Q: What is The Rocking Vicar?
A: It’s an online magazine with added bells and whistles. Since 2008, we’ve been publishing editorial, audio and video content on the subjects of rock and pop music, popular culture and the media.
Q: Who is The Vicar?
A: The Vicar is a tireless evangelist for all things rockular and rollable, ministering to the musical and media needs of his parish from the rocking vicarage in the heart of rural England. Of course, as a hip young gun-slinger you’ll be familiar with the Vicar’s work and you hardly need us to tell you his name, now do you?
Q: ‘Vicar’? Is this a Christian or religious site?
A: It isn’t. We don’t mind a jot if you’re a person of faith, but the RV is about other things.
Q: Why do you not publish stuff more frequently?
A: We favour quality over quantity. We write and gather material, which we then publish. We’re in no hurry.
Q: Who writes all the Rocking Vicar stuff?
A: At the moment there are three permanent members of the vicarage. We also have a smashing bunch of occasional contributors who help us out. The poor fools.
Q: Can I write something for the Vicar?
A: You can. If you have something unusual or poignant to say on the subject of beat music, media, cinema, theatre or rodents drop it in the vicarage letterbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) and if we like it, there’s a good chance we’ll publish it. The quality threshold is quite high, so there are no guarantees; and all submissions pass through a sub-editing process.
Q: How much will I get paid if you publish my stuff?
A: Not a penny. You may find it hard to believe but nobody has ever been paid for any of the material written for the site or emailer. It’s not that kind of project. Sorry.
Q: How do I receive the Vicar’s emailer?
A: You just subscribe on the right. It’s absolutely free and alerts you when something new is added to the site. You’ll also receive a full digest roughly once a month. No spammy business either.
Q: Do you want to know about/interview my band?
A: If you’re Robert Plant or Robert Smith, yes. Otherwise, probably not. There are loads of sites perfectly designed to help you promote your music, but this isn’t one of them. We prefer to bang on about music and gubbins people know quite well. Good luck, though.
Q: Can I take part in the Parish Counsel podcast?
A: Are you a well-known musician, broadcaster or media professional? If so, we may well be interested in talking to you.
Q: Can I read the Rocking Vicar on my iPhone or Android device?
A: You can. Point your mobile browser to: http://www.therockingvicar.com
There’s also a handy podcast app for the iPhone. Just point your phone’s browser to http://rockingvicar.podbean.
Q: Is the site connected to The Word magazine?
A: The idea for the site certainly sprang from some of the brains behind that fine publication and it now involves the endeavours of some other people. Sadly, The Word magazine has now closed, it’s final edition was published in August 2012.
Q: Are you on any social networks?
A: Yes, we’re on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. The Twitter feed is updated throughout most days and you can follow us at @ROCKINGVICAR. Our Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheRockingVicar. And on Pinterest, we’re at: http://www.pinterest.com/rockingvicar Look for the buttons at the right of any page.
Q: Will the Vicar be doing anything else?
A: Maybe. What did you have in mind?
Q: May I leave feedback on articles I read on The Rocking Vicar?
A: For various reasons we no longer allow comments at the foot of articles. This doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you though. Please feel free to tweet us with your feedback. We’re at http://twitter.com/ROCKINGVICAR.