Year Four in Review

It would be redundant to say that 2020 was an eventful year.  It brought a lot of ups-and-downs to many people’s lives – including mine.  At the beginning of the year, I was working full time and doing work-related studies as well.  Then, in March, everything suddenly shut down and I spent two months at home on paid vacation.  Gradually, my work re-opened, and we adapted to doing business with a whole bunch of new safety protocols in place.  Then, a perfect storm of maternity leave, resignations, and increased demand led to me suddenly working ten-hour days and doing, basically, everything.  I had two weeks of extreme stress and another six of long, busy days, and then I dealt with a (non-COVID-19-related) death in the family.  Things have now returned to some semblance of normality, though it looks very different from what it did before.

As far as blogging goes, my busyness at the beginning of the year put my other blog on unplanned hiatus for a while, and, when I did start publishing regularly again, I decided to move from weekly to bi-weekly reviews.  Meanwhile, I’ve found little time for writing movie reviews – not to mention that, for obvious reasons, I haven’t been to a movie since February.  That’s left this blog kind of languishing.  And, unfortunately, since I’m now publishing X-Files reviews at half frequency, I won’t be free to dedicate myself to movies for at least another year.

Nonetheless, both blogs did better than last year in terms of readership.  The other blog, in particular, saw a surge in popularity, getting twice as many hits in 2020 as in 2019.  Many of those are for a post I published in April about the hero of The X-Files, which became not only my most viewed post of the year, but my second most viewed post of all time!  I’ve actually got rather mixed feelings about that, given that it’s one of the least asexual things I’ve ever posted.  But I’m also glad a post I spent so much time on has resonated with people, and the upsurge in readership has applied to other, more ace-friendly posts as well.

As for this blog, Alan Rickman apparently also saw something of a popularity surge.  I’m at a loss to explain why, but it’s good to know even posts I wrote four years ago are still being read.  I’ve always wanted this site to be less a journal for people to follow and more a compilation of reviews for anyone interested in asexuality and movies.  So I’m really glad to see new people checking out my blog, even without a lot of new content.

Here is my annual round-up of most popular posts from both blogs.  These are the posts that received the most views over the past year:

  1. Fox Mulder and Female Desire (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  2. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Questioning, Exploration, & Mislabelling
  3. To Dana Scully, on Her 55th Birthday (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  4. One Year after Alan Rickman
  5. On (Not) Being a Woman
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Ace Mini-Review
  7. On Being a Noromo (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  8. Romeo & Juliet (1978) – Ace Mini-Review + How Ace Is Alan Rickman?
  9. Growing Up Platoniromantic in Five Songs
  10. Amélie (2001) – Ace Mini-Review
  11. Asexuality: Not Just for Asexuals Anymore
  12. Growing Up Platoniromantic: The Problem with Shipping

These are my most viewed posts of all time:

  1. Growing Up Platoniromantic: The Problem with Shipping
  2. Fox Mulder and Female Desire (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  3. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Questioning, Exploration, & Mislabelling
  4. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Kissing, Hand-Holding, Bed-Sharing, etc.
  5. One Year after Alan Rickman
  6. On Being a Noromo (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  7. The History of Romance
  8. Romeo & Juliet (1978) – Ace Mini-Review + How Ace Is Alan Rickman?
  9. To Dana Scully, on Her 55th Birthday (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  10. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Ace Mini-Review
  11. Asexual, Allosexual, and Other Labels That Don’t Quite Fit
  12. Ace Pride, or If We Had a Parade, Who Would March in It?
    and Asexuality and Academia: My Awesome Year of Grad School

And these are my most “liked” posts:

  1. On Being a Noromo (from The Realm of Asexual Possibility)
  2. Platonic Dating, or, as I Like to Call It, “Dating”
  3. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Alienation & Belonging in the Asexual Community
  4. Asexuality and Academia: My Awesome Year of Grad School
  5. Stages of Coming Out: My Journey to Ace Identification
  6. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Happy Endings
  7. Growing Up Platoniromantic: Questioning, Exploration, & Mislabelling
  8. Growing Up Platoniromantic: The Problem with Shipping
  9. Mulder, Scully, and the Original Shipping Wars: A Tiny Piece of Ace History
  10. My Fair Lady (1964) – Ace Long Review

Happy New Year!

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