For several years now I have been following
a blog called
Readers Recommend at The Guardian website. The blog originated
in September 2005, created by staff writer Dorian Lynskey. The idea was
that he would throw out a topic each Thursday and readers would
recommend songs on that topic until the following Monday. Dorian would
then sift through the recommendations and pick ten songs to make a
playlist and write a column for the newspaper based on his selections.
The blog and column proved very popular and developed quite a loyal
following. I came across it accidentally around 2008. Dorian specified
that previously selected songs should not be recommended again but the
page tracking the songs already used was awkward so I took it upon
myself to create a fansite tracking all the songs recommended and
categorized them by artist, song title and more. I called that website
Readers Recommend: The Complete Index. But one of the other bloggers
started calling it
(after my blog name Marconius7). It became the unofficial name of my
website and I officially changed it with a redesign after a couple of
In January 2011 it was discontinued as a newspaper column and became an
online only feature. And in Sugust 2012, it stopped being written by a
Guardian staffer and was written by volunteers from the blog community.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering five times and my five columns
are linked below.