As we finally reach the eve of the New Year, the reflection on the year that is behind us is inevitable. It has been a remarkable year in many respects – not all of them positive, though. But looking back at my blogging year, I am almost surprised to have arrived at a point where I feel so content and calm about my “parallel life in fangirling”… I am going to compile a few of my favourite moments and stats of the last year here, before this year is put to bed. I hope the little stroll down memory road is going to be fun for you, too, because many, if not all of the memories, contain you… A look back at the most looked-at posts of this last year…
2016 – The Highlights
You wouldn’t expect a year to have a highlight as early as January, but it happened this year – when I think of all the cheeky fun we had with our poetic outpourings. The creativity of the fandom manifested itself in plenty of odes, written in comments, and generated a massively viewed post back then. Here’s one ode to remind you of the fun we had – jump to the post if you want to read more of the kind.
February is the month of luuuuurve. Our all chéri, aka himself, provided inspiration for an overload of hearts and sweetness. Or maybe hotness? In any case, the Valentine’s Day RAPS generated the highest number of comments this year – 212. That’s when blogging is at its most fun for me…
I pulled away from social media for the month of March, using Lent to recalibrate and calm down a bit *coughs*. As usual, an enforced period of calm usually results in inspiration of some sort. The words just want out. I sometimes wonder whether I am in the wrong area of journalism… I have the sensationalist gossip-style down… Here are my fake news from March, and a funny screenshot I took on the interwebs.
The round-ups are *always* much viewed on my blog, a fact that simultaneously delights me and frustrates me. I think it is great that there is so much interest in the things that happen creatively on tumblr, hence I am happy to provide the service. Occasionally I almost feel jealous of the round-ups’ popularity, though. My chosen highlight from April, however, is a short post about an interview that surfaced, with Richard talking about UATSC. I re-watched the interview in preparation for this end-of-year post, and I have to say it was a pleasure listening to him and seeing him talk, again.
Unrelated, entirely gratuitous illustration for April: Neckitage without any background distraction.
You haven’t got enough of the fan-written odes? Then check out this post from May. More lyrical waxing courtesy of fans.
Before silly season totally hit, Richard unwittingly dropped a bombshell. One of his own essays, written for Cybersmile.
I always have to reign myself in and resist writing “Cybershite”… Controversial. Much discussed. I added my two cents here.
Soothe yourself with some neck porn, screenshot by me but from a gif set provided by circusgifs.
Hope that did the trick.
Great news broke over the summer: RA to be on stage in a play off-Broadway in New York. Time to wheel out the fandom identifiers, aka badges. The good news: They are all gone. And I have heard that they actually have instigated a number of conversations among fans who would otherwise not have met. My work here is done.
August is the birthday month. And I was somehow at a low-point. Not sure what was up with me – maybe I was away from the blog too much; that often has the effect of making me wonder what I am doing… In any case, the RA birthday countdown totally got my spirits up again.
I’m such a comment-slut… We made another fantastic donation from the birthday auctions again – thank you so much for your participation!
Double-premiere month. And a big fandom month for me, personally, as I set off on a holiday in Greece with five wonderful women whom I have met in the RA fandom. The first two episodes of BS were released, Guylty was not fully convinced, but hey, OTOH there was dat arse again…
After a loooong absence, Guylty returned to *ooof*ing again, not least because all the promo for BS brought with it some really nice photos. Resolution for 2017: Write one *ooof* per month? Since this *ooof* was the top-viewed post, I take that as encouragement for my plans…
Three words: Love Love Love. Need I say more? A trip to New York. Lots of fan meets. And Mr A live on stage in an avantgarde production called Stage Door Runner. Ok, and another little play, too. Which is yet unreviewed. Sigh. 2017?
Finally, December hit with an impromptu run of raffle fun on guylty.wp.com. My favourite item was actually not the photo book, nor my RAPS. I have become totally addicted to sewing those zipper pouches. Once 2017 has got us back in a routine, I am going to design a couple more fabrics and sew more of those discreet fangirly bags. I have already been delivered 96 zippers to facilitate that.
Thank goodness the mistletoe has come down. Otherwise I’d be totally distracted…
Before I ring in the new year over chocolate fondue and some comfy movie time on my couch, a big thank you to you all, dear readers and friends, who have kept me company in the fandom in 2016. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts, your tweets, and your comments. I have loved your creativity and your thoughts on all things that have moved us this year. And I was overwhelmed by your presents and your friendship! I look forward to experiencing the world with you, through you, next year, too. As for Richard… well…
how thrilling to read in the Pnay Plus interview that you are contemplating your return to Britain. Of course, as a European-based fan, I very much like to hear that. And I am pleased to know you feel you have accomplished what you wanted to achieve in the US. This year has certainly been a case in point: You have fronted not only a play in a prestigious theater in New York, but you also achieved top-billing in a US-made, modern spy drama. Congratulations on that. – On a personal level, I have greatly enjoyed reading your thoughts on politics and society, and seeing you involved in worthy causes via your commitment to charities and by actually pitching in at a refugee centre in Berlin. I like what you do – and how you do it. You remain my favourite artist – not just for your art, but also your attitude.
Wishing you – and us – the strength to conquer our fears, to make the world a lighter place. Your smile already lights mine!