being authentic is something completely important to me. I want you to know that I’ll be always here or on Facebook suggesting more music and movies, reviewing the bands that deserves more attention and helping, even though this website is very small compared to many others, keeping these bands alive.
So, I wish you all a great new year, I hope and wish that you’ll experience a new period of life filled with success, health, peace and happiness. There’s no shame in being happy. In fact, it’s not easy being happy in the world we are living. I know that this won’t happen to all of you, but I still wish that it will happen to you all, health, success, peace of mind and happiness. I’ll be drinking one in your honor, be sure of that. And that we all evolve in better human beings. “If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress.” All the best to us all!
December 31, 2014