One year ago today, I started the BW Media Spotlight. Defending Spawn (or at least part of it, it’s still a series that is violent and Biblically inaccurate) is probably an odd choice, but for some reason that’s what I went with. While juggling themes the first few months until I found one I really liked most of the features of (which didn’t happen until “Vigilance” came out for WordPress.com), you can still see in the first few postings that was still figuring out how the site works. I still haven’t “fixed” anything, since it’s interesting to see where I’ve been.

However, I set a few goals in that post, and since I seem to be required to bring up the site anniversary (even though my old Transformers site ran longer, even if this has more content–I should do something with that site), I thought I’d see how far I’ve come in a year, even if I don’t have huge numbers of readers just yet.

To be honest, the main reason for starting a blog was because I realized that I was taking up way too much comment space on other people’s blogs. I could have used the blog MySpace gives you, but I’m barely on there, especially these days. (And don’t think I haven’t noticed that I use “especially” a lot.) So while one or two posts have inspired more than one paragraph of comment, it’s easier to just write an article about them.

So, I was supposed to have a comic going this year. That didn’t happen, unless you count the Jake and Leon strips I’ve been using to open my weekly comic reviews. I couldn’t think of a decent way to open the reviews every week, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. On the other hand, I have improved my art style quite a bit, so there is that. And now that I have a somewhat decent “art section” here in the Attic HQ, things are looking up. I still have a ways to go. I did try opening a space on Comic Space, sort of a MySpace for independent publishers and freelance comic makers, but I can’t seem to get an activation e-mail from the site, and no word back from the support section, either. I’ll keep you posted.

A lot of the first year was just me trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Saturday Night Galactica (which even for my numbers nobody read) became Saturday Night Theater which is now Saturday Night Showcase. Personally, I like having at least one article a week that I know will be positive, and trying to screencap a show off of Hulu is a pain when you can’t pause without a big symbol in the way. I started a few article series like Scanning My Collection, which I swear will someday be more than my comics. Honest. I joined the Friday Night Fights because it’s fun and a little promotion can’t hurt. (I just wish we had more people taking part and voting.) I even got to push some Christmas stuff, which I plan to do again this year.

On the other hand, some series just died. OK, just one, the Weekly–then Monthly Pull List. I opted for a sidebar listing instead because it was easier, and gave me more time for other stuff. Then there was the aforementioned theme juggling, trying to find the right layout for the site. There are still a couple of features I wish Vigilance had, like being able to scroll through the articles easier, but for the most part I’ll stick with it until a better theme comes along. I do, however, want to tweak my banner a bit.

So what other plans do I have for the site? Well, I want to fix my sidebar. As of this writing, we lost Comic Coverage, so the RSS feed is taking up room, but I’ll probably move it to the “other blogs” list because it’s still a good resource source. I may also add a site that actually added me to their RSS feed, Crisis on Earth Prime. I usually only catch it on the Friday Night Fights, but any fan of Tangent Joker can’t be all bad. (I just wish he had the site name instead of my screenname.) Still, give it a look see.

There are also a few other series l’d like to start. How I’d Run The DC Universe isn’t about me “saving” anything, since I have little experience in the comic industry. It’s more about me than them, explaining what I’d wish they were doing. If I were in charge, the place would be out of business in no time, I think. The Furman Files I teased about in my review of Transformers: The War Within – The Dark Ages, and will go through what things Furman has done with the Transformers license over the years that bugs me. Again, it’s more about me and my tastes, but also a few things I want to get off my chest, which is what the blog is about. (And what blog isn’t, really.)  Finally, Lost in Adaptation (because everyone seems to love to parody that movie title–a movie I haven’t seen, mind you) will look at how a certain property handles moving to another format, like video games and comics being adapted into novels, shows, movie, and each other among other formats and vice versa. I might come up with others.

Finally, I want to have a section of the site with a huge amount of links for favored sites in key site-related areas, including a list of kid-friendly comics, webcomics, and TV web shows for the benefit of parents. That I’ll probably do slowly over time, since I’ll also have to maintain it.

So I guess I’m supposed to end these “Anniversary” posts with a list of favorite posts over the past year. OK, already did the War Within review and the first post. So what else do we have?

Hopefully, year 2 will be better than year 1. See how it takes me to fail miserably. 😀 (Hopefully, that’s a joke.)

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

2 responses »

  1. Gary says:

    “(I just wish he had the site name instead of my screenname.)”

    No sooner said than done, my man – you’re now in the Blog Roll over at Crisis on Earth-Prime as BW Media. If you want something different, just drop me a line!

    Gary

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    • ShadowWing Tronix says:

      Nope, we’re good. 🙂 Thanks. I’ll get you into my blogroll as a thank you just as soon as I can get to work on the sidebar. (First the banner, then the sidebar.)

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