Who am I?
Actually, I set up the website with the point of view to keep myself out of the picture as much as possible. After all, this isn't about me, but about the audio hobby that I've delved into. But maybe it's curiosity that drives you to want to know who owns a hobby like this.
My name is Jeffrey, built in 1992. Born in South Rotterdam (the Netherlands) but raised in the low-lying province Zeeland.
The photo you see on the Start page is me on the Zeeland coast. My interests are in Mechanical, Electrical and Computer related techniques. Basically anything you can call technology interests me, with a preference for outdated technology. I find it wonderful to see old machines and devices in operation, especially if they still play an important role today and are indispensable. Sound also plays a very important role in this. Monotonous sounds in different repeating tones therefore literally sound like "music to my ears". This last sentence and
"I can watch it for hours" are often fixed statements that I make when I talk to someone about it.
In addition to the technique, music is also something that I can completely immerse myself in, whether it is classical or contemporary music. I owe my broad taste in music mainly to my mother. At home or on the road, music was always present. For example, I still remember how my mother and I regularly watched MTV and requested songs via mobile (with an emphasis on the song Intergalactic by The Beastie Boys). Or else the many numbers of UB40 during our move from Rotterdam to Zeeland.
My taste is therefore largely from my mother, afterwards I went in my own direction and preferred electronic music, but in the end I listen to everything.
Below is an overview of the collection:
Of course, the result of both interests can't be missed here, here's an overview of the physical collection:
The physical collection shown is continuously expanding. So what you see here is only a limited overview. A part is stored elsewhere where another part was added to the collection later.
Text below is a work in progress
Now that we are behind the scenes, it might be interesting to mention something about the website itself.
I set up the website in July 2019 with the aim of informing the reader about outdated (mainly analogue) media by means of instructions accompanied by detailed photos and sometimes short (mainly humorous) films. Although the website and the hobby go hand in hand, the website is more of an extra for me. It's nice to be able to share your hobby with the outside world, I like to inform others about what it means to work with old playback methods.
At the same time, it is a lot of work to keep a website running. The extent to which I work on the website varies, sometimes I am busy every day for weeks in a row, and it can also happen that nothing is done for a month. It's just how much time and energy I have to tinker with the website. To make an overview of all types of work out there:
- Capturing photos and videos as I work on equipment.
- Build pages with topics like information, repair, or blogs.
- Finding the right information and clearly communicating it on the website.
- Complete pages (some are still missing information).
- Make corrections, look for language errors and incorrect information, adjust this to the correct one.
- Correct errors on the website itself (broken links or images/videos not loading).
- Clear translation of pages for the English version.
- Answer questions and comments from readers.
- Keep track of what the reader finds interesting (by means of the survey).
- Financially keep the website running.
- Create 'Advertising' for the website.
- Keep track of the reach and how many visitors visit both language versions.
- Readers actually present interesting information.
And many more aspects not mentioned above.
You might ask yourself, why not ask for help from others when it's so much work?
That is a question I often ask myself, but where do you find someone who has the same hobby and knowledge, has enough free time to help and is of course reliable, preferably someone from a well-known circle. I do, but secretly it's nice to be in control. You then decide for yourself what can be read on the website, how it is described without someone else (on the advice of the reader) determining what should be done with the website. A second administrator may be added in the future, but so far I see no need to ask for help from friends or acquaintances.
Then something else comes into play, social media. After all, we live in a time where almost everyone uses some form of social media. It is this way that people meet and keep in touch with like-minded people. I have often thought about this too, I myself stopped keeping my own profile in 2017. It might be interesting to meet people through social media and get acquainted with the website (or rather the early music media that the website is all about).
However, I haven't gotten around to this yet. The only things that currently connect the website to social media are the 'share buttons' at the bottom of the blogs and what readers themselves share on social media.
To conclude, it might be interesting to see what the reach of the website is. Below is an overview of the number of visitors and how many pages are visited:
Numer of visitors and number of pages visits of the past year
The images above were last updated on September 17, 2022.
The graph also shows a dip between September 2021 and December 2022. This is due to a problem in which the website was put offline for a couple of months.