Regular commenter Jason asked on another thread, how did this year for the blog (and the show?) shape up versus expectations?
Interesting question. I thought it would merit its own thread so here we go. It was quite a year for Chuck.
So far, every episode that has aired since we started this site has aired in 2010. The mood here has changed a lot during that period. There was so much frustration with the start of S3; and by comparison, we are such a happy group now. But the thing that has remained constant for me is how much fun I have coming to this community and discussing my favorite show. Whether I’m angry with the writers, or trying to explain one of my half baked opinions about something; sorting stuff out here has been a favorite hobby of mine. So much so I haven’t built a model since 2009, or played a computer game more involved than Solitaire. I don’t expect this particular obsession to much outlast the show, but what a fun ride!
I guess that means I love this blog. Whether the show delivers or not, the discussion here is always a good time. I hope everyone has as much fun sharing and debating as I do. I mean, who else can we talk Chuck with for hours on end? I’m not one for more profound thoughts than that, but I’m sure Joe, Ernie or Thinkling could fill a few pages on this topic. I look forward to everyone’s thoughts.
Dave, forgive me for tacking onto your post, but this was the best vehicle for what I wanted to say. And for Jason, I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this post sooner! Thanks for the impetus.
This site – you guys – have exceeded my expectations from about day 2. Seriously, I never expected to get so many hits and then to maintain the numbers we’ve had all year. More-so, like Faith said in comments, I never expected to find so many well-spoken, intelligent people that shared my interest in Chuck, the story and the characters. You guys have always been amazing.
For me personally, I just love what’s happened in the story and the way it was reflected here. The trauma of S3.0 made The Honeymooners, all of S3.5 and so far, all of S4 that much sweeter for me. The excitement of the January start, the extra 6 in the spring, the renewal and then 11 more episodes for S4 was just wonderful.
But the best part of writing about all this was reading what Amy, Dave, Ernie, Faith and Thinkling had written. Not only the posts, but the comments too have made this site a favorite of mine. It would be that even if I had nothing to do with it. Some of the other sites I frequent (which have nothing to do with this topic) are famous, renown, even touted for their quality or the quality of their comment sections. I honestly believe that none of them come close to what we have here.
This year had several high points too. Ernie joined us in January (well, actually I introduced him in a post 1 year ago today – happy anniversary, Ernie!), Faith became a regular author and Thinkling joined us this fall. I can’t take the credit for recognizing their talent – that was Dave and Amy’s doing. I just recognized that they were right!
We had a great effort and a great time with Chucktoberfest this year, which I think was directly responsible for the 11 episode addition (yes, that’s still my story and I’m still sticking to it). The podcasting with OldDarth, Jan and Karen has been a blast.
My only regret has been that I haven’t been able to do something like ComicCon and I haven’t been able to meet any of you personally. I hope that time will come.
‘Till then, Happy New Year to all of you.