by Billie Doux
... work right here. (Yes, I'm biased.) I certainly can't pay them -- not yet, anyway -- but I can thank them. And I thought right now would be a good time, since we hit a record number of posts this month. One hundred posts in June. !!! That's a whole lot of good writing. It's not easy to just keep posting reviews week after week, let me tell ya.
So I'd like to thank all twelve of them for doing such a great job. Jess Lynde, Paul Kelly, Ben P. Duck, Sandy aka Dr. Nana Mom, Harry Earle, Mark Greig, Adam aka maxpower03, J.D. Balthazar, Panda, Nadim and ChrisB. And especially Josie Kafka, who is my site partner, and does a whole lot around here. I don't know what I did without her.
I started writing reviews in 1997 and posted them on a number of different sites. After TV Tome went down, I started the billiedoux.com site in March 2004, and added the blog in June 2005. (Unfortunately, it took way too long for me to start posting episode reviews on the blog; for years, they were just on the site, and there was no way to post comments. Ah, regrets, that's a big one.)
And I am inspired to post some statistics.
There are 3,444 posts on the blog, as of this moment.
There are 15,922 comments. Nearly sixteen thousand! We got an average of 400 comments a month in 2011, but I suspect it will be closer to 700 a month in 2012. That's the right direction. Especially since, the first year on the blog, I got an average of 11 per month.
When I started the site, I had five shows. I had reviewed Buffy and Angel, and was reviewing Alias, Lost, and The Dead Zone. As of tonight, we have covered, or are covering, 61 shows, along with movie and book reviews.
The most popular shows on the site and blog year after year have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost, although other shows have edged them out now and then.
For some reason I'll never fathom, the most popular post on the blog is a movie review I did just last summer: Interview with the Vampire, with 9,552 page views. We're a television site. Go figure.
And even though I'm not certain, I think the Lost finale holds the record for number of comments (88).
We'll have to have some sort of blow-out anniversary celebration in 2014. Here's hoping that if we're lucky enough to get bigger and possibly well known (I can dream), that we'll still have the best writers in the universe. And the same terrific community of readers that we have now.