Category Archives: Site Update

It’s a Wool-Gathering Blogiversary!

Seven years ago on this date, I finally got around to relaunching a site on ye olde world wide web, which as anniversaries go is sometimes termed the ‘wool’ or ‘copper’ anniversary.

So, sheep who work in a copper mine are ideal?

As with previous versions of this blogiversary post, I’ll be looking at the posts that were popular over the past year and other stats worthy of wool-gathering.

Star Trek

Once again, my posts related to ranking every episode of every Star Trek series topped the list of total traffic to the site. This was not a surprise. What has changed from last year has been that the Whole Enchilada ranking is no longer the most visited. The hits now go:

  1. Every Episode of Star Trek, the original series, Ranked
  2. Every Episode of Star Trek: Voyager, Ranked
  3. Every Episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ranked
  4. Every Episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ranked
  5. (Big drop) Every Episode of Every Star Trek Series, Ranked: The Whole Enchilada
  6. Every Episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, Ranked
  7. Every Episode of Star Trek, the animated series, Ranked

Note that Voyager continues in second place. In fact, it was number one for most of the year. As I discovered when I originally posted the rankings, love for that series is far stronger than its general rep.

I’m also reminded that I really need to update some of the existing Trek series, which are blossoming.

Most Visited Posts (apart from Trek)

Other than Star Trek, the seven most visited posts in the past year (whether they were from this year or no) were:

  1. Fewer Lightning Strikes and More Slow Burns (2021)
  2. Cue Rockin’ Blogiversary Music (2021)
  3. Schedule Management: The 0-50-100 Method for Tasks (2016)
  4. You Too Can Die of Dysentery! (2021)
  5. Prepare for Brood X! (2021)
  6. My 50 Favorite Films, 2020 Edition (2020)
  7. 2020 Additions to the National Film Registry (2020)

Note that, by a wide margin, the highest number of views outside of the Star Trek rankings was “A Viewing Guide for Star Trek: Enterprise,” but since that’s clearly also Trek, I skipped it.

I really don’t understand the popularity of the first entry, which is a great article for sure, but its title doesn’t seem like anything favored by an algorithm. Ah well. The schedule management post has been popular for years… and if that helps people better manage their projects, all the better (it really does cut through a lot of Dilbert-esque bull). I am glad that most of the posts in the top non-Trek seven are from the past year. I mean, that means I’m posting relevant things, right? Maybe?

Posts I’d Like to Get More Views

It’s hard to compete with Star Trek, a pop culture powerhouse that’s been around for over 50 years, so I strongly suspect, unless I unwittingly tap into some niche topic made timely by the zeitgeist, that Star Trek posts will remain the biggest source of traffic. Still, when I looked over all the posts I made over the past year, there’s a few that I would have liked getting in the top seven (sans Trek):

For people my generation, Beverly Cleary was her own pop culture powerhouse and the interviews I linked were great. Farscape, likewise, is a show I love, and the article I talked about uncovered what I think may be one of the subconscious reasons I like it. Intellectual property and Disney is a topic I don’t think I’ll tire of, nor the success or lack thereof of creative folk. Finally, I always like thoughtful pieces about storytelling and pieces that warn writers of bungus often need to be amplified.

So there it is. Another year in the can… or the rear-view mirror… or lost in a metaphorical 404. See you in another year, many dozens of posts and, if all goes well, a couple hundred script pages.

Wouldja Believe? It’s a Five-Year Blogiversary!

Obligatory if somewhat dated pop culture reference.

Back on March 1st, 2015, I re-entered the web world with a personal website, something I really hadn’t had since the 90s, which in Internet terms is ancient history.

Perhaps because March 1st doesn’t correspond with any other anniversaries in my life, I keep on meaning to do an annual retrospective about posts and such on the blog, but keep on forgetting.

This year, however, I made sure to set a reminder for myself. As with any eponymous blog, this post is mainly a self-indulgence, but for anyone who wants to go back and check some of the posts (over 400!), here’s an accounting of the “greatest hits” and some of the “deep cuts.”

Star Trek

Of course, these posts topped the list. My series, Crisis of Infinite Star Treks, lasted almost the full five years. There were long and short entries and ones that I thought were better than others. The three that seemed to best represent the series are:

Writing

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my posts about writing got so many views. Writing and trying to do more work as a writer is near and dear to me… and frankly, one of the reasons I’m online anyway.

Granted, most of the posts are mainly linking to or commenting on articles or resources I found online, but it’s been great to share what I know. Some of the most read have been:

Integrally linked to many of these articles are the posts which talk more about motivation (one of them is up there). That was led to several posts about finding purpose, meaning, and motivation… often explicitly disconnected from a paycheck. These were a lot of fun to write (and probably helped me work through some thoughts):

Personal Favorites… and other odds and ends

As indicated above, part of the fun of a blog is the ability to indulge your whims and flights of fancy, often without a care for deadlines or the editorial rigor you yourself might expect from a magazine article.

Many of the posts grow out of articles I read online that I want to expand on, which include.

Less fun, but very cathartic, has been writing remembrances

Finally, there’s a few that I enjoyed writing just for fun and I fully expect to add to that category in the next few years:

So for those of you who have popped over to this blog, thank you. I hope you’ve enjoyed the links and the articles and the geekery.

I’ll probably do another of these sooner than five years hence.

My Social Media Strategy, Revealed

Not unlike business plans, it seems like one needs to have a “social media plan” these days. In the past year, many people I know have abandoned Twitter or left Facebook or joined Instagram. And I seem to be in the midst of that periodic flurry of people following me on Twitter or giving me a long treatise about why they want to connect with me on LinkedIn.

So for future edification, but mainly for my own amusement, here is my criteria for connecting with people on social media:

  • Facebook: I know who you are in the real world, either from schools or elsewhere, and want to keep up with your personal and professional exploits.
  • LinkedIn: I actually know who you are in the real world –even if only in passing– and also wouldn’t mind keeping up with your professional exploits.
  • Twitter: I may or may not know you in the real world, but I like the cut of your jib.
  • Google+: I can put you in one or more categories.
  • Instagram: I know it exists, but do not use it.
  • Tumblr: I know it still exists, and still do not use it.
  • Ello: I don’t know why it exists.
  • Pinterest: Who knows? I have insufficient pinterest.
  • Stage32: Meh, whatever. Sure.

If this does not make at least one social media maven’s head explode because of my lack of commitment to networking at all costs, I will be very disappointed.


Update: To answer some people’s angsty offline questions, no this isn’t a ranking of how great particular social media is or how valuable anyone and everyone might find it. Stage 32 has some great classes attached to it (seriously, if you’re a filmmaker, check some of their stuff out), but I see no need to curate my contacts to the same degree like I do on other sites. For example, on LinkedIn some recruiters clearly feel simply knowing your name is sufficient to connect… yet that connection is not valuable to me.

So yeah, see above. I am not disappointed.

What’s In and What’s Out

Long, boring pages on websites explaining what will or will not be found on said websites are about as exciting as actors laying pipe. However, it does seem like a bit of context and identity is in order. So, for that reason, this blog post is here to serve that purpose and then fade into the background, unless it needs to be called back into action.

Way back in the truly wild Internet, the first version of my website debuted as many did: being an anarchistic reflection of one’s personality and interests in a way only HTML 3.2 can express.

The world was your oyster. Or possibly the sky was your oyster. Or the sky was the limit. Regardless, there were limitless oysters, which just goes to show, as Noël Coward pointed out, you can have too much of a good thing.

So back to the Internet, which embodies “too much of a good thing” in ways that may well have astonished and delighted Coward.

A couple decades in, the web, while still undeniably rambunctious in some corners, is more purpose-driven… and this website is no different. Its main goal is to be an outlet for writing that doesn’t make sense to put on the Team J blog, may be more general than something I post on my Facebook page, and be more lengthy than what I tweet.

I will certainly mention Team J projects here — especially ones where I’ve written the script. Pretty much all my casting articles will be posted there on the Team J blog. However, for writing outside Team J, musings about intriguing articles and tech trends, and ever-wonky pieces on project management, you’re in the right place.

And hopefully, I’ll avoid Nakamuras.

 

And there was Blog…

Incubation always seems to take too long in hindsight. Or does it?

After sitting on my to-do list for a long time –even before I was tracking to-do lists via Workflowy— it finally made sense to launch my website anew. And now it seems inevitable.

This time, I’m using WordPress, a tool I’ve grown quite fond of while using it to maintain my company website.

This site, however, is meant to be more personal, more full of musing, and possibly more useful to more people than Team J.

Let’s find out.