On March 1, 2013, an article entitled “Enter Sandman” kicked off the official launch of HardRockDaddy.com. At that time, the plan for the site was to create a unique offering that would focus on hard rock music from the perspective of a modern-day dad. Over the course of the past year, the site has evolved into a destination of choice for hard rock music fans. In a relatively short time span, Hard Rock Daddy has amassed a tremendous international following. As of today, the site is read in 167 countries around the world, and averages nearly 50,000 page views per month.
Although the focus of the site has shifted more towards hard rock music than fatherhood, articles like “Rock and Roll Children: Top Hard Rock Songs of 2013,” and the ongoing series Hard Rock Music Time Machine have allowed Hard Rock Daddy to stay true to the original plan of offering something unique and personal.
Each week, many Hard Rock Daddy readers look forward to the recap of the weekly Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown and corresponding YouTube playlist (which can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com). The archived playlists – which date back to March of 2013 – give readers the opportunity to go back and discover music at their convenience. Not surprisingly, in an “on-demand” world, this has become one of the most popular features on the site.
Looking back at Hard Rock Daddy’s first year, numerous moments stand out for one reason or another, but the most impactful ones were as follows:
- Top 52 Hard Rock Songs Of 2013 – This is the post heard round the world. Since it posted on 12/23/13, it has been viewed over 55,000 times.
- Hard Rock Daddy Reviews – Album reviews of Fortress by Alter Bridge and Hail To The King by Avenged Sevenfold, and single reviews of “Lift Me Up” by Five Finger Death Punch and “Stardust” by Gemini Syndrome are among the most viewed articles over the past year.
- Interviews with hard rock music legends Geoff Tate (3-part interview) and Tom Keifer (2-part interview).
- 5-part Independent Artist Spotlight featuring: Evans Blue, Digital Summer, The Infinite Staircase, Madlife and Poynte.
In addition to the features that readers have come to expect from Hard Rock Daddy, plans are afoot for new features to be added during the coming year. Details of these plans will be revealed in the coming months.
Thank you to all of the Hard Rock Daddy readers around the world for helping to turn a dream into a reality. Without all of you, none of this would have been possible!