Events have overtaken me
slightly. I have only just realized that today is my second blogiversary. Yay! *throwsconfetti*
Wow, things have really changed for me over the course of the past 12 months. A look at my monthly blog stat reveals it (click each month to go the respective monthly archive):
- November 2014 (6)
- October 2014 (15)
- September 2014 (26)
- August 2014 (16)
- July 2014 (12)
- June 2014 (14)
- May 2014 (24)
- April 2014 (17)
- March 2014 (14)
- February 2014 (15)
- January 2014 (12)
- December 2013 (4)
- November 2013 (3)
November and December 2013 are pretty indicative of what my blog looked like: An occasional post here and there, but you could count them on the fingers of one hand. And then *boom* January sees my previous monthly output tripled. Whatever happened? Well, I usually blame everything on Mr A. It’s his actions that necessitate reactions.
So, any complaints to him, please. In
The Annual Review
The highlight of November 2013 was receiving a letter from faraway New Zealand. I have often cited this as the on-set of my fandom love: Maree from New Zealand sent me those much appreciated and drooled over Thorin stamps – even though we had never communicated before. How lovely was that?
The second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy came out in December 2013 and Mr A became real at the European premiere in Berlin. But the real highlight was some true RL love in the shape of Mr Guylty’s Christmas present. At that point, little did we know that this wonderful present was going to be a game-changer…
I sometimes wonder whether Mr Guylty regrets what he did…
Onwards into the new year. Guylty declared early on: “This is gonna be a great year.” And January 2014 certainly started off great with a fabulous idea by our much beloved fellow fan Agzy. She started me off on the Armitage Weekly Round-ups – tumblr edition. The weekly round-ups were split into three parts, designed to each provide a one-stop overview over the memorable, noteworthy happenings within the online community in the blog world (covered by Agzy herself), in the area of fan fiction (by The Arkenstone) and tumblr. Sadly, the blog and fan fiction round-ups were eventually shelved, but the tumblr round-up is still going and is continuing to draw a large number of views, averaging at about 350 views.
In February 2014 I was quite busy organising the first RAworld Valentine. But since that happened on an external blog, I can pick something else for my favourite post of the month. I’ll choose “Drooling on the Go” because that is the true watershed moment for Guylty on WP. The first ever RA Pocket Shrine got much attention. And I got much love. And the world got a new acronym. RAPS. I get a bit nostalgic, looking at the first RAPS – still a little bit rough around the edges. A prototype. But the one that started it – thanks to the warm reception it received from you.
The RAPS production fired up in March 2014 – several RAPSes saw the light of day, and many new friendships were forged because of it. My e-mail correspondence started taking up much more time than before as deals were sussed out and daily e-mails started flying back and forth. My favourite post, however, puts the spotlight back to the man who inspired the blog. For once Guylty was at the forefront of breaking RAnews when I screencapped Mr A’s appearance on breakfast TV show “This Morning” on March 31st.
New verbs were also invented in 2014. “Shrining” became my new occupation, with an output of eight RAPS in April.
I expect the Oxford English Dictionary to include “to shrine” as a new coinage in the next edition! However, that went down at the cost of my series of photo analyses which I had moved by April from their former home on me+richard to my own blog. Hence I’d like to highlight one of my favourite *ooof*s as my personal favourite of April – I still love this image from April’s Emergency *ooof*, shot on the set of Armitage’s then project “Urban and the Shed Crew”, however incidental it may have been. (And btw, my old *ooof*s are still accessible on me+r!)
Statistics tell me that the number of posts shot up to 24 in May, I presented 13 RAPS, and my most visited post on Guylty was the little discovery of some behind the scenes shots of RA at a Sarah Dunn shoot in May 2014. I removed the actual images and replaced them with links, and so there is not that much to see on the post anymore. (Well, I have a sneaky featured image on the page, so you may still find it worth-while to click and look
drool.) The pictures were part of Dunn’s “Wide-eyed” section on her website, and I remember wondering what that project might actually be, seeing that it consisted shots in a rather interesting format… I found out three months later…
June 2014. A month I’d rather like to forget. Due to my personal life, the posting came to an abrupt end. And yet I have a very clear favourite post of that month. Perversely it is the one where I announced my sad news. But it received such an overwhelming feedback, I could literally feel the love that was sent my way. Somehow tragedy can bring a lot of positivity to the fore. Thank you all, my dear friends, for your good wishes, your consolation, your messages, cards and e-mails. I will never forget this.
In July 2014 I struggled to get in tune with my new reality. Posting the weekly tumblr round-up regularly and continuing to present the RAPSes to you helped me get back into the routine of normal life. A scan of the Sunday Times article about Armitage brought and continues to bring many readers to my blog. Blogging Armitage distracts, uplifts and forges friendships. It should be obligatory. And it certainly should not be belittled and made fun of. Confirmed: I am not only Armitaged, I am also RArmytaged.
I propose that August is renamed Crucible month. I saw the play twice, enjoyed London, and got daily updates about Richard Armitage’s performance on and off stage. Seldom were we as fans so spoilt. It was almost too much for me. So much so that my favourite August 2014 post is my slightly
snide fake review of a small independent production that was taking place daily after the Crucible performance. Interestingly it was my first person singular account of the same event that garnered more interest even though it was not all sweet smelling roses in that either…
September 2014 was time to say good-bye to London-based RA. By that point I had obviously become so accustomed to my daily fix of Armitage that I decided to concoct my own scheme to generate lots of posting. Not only did I do a whole series of “deRAnged” posts on what I like to call “The Summer of Love”, I also started my little fandom identifier project: It just bugged me that there had been so many fans at the conversation with RA event and I had missed them all… The result was a
for me staggering 26 posts in September. Oh, and I preached on copyright issues again – forever my third favourite subject *ggg*.
The best day and post in October 2014 was when I counted up all the donations to the aforementioned fandom identifier project and finally donated 250 € (200 £/300 $) to Young Minds. How nice to be catching three birds with one stone: Fun for me, fun for the badge recipients, money for a good cause. I nearly forgot that I was once in this for Richard Armitage… I mean, really, his work here is done. I might as well move on to another guy… just kidding, of course 🙂
Which leads us now to November 2014. Two years down the road from my first post on me+r, a little older, a couple of new
laughter lines on my mug, the third notebook in use. A total of 195 posts under my belt – with roughly a total 94,000 views and 10,000 comments. You know who you are. I doubt
Love and thanks,