The Future Blogging Game Plan Thing: Opinions Welcome

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, I've started putting together a new structure for my online writing.  Today, I offer up one possible restructuring effort.  Your opinions are always welcome, even if you fundamentally disagree with the whole endeavor.

On a side note:  I do plan to move this blog to its own website soon (to coincide with my own personal site).  I don't know if I will keep the World in the Satin Bag name, though I probably should.

Here is the structure I'm considering:
  1. WISB would shift to an sf/f commentary and writing blog; most of what I'd offer here would be my semi-academic discussions, views on what's happening in sf/f, views on sf/f, and general nonsense about my sad little writing career (which is frankly what this blog has mostly been anyway).  Basically, this blog ceases to be a review blog and becomes more of a discussion blog that provides much of the same stuff I've always provided, but with a little more focus.
  2. All book reviews would move to The Skiffy and Fanty Show blog OR to review sites (Strange Horizons, etc.; I already have a review coming out through them soon)
  3. Totally Pretentious would become my "movie discussion" arena, since it's a movie podcast and blog.  This would include three specific elements:
    a) the podcast (more on that later)
    b) Retro Nostalgia:  it will become a feature where I review an sf/f movie released 10/20/30/40/50+ years from a specific week or month (example:  Ladyhawke was released in April 1985).  I'll just go back and forth through time by divisions of 10 :)!
    c) The 6 Continents Director Circle:  a terrible title for a feature in which I explore the work of a single director, moving from continent to continent.  This may come in the form of reviews or essays about the breadth of their work (from the perspective of a budding film critic and film scholar).  I'm told by David Annandale that we might also include this as part of the podcast at a future point (more on that later). 
This would mean restructuring my Patreon so it focuses on the specific things I'm offering (the columns at TP and reviews at S&F).  It would also mean effectively killing many of my current columns in favor for a smaller number of specific ones, which may or may not be the path I should take (or the expectation of readers).  You are free to disagree if you really love something I do on WISB.  Hell, you can disagree with this entire post if you so choose.

It was also suggested to me that I should perhaps put more focus into my podcasting anyway, since that's where I'm better known.  And it's true that I really love podcasting and would love to do more of it.  I'm not sure how to incorporate that into the structure, though.  Thoughts?

My biggest concern with the new structure is this:  it seems to diversify my writing across multiple spaces, which seems counter-intuitive to the project of focus.  Is that just in my head, or is that fairly accurate?  Should I just focus the columns on this blog and simply repeat a weekly "formula" on a consistent basis (three columns a week on MWF; every week...always)?  Would that be more effective?  Would that be better for my existing readership?  

Alright.  The comments are all yours.

A Long List of Writing/Blogging Projects I Want to Do

As you may recall, I mentioned that I had started to reconsider the future of this blog and my various blogging/podcasting/writing projects.  The conversation preceding and surrounding that post have led me here:  a post about the things I would like to do.

Obviously, I cannot do all of these things, but I know these are projects I want to complete or pursue at some point in my life.  Your opinions on anything listed here is greatly appreciated.  If anything leaps out at you as something you'd really be interested in, let me know in the comments.  You're also welcome to suggest things, as it's possible I've forgotten something.

Blogging Projects:
  • Write more commentary on WISB -- less so on controversies than on genre
  • Create a steady, repeatably schedule of specific things for WISB
  • Star Wars Extended Universe Re-read -- reading, discussing, and reviewing the entire extended universe.  The ENTIRE EU.  In chronological order.  I feel inclined towards this because the EU is, well, gone, and I think that is a travesty.
  • SFF Film Odyssey -- a broader take on the lackluster feature I've been running.  Taking a play out of Jay Garmon's suggestion, this would involve looking at sf/f films 10/20/30/40/50+ years in the past in some kind of order I've yet to determine.  Perhaps by week (10 years ago this week...).  Reviews and discussions of significant sf/f films (housed, I suspect, at Totally Pretentious).
  • Director Explorations -- reviewing every feature-length film released by a single director, old and new.  I've talked about doing this already; I think it could be a lot of fun to do at Totally Pretentious.
  • Space Opera Read Along (for the Fall) -- I'm teaching a space opera course in the fall.  Since I don't often discuss older books on this blog, I thought that might be a cool thing to do in the fall.
  • More book reviews -- in combination with new and old.  I do so much "new" reading for Skiffy and Fanty that I feel I'm missing out on a lot of older stuff, and I suspect some of you might actually care what I think about books 20 or so years removed.
  • International SF/F Fan Survey -- to get input from non-US fandom about the Hugo Award (perception, etc.); this isn't specific to the SP/RP thing, though a question would be directed to that.  I plan to get general feelings versus specific responses to contemporary controversies; the intent is to understand what folks outside of the States think about the award.
  • Monetize The Skiffy and Fanty Show (yeah, I want to consider this now)
  • Expand Totally Pretentious (and monetize so we can do more stuff) -- David and I are talking about adding a second feature (Gap Fillers -- where we alternate selecting a movie we think the other should see that they haven't) and possibly adding more stuff in the future.  Some of that would be solved by increasing the subscriber base, but the others would require funding it, I think.
  • Start a writing podcast
  • Start a semi-academic sf/f podcast called Opera Fantastika.
  • Start a podcast about my grandmother's crazy life (seriously, her life was full of weirdness and laughter and crazy)
Note:  to be clear -- I don't mean "monetize" in the sense of "I want to make money for myself."  For Skiffy and Fanty, monetizing wouldn't be profitable for me anyway because I share the show with a lot of other people.  But bringing in revenue for that show could mean we can get better recording equipment, attend more conventions, etc.

  • The Histories (blog novel) -- a fictional history book detailing the real identity of Mike Underwood via an in-depth analysis of anthropological, photographic, and historical evidence.
  • YA Space Opera Craziness -- the novel I've been working on for a while, which I've tentatively described as two siblings -- a tech-savvy genius and her wheelchair-using combat expert -- go on a grand adventure through the universe, with wheelchair mecha, crazy technology, religious fanatics, mayhem, and wicked cool stunts.
  • Camden in Nightface -- "gritty" space opera which follows the leader of a revolutionary force who witnesses the total destruction of his homeworld and wages a terrorist campaign against a federation of Earth-aligned worlds.  The MC is literally a terrorist, so it's a bit of a challenge.
  • Full Magic Jacket -- urban fantasy about a guy who bonks his head after a drunken stupor one evening and awakes to find that not only can he see the supernatural, but also his cat can talk to him...and turns out to be the reincarnated soul of an Egyptian pharaoh.
Editing Projects:
  • The Evil Anthology of Evil SFF -- a collection of subversive science fiction and fantasy addressing evil in all its complicated machinations (at least two authors expressed interest in this, by the way, so I think it's likely something like this could happen)
  • The Secret Cabal -- a collection of equally subversive sf/f on bigotry in its overt and subconscious forms
House Cleaning:
  • Finally move WISB to its own website.
  • Finally figure out what WISB will become...
And that's it...for now.

On the Future of This Blog and My Bid for World Domination

Earlier today, I had a rather revealing conversation with Jay Garmon, Fred Kiesche, and Paul Weimer about Patreon, blogging, and being successful at both (Patrick Hester was also there, but he just wanted to talk about donuts...).  As you know, I have a Patreon page.  Over the last week or so, I've been wondering why it hasn't been more successful given that this blog does have a few hundred readers and that I think I'm providing good content for sf/f-minded folks.  Granted, I never expected anything nearly as successful as Kameron Hurley's $800-and-climbing Patreon page for obvious reasons:  she's selling fiction (I'm not, though I wish I were); she's sf/f famous (I'm kinda not really); and she has enough follows to drown a human being in a pool of bodies (I don't).  But I thought it might be a little more successful.

So, I started asking questions on Twitter to see why that might be.  Fred and Jay were the most vocal speakers on the subject, and each imparted upon me a set of core ideas that I realized I had never really addressed:
  • There must be a focus (what you're interested in beyond some generalized "thing")
  • There must be a "hook" (what makes it different from everything else)
  • There must be a reason for reading (why should anyone care what you think)
It dawned on me, then, that I didn't have a focus.  This blog covers just about everything:  books, movies, TV, comics, SF/F controversies, writing, and other rambles.  It isn't really about anything except in the broadest sense.  It's about SF/F, which is sort of like saying "this is a blog about sports."  And in trying to be about SF/F, I've created something that is about too many darn things. 

For one man, that's kind of ridiculous.  After all, I am not, which can talk about dozens of things because it has dozens of contributors.  I am not SF Signal, which can do the same.  I am not Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together, Fantasy Faction, SF Site, and so on and so forth.  But I'm also not Adam Werthead, who covers bits of sf/f news, or Ian Sales, who maintains SFF Mistressworks, or Foz Meadows, who provides in-depth criticism of media and SF/F events from a particular feminist perspective, or Kameron Hurley, who does the same, and so on and so forth.  I am trying to do all the things but essentially not doing any one (or two) thing(s) particularly well.

That's been a huge problem for this blog.  I have so many interests that I want to do so many different projects.  But I don't have time to cover everything I want to cover in a year, and so I end up sort of half-ass covering a few of the things I love.  The SFF Film Odyssey should have been completed last year, but I'm still inching my way along because I never focused on it.  All these side columns are great ideas, but for one person, they're kind of impossible to manage if you have two teaching jobs and a PhD to finish.  Don't get me started on my lackluster reviewing habits...

So I started thinking about what I wanted to do as a blogger, what I wanted to do as a podcaster, and what I wanted to do as a writer and Patreon user.  And it came to me that maybe it's time for something to change around here.  Maybe this blog has been stagnant for so long because I didn't know how to make it better or to move on to the next thing or to focus on anything.  I wanted to do all the things and I couldn't admit to myself that, well, I just can't.  I can't do all the things.

Now I have ideas.  Many of them.  And I would love your input if you're a reader of this blog.  Here are some disjointed thoughts on what I might do for the future:
  • The Thinning Package:
    • Open a new page which will focus on a specific thing (SF/F Film Odyssey type stuff, for example)
    • Change WISB to a personal webpage for my writing self (still sf/f-ish, but not focused in the same way)
    • Move most of my review-related blogging to The Skiffy and Fanty Show blog
  • The Shifting Package:
    • Move my SF/F Film Odyssey and film-relate stuff to the Totally Pretentious blog and run a specific act there (something like the SF/F Film Odyssey on a regular basis)
    • Change WISB to a personal webpage and a space for critical reflections on genre happenings (which would otherwise be poorly suited to The Skiffy and Fanty Show blog)
    • Move everything else to S&F as above
  • The Ultra Thinning Package:
    • Kill everything I'm currently doing on WISB and shift my focus to one specific, regularly occurring thing (SF/F Film Odyssey type stuff, perhaps)
    • Move reviews to S&F as above
    • SF/F criticism mostly disappears because S&F isn't really the place for my ranting nonsense.
  • Note:  obviously, I need to get this darn website off of Blogger and into something that looks, well, up to date for the year we're actually in.
Those are just some ideas.  I don't have the answers yet because I haven't a clue what do.  I'm only just beginning to think about how to change what I'm doing to make it better, not just in terms of the quality, but also in terms of my ability to "do" it.  And I'm still not certain what I want to do when I set down a focus, except that I think it would be stupid of me to leave out my academic side.  What I do know at this moment is that I can't do everything, even if I would like to.  I just don't have the resources, and I think trying to do too many things is ultimately damaging my ability to do anything else well.

The comments are now yours.  Do let me know what you think about the content, my ideas for the future, and so on and so forth.


P.S.:  John Stevens and I talked about a project called Opera Fantastika many months ago.  It sadly went the way of the dodo.  I still love the title, though.

The Fictioning: I actually wrote something! Ahaha!

If you missed it on Twitter, I actually wrote some new fiction last night for the first time in months.  I've been fiddling with the idea for a YA space opera featuring a wheelchair bound combat expert and his tech-savvy sibling.  I won't ruin the plot, but I will say this:  there will be a mecha wheelchair, space battles, and good old adventure with a healthy side of character development.

And if that sounds of interest, here are the first few paragraphs in rough draft form (click to view a larger version):
Now back to writing stuff...

On Procrastination: The Evil One

It'll come as no surprise to anyone that I have a procrastination problem.  As you may well know, I'm working on my PhD in English, which requires me to write a 200-250 page dissertation.  My dissertation is mostly pretty awesome:  my first few chapters explore the work of Tobias Buckell, Nalo Hopkinson, and Karen Lord; the last few chapters explore early Caribbean writings in dialogue with contemporary Caribbean science fiction (particularly Michel Maxwell Philip's Emmanuel Appadocca and Mary Seacole's Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands).  Needless to say, I'm actually stoked about the project as a whole, even if I'm having the hardest time actually writing the bloody thing. Read More

I Have a Patreon Page: Show Me Your Love (Or Something Less Creepy)

It happened.  I said I would do it, and so I have.

I've created a Patreon page so you'll all show me how much you really love me, but on a slightly more regular basis.

There are "goals" I'd like to achieve -- namely, being able to focus more on blogging about the things I love than spending time on things that stress me out.  Ultimately, this is about being able to do more of the things I like doing and less of the things I don't like doing, which comes down to what the folks who read this blog think about everything.

In any case, this is just part one of a two-part journey to secretly switch careers while everybody is looking!  If you like what I do on this blog, feel free to support my Patreon page.  We'll see how the year progresses :)

Blogging, Patreon, Life: Thinking About Things…Publicly!

I originally posted the following on Google+, but I decided to crosspost it here to get input from folks who are subscribed to this blog.  Anywhoodles:

So, Patreon.  In the last week or so, I've been giving serious thought to using it, partly because my look back at my blogging work in 2014 made me realize how much attention has been diverted from it and partly because I know why so much of my attention has been diverted away from it:  financially, I have to work more just to meet basic needs (which aren't looking good this year, by the way -- thanks to having a job which doesn't provide dental!).  So, last year, I taught more classes to cover expenses (and to make it so I could travel a little bit) and to get some things I really need (honestly, having a car has made a lot of things in my life a lot easier).  So the blog got shoved back a bit.  I had the podcasting thing.  The blog could hold off.  The closest thing I had to "funding" this kind of thing was my trip to London for Worldcon. 
But I actually like blogging.  I like talking about sf/f movies and books.  When I'm not worried about work or unexpected medical bills, I'm excited to talk about the things that I love.  I just wish I could do more of that and less of the stuff that stresses me out. 
As such, I've been trying to figure out how I can correct this.  To reduce my teaching load so I can spend more time doing what I find produces less stress.  And right now, I'm seriously considering Patreon.  Not just for blogging, but for podcasting, too (not The Skiffy and Fanty Show, though; different stuff).  Creating content = yes, please. 
I suppose this is a kind of weird way to probe the folks who follow me on G+ on what they think of the idea.  If using that could mean producing more content (on my blog, on my G+ -- in blog or podcast form (or both)), would you consider supporting it?  Or is this just a really bad idea?

2014 in Review (Stats, Data, Yikes): A Lax Year

I'm a bit late to the party here, but I figured since I set so many goals for myself this year, I should actually talk about what my 2014 looked like in terms of blogging.  In brief:  2014 was not a particularly good year for me as a blogger, which isn't actually a surprise.  I've been a somewhat lax blogger for the past few years, in part because I've diverted so much of my attention to The Skiffy and Fanty Show and to Twitter conversations.  There has also been a fair amount of burnout from time to time, particularly when the blogging community started to tank a few years back (it seems to have stabilized now).  That said, looking at my statistics, it's clear where my blog fell off the train in 2014, which gives me insight into how I might improve the blog in 2015.

But in case you want the really long-winded version, here you go:

The following charts and analyses were based on Google Analytics, which is not a totally accurate measurement, but the best option I have for detailed data (Blogger's stats are actually better ones to look at, but they allow less fiddling, so I can't get the depth I need).

In 2014, my blog saw a 23.59% decrease in activity by comparison to 2013.  In fact, 2013 was such a better year by comparison that even posts I wrote that year were more popular than posts written in 2014 by a 7% margin (more details below).  By my own assessment, this has almost everything to do with the following:
  1. I spent considerably more time traveling last year than I had in 2013.  Last year, I attended four conventions (ICFA, CONvergence, Worldcon/LonCon3, and World Fantasy Con); in 2013, I only attended two (ICFA and Worldcon/LonestarCon).  One of last year's conventions was the result of a fundraiser, which took up a lot of my time, so much so that I put most of my focus on the 2nd item on this list.
  2. Podcasting!  The Skiffy and Fanty Show had what I hope was a banner year.  We rolled out The World SF Tour, explored literature from a bunch of places outside of the U.S. (not as many as I would have liked), and we recorded and released more podcasts than we ever had before.  Since most of the podcasting "work" is done by myself, that is a serious time commitment.
  3. Speculative Fiction 2014 became a thing.  It involved an extraordinary amount of reading -- as much, if not more, than the next item.
  4. Hugo Award Reading.  I spent a good portion of the first few months of 2014 trying to catch up on short fiction so I could actually vote.  Part of 2015 will be spent doing the same.
  5. Work.  I have what I'd describe as three jobs -- two that don't pay very well and one that doesn't pay at all.  These include teaching at the University of Florida as a graduate student, adjuncting at Santa Fe College, and working on my PhD disseration (on Caribbean science fiction, as it turns out).  In 2014, I prepped for, took, and passed my exams, which put me in the position of being able to actually write my dissertation.  These were time consuming things...
Combined, these elements diverted most of my attention away from the blog.  This is no more apparent than in the number of blog posts I actually wrote.  In 2013, I wrote (or released) 177 posts; in 2014, I released 115 -- a 35.03% drop in production.  Though my production rate dropped by a third, my general stats fell by less than a quarter, which I blame in part on what I released in 2013.  To illustrate, a chart:
Last year, posts from 2013 were 7% more popular than posts from 2014.  There are a number of reasons this might be so:
  1. I responded to more controversies in 2013, including the SFWA Bulletin fiasco and the diversity is a selfie thing.  I did not do so as much this year.
  2. One of my popular posts was a rant/review of Riddick.  It is by far the most popular 2013 post on my blog which can be disentangled from link bots.  Other super popular posts include a top 10 list of the best SF/F films since 2010 (at the time, that is) and a post on the vigilante in American Mythology.  These posts consistently appeared in the top lists for most visited posts on my blog throughout 2014.
  3. I was just more interesting in 2013.  It's true...I had the Retro Nostalgia feature going, which was reasonably popular (one appears in the top 10 list below), and every feature I tried to start in 2014 fell flat due to time constraints, lack of interest (on my part or on my readers' part), and lack of motivation.
In fact, I would wager to guess that the above chart is a reflection of my blog's "quality" or "interesting-ness" within certain years, with exception to the first two years of its existence, which were demonstrably terrible.  Seriously, don't read anything I wrote in 2006.  Please.

One thing that becomes apparent when I look at my stats is this:  I should talk about movies more often, as that seems to be a consistent "hitter" for my blog, regardless of the quality of the movie.  Whether I'm talking about a classic like Legend or a stinker like Riddick, sf/f movies seem to drive more traffic to the blog.  Go figure.

In terms of what was popular on my blog throughout 2014, I have provided the handy little chart below w/ the full list and links:

  1. Movie Review: Riddick (2013) (or, I'm Going to Mega Rant Now) (2013)
  2. Top 10 Overused Fantasy Cliches (2009)
  3. Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies Since 2010 (Thus Far) (2013)
  4. Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Anime Movies (2013)
  5. Top 10 Cats in Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009)
  6. Movie Review Rant : Catching Fire (2013) (2014)
  7. Adventures in Teaching Literature: David Henry Hwang and the Ethnic Debate (2012)
  8. Are Zombies People? -- The Morality of Zombies (2011)
  9. Retro Nostalgia: Legend (1985) and the Power of Innocence (2013)
  10. Oh, John Ringo and Your Silly Fantasies About People (or, I Now Like Redshirts) (2013)
Some posts would have made it into the top 10, but because I used "landing pages" as the basis for the list, they were not counted.  Their hits likely came indirectly from a feed burner of some kind.  These include my February 2014 post entitled "On the SFWA Bulletin Petition Thing Nonsense,"my March 2014 post entitled "Great SF/F Books by Female Authors: A Massive Twitter List! #sffbywomen," and the announcement for Speculative Fiction 2014, for which I am co-editor.  Another post that was popular but mysteriously doesn't show up in my Google Analytics top 10 is my 2014 post on on science fiction as a "supergenre."  It received considerably more hits than the average post on my blog, but it seems to have been forgotten by Google for some reason. 

Again, it's apparent that when I discuss movies or controversies, my blog receives more attention, which I suspect is a result of talking about movies more often than I talk about books.  Part of this can be blamed on being extremely tired of books after spending all day dealing with them at work or as part of my dissertation.  Part of it could also be blamed on the fact that people just like when I talk about controversial crap or movies more than when I talk about other things.  It's hard to say without surveying actual readers.

To close this thing out, I've got some other random (but fun) bits of data:

Since I'm located in the U.S. and am more likely to meet fans, authors, and so on from or within the United States, it's not a surprise that almost half of my readers come from the U.S.  What I find most interesting is the fact that the Philippines and Serbia have somehow snuck their way into the top 10.  Given that I know so few people from the Philippines (and none from Serbia as far as I can tell) and that I can't recall discussing either nation at any length on this blog, it is truly curious why I have any popularity in those areas at all.  Then again, the Internet is a weird beast.

That said, I love the fact that there are people around the world actually reading this blog.  In fact, people from 181 different countries visited my blog last year (208 since I started using Google Analytics).  That's pretty cool, if you ask me.

Additionally, the most common cities from which users viewed my page were (in order from most common to least):  New York, London, Sombor, Toronto, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Sydney, Beverly Hills, and Seattle.  This reflects a heavy focus on the West in the chart above and, I suspect, population density.  I wouldn't be surprised in sf/f fans/readers/blog readers were more heavily concentrated in the cities listed, though I have no way of knowing that.

The last demographic detail I want to provide is browser based:

The numbers from the last few years have actually shown a dramatic shift in the top two slows.  In 2010, the majority of viewers were using Firefox (58.7%), with Chrome squeaking by with 15% of the viewership.  Since then, I've seen a steady climb of Chrome users vs. Firefox users (even Safari has increased in use by about 10%).  It will be interesting to see how these stats change in the next two years, but it's clear now that the dominant browser is Chrome, not Firefox or Safari.

And for your last fact of the evening:  though Chrome is the most popular browser used to view my website, it is not the fastest.  Internet Explorer, it turns out, loads my page 3 seconds faster than Chrome, 9 seconds faster than Opera, 11 seconds faster than Safari, and 15 seconds faster than Firefox.  Why?  No idea.  But it's interesting.

On that note, I'm going to go back to work!

Why I Stopped Paying Attention to Feedburner Subscriber Numbers

Readers of this blog probably haven't noticed, but the little chicklet/button for Feedburner disappeared from my sidebar about a month ago.  The Twitter one, however, has stayed fixed in place (mostly so people can easily find my account; the feeds for my blog are linked above the Twitter gizmo).  There's a good reason, too.

One of the things that I have noticed since the disappearance of Google Reader is the unreliability of Feedburner subscriber numbers.  They've never been terribly reliable, for sure, but the death of GR resulted in a massive drop off in subscriber numbers for my blog, and, it seems, a whole lot of weird fluctuations throughout the blogosphere.  For example, in a matter of hours (yesterday), SF Signal's subscriber numbers went from 19k, then down to 4k, then up to nearly 21k, then down to 15k, and so on.  For a site like SF Signal, I suppose those drops are meaningless, since the popularity of the blog can be easily measured via other means (a vibrant comments section
and site views).  For a blog like mine, where I babble about things I like, there isn't a whole lot of that kind of activity, so measuring popularity relies on subscriber numbers.

But watching the numbers for my blog plummet by hundreds after the death of GR made me rather anxious, and after a time, I became aware that I had put too much attention into how many people read my blog, and not enough attention elsewhere.  And since Feedburner, thus far, hasn't demonstrated the ability to catch numbers from cloud-based RSS readers (like Feedly), I also realized that there isn't a point even paying attention to the numbers anymore.  People read my blog.  They are now commenting more (in part, I think, because I took all of the barriers away).  Whether I have 400 subscribers, 800, 100, 12, or 47.5, I think there's something toxic about fixating on subscriber numbers, in part because that means energy I could spend on other things (you know, like blogging interesting things) is spent worrying about where my subscribers went and how I can get them back.  I've never spent a lot of energy on the numbers, but I've come to the conclusion that any time spent thinking about these things is stupid.

So I deleted the chicklet.  Feedburner is now merely a RSS dispensary for this blog.  And that's what it's going to be for the time being.  There's no point sitting around worrying about numbers.  If people hate my blog, then they hate my blog because I suck.  I trust that someone will tell me as much at some point.  If they love my blog, they'll comment or lurk forever (I will hunt down all of you lurkers eventually).  But it's time to move on now.  It's time to just blog about shit I like.

It's time to stop caring about the numbers.

Draft Post Bingo: What should I finish? You Decide!

I've been sitting on over 50 draft posts for a while now.  Some of these have been around for years, either because I couldn't complete them (which explains why they are not listed below) or because I forgot about it.  So here's the deal:  I've listed a whole bunch of these posts below, and you're going to help me pick the ones that get finished next.  All you need to do is a leave a comment with your favorites (you can list the numbers; pick no more than five or six, just to make it reasonably).  You're free to offer your reasons, though it's not required.

Here's the list:

  1. A post about the weird "homo/bi-sexuality as deviance" narrative in The Following
  2. A post about the possibility of a Worf TV Show
  3. A post about why self-published books frequently get snubbed by mainstream literary awards
  4. A post involving a poll for writers (asking them if they played RPGs as a kid, if they still do, etc.).
  5. A movie review of Pacific Rim
  6. A love letter to Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan (for Man of Steel)
  7. A movie review of _Olympus Has Fallen_
  8. A post about upcoming remakes (Blake's 7, The Black Hole, etc.)
  9. A post about ideological rigidity from a teaching perspective (with a side of SF/F)
  10. A post of my hopes for SF/F in 2013 (which I can just update to 2014)
  11. A post about why The Empire Strikes Back has gone from my least favorite of the originals to my almost favorite today.
  12. A post about note-taking and citation software (a huge monstrosity of a thing...)
  13. A post on the top 7 geek-related hobbies/jobs I'd love to do for a living
  14. A movie review of The Hunger Games
  15. A graphic novel review of The Coldest City
  16. A movie review of Cowboys & Aliens
  17. A post about whether fiction can be too gritty (dragging up something from a long while ago)
  18. A book review of Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  19. A book review of Dead or Alive by T.M. Hunter
  20. A post about five SF/F books that deserve to be considered classics
  21. A post about five SF/F books I can't wait to read...soon...
  22. A post about the top 10 SF/F anime movies
Have at it!