A Bloody Good Year
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, TRISK!!
Holee crap. I can not believe I am actually writing this. A year ago today, our first review went up, Popcorn.
Wow, just wow. To celebrate, I posted our epic 26th review today, Demons of Ludlow! Total coincidence that we did #26 today, but isn't that awesome? Gotta love synchronicity. What makes this movie so special that it got the honour of being the one year in review?
Well, not much. The biggest thing is that I hale from a town called Ludlow. Or near enough. I went to high school there, and those years are largely responsible for my love of horror movies, so why not do a movie set in the town? Well, it isn't the SAME Ludlow, but close enough for horseshoes.
I discovered the movie completely at random. I was going through a site that lists and briefly comments on a lot of our sort of movies, and almost breezed right past the title. I paused, scrolled back, and stared. How could I *not* review this movie? I researched it, had the damnedest time trying to find it, and finally tracked down some printed on demand versions. Before that though, I did a little more research, found someone talking about it, and I realised I had the pack of movies they got it from. I ALREADY OWNED THE MOVIE.
Let me just say that I am not the sort of person to ignore Fate when she punches me in the face that hard.
So here we are a year later, and I am surprised. I'm not the best at sticking with things, but somehow, this site...I've stuck with it this long, which is one of my personal bests. I've got a few other things I've kept at as long or longer, but this is definitely in my top five. I hope to keep doing it for years to come. What is it about this site that keeps me around? I don't know, and I don't care, but I am loving doing this.
Well, some days I look at the next movie to review, whimper, and go watch Supernatural instead, but I always get around to it when I need to do it. Can you blame me for shivering at the thought of some of these movies?
What have been the high points and low points for me? My favourite review is either Blood Freak or Corpse Grinders, the sequel. These movies were SO bad, SO entertaining, and I just sat and stared bewildered at the screen for the entirety of them. They are the worst movies I've ever seen, and the most entertaining. They burn, but in the good way. I never thought I would ever see a movie worse than Blood Freak, but the two CG movies came along. May the day never come that tops them!
I come across new movies almost weekly while I'm wandering the internet. I started out thinking I knew so much about bad horror movies, and have discovered how little I truly knew. My education has only begun. The discovery of these new and wonderful, and painful, gems. And I have loved sharing these discoveries with everyone reading, as well as sharing the classics I already know. Just wait until you see what the rest of 2010 has coming!
There have been days though, where I feel discouraged about the site though. We have some slow growth. It sometimes feels like I'm shouting into the darkness, and not a voice is out there hearing me. I get the occasional response, but I want more. I crave more. I NEED MORE. Speak up, folks! I want to hear from you! I want to know what you like and what you want. Tell me what movies you loved to hate, and would like to see featured. I did that for 976-Evil, for a friend. Species as well, although I had them in the back of my mind.
Let's make our second year the year where we start interacting. And don't just talk to me, talk to your friends! Spread the word!
One thing kept me going, aside from too much free time and coffee, and I want to share that.
This is the graph I check frequently, detailing the channel's stats. The dark green line is unique, monthly page hits, and the light grey line above is the total page views, counting every time a page is viewed, so if one person visits the site and looks at every review, that's one unique and a ton of views. Or something.
Our first month had 73 visitors, and November ducked down to 50ish. That's understandable as the first month got a lot of eyeballs as I jumped up and down screaming, "Looka me!" Since then, the site has actually had some pretty steady growth, with two exceptions. There was a *very* tiny dip in March. No idea why. July had a big drop, as far as things go, and I figure that was because I was sick for almost two weeks and neglected the site until the very last day. But the next month things leapt back up and it was like there was no dip. It's almost a straight line, without that drop, for whatever reason.
The first year ended with JUST short of 400 visitors, and I figure we'll break that this month, and continue to grow. From 50 to 400, and that's not bad. And should keep going up. Fingers crossed.
Whenever I was down about the site, I'd look at that graph and know that people ARE coming here. People ARE looking at the site. And every month, more and more are coming. The site isn't an instant hit, but we are growing, slowly but surely. Seeing that kept me going. I wasn't just raging against the night.
AND I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. This site is here for you. Without my readers, I am nothing. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep reading, keep talking. Trisk owes you for a decent, if quiet, first year.
Our first year is done, and there's been a lot of bodies left in our wake. I am so happy to have made it this far, am still going, and I have no regrets starting this. It was a good first year.
Let's make some noise in year two, people!