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(A little old skool music – also my high school class song…)
Wow! How time flies. One year ago today, I hit publish and my first official entry went live. Seems it was just yesterday…
Still, I have the easy part – writing. The hard part is slogging through the nonsense I generate on a weekly basis, so huge thanks to those of you who do so week after wearying week. And in my view a blog isn’t a one-way street, it’s a community and it’s the commenters that make it complete. So, a shout out to Dawnstorm, WingKing, Jon Spencer, Remy, Karandi, Noop, and so many others who comment and take part in the discussions.
Also, this is my 101st post!
Year in Review:
Let’s take a look at how the year has gone…
Top five posts of the last year by number of views:
#5 Fall 2017 Week 2 – In theory, the Lounge is based on weekly reviews… Yet, this is the only weekly review post in the top 5. (The next isn’t until #7.) There’s a bunch of weekly related content in the #10-#20 range though.
#4 Some Favorite Anime Scenes – Still occasionally getting hits today, and a topic I need to revisit someday.
#3 Making Miso – Batch 1 – Not at all surprised this one ranked so high… I posted it in culinary groups all over Facebook. Still need to write the miso soup recipe article I mentioned though.
#2 Anime Avengers Assemble! – One of my favorites, and the third most commented article for the year. I would have thought it the first… It seems that way in my memory.
Aaand a drum roll please!
#1 Photography in anime – Just Because! Episode 1 – A post that started as a side comment, then took on a life of it’s own… Also my most widely linked post, and the most commented post for the year. And a reminder that I need to write Part II, which exists in my head and is more a reflection on Ena’s processes and my own and how much I get her.
Top five posts of the last year by comments:
As I said above, comments make community, and it’s interesting to see what topics got the most comments. (Posts not linked were linked in “by views” above.)
#5 Worth Reading: 9/28 – 10/13 Oddly enough, not even the inaugural Worth Reading.
#4 Fall 2017 – First Impressions Part III (Finale) Much discussion of the YuYuYu sequel.
#3 Anime Avengers Assemble! (Linked above.) Generated a ton of comments on other people’s teams and the characters. Some fun side discussions on roles & missions and the philosophy of team building.
#2 Will I find love? Anticipating Fall 2017 Again, much discussion of the YuYuYu sequel…
(No cheesy drumroll video this time, I figure I can only get away with that once…)
#1 Photography in anime – Just Because! Episode 1 (Linked above.) No surprise here… The most viewed article is also the most commented article.
Some nice growth over the year, even if my meltdown in the winter season is so apparent… October and November stick out because of the very popular posts in those months.
You can’t have an honest review without looking at the warts and the problems can you? There are some things I don’t like about what I’ve done… The attack of stage fright in the Winter season. The number of times I punted or was late. That I’ve never managed a full set of season reviews. All I can do is try on do better next year…
So, here’s how I see the upcoming year…
- Weekly Episode Reviews/Comments: Not always the most popular, often the hardest to write because of the unforgiving deadline, but I still see it as the heart and soul of the Lounge. For the nonce it remains my number one priority.
- Worth Reading: You may have noticed the lack of these over the past couple of months… Frankly, that’s because of the additional time eaten by the long form Yamato 2199 groupwatch posts. Look for it to return if the Winter season turns out to be light, or when the groupwatch is over.
- Feature content: AKA, “ideas that occur to me in the shower” and/or “stuff that sounds good on my first cup of coffee”. Often fun to write, sometimes hard to write, but unpredictable in frequency. But I have some notes on ideas and there will be more of that coming as I find time/energy.
And there you have it folks!
Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for all your support, thanks for being here!