This marks my 1000th post on the Speech Bubble. Never would I have believed I would ever reach this pinnacle so soon. Back when I first started, I imagined that when I reached 1000 (if ever) that it would mark the end of my blogging, that it was the perfect time to call it quits.
Originally, I started this blog because I read that blogging/commenting on forums and social media was a great way to warm up for the day’s writing. I believe it was Warren Ellis that said it, but don’t quote me on that. I aimed to better my writing here with a quick posting or so and then dig in deep with my creative writing. What I didn’t anticipate was the reception I would receive in terms of views and comments. I’m honored to say that wwayne was a big factor early on in the infancy of this blog during those initial months in making this into a more serious endeavor.
As my readers grew, as relationships formed, I got caught up and the time I invested in the blog increased. It was a good tool to see if I could meet deadlines, imposing a strict post-per-day policy. For the most part, barring any unforeseen circumstances, I have stayed true to that mantra, averaging more than a post-per-day all-time. Speaking of all-time, and before I go any further, let’s look back at my all-time stats:
Top 25 Posts of All-Time
Top 10 Guest Posts of All-Time
Top 10 Months Ever
1. August 2014
2. March 2015
3. December 2014
4. January 2015
5. September 2014
6. November 2014
7. October 2014
8. July 2014
9. October 2013
10. February 2013
All-Time Other Stats
My Top 5 Referrers Ever are WordPress, Twitter, Reddit, Arousing Grammar, and The Old Reader.
My Top 5 Search Terms Ever are “star lord”, “top 3″, “drax the destroyer”, “supergirl logo”, and “spotlight.”
Finally my Top 5 Countries Ever are Italy, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France.
Looking back at all those stats makes me really happy. I want to thank everyone for the support over the years including those that have commented on and supported this blog the most including but not limited to wwayne, Paul Bowler, xmenxpert, healed1337, Sidekick Reviews, The Telltale Mind, Reid Vanier, and Gene’O from Sourceror. Your comments and spreading the word have made this experience so worth while and I’m proud to call you comic comrades. That is the beauty of comics, uniting people from all walks of life, from entirely different countries, under one banner. I also want to thank everyone who has ever hit LIKE, retweeted a Tweet, spread the word about my Blog, participated in the Comic Connection, or even just taken the time out of your schedules to take a gander. It moves me that so many people actually take notice and enjoy what I do.
With that said, let us turn back to our discussion of the end. In January, I put out a call to arms with the mission to assemble a team. With wwayne, Reid, and Sam providing back-up alongside some strategic promotion on Reddit, 2015 is tracking ahead of the previous years. I knew going into 2015 that this was going to be a year of change.
I’m still working out which month I’m going to quit my job alongside arranging my future employment. Since I was in elementary school I always wanted to be a writer. I loved creating my own worlds and playing within them. In fact, for the longest time being a novelist was my end goal until high school hit, around grade 9 to be more specific. English class sucked all the fun out of writing by proceeding to force us to write essay after essay about various books and the tone of various poems made it four years of boredom. Now don’t get me wrong, I still got straight As in all my classes but creative writing was non-existent. The other factor was my friends who continued to putdown the idea of a career writing novels. I abandoned my ambition and just went through the motions, finishing as runner-up for valedictorian, losing out not because of grades but because of a popularity vote. After that, I got my first job and life continued on…until I discovered comics.
Growing up, I read the occasion comic but it wasn’t until we moved to a city with a local comic store that I truly fell in love with the medium. My creative juices started flowing again and I decided that a career in comics was what I wanted to do with my life as I felt it better suited my writing style more so than novels. I started cranking out the ideas, writing various scripts, until work changed and my creative energy was exhausted day-in and day-out. Around this time, I was a year into the blog and it acted as an excellent release for me personally, one which could allow me to interact with others and get my writing out there. Again, it was only going to be temporary leading to this day, the day where I shut down the Speech Bubble with my 1000th post.
So I guess this is the part where I say farewell…except, just as this year is my year of change, I have changed my mind. That’s right, the Speech Bubble will live on! I think back to a quote “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” It sums everything up perfectly.
The Speech Bubble has reached the end of its initial phase. Now we shall move onto greater heights! I want to grow this blog to be even bigger, to grow the team as well. I want it to continue on until the day I can proudly and shamelessly plug my upcoming comic series coming out. And after that? Well I want to continue on. Blogging has been so rewarding and taking part in the community has been exceptional. I don’t know a lot of people who share the same interests as me so I am so thankful for it. I have big plans for the future, both personally and professionally, but the one thing you can count on is the Speech Bubble to grow right there with me. Here’s to the next 1000 postings!