Well, amigos, it actually happened: It’s the first birthday of Homicidols.com, and … I’m honestly kind of stumped on what to do about that. Despite not having any particular religious or cultural opposition to it, I’m not really much of one for celebrating Maniac Day, so all I know of birthdays stops at the age of 21, i.e., the time I decided to celebrate with friends and got so drunk that I fought a bathroom and was still hungover three days later.
Anyway, Garry and I managed to launch our sites at approximately the same time, and we were talking about the upcoming milestone and he’s doing a thing that’s going to be pretty cool, so I thought, hell, why not. In other words, indulge me a bit of navel-gazing; it’s the least you jamokes can do.
A year. A stupid year. 365 entire stupid days. Homicidols.com has officially lasted longer than just about any hobby I’ve ever had. It may surprise you to learn that it’s not even the hardest I’ve worked at something with little to no payoff, but suffice it to say that it’s a massive yoke around my neck at even the best of times. Lesson: NEVER CARE ABOUT THINGS.
I kid a little, but I’ll also happily bellyache a little bit out loud; literally the worst feeling is putting a decent chunk of time into researching something, putting together all of the ancillary material, writing and coding and the basic rigamarole of managing a website … and then nobody even looks at it. As I’ve pointed out before, I don’t care all that much about the page views because I don’t have any ads and my ego is hilarious, but I do like to see an individual post get good, and repeat, traffic; it means that you care a little bit about it and validate the work, and validate the idols.
Bellyaching aside, it’s been a fun ride. Just by the numbers:
- 231,150 page views (probably inaccurate!)
- 1,406 posts
- 58 things that I haven’t published (in some cases, yet) (in other cases, waiting for Senior Week)
- 27 of you are actual subscribers to this thing; bless you
- More comments than I ever expected to get
- A lot of cool friends (shut your ass-face mouth)
That’s a lot of stuff! I remember thinking when I started that maybe a post or two a day would be more than enough, especially because I wanted to focus more on commentary and appreciation than ZOMG LOOGIT THE MOOSIC, but I’ve been reading analytics at work for a long time and tried to keep the content moving toward where there was going to be audience, especially new audience. It seems to be working. Also, the idol world is way bigger than I anticipated, and our kinds of idols just keep proliferating like a plague.
Like with any project, there are naysayers. There are even people who I know I’ve let down from over-promising, and I’m sorry for it. You’re entitled to feel sore! You can think I’m just a big dumb jerk! However, allow me to retort by using one of the schoolyard’s greatest challenges: Let’s see you do it.
And I mean that very literally! If you’re like “Homicidols is butt,” then make your own website. Start a fan community on Facebook. Ditto for if you’d prefer something more analytical and think-piecey. The various standing fan fora are good places for talking with other fans, but we need to be doing more out in the open, period, to hold up and actually, actively promote idols and their music. I feel like I’ve managed to make a little bit of a dent in that, and so have the social admins and other site owners who keep churning — the simple fact is that just building volume and presence does a lot to help, and everybody who cares about outcomes should try to participate in that.
On that note, I’d like to make a bunch of crazy-ass promises about the next year, but the simple fact is that I have no real idea of what’s ahead. The Corenament is going to happen again, and it’s gonna get weird; Tsurezure’s coming to Canada, which we should all try to attend if for no greater reason than to say hi and buy each other Molsons and french fries with cheese and gravy; Phase II, which you probably don’t realize you’ve been helping with, is going to continue and with more direct asks for your assistance; and Sister Site somehow remains a topic, and a topic of increasing validity, and that may yet happen, and it may happen kind of soon.
But anyway, a year in, there’s been progress and pain and so much damn work and it’s been a good ride. Stick around for what’s next. We can make a lot of fun things happen together.