This was the summer of the Olympics and to be honest, it was probably also the summer of Bradley Wiggins, Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France champion. Quite rightly, everyone has gone Wiggins mad - and Modculture was asked by The Independent to give some input on its feature.
We recently went Transatlantic, with the Modculture site featured in the New York Times.
Twitter? We're all over it!
If you want to keep up with some of the sites (or me personally) via Twitter, here's the details:
David Walker - for my personal Twitter (which will no doubt include what's happening in broad terms with the sites, should anything interesting come along), you can find that at:
Retro To Go - for all things and more relating to Retro To Go (which was recently picked out as one of the top 10 art and design Twitters), you can find that at:
Modculture - everything relating to the Modculture site, including the latest site news items, can be found at:
Electric Roulette - finally, for all things relating to our (soon to be relaunched) pop culture site, check out:
Just realised that this site has been criminally overlooked of late, so here's a round-up of what's going on. Just so everyone is still in the loop.
First off, we seem to have been all over the media, from the Daily Telegraph (which described Retro To Go as 'supercool') through to Arena (us commenting on 60s-built housing) and all points in-between. We're always available for a quote if you need one. One-liners are our business.
Aside from that, all ther sites have seen an upturn in traffic (the credit crunch isn't affecting web browsing), especially Switched On Set, which has quadrupled numbers in a couple of months. Some high-profile competitions have come and gone too (The Boat That Rocked right now). If you want to run a competition, get in touch.
Modculture has new writers on-board too - one on Retro To Go, one on Switched On Set and a Modculture news writer. More writers coming soon we hope - watch this space.
And we have a new site as a 'work in progress' - more on that later. I think that's it - over and out!
Ok, so we could give away CDs, books or DVDs (we're offered enough of them). But we're always on the look out for something special. And once more, we've come up trumps.
After recently giving away a unique signed Paul Weller polo shirt (and £250 to spend on clothes), we've once again teamed up with Fred Perry for another exclusive prize - a signed limited edition Fred Perry Terry Hall v-neck jumper.
Just 500 made, all based on the one worn by Terry Hall in the first edition of The Face. But there's one big difference between the standard one and ours - we have the only one anywhere that's been signed by Terry Hall (the tags, not the actual jumper). A money can't buy prize you could say.
The old design has been around for something like eight years, so it was about time for a new look for Modculture. And that new design has just started to go live.
The new graphics are the work of Swifty - best known for his work with Talkin' Loud, Blue Note, Mo Wax and the Straight No Chaser magazine (to name just a few examples). We've already started implementing them, but with so many pages, it could take a few weeks to complete.
To coincide with the new design, we'll soon be running two great competitions. Firstly, we will be giving away a Paul Weller-designed Fred Perry top signed by Weller himself - the one we featured here, which is set to go on sale in June in limited numbers. As well as the top, Fred Perry are also throwing in £250 to spend at its online shop. A separate competition will also see us giving away three of the forthcoming Jason King DVD boxsets, worth around £80 each and previewed here.
Keep your eye on the site for details of both - or check out the new look via the link below.
Modculture is our longest-running website, set up in early 2000.
Originally a listings site, Modculture developed into a more rounded lifestyle site soon after its introduction and was shortlisted as one of the top three arts & entertainment websites in the UK (in the National Web Awards) just a year into its life. In terms of traffic and content, Modculture is probably the biggest retro/vintage/classic lifestyle site around.
Although the word 'mod' is still central to everything the site is about, Modculture is now much more than that, covering everything from art and design through to books, film, music, fashion, tailoring and clubs, backed up by a lively forum, an endless number of reference guides, galleries, competitions, interviews, features and a daily news service.
And we're still doing it well. Last month, Arena Magazine had Modculture on its 'cool list' and in the coming weeks, we'll have a sharp new design, new writers and more daily content.
Visit the Modculture website