I almost completely forgot that this week marks three years since I first launched GunShyAssassin, a name inspired by a Pig Destroyer song. And three years later, I’m still burning bridges left and right, and have become the site all others love to shun.
I hate this expression, but it fits here: GSA is the red-headed stepchild of metal sites. We’re the Rodney Dangerfield of metal sites. It’s true. A true DIY, one-man operation hatched three years ago this week with a post on Exhumed’s reunion.
Three years later, we’re still Rob Halford’s boyfriend’s favorite site on the web, and Lemmy’s go-to source for news.
Sure, we’ve cut back on the chick pics, but in three short years, GSA has grown in leaps and bounds, and it’s all thanks to people like you, who visit the site for metal news, honest commentary, and the sage scribblings of some of metal’s coolest cats, like Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage, John Strachan from Early Graves, Tim Williams from Vision of Disorder, Brian Fair from Shadows Fall, Revocation’s Dave Davidson, and Mark Hunter, who fronts Chimaira.
For three years now, Zeena Koda — an all-around rad chica who you listen to on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal — has been answering your twisted, perverted questions, and I’ve been slugging away, trying to make the site the best and funniest it can be.
We’ve been fortunate in that so many musicians have agreed to write for the site over the years, including A Life Once Lost’s Bob Meadows, Patrick Shannon from All Else Failed, and Tiger Flowers frontman Jesse James Madre. Hell, I am even thankful for Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad and Autopsy’s Chris Reifert, who’ve since quit the blogging game but helped spread the word early on in the site’s existence.
We’ve even had legends write guest columns for us, and of course, how could we not mention the Rÿche-obsessed Jos. von Wienerhaus, who consistently delivers humorous commentary — so much so that he’s getting other writing gigs because of it. And Sean Harris, our contest winner, who has brought us some great interviews since going from reader to writer (which you can too; details here).
But if you want to know the total truth, I wish I could fucking quit this blog and move on with my life and forget about all the bullshit politics that comes with it, but I can’t. I just can’t let go of the fucker.
I debate constantly whether the effort is worth it. The time I invest in this site, and the money. If you think GSA is making me rich, you must be a dust head. I have contemplated hanging up the domain on more than a few occasions, but can’t. I must forge on.
I’m not sure why. I love being able to vent, and I absolutely treasure ever single regular reader I have. I just wish GSA could be my full-time gig. Domination still eludes me, but with your help, we can rule this bitch.
If we make you smile or even laugh, share us with your friends. If you dig the column we do with Chris Adler of Lamb of God, tell your friends to check it out. GSA has grown the last three years because you’ve helped spread the word. GSA doesn’t advertise nor does the site get love from the other dildo bloggers out there who’ve gone lame with time, and as success has swayed them.
GSA is non-corporate. GSA is fucking legit. The real deal. GSA is the epitome of metal. The site hasn’t sold out or gone soft. Metal is what we do, it is what we know, and most importantly, it is who we are.
This is a labor of love, people. Keep me inspired. Comment on posts, join us over at Facebook. Without you, this can not be.
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