I was going to act cool on my 1st Blogiversary, casually mentioning it, thanking my readers, then moving on to bigger better things, but then I decided HELL NO!
It’s my (blogging) party and I’ll celebrate if I want to!
Bear with me please as I put on a dodgy paper hat and blow up a few balloons!
I figured horns are made for hooting and good times are meant for celebrating 🙂
Well holy cow, how did I get here?
No, seriously, how the heck did this happen?
This blog started exactly a year ago with absolutely no clear direction.
It was supposed to be a place where I’d keep all the info I found interesting without clogging up my computer, as well as a quick writing practise before tackling my MA thesis.
In the first months I had told zero people about its existence, as there really wasn’t anything to say on the matter or to boast about.
I really didn’t know if it would be something I’d continue or most probably abandon after the first few weeks.
You must understand that exactly a year ago I was a lurking Armitage Admirer who had only left one comment throughout my entire 6 month craze, but more about that later on.
What I’m driving at is that starting out no one within the fandom had any idea who I was (some undoubtedly miss those good ol’ days…) nor did I seek the support of my RL friends to help push this thing forward, so in the first month of blogging I received a little over 20 clicks and I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I managed to get so many 🙂
Things have certainly changed, and with the amount of visitors dropping by I really do regret writing better, more interesting posts 🙂
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for visiting, commenting, supporting and being an integral part of this experience.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again that without your presence here I’d just be a sad old (mad) cow posting for no one.
Hey, it worked in January but I think it would have lost its appeal by April…
Your friendship means almost as much to me as Lucas North’s bottom in tight denim jeans, and that really is saying a lot!
I’d also like to give special thanks to Servetus at Me+Richard, as she happens to be connected to many of my firsts!
She was the first blog I had visited after watching North and South, when certain Mr Thornton took possession of my heart and soul.
She’s the first blog I ever commented on some time in the autumn of 2011, under a different alias, and sweating buckets worried that I’d look foolish because of what I had written (being rejected by the RArmy was a big fear of mine back then, as everyone seemed so friendly with each other, and I doubted such a tight-knit group would accept me, let alone welcome me with open arms. You live, you learn!).
Servetus had written one of the first comments on this blog and I swear, I had been such a lurker/admirer over at Me+R it felt like a celebrity sighting 🙂
Anyway, how better to say a heartfelt Thank You! than a Richard Armitage thumb cupcake ( and yes I also think it may well be one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in a while…).
Apart from search engines Servetus’ blog refers the most traffic to this site, followed by RAFrenzy!
Thank You for the support of other bloggers!
I adore being perched on your blogrolls, and I’m there in good company, so I’m grateful to you for sticking me there.
I’ll be updating my blogroll to include all of my blogging friends and fellow admirers, so please take a second to click on a few.
We all know how long it takes to write a single post, not to mention updating, checking comments, and in general keeping that machine running, so I can only applaud you for constantly providing new posts for Armitage Admirers worldwide!
Here’s my year in numbers:
I’ve written close to 450 posts in the past 12 months.
There are the good ones, the bad and the right darn ugly ones (sorry about those…).
A few months in I thought it would be the bees knees to get 100 000 clicks in the first year, but it seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.
Wouldn’t you know it, I’m just a couple of clicks shy of doubling that number and will be hitting 200 000 in the next few days, so THANK YOU!
Online traffic is a funny little thing as it often depends on where you’re placed in search engines.
That means that posts that aren’t really all that special seem to attract a huge amount of readers, while other are popular for a few days after being published, and then go into (semi-) retirement.
The posts that have attracted the most views are:
1. On Richard Armitage and Lee Pace
2. Marilyn Monroe and Plastic Surgery
3. DIY Pin-Up
See what I mean?
Anyway, I think the statistics will change in the next few weeks judging by the interest in Richard Armitage and all things The Hobbit.
My favorite posts are:
Fanstravaganza3 was a blast and I absolutely loved taking part in it!
I also really enjoyed putting together all three of my Fanstra3 posts.
I loved punning it out doggy style, seeing Heinz Kruger in his tighty whities, and stripping Richard down just to dress him up again.
I really (REALLY!!!) hope Fanstra4 will happen, because there’s no better way to celebrate the wonder that is Armitage Admiration 🙂
I also enjoyed blogging in July and August (December being my most flaky month…) as I was on holiday and could spend hours fiddling with images, gifs and posts to my heart’s content.
I especially liked the run-up to Armitage Day and Operation Armitage.
I really do hope that we manage to have a Richard Armitage-rekated competition every year!
I’d like to take this opportunity to give a special Thank You! to my partner in crime Seba from Gisborne’s Boy for sharing his amazing talent and helping me with the competition.
I hope we collaborate on many other projects in the future (and if you’re reading this Bug, I’m waiting on your email!).
The thing is, in the past year of blogging I’ve made many friends, and lost a few (some I’ve mourned, to others I can only say: Good riddance…)
I’ve expanded my horizons, but also tested my patience and understanding.
I’ve bitten my tongue and stepped away from a fight more time than I have in RL, and I think I’ve also been more generous with expressing my delight, enthusiasm, friendship.
I honestly think I’m a better version of my RL self, so if you don’t like me here, believe me, it doesn’t get any better out there 😉
I’ve gone beyond anything I would have though myself capable of, but I’ve also made a few mistakes, some I’ve learned from, others probably not.
I should really finish by thanking Richard for getting this whole project started, but what I’m really grateful for is that by being such a stand up sort of gentleman he seems to attract the absolute best type of admirer any fandom could wish for.
Are there crazy fans in the Armitage Army?
But I’d like to believe that we’re crazy in our own special, unique way 🙂
While I’m on the topic of AgzyM (move over Thorin, I’m all about Me Me Me! today), I’ve decided to retire the Dita photo I’ve been using as a visual representation of my online alter ego.
I’ve had such fun with that particular image, but I needed something new, so here it is:
You know it’s only a matter of time before I stick a beard on this gravatar!
And here is the full body superhero version, because it seems like it’s going to be one of those years when you really need a cape: