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. “The vast gates to hall up high
    Shall stand open wide and welcome you with all its within
    And Oden shall hail you bearers of a pounding hammerheart”

    TNotB may be gone, but it’s spirit will live on! I will always remember the great posts, from the 5 Great American Death Metal Bands, to the Pick Up the Pieces SMS. I discovered so many new bands through the various weekly columns and irregular posts. Thank you Grover and may the host that ate the site suffer a plague of locusts.

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

  2. I hated TNOTB and anyone ever associated with it.

    In fact I can now reveal that it was my Machiavellian machinations that took the site down in the first place and have kept it from being resurrected. I also dismembered and raped Ziltoid. In that order.


  3. Will definitely miss you, TNOTB, but looking forward to seeing what the future will bring…

  4. Noooooooooo! I still haven’t finished Quigs’ 100 Best Movies Of The Decade.

  5. TNOTB has been a daily stop for me for bout a year & 1/2. sad to see it go but am intrigued by this next step. good luck to you all \m/

  6. What? Nooooo … gutted. I loved that site. Introduced me to so many great bands.

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

  7. Bummer, guess I will have to use No Clean Singing as my metal fix now, hope to see you guys blogging here.

  8. R.I.P. TNOTB, cant wait for whats next

  9. Well… finding this on NCS was certainly unexpected… can’t wait for what you have planned though! Good luck with the next stage, grover!

  10. Every time the same thing goes on, you find something interesting and then its gone. ok, after seeing a post about apex twin’s ambient works I was really intrigued and excitted to find out about your blog. I also was a stoner sunday regular reader. So good luck with your plans, and may the next year be better than the last.

  11. Great to finally hear some news! Good luck with.. whatever you are doing as the next big thing. AND HURRY UP WILL YA! ;D

  12. T’was a great year and a half writing for TNOTB. Even though I’m a lazy bum who can barely find enough content to make more than a post per week, I have to say that I loved my time there. Everyone on staff made it an awesome place to write for. Of course, you fellows writing infinitely more than I did and doing a ton of work behind the scenes (namely grover and DGR) deserve most/all of the credit for it being as good as it was. It will certainly be missed. Thanks for everything, guys. You gave me an outlet to be an elitist asshole through, and that’s one of the most important things in life for me. 🙂

    But the new shit’s going to be great, so don’t think we’re gone. I’ll even reveal a secret about our future: We’re getting an inflatable bouncy castle!

    • Ziltoid, I always enjoyed reading your posts and I think you filled a very important niche at TNOTB. When you say something sucks I tend to take it with a grain of salt, but when you say something is really good I always check it out because I usually end up agreeing. So thanks man!

    • I’ll give you this… you always kept things interesting, even if you were the one that brought in the trolls like GDubya. Recruiting you turned out to be worthwhile, definitely.

  13. “Next Stage”, eh? That sounds suspiciously like an R&B group.

    (please let it be an R&B group, please let it be an R&B group, please let it be an R&B group…)

    Thank you SO MUCH for bringing me into the fray. It’s been a blast, and I’m really looking forward to your R&B group.

    • I’m looking forward to having you in the R&B group. You can be the dude with the funny facial hair, if you want, unless you’d rather be the dude with the frosted tips in your hair.

  14. I’m going to miss you guys. Cheers, and good luck with the Next Stage. Horns of respect. \m/

  15. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! N-O-O-O!

    I’ve been visiting the site since 2010. I can’t believe it’s gone. Will Tr00 Nate still continue his Wintermoon Wednesday column on here?

  16. It’s sad to see it go. I think I may have visited at least once a day since it first came up. Since then I have only visited 2 metal blogs regularly, TNOTB and HBIH, needless to say I will check NCS out more and anticipate the “next stage.” The Number of the Blog is dead. Long live the Number of the Blog!

  17. Was great writing for TNOTB, even though it was only for 1 month. Looking forward to being part of the “Next Stage”!

    And yes, those daily TNOTB columns should find a new home in NCS!

    That will feed Islander’s secret desire to slack more and make him look magnanimous at the same time. 😀

  18. This is sad news. Came upon the site a year ago to look for best of 2010 and was truly looking forward to another Best Of Series Damn man.

    Still think numberoftheblog was a pretty sick name and had gathered its little cult, Hope Next Stage doesn’t stray too far from it. Good luck my man!

  19. Sad to see you go, picked up many good bands for Metal Bandcamp from TNOTB.

    Good to hear you have great plans for the future.

  20. I’ll crack a 40 tonight in the site’s honour.

  21. Holy shit, this just ruined my night. I’ve been reading TNOTB since its creation and seeing it go is a lot more devastating than I thought it would be. Whatever you guys do, I’ll still keep following and reading.


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