Screenshot of Slicing Up Eyeballs about 5 days after launching in 2009
Well, well, well. We nearly let the day slip past without acknowledging an unexpected milestone: Slicing Up Eyeballs, the very website you’re now perusing, turned 10 years old today. With an asterisk, of course, considering that ill-fated hiatus we took from May 2015 to February 2017.
Nevertheless, it’s true. This creaky internet outpost dedicated to old music made by (increasingly) older people did, in fact, have its inauspicious debut on Feb. 20, 2009, with, as we’re fond of noting, a 91-word digital welcome mat emblazoned with a headline cribbed from an R.E.M. song.
It is, in all sincerity, hard to fathom it’s been 10 years, especially considering we threw in the towel back in 2015. But that didn’t last, and here we are — back to being a news source devoted to following and celebrating the ’80s college rock and alternative bands that so many of us still cherish.
This is Slicing Up Eyeballs’ 5,561st post. That’s an average of 1.5 posts a day over those 10 years — a figure obviously skewed by the roughly 20 months during which we didn’t post anything (well, except for the time we were name-dropped on basic cable). Over this past decade, the site has logged 15.9 million pageviews from 5.5 million different people in 233 countries around the planet.
That, honestly, is staggering, considering this has been — since Day 1 — a one-man operation. But it’s a testament to the readers, the people who stop by every day, who comment, who retweet and share on Facebook, who send in all of those great news tips. That’s what keeps Slicing Up Eyeballs going, even if, admittedly, time and age have conspired to slow the pace considerably around here. (And yes, we’re waaaaaaay late with the Best Songs of 1984 poll results.)
So, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It’s been a great 10 years.
Here’s to… some more years.
— Matt Sebastian, founder/editor