A Look Back At One Of The Most Challenging Years Of My Life
2021 was tough for me. It was tough for a lot of people. I found myself and my family still recovering from 2020’s Hurricane Laura and the damage that she did to southwest Louisiana. We started the year living in a camper trailer while we waited on our home to be repaired. While living in that camper, we faced a record-breaking freeze event in the southern United States. When we were finally able to move back into our home in July of this year, we had no lights in almost all of the house, terrible work done by our contractor who we ended up having to fight just to make our house reasonably decent again, a battle with the insurance company that has left us with no replacements for the furniture that we lost due to the hurricane, and more repairs that we’ve discovered that our terrible contractor missed. To top it all off, we still had to navigate a world battling COVID-19. Despite all of this I managed to continue posting on my blog and all of you continued to read. Here’s my annual breakdown of what all of you enjoyed the most, what you read the most, and what older posts managed to stay relevant this year.
The Witches Rise
My post about the Witches of Waverly Place from 2020 knocked last year’s biggest post, a gem from 2018 about 3-2-1 Contact, out of the top spot by over six hundred views! The post was clicked on by folks over eight hundred times. My biggest post from 2021 itself was a Spinmaster Toys Batman Action Figure review from January. It was clicked on over two hundred times. In all, I had over six thousand views of my home page this year. As of this writing, my page has been visited over thirteen thousand times since its inception in 2013.
Whatcha’ Lookin’ At?????
A new image rose to the top of the heap of photos that were clicked on my page. A photo of a Bela Lugosi test shot for Fantasia tied with last year’s champion, a photo of Ivy Doomkitty as the Rocketeer. Here’s a list of the top ten most clicked on photos for the year of 2021.
1. Lugosi Test Shot For Fantasia (Tie)
2. Cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty As The Rocketeer (Tie)
3. Spinmaster Collection Foldout
Coming in with a surprisingly strong third place showing is my own photo of one of Spinmaster’s Batman Action Figure Checklists.
4. Wilfred Jackson Test Shots For Fantasia
Not to be outdone by Bela Lugosi, animator Wilfred Jackson’s test shots for Chernabog in Fantasia came in with a solid lock on fourth place for most clicked pics.
5. Spinmaster Batman Action Figures
I started noticing a pattern form with my fifth most clicked photo. My many Spinmaster posts ranked high this year and it came as no surprise that my admittedly blurry photo of four Batman figures came in fifth place.
6. Crestwood Monsters Collection
Classic monsters never go out of style and this photo featuring the legendary Crestwood Monster Books won sixth place this year.
7. Disney World’s Alien Encounter
Disney’s now defunct ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter may be gone, but fans still want to get a look at the evil alien creature that once frightened folks of all ages!
So far my list has been heavy on Disney related horror from 2020 with only two Spinmaster photos cracking the Top Ten so far from 2021, but MechaGodzilla makes his way into the eight spot!
9. Hogan’s Heroes Cast
2020 squeaks in with one last most clicked photo for the year with this cast photo from Hogan’s Heroes.
10. One of my most viewed photos of all time
Rounding out the Top Ten is a photo that has consistently been in my top ten lists since I first posted it six years ago. This wallpaper featuring the cast of Star Trek Continues and the post that it is contained within has always been popular with my readers.
Other items of note:
The country that clicked on my posts the most this year was the United States with over seven thousand clicks. From there, the United Kingdom (600+ clicks) came in second, Canada (500+ clicks) in third, Germany (almost 300 clicks)in fourth, and Mexico (200+ clicks) rounding out the top five. Australia came in sixth place with almost two hundred clicks followed closely by India, Brazil, France, and Russia.
I had three months with over one thousand views (March, September, and October) with October closing in on almost two thousand clicks. Last year I made a resolution to reach one thousand views in at least one month. Thank YOU for making that dream come to fruition in THREE months! Will I hit two thousand views for a month in 2022? Only you can make that happen and hopefully I’ll make posts interesting enough to earn your views!
I posted only 113 times this year which was ten less than last year but I’m not complaining considering all of the crap that I went through over the year. I hope to reach 150 in 2022. With November Noise, a planned review of all of KISS’ studio albums, and plenty of other toy, film, and festival reviews, I think that I’ll be able to make it. I also hope to attend a few conventions as well!
Google searches proved to be the way that most folks found my blog. The WordPress reader and Facebook came in second and third with only only point separating them. The AMP Project came in next and then it was Twitter which I’m still trying to navigate and understand.
Thank you again for making this my biggest year for views! That’s four years in a row that my viewership has increased! I appreciate each and every one of you and I hope to meet a few of you this year at conventions. Feel free to contact me via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. I really want to connect with all of you!