Exactly three years ago today, I published my very first post on this blog. And each year, on the anniversary of my starting this blog, I like to take time to reflect on how the blog and website has grown.
I mentioned in my post from last year, that the second year of blogging was different than the first. And the past (third) year of blogging in comparison to the first two years has been different still.
This is partly due to the fact that I was working from home and thus had more time to spend on the blog (since I wasn’t commuting). But it was also partly due to the fact that the website was now well established on the internet and was able to attract an even bigger audience. Just last month, the website had over 7,000 visitors and over 16,000 page views. This is almost four times as many visitors and visits as it had in July 2020; and it’s almost equal to the number of visitors and visits it had in the entire year of 2019.
The thing that I’m happiest about is all the visitors who have been commenting on the blog over the past year. The first couple of years had mostly silent readers, but it’s really encouraging to see more and more people choosing to leave comments. I’m in particular thankful to everyone who leaves comments to let me know about classic shows I hadn’t yet heard about, or to draw my attention to additional trivia and fun facts about the shows I write about in my posts.
Comments from blog readers and followers on social media have encouraged me to expand the website and expand its associated social media presence. Since last year, I have:
- Hosted the weekly #MondaySheWrote tweetalong on Twitter
- Ran the #80sTVdetectiveShowdown on Twitter, which I’ve summarized in a blog post that became popular after it got the attention of Stefanie Powers from Hart to Hart
- Started an Instagram account — although, admittedly, there are already so many great fan accounts on Instagram that I’m never sure what’s left for me to post 🙂
- Started a YouTube channel, where I’ve so far been posting episodes of hard-to-find shows and movies that are in the public domain. (Please visit and “subscribe” to the channel and/or “like” the videos. The more people who do this, the more likely the videos will be found by others who browse YouTube.)
While I’ve admittedly fallen behind in my MSW trivia episode summaries (don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned it and I’m still planning on catching up), I’ve added a lot to the site since this time last year. While I won’t list every one of the 50 or so blog posts and pages that I created over the past year, I will mention just a handful that stand out in my memory:
- I expanded what I call the “TV detective database” with more details about both American and British detective shows from the 1950s until present day.
- I created Jessica Fletcher’s family tree based on clues from Murder, She Wrote.
- I interviewed Terrie Farley Moran, the newest Murder, She Wrote spin-off novel series author.
I also tried my hand at T-shirt design and have come up with a few that I’ve uploaded to TeePublic.com where fans can purchase them on various merchandise:
Finally, I just wanted to end by mentioning my Ko-fi page, where readers can support this website by donating the price of a coffee. A year ago, I set a target goal of $120 to pay for web hosting for the year. Although that goal hasn’t quite been reached, I am eternally grateful for the donations I have received so far. In particular, I must acknowledge my #1 supporter, Sofia L., who has made several regular donations over the past 12 months.
If you could spare a few dollars to help keep this website going, I will show my appreciation on the blog’s “About” page. I need to pay web hosting fees every year, and any extra donations would be used to access software (such as image and video editing software) to create more content.
One of my favorite quotes is “the greatest danger to our future is apathy…” (Jane Goodall). It applies to many things. For me, one of them is not having a passion for anything. And this show brings me happiness, good memories, and hope. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
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