Dec 262011

(The following is an announcement by groverXIII, the creator of The Number of the Blog. Something new is coming, but one very good run is over. Comments please.)

This was most decidedly not how I wanted to ring in the second birthday of The Number Of The Blog.

Faced with an expiring hosting agreement, I set about trying to transfer the site to a new, established hosting account. I figured it would be easy, right? Wrong. Between a lack of experience and some issues with the new host and the old host, I ran into a tremendous amount of trouble, in the process losing a massive chunk of the many, many posts TNOTB had accumulated. As things went on, the site itself ceased functioning, and I honestly have no idea what I could do to restore it. As I reached my wits’ end, I finally decided it was time to put the site down.

Now, you’re probably wondering why I gave up so easily. I have a couple of reasons, actually, starting with the burnout I’ve been dealing with over the past months. This gives me an opportunity to relax a bit and recharge my batteries for the oft-hinted Next Stage. Those of you who are familiar with TNOTB will now likely have deduced that the Next Stage does not, in fact, represent the continuation of The Number Of The Blog as a website, and this is quite true. This was, in fact, the plan all along, that TNOTB would cease to be (although we had hoped to maintain an archive of the site’s posts for everyone). This hiccup here actually does not affect the Next Stage one bit, and in fact might make things a little easier for myself in that respect. That, my friends, is the main reason that I’m throwing in the towel on TNOTB.

In the meantime, Islander has kindly agreed to let us crash on the NCS couch, and so you should be seeing plenty of guest posts from the TNOTB legions in the coming weeks. As for my TNOTB family and all seven readers who didn’t already write for us… thanks. You guys are the reason that I kept TNOTB going, and you’re the reason for the grand plans we have for the future. I’ve had a blast.


  1. Gaia says:

    It’s been fantastic being a part of TNOTB over the past year and a half, and I couldn’t be more thankful of your efforts, Grover, on the site, you are the reason why it was good. I will genuinely mourn the site. It’s been a blast.

    The Number of the Blog is Dead, Long Live The Number of the Blog.

    • groverXIII says:

      It’s been good having you aboard. You’ve introduced me to a ton of great stoner bands, something I am quite grateful for, and I assume you’ll be along for the ride with the Next Stage.

  2. NOOOOOOO!… Krom! Krom! Krom! D:
    Well, whatever plans you guys have for the future better be awesome…

    “The Number of the Blog is Dead. Long Live The Number of the Blog.”

  3. joshw says:

    gutted to hear the news… tnotb has been a staple of my daily internet procrastination for over a year now.
    just wanted to say great job and i’m looking forward to the mysteriously named ‘Next Stage’

    Long Live The Number of the Blog.

  4. Phro Is Sparkly Sunshine says:

    I must admit to not reading TNOTB as much as I should have, but you had a great cast of writers, so I’m sorry to hear it’s gone.

    That said, bring on the Next Stage! (Is it going to be metal centric porn distribution?)

    The Number of the Blog is Dead. Long Live The Number of the Blog!

  5. byrd36 says:

    Well, that sucks. TNOTB will be missed. Good luck with the Next Stage!

    The Number of the Blog is Dead. Long Live The Number of the Blog!

  6. Islander says:

    I know something new is coming, but this still makes me sad. grover, you and your crew created something memorable and you’ve been a great ally to this site.

    Here’s a story about grover: To help celebrate the first anniversary of NCS, grover created the site banner you see at the top of every page here (including the nasty-looking “reverse” banner that’s up here today). Did it without being asked, out of the goodness of his heart. That’s the kind of dude he is.

  7. Sicundercover says:

    Wow, as a network Administrator I feel your pain.

    May black spirits infest the bowels of your old host.

  8. Metalguy says:

    I’m genuinely heartbroken right now. Not sure what to say other than see you around, TNOTB

  9. Rob Liz says:

    While it’s a terrible way for TNOTB to go out (posts gone forever) I’m still looking forward to the NEXT Stage. I just want to say that due to the friends I made with the staff, TNOTB is what inspired me to take my site to the next level. And by next level I mean not be on a Google blogspot anymore but an actual legit site. It was fun being the “old” guest on podcasts and the occasional post and even though TNOTB was getting more and more popular it didn’t go to Grover and the gang’s head. It was and always should be about sharing a love for the metalz and arguing (discussing) it’s every facet.

    The Number of the Blog is Dead. Long Live The Number of the Blog!

  10. Gratch says:

    While my wallet will thank you, my ears certainly will not. TNOTB had become my defacto “go to” site for net music. You will most certainly be missed.

  11. Tr00 Nate says:

    My nWo joke was strangely prophetic.

  12. dominic says:

    My worst fear has come true, I don’t even know what to say. At my work place, people knew TNOTB as the black site, that I opened first thing in the morning. Grover, DGR, Gaia, Quigs, Ziltoid, Tr00 Nate, and everyone else at TNOTB, thanks for all the good times. I will miss all of you. I will still keep the site alive in my favorites. Thank You,
    666 The Number of the Blog 666.

  13. Trollfiend says:

    Going out on a “crash and burn” is way more metal than just stopping the posts anyway.

    The Number of the Blog is dead. Long live the Number of the Blog!

  14. While this sucks, I’m sure what you do next will be equally awesome.

    TNotB + NCS could be a match made in Hell too.


  15. atanamar says:

    Wow, that’s a bummer; I was a fan from the beginning, always enjoyed the site. Best of luck in future metal endeavors, I hope you guys continue to write in other venues.

  16. No!!! Sorry to hear about this, Grover. Please keep me updated with your Next Stage and good luck.


  17. Kazz says:

    Damn, that really sucks. TNOTB was an everyday internet stop for me for over a year now. I’ll miss it and hope that the writers keep on going and providing me new music to tickle my earholes. I found more great new bands from that cyberplace than any other since I started reading and still looked back at old posts for stuff I had missed.

    On the bright side, during the downtime I finally discovered what a quality site NCS is, so it’s nice that you guys are in cahoots. Anyway, thank you Grover and all TNOTB contributors for feeding my metal habit for the last year+.

    The Number of the Blog is Dead. Long Live The Number of the Blog!

  18. darthmart says:

    This was rather unexpected, but fitting due to this “next stage”. Always sad to see a website that I’ve been following for more than a year go down like this though. If you’re interested, I began to compile the artists featured in the “free shit” section before the crash. It’s very incomplete, though.

  19. darthmart says:

    This was rather unexpected, but fitting due to this “next stage”. Always sad to see a website that I’ve been following for more than a year go down like this though. If you’re interested, I began to compile the artists featured in the “free shit” section before the crash. Unfortunately, I only got up to the first few months of the site’s existence.

  20. darthmart says:

    wow, commenting fail 🙁

  21. DemiGodRaven says:

    Ah pff, good riddance. The editors for that site were a bunch of assholes anyway.

    • groverXIII says:

      I know, right? Seriously, what a bunch of hipsters.

      • Yep. Total bunch of hipsters. :/
        Speaking of hipsters, where the hell is Ziltoid? We already know the top three on his list: “Dwellings” by Cormorant, “Parasignosis” by Mitochondrion and “Guilty Pleasure” by Brokencyde. No news of the rest…
        Did he OD on Brokencyde or something?

        • DemiGodRaven says:

          He overdosed on a combo of Brokencyde’s, Korn’s, and Skrillex’s latest releases. He now speaks only in wobble bass and goes completely psychotic at the accusation of ‘bro-step’.

        • Ziltoid says:

          December was just being a shit month as usual, so I had to go into hibernation. You got the top 2 right. The new Brokencyde is just not shitty enough to make my list. Bunch of mainstream sellouts, IMO. But damn, the Kornstep album is mighty good for drinking. Might just hit my list, despite the fact that I have a biliion criticisms of it.

  22. snagon says:

    I’m so sad to hear this, as a writer for TNOTB for nearly 2 years this was my gateway to blogging. While I’m sad to see it go, we are in for plenty of big things soon. R.I.P. TNOTB.

  23. Alex says:

    It’s really quite sad to see you guys go. I fell in love with your site almost immediately after a friend introduced me to it and have been a regular reader for quite some time. I was quite excited with the new contributors who seemed quite talented. Can’t wait for the next stage, keep us posted huh?

  24. VyceVictus says:

    My Condolences for your loss Grover. Your site and all your writers were awesome. Although I only began reading a relatively short time ago (~6 months), It significantly supplemented my daily allowance of good music vibes. This Sucks. At the same time, this NCS/TNOTB “Crossover” has so much Ass-kicking potential.

    This is like that time in Transformers Beast Wars where they found the Ark on prehistoric earth and Predicon Megatron head blasted Optimus Prime (dick move) and the only way to preserve Optimus/Secure the timeline/Save alll of fucking existence was for Optimus Primal to combine Prime’s spark with his own, thereby super-transforming him into a super monkey robot jet god thingy Optimal Optimus.

    NCS is now Optimal Optimus.

    • groverXIII says:

      So, you’re a little bit of a Transformers fan, then? You wouldn’t by any chance happen to be this guy, would you?

      All kidding aside, thanks. I think that this will be a good thing in the long run, as you all will see.

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