HAPPY NEW YEARS!
2022 has been a year of massive transformative changes for me, primarily in my personal life. At the beginning of the year, I had officially moved out of my parents house and begun fully living on my own, which has been a fantastic adventure and a great challenge for my daily life and commitments to writing and video work. But I like to think that this year has been one where I have risen to meet that challenge.
Writing for Emerald Rangers has been a wonderful exercise in maintaining my analytical mind and improving my literary credentials. While I might not always be happy with every article I release (in fact, my perfectionist mind is rarely happy with anything I release or make) I do believe that everything I release is a genuinely good reflection of my own state of mind and how the films, shows, books and games discussed reflect on the world and myself at that moment. The art of criticism is often a deeply personal and self-reflective quest and it has been a genuine pleasure in continuing that adventure over the past year, despite some of my more domestic challenges.
Below is a list of the statistics and personal indication as to how my articles are performing and what changes, in any, may be needed as we move into 2023. This article, which I always release at the first of the year, is a chance for me to see the status of my contribution to the website and plot a trajectory for the coming year.
When I first started writing articles for Emerald Rangers back in
2019, I had created a massive commitment and challenge for myself by
electing to write one article every week, despite a comparatively new
job and unfamiliarity with Blogger's underlying coding
and...unique...foibles. The thought of breaks and weeks-off didn't even
seem to cross my mind.
While I am a little annoyed that my highest performing articles in 2022 were both originally written in 2020, it does show that my past work continues to maintain a strong reader base and I just need to do better in perhaps connecting my past and present works together in a more seamless format to promote more consistent readership across all my work. Maybe Cendoo can create a random article button.
In terms of types of articles, 2022 was absolutely an exercise in trying stretch my creative muscles. Of the 33 articles I wrote:
- 12 film reviews (Including both animated and live-action),
- 6 reviews of television shows or anime,
- 1 book recommendations,
- 3 general editorials as I continued my ongoing Building Better Backstories series over the year,
- 2 countdown articles,
- 3 reviews of computer or video games,
- 2 reviews of new trailers, an article format I introduced late in the year,
- 2 Let's Talk... editorials.