Today marks exactly one year since I started this blog. Not only that, but this is my 100th post.
It may also be my last.
Running a blog has been a truly awesome experience. I didn’t realise quite how much I’d enjoy the writing process, let alone having people talk to me about something I’d written. To every single person who has come on to this site at some point over the last year, THANK YOU.
From now on, I’ll be putting the energy I put in to this blog (which was a lot, even if the typos would indicate otherwise…) in to something else, but it may return in the future. Someone has to overanalyse lyrics of early 2000s R’n’B songs, right?
So, as a final post I’m going to bring together links for some of the key posts. Either the ones most read, most commented, most enjoyable for me to write, whatever. If you’re new, this is a good place to start. If you’re not new, you might some reviews you hadn’t noticed before as the posts built up. You can read them by clicking on the orange, underlined text below.
Over-analysing awful music
The review that I get the most feedback on is my over-analysis of the lyrics to “Yeah” by Usher. It may have been the most fun to write, and I’m truly grateful for some of the feedback I’ve had on it.
From there, I started over-analysing other rubbish songs, and a few rubbish music videos as well.
- “Yeah” by Usher
- “She’s Got That Vibe” by R Kelly
- “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy
- “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy (the insane music video)
- “Mysterious Girl” by Peter Andre
- “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler (the most insane music video)
The England Challenge
Believe it or not, my most read post was the Championship Manager 01/02 review from late last year. I still get people looking at it to this day. I find that… weird.
From there, I started a challenge where I took over England on Championship Manager 2001/02 and tried to win a major tournament (as you do). It turns out I’m not very good at the game, but this led to one of my tweets being liked by Dion Dublin. So it’s swings and roundabouts (seriously, Big Dion, if you are reading this I owe you a drink).
- Championship Manager 2001/02 Review
- Episode One (the Germany game)
- Episode Two (the qualifiers)
- Episode Three (build up to World Cup 2002)
- Episode Four (the Group Stages)
- Episode Five (the Second Round)
- Episode Six (the Quarter Final)
- Episode Seven (Euro 2004 qualifiers begin)
- Episode Eight (the whole of 2003)
- Episode Nine (build up to Euro 2004)
- Episode Ten (Euro 2004 Group Stages)
- Episode Eleven (Euro 2004 Knock Out Stages)
- Episode Twelve (Euro 2004 Final)
By now it’s pretty obvious I’m a fan of Star Wars. The blog started in time for me to review The Force Awakens (twice!), but also to review some of the older films as well. My favourite (and the most nicely commented on at places like Pixslate) were the prequels. They might have been the most fun I had writing anything this year, weirdly enough.
- Scene by scene breakdown of The Phantom Menace
- Scene by scene breakdown of Attack of the Clones
- And the rest… A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, A Force Awakens (spoiler-free), A Force Wakens (spoiler-heavy)
The most views I got in a single day was after the Brexit result. Most of the people who left feedback seemed to agree with me, although most seemed to handle it better than I did as well…
- It started months before the referendum with a joke post: The Cases For And Against Staying In The EU
- I then started to get a little more desperate as the big day got closer: A Plea To Brits Ahead Of The Referendum
- Then I lose my sh*t the day after: Review of the British Referendum On The E.U.
- And a little bit more a couple of days after that: The Five Stages Of Grief: Brexit Style
One of the things I most wanted to do when I started this blog was get across my love/hate relationship with the city I live in. I started off talking about queue-jumping (which was the first, but not last, time I would review nothing). From there, I started to look at the different methods of commuting. They’re all terrible.
- Queue Jumping
- Cycling In London
- Commuting In London: The Underground
- Commuting In London: Pedestrians
- Commuting In London: Motorists
- Commuting In London: Cyclists
- Buying A House In London
Wikipedia Plot Review
Were I to continue this thing, chances are I’d focus more on these. While there probably isn’t a huge audience for someone reviewing the “Plot Summary” section of the Wikipedia articles on Footloose or the Britney Spears film Crossroads, I had a blast writing them
I also did some actual reviews of things! Some things were good! Some not!
In the last year, I’ve reviewed (deep breath) Popstar, David Brent: Life On The Road, Wolf Of Wall Street, the Oscars, Spotlight, Theory Of Everything, the trailer for London Has Fallen, Creed, Mad Max: Fury Road, Still Alice, Good Will Hunting, Election, and Spectre.
I recently listed my top 10 favourite programmes of the last year (you can see that here), but I didn’t just look at the best of what TV had to offer. In total, I reviewed BoJack Horseman, Love, The Night Manager, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Making A Murderer, Better Call Saul, Sherlock, Luther, The X Factor Grand Finale, the rest of X Factor, Master Of None, Jessica Jones, Strictly Come Dancing, Narcos, Class Of ’92, The Hunt, and The Apprenctice.
I tried to predict football scores using only club’s nicknames, which went about as well as you would expect. But I’ve also reviewed Sam Allardyce getting fired by England, the 2016 Olympics, England’s awful performance at Euro 2016, England’s awful performance versus Iceland, England’s awful performance versus Slovakia, England’s awful performance versus Wales, England’s awful performance versus Russia, my own pessimistic views about England’s chances at Euro 2016, the magic of the FA Cup, missing your team get promoted, and Fantasy Football.
And that’s it! There’s a load of other stuff too, like my thoughts on a few albums and gigs, what it’s like to write a book, why the film industry is f*cked, etc, etc, etc. I’ll still log in to the website every now and again, so if you have any thoughts on anything I’ve written, make sure to leave a comment. Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter here.
Thank you again for all the support, views and feedback over the last year. You’re the best. All of you.
Except you, James.