|by November 2019. The movies promised us.|
Hi. Happy 2019.
2018 was something of a year here at The Signal Watch.
After years of pointed suggestions to do so, AmyC got me fired up and we started the PodCast, and, honestly, I've been delighted at the results. On the actual blog, I've covered movies and comics. Comments have all but dried up, but I've talked to a lot of you on social media and elsewhere. I hope it's been worth the occasional check-in to see what's what here at the site.
The past two years, The Signal Watch has more or less turned into my personal film-watching journal which I like to share with you good folks. I've written a post of some sort on virtually every movie I've watched for over 700 days, and in short order we'll do the numbers and talk about what we saw in 2018.
In 2019, I am not going to write a post on every movie I watch, even if I make a marker post of sorts that I did watch a film (that marker post is for me, not you). I'm not sure what form posts will take, but the steady pace of blogging on film will diminish - not that anyone is asking for it.
I expect we'll find ourselves writing up a movie or three, especially those all-important superhero movies, and maybe some noir.
For those of you who have been around since 2003 (2018 marked my 15th year since launching League of Melbotis), a change in format this year is just one more change. Thanks for sticking with us, by the way.
Some of that energy we'll apply to improving the Signal Watch PodCast. Last year I recorded and edited about three dozen episodes, and - brother - is that more work than I like to talk about.
It's good that we produced episodes in volume. I learned a lot quickly, technically and whatnot, but I think both my co-contributors and myself learned something about improving quality of content over that time, and I'd like to keep on that path, even if it means fewer episodes per year. I mean, no one will cry if there isn't a new Signal Watch episode each week, I expect. And I'd like my evenings back. And, mostly, I want to make it worth everyone's while to spend time hearing us out.
Curiously, a lot of folks who aren't the usual co-contributors want to do an episode with me. I'm not made out of time, but I do want to have friends jump in when we can manage it.
I've been considering a very low-entry Patreon, simply because it does cost me *some* money to have a Soundcloud account. I'd also like to get some better recording equipment, etc... and, shockingly, I have not been approached by any networks or sponsors to defray the costs. I love you guys, but the economics of this are not terrific.
On the comics front, I'm hoping to get back to writing up the Super books a little. We'll see how it goes. As always, that's so I spend some additional time with each issue and savor what's there, and I hope it's a nice thing for you to check in on and comment if you're also seeing what Big Blue and the Maid of Might are up to in the funny pages.
Keep talking to me on social media and in the comments. It always makes it way, way more fun and less like I'm howling into the void.
Anyway, onward and upward. I expect 2019 will be part of this amazing trend of "what the actual hell is happening?" outside of the realm of entertainment, but we'll attempt to be a port in the storm. Certainly worrying about mid-century crime movies is a better alternative than the news a lot of days.
I hope your 2019 brings joy and prosperity and our better tomorrow.