First off, thank you, all you, for reading my articles. While I would have continued writing if no one read anything, the fact that you do gives me an incredibe sense of pride and accomplishment. Don’t worry, this is something extra. A regular post will be up 5 minutes after this. I know, the topic’s a little on the nose.
It’s a little surreal looking back. I started this site one year ago, on January 10th 2013 with one goal, put up an article everyday for six days a week. I had no idea what I was doing at first, not saying I do now, though I have a better idea. I wasn’t even sure what my scope was going to be, I just wanted to write, practice, and build something. I think on that front I was successful.
Breaking the fourth wall a little, my name is Tony Mathers, I’m an electrical engineer and fighter. Sometime around June of 2012 I got the brilliant idea to start writing. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Structure, punctuation, grammar, flow, all a mystery. I opened a document and started typing. As 2013 began, I wrote my first article and hit publish.
I cringe looking back at that post, and all the posts for the next few months. I’ve buried a few of them, but you can still find them. I won’t remove them, posterity and such. Though they are terrible, I like looking back to see how far I’ve come. I was in my own bubble when I started, not looking at anyone else’s work. After three months, I caught another blog and saw photos embedded in article. My mind was blown. I immediately began including photos, even going back and inserting them in some older articles. If you find some old posts without photos, that’s why.
The day I deciphered the scheduling feature was momentous indeed. I didn’t trust it at first, manually publishing my articles at 7 am everyday. After some trial and error, I quickly learned its ins and outs, and began working ahead. Now I schedule content months in advance. I already know what article will go up on May 3rd (it’s Kablam!), with the next 24 posts already written. If I fell off the face of the Earth, you wouldn’t notice for a month.
As the year went on, my ideas for the site evolved. Currently on version 3.0, I think I’ve figured out how to not bury content. My first two designs were simple blog rolls with full articles in the main field. Good luck finding anything more than a week old. I love the current design and I think all of you do as well. My daily traffic has greatly improved since then. Took me 8 hours to learn how to do it, but it was worth it.
Around May of 2013, one of my favorite podcasts, The Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, mentioned they’d love to have anyone write content for their site. I offered my Saturday Morning Cartoon series to them, hoping we could both mutually benefit. So far it’s been a great success. I can’t recommend the THN podcast enough. Even if you have a passing interest in comics, give it a listen. I am in awe of the high level of quality Matt Baum and Joe Patrick produce every week between scripting and editing. Funny and entertaining stuff.
I’ve had more than a few things not pan out. I thought I would do a series of guilty pleasure articles, goofy or ridiculous things I like but socially shouldn’t. After about three that petered out. There’s the audio and board game categories too. I only had three ideas for either of those. While guilty pleasures is certainly dead, I’m toying around with ways to create more content for the other two. I think one of the best additions was the weekly top 5 list. While some are obvious, I’ve had fun creating oddly titled lists. I love doing the weekly comic book reviews and movie trailer breakdowns as well.
While I’ve written a lot of posts, some good and others not so much. The one I am most proud of is Batman: The Animated Series. Clocking in at nearly 1500 words, it’s my longest by far. Though the site says Hulk, Batman is my favorite character in any medium. I was nervous writing it, putting in a lot of time and research. It’s practically a dissertation. I’ve learned to cut back since then.
I wanted to build something with this site, and I have, though I’m not done yet. There’s something I’m working on which should be finished soon that I can’t wait to share with all of you. I’ve decided to continue working on this site for another 2 years, after that, I’m not sure. Over 350 articles written and 16,500 hits. I can’t thank you enough. Oh, and the ads, I have no idea how that works. I don’t see any money for this, trust me.
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Accidentally published only one draft and deleted it. It was Trigun.