The Blog is perhaps the most remarkable part of David’s official website. It’s where fans can have their say on a wide variety of topics, not necessarily about David or even music in general.
David reads it, he does not write it. It’s run by a fan*, for fans. For fun.
The views expressed, therefore, are not necessarily those of David, his management or record companies (but often are).
Indeed, certain views are not always popular with David, his management or record companies, but if the editor can justify their publication, and if their publication generates positive discussion, they’ll always be welcome.
Disagreement is healthy. Constructive criticism and helpful feedback is never turned away.
Comments are held for moderation and may be edited. However, contrary to what you may have heard, this is for your own good, as well as presentation’s sake. Obviously, there are things you cannot say (unless you have the desire, time and money to fight lawsuits, that is).
If your comments have been altered, it’s because there were spelling or grammatical mistakes, factual errors, annoying use of text talk (“When R U coming 2…?”) or redundant squiggles, dots and dashes which add nothing to your intended point. That’s all. The editor is also a bit OCD.
The Blog is now in its sixth year, has received some 100,000 comments, and, in 2007, was deemed Best Music Blog at the BT Digital Music Awards. The previous year, it was voted second best in the same category at the Weblog Awards.
* ‘FEd’ is short for ‘Features Editor’. Back in the blog’s early days, the latter days of 2005, the blog was known simply as the Features page and existed as part of David’s then developing site as a means of announcing updates on his forthcoming album, On an Island, as well as welcoming reaction from all who were interested in hearing it and seeing it performed live.
With apologies for possibly causing you a fleeting twinge of disappointment, FEd is just another fan of the music; nobody famous or even remotely interesting, surprisingly still employed by David all these years later to write stuff.