Well, being an NME reader did have its occasional upsides.
One thing it did for me was keep me up to date with what was happening in the world of pop music. I liked reading the reviews - I never thought much of their actual evaluations, but somehow it's nice to know what's going on out there, and also what the sort of "official" opinion on some music is. I'm not sure why I care, but at the moment I've just lost all orientation in terms of pop music. The way I feel now, in terms of music, is sort of like - warning, extended metaphor following! - you're walking through a new part of town, and you're looking around and liking it there, seeing all the familiar chain stores and coffee-shops you love, but actually you have no idea where you are, and wouldn't be able to pinpoint yourself on a map, and wouldn't know what direction to go in order to get to another part of town. That kind of thing always makes me nervous. I find it extremely reassuring if I can pinpoint myself on a mental map. I don't know what that says about me.
I need more time & I need to make a to-do list.