In honour of the one year anniversary, I've decided to put together a quick timeline of events that have changed the Weekly Crisis over the past year, along with my own annotations, ranging from new features, like previews and moments of the week, to failed attempts at new columns, like Crisis of Faith and Cover to Cover.
I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane. It helped remind me of the reasons why I love writing this blog and I can't believe how much the site has changed since I launched it a short year ago.
August 1st, 2007 - Weekly Crisis Comic Book Reviews for 08/01/07
What can I say? This was the first post and first set of reviews here at the Weekly Crisis. I can't believe I've somehow managed to keep this up for the past year. While I've gone back and changed the title, I originally started out using a "volume" naming scheme instead of the date.
The original title was actually Weekly Crisis Volume 1, which didn't really tell anyone anything, so I changed it to Weekly Crisis Comic Book Reviews Volume 1. The "volume" naming scheme was just too ambiguous and made it hard to tell when a volume was originally published, so I finally settled on the naming scheme you see today.
And, yes, the original reviews came out on a Thursday. Crazy, no?
August 29th, 2007 - Crisis of Faith - Immortal Iron Fist
My first attempt at a non-Wednesday comics review. It took me longer to research, write up and format than my normal reviews and didn't really drive any traffic or comments, but I enjoyed it and kept with them for a few weeks before retiring the feature.
September 19th, 2007 - First Post-Crisis Previews
The original Post-Crisis Previews came out the day after my reviews. These ended up being too quick a follow up on the reviews and people just weren't interested in reading previews for the next week's books when they hadn't even finished reading and digesting the ones that came out that week. This resulted in the previews being pushed back day by day until they settling on their current Monday placement.
October 3rd, 2007 - First Comic Book Moments of the Week
One of my favourite features, the Moments of the Week debuted a little over two months after I started the blog. These were a hit from the start and are still one of the more popular features on the site and seem to garner a lot of traffic in the archives.
October 13th, 2007 - First Comic Book Character Spotlight
Hot off the success of my Moments of the Week, I attempted to create a new feature with the Comic Book Character Spotlight. The first one featured Sodam Yat, who was set to make a big splash in the Sinestro Corps War as Ion at the time, and these Character Spotlights were fairly popular and garnered a lot of comments for me, at the time. The Sodam Yat one is one of the most popular pages on the site, to be honest.
However, they took a lot of time to gather the information, find out origins and appearances and write up, despite how short these posts actually were, and I eventually let the feature fall by the wayside.
If people are interested, they can feel free to write a guest post on their favourite or new / upcoming characters and submit them to me through my contact page.
October 17th, 2007 - First Quick-Shot Reviews (later became Final Crisis Reviews)
The site was becoming fairly popular at this point in time and I was growing more confident in my writing abilities. Prior to this, I was simply updating the Weekly Crisis Reviews post and sticking 10+ reviews in that single post.
The new, second review post on Thursdays allowed me to put more focus on the first set of Wednesday reviews, brought people back to the site on Thursday for the new post and made it a lot easier, in general, to write and post the reviews.
November 27th, 2007 - Holiday Comic Book Gift Guide
At the time, I hadn't done that many non-review based posts and the Holiday Gift Guide was a lot of fun to put together. I'm not sure how well it went over at the time, as commenters were sparse in those days, but I was really happy with the post and it lead to the next key post...
December 19th, 2007 - Best of 2007 Comic Book Awards
I don't think I enjoyed writing up any other post more than the Best of 2007 Awards and I'm looking forward to writing up the 2008 version later this year.
March 1st, 2008 - First Comic Book Cover to Cover
At this point, I had four regular columns - Monday's Previews, Wednesday & Thursday's reviews and Friday's MotW - and was still looking for a Tuesday post to fill out the work week. Crisis of Faith, Character Spotlights and other features had failed, but I was undeterred. That sparked this Cover to Cover feature, which was a fun idea, but it quickly became apparent that it was harder to describe why covers were good or bad than one would think and this feature only lasted a couple of weeks.
May 7th, 2008 - Quick-Shot Reviews Become Final Crisis Reviews
I had never intended the Quick-Shot Reviews name to last as long as it did and had asked for reader suggestions on several occasions. Looking to keep the "Crisis" theme going and seeing as how these were the "final" reviews of the week, I renamed the Quick-Shot Reviews to the Final Crisis Comic Book Reviews.
May 29th, 2008 - First Contest at the Weekly Crisis - Atomic Robo Giveaway
I had been running ads on the site for a while and using the occasional Amazon.com affiliate link, but hadn't, up until then, made any real gains off of them. However, using the small amount of money I had garnered, I approached Brian Clevinger through email and asked if he would be willing to sign a few Atomic Robo TPB Volume 1: Atomic Robo & the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne, which were due out around the time of the contest.
He was more than happy to sign the books and I quickly put together the contest, which was a huge success that spurred a lot of traffic and attention to the site and lead to the current OYL Anniversary contests.
June 8th, 2008 - First Poll - What Did You Think of Final Crisis #1?
I can't believe it had taken me over 10 months before I attempted to run a poll here at the Weekly Crisis, but it was. They were fairly popular, taking in over a 100 votes each, and I'm still running them on occasion, such as the case with the current Comic-Con related poll on the sidebar.
June 11th, 2008 - First Top 10 Tuesdays
In my most recent attempt to fill the Tuesday time slot with a post, I came up with the Top 10 Tuesdays and it's been a resounding success, both in terms of reader comments, traffic and my own satisfaction in writing them.
August 1st, 2008 - One Year Later Anniversary
And all that brings us to the big one year anniversary of the blog, which I'm celebrating with my One Year Later theme. We've got contests, like the Manhunter Vol 1 TPB Giveaway and the RSS Exclusive Immortal Iron Fist Vol 1 TPB Giveaway, and retrospectives, like this post you've just read, and other goodies planned.
I hope you've all enjoyed this timeline and my thoughts on the events of the past year. It's hard to believe the number of changes that have occured since I first launched the site and I didn't even go into the numerou cosmetic and functionality based changes.
It's been a crazy year and I've seen my traffic grow from the sad state of one person - me - viewing it on most of those early days to the 1000's of people viewing it on a daily basis today. This year was a long journey that nearly saw me give up on the site a few times during those early days, but I'm glad I stuck with it and I owe it to you readers for all the kind words, comments and acknowledgement over the past year. And that's why I'm hosting the current round of OYL contests - to reward you guys for the past year and continued support for the years to come.
Feel free to let me know what you think of the past year here at the Weekly Crisis - what you liked, what changes you were around for, any columns or features you would like to see a return of, what worked, what didn't, anything major you think I should have featured on the list of major events for my timeline, etc.
Thanks for reading and you can look forward to another year of comic book news, previews, reviews and more!