Our Tenth Anniversary

Photo by Billie, 2004. Ignore that basket of laundry.
I started writing episode reviews in 1997. In 2004, I realized that my reviews were too scattered on various fan sites and that I needed a site of my own. So in March 2004, I started BillieDoux.com, the predecessor of Doux Reviews.

Ten years, can you believe it? Back then, I was reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias, The Dead Zone and Lost. Five shows. We now have in-depth coverage of 75 shows, and that doesn't count premiere reviews, movie and book reviews, articles and columns. We keep adding new shows every year, too.

There are over 5,000 posts on Doux Reviews, and just over 30,000 comments. 30,000. Seriously! Nearly every post is a review or an article, and none of those comments are spam because we actively monitor every comment. We get 50,000 visits a month, nearly half of them unique. There are currently 14 active writers, and there's always room for more.

But screw the numbers. In every way that matters, Doux Reviews is a roaring success and I'm so incredibly proud of it. I love our writers. I love that so many of our readers feel at home here. We see many of the same people commenting -- smart, fun, interesting comments that add so much to the site. We read and enjoy every single comment. I get up in the morning and the first thing I do is check the activity on the site.

So I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to all of the writers, past and present, that have contributed their considerable efforts. Thank you to everyone who comes here to read reviews, post comments, and participate in discussions. And a special thank you to Josie Kafka, who has been actively co-managing the site with me since 2010. We spend a lot of online time together, and her contribution was, and is, invaluable.

Finally, since I have you here… I just wanted to announce that my personal life just changed in a big way, and my original site has returned. BillieDoux.com has just become my own personal blog, and my first post went up yesterday. I hope you'll stop by and check it out.

17 comments:

ChrisB said...

Ten years! What an amazing accomplishment. I am very proud to be part of the Doux family. And, oh yeah, DR is the first site I check every day as well.

Congratulations, Billie, on both ten years and your new life. Well deserved, my friend.

LaureMack said...

Ten years. Wow. Congratulations Billie!!

CrazyCris said...

BRAVO! 10 years is amazing! And congrats to all those who contribute here! It's my favourite place to hang out and chat about various and sundry episodes/movies/cats... ;o)

Juliette said...

Congrats Billie! That's awesome :)

Patryk said...

The site is a success and the fact that watching a tv show that doesn't have reviews on the site sometimes feels somehow incomplete for me proves it. :)

Remco said...

Awesome job! Does it date me if I've been reading your reviews for half my life? All the way from TV Tome to the mailing lists and finally one site. I remember those huge discussions that went on for days about Buffy, Angel and Alias. Oh right, and the first in a long line of shows that you got me watching... Lost. It's somehow strange to think there was a time before Lost. And I *know* there wasn't a time before Buffy.

Thanks for being a part of the good part of my childhood! I wish I still had that much time. ;)

Mark Greig said...

Has it really been ten years? Wow, time flies when you're having fun and I have been having a lot of fun here with everyone. Congrats, Billie. Here's to another decade.

Tim said...

Congratulations Doux Reviews and all who sail in her.
Easily one of my favourite sites. I love it for so many reasons but I think the inherent feeling of community and friendship is the main draw.
The site's continued integrity and unique identity have resulted in a devoted readership.
Ten years is an outstanding achievement. Your success is well deserved, Billie.
Thank you.
Tim

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary.

Awesome site.

Heather said...

This is so cool!

I'm really happy for you, Billie.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on ten years! I wish I could remember exactly when I found you, but I have a feeling it has been close to that long ago since I found you through Lost.

Thanks for introducing me to so many great shows over the years and for providing such an excellent forum for discussion to all of us who really like to analyze television.

Phyllis Strickland said...

Congratulations! I've been a fan of your site for many years. These reviews are the best.

mazephoenix said...

Congrats. Long may you continue.

William Russell said...

Congrats on ten great years. Always a part of my day.

Samantha Gomes said...

we thank you. If it weren't for you, I would never have fully understood Lost. Not that I have fully understood it, but without your clever and fun reviews I'd have been even more lost. Kuddos and a glass of Dornish wineto celebrate it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Billie and all the team over the years. And thank you for making my experience of watching TV a funnier and richer experience. Now I can´t imagine watching a show without reading the reviews in this site! Thank you so much!
Cecile

Emily said...

Nothing completes a viewing experience like coming here after and reading the review! Thanks Billie and crew for all the hard work you put into writing intelligent and funny reviews.