I always get excited when I hit an anniversary. Granted, three years isn't long in the grand scheme of things, but for a near-daily blog, that's a pretty good run. That also gives me an excuse to evaluate things.
At this point, the blog has more readers than ever, easily topping 65,000 hits annually. Compared to commercial sites or blogs that aren't just silly fun, that's also not breaking any records. But for a personal, Google blog that hasn't exactly endeared itself to Marvel, DC or Wizard, I am amazed. I realize I am competing for your entertainment surfing time with lots of other sites (many of which I frequent myself), and I am humbled that so many of you come by day after day just to see what old comic book made me stop and go, "what just happened there?"
So, will the site continue? Absolutely. There are hundreds of thousands of comics out there that many fans and industry insiders would like to forget, but that just gives me motivation. I'm thinking that in the tradition of most television series, I am obliged to bring on a precocious child to liven things up at this point, but I think I'll keep on with what works.
Like characters who actually went to the trouble of developing a big remote-control ram's head:
And yes, we do have to wonder what would possess someone to put in the time and financial resources into researching and developing such a thing, but that's my bread and butter. So today, Crimson Avenger of the 1960's, I salute you. Yes, your modern counterpart who is forced to do the bidding of her possessed handguns is all kinds of awesome herself, but you have a big remote-control ram's head, and for that reason, I shall remember you always.
And we can't forget costumes like this one:
You know, if you're going to drape a big octopus-looking garment all over your head and torso, you must be pretty confident that no one is ever going to be close enough to take a swing at you. I mean, besides the obvious visibility problem, you are going to have about as much freedom of movement in your arms as someone who threw a bedsheet over themselves.
Basically, you are taking the appearance of Sigmund the Sea Monster:
and combining it with the battle-readiness of the Peanuts gang's outfits in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:
And there are old lessons that are still worth learning:
And yes, we do have to pause and wonder what kind of parenting is taking place where young Johnny feels justified in blowing off his outdoor chores for the purpose of writing down some introspective revelations about character flaws that need improvement over the course of the following twelve months. My suggestion to Johnny is that perhaps he needs to work on his ability to prioritize tasks so that he is not burning daylight doing something he can easily do using a lamp at a later time. But you made us think, Johnny, and for that you deserve to be remembered.
In short, I have no intention of stopping or changing the purpose of this blog. As always, I am very grateful to everyone who has started reading over the past year, and I especially want to thank everyone who has been here since the early days. Without you, there would truly be no sense to this blog, and I thank you.
See you tomorrow!