I changed my blog this year, moving everything over to this URL after years at slowlygoingbald.com. (Prior to that I had blogs at Blogger and Eponym that used the same title.) Slowly Going Bald was a cute line, and I used it for years as a way to try and define an online presence. It was also a callback to my terrible college newspaper column, so I stuck with it out of the same nostalgia that makes everyone in their 20s wonder if college really was the best time they’ll ever have. But I finally grew tired of the domain, and I wanted to beef up the design and back-end, too. I switched to WordPress and made my real name the destination, and I’ve been pleased with the results.
I started blogging more frequently in the second half of the year, too. I haven’t blogged on a regular basis in a long time. A few years back, I resolved to blog every day for a year, and I did. The next year, I resolved again to write every day, but this time offline — journal entries, reviews, research, whatever — with blog posts going up more sporadically. It changed my perception and the quality of my writing, and since then my blog updates have been random at best. I wanted to get back into it this year, though, because I still like the idea of having a place to create and post content I can own and manage as I see fit, even/especially if that content isn’t as polished as a full review. Facebook is a great place to share content, not store it.
That’s all a way of saying that I’ve been happier this year with some of my blog’s content than I have been in a long time, so I wanted to round up the pieces I thought were keepers:
Sleep, Sleep Tonight: I wrote this after we lost one of the five infant kittens we rescued. A second died not long after. The three that survived are in great shape, though. (This was taken the day we found them. Additional early pics here, here, here, here, and here. Early videos here, here, here, here, and here.)
The Endless Tease: On comic book movies and infinite marketing.
The Easy Way: On shortcuts in dramatic storytelling.
Defaults: On what people look for when they watch movies.
Timing Is Nothing: Why there’s no such thing as being late to good TV/movies.
Hang In There Friends Forever, In Memory Far Away: You can’t go home again.
The Asshole Quotient: Why movie theaters often aren’t worth the trouble.
Hate-Watching: The perils of self-loathing media consumption.
And here are the external reviews/media-focused pieces I’m proudest of this year:
Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D
The Psychology of Letting Go: What It Means to Love and Lose: On fandom and possession.
Step Away From the Keyboard: How Live-Tweeting TV Shows Ruins Everything
Our Cinematic Autobiography: Away We Go
The Amazing Spider-Man
You Tell a Story Like a Broken Record: Aaron Sorkin’s “Newsroom” Problem
The 9 Saddest Moments From Kids’ Movies
Interviews with Chris Carter and Kyle Killen
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Zero Dark Thirty