The Last Post

18 10 2017

 

Godzilla 1954 - Present

When I first started blogging in 2009, it was the result of nearly a year of writing little opinion pieces in Word and sharing them around with others via the wonders of printing. These little pieces were called Sam’s Rant, and for most of the early days were inspired by begrudges towards little nit bits that I either did not understand or more commonly did not like about Video Games. Well, anyway, I soon posted these on my blog in November 2009, and then it all went from there. In the early days of the blog, it soon became hard, as I began to run out of ideas, and nearly went months without posting anything. In my first month I got over 200 views, but by the following July I hit a (still standing) record of just 7. Well, soon after that I began doing Movie Reviews, and then things like ‘5 Years and Still Painful’ as well as ‘I Remember The 1990’s’ soon followed. In 2011 I hit major milestones with my first post to reach 100 views (Brutal Legend), peaks in my daily viewership, 1000 views in a month and even a direct link to my blog from the BBC Website (Dinosaurs Return To Television). 2012 was my biggest year, with viewership consistently getting higher and higher as each month passed reaching an all-time high of 4000+ views in a month. Then things from there went down and never recovered.

Why this route down memory lane you ask; well, after months of not posting things, and other bits and bobs as well as things outside of blogging, I have decided to stop posting on this blog. You see; while I was still posting and still enjoying doing so: the viewership’s were getting to me, and despite my efforts of not looking; it still got to me, and while I did not want that to be the be all and end all, eventually things got bigger and bigger as I began to ask questions of where do I go from here? What to do next? All of which culminated earlier this year with the realization that I was no longer really enjoying it! I was posting for the sake of posting, nothing else. Since then I have had struggles outside of blogging in my personal life, and while I still have blogging plans for the future, I think this blog’s time has really been and gone, and the thoughts that maybe I should have finished it either after the 500th post, or maybe this time last year. Right now it feels like a wounded pet that I have let live too long, unwilling to say goodbye.

So; on the eve of the blog’s 8th anniversary; I think is the time to finally put this blog to bed. While I hope to begin again one day in the future, I have already decided that when that time comes; I will start a fresh somewhere else, and possibly keep it more mainstream. So, before I say a goodbye, I just thought I would say some thank you’s; answer some questions not asked, some stats, maybe rifle a few ideas I had for future posts or posts not written, and then say a final cheerio with some music. But first, to help break up the teary goodbye, here is a video of a clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, improved with a piece of music from Godzilla: Final Wars

Questions not asked…..answered:

Why the Name NUMB3R5S?

When I first started this blog, it was during a time when the internet was still rather unsocial; and the idea was, was when you started on a forum or made a website you kept your name anonymous, so that’s what I did, however my many nicknames/gamer names that I was quick to choose, were already names, and so I decided to be quick by using a creative name, which was also the name of a TV show I liked (called Numb3rs) and adding an extra 5.

What’s with the GENEPOOL thing at the bottom of each post? When I started (and pretty much right now here and there) GENEPOOL was my Gamer Name, and so to keep in tie with the above answer of Anonymity, I decided to sign the bottom of each post with my Gamer Name.

Some Stats (at time of posting):

Total Number of Posts – 548

Total number of Views – 115634

Most Viewed Post – Top 5 Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavours

Least Viewed Post – Another Annoying Little Book

My Top 3 Favourite Posts –

Maybe rifle through a few ideas I had for future posts or posts not written:

Best Cartoons of 2000’s – A run through of my favourite cartoons released in the 2000’s.

The Pony That Became A Horse – A retrospective history of the Ford Mustang.

Top 5 PS3 Games – My Top 5 Favourite Games on PS3.

Top 10 Fictional Villains – A run through of some unsavory characters from Films and other media.

Films Considered for Reviewing – Films I have considered reviewing recently: Transformers: Age of Extinction,  Attack On Titan (P1 and P2), Godzilla vs Gigan, Return of Godzilla, Blackfish, Akira, Pom Poko.

Thank You:

Now just want to say thank you to people.

Thank you to Ant who suggested blogging in the first place and was a real encouragement in those early days (and both Kevin’s as well).

Thank you to my blogging and animating friend Matt who has been of great inspiration and encouragement all this time.

Thank you to Hannah, whose blog while now pretty much gone, was a real drive and motivator as to what a blog is and what mine could be and was a driving influence to getting me going with it especially in those hard days one year after starting it.

Thank you to all my family and friends who have suggested, voted for, and just generally read posts on here.

Thank you to everyone around the world who has read my blog.

So, really, a Big Thank You to everyone for everything.

So, with that: just like the final episode of Top Gear, Thank You, and Goodbye (or maybe more like see you around). And to cap it off, here is a piece of music:

GENEPOOL – My new blog can be found here





No, I Did Not Drop The Ball Last Week!

25 01 2017

football

Last week, the more frequent and eagle-eyed readers of my blog would have spotted that I did not post anything. Just to reassure you, no I did not drop the ball; it was sort of intended.

a-monster-calls (Focus Features - 2016)

Since 2011, I have been posting blog posts on this blog every week. I have been blogging in total for over 7 years now, but it was not until 2011 that I started posting more frequently, and have been doing so ever since. So why last week’s interruption, well there is sort of 2 reasons behind that. One is because I was hoping to post my film review of A Monster Calls, but after getting ill, and running dry of the emotions that the film created, I got a bit behind. The other though is that I have decided to scale back a bit when it comes to my blogging. Here’s why:

Steamboy (Sunrise - 2004)

In August 2016, I finally got a job, a job I am still doing to this day and am really enjoying; however when I first got it I was unsure as to if I would still be able to keep blogging frequently, so what I did was write a bunch of posts to post over a period of time instead of there and then. This idea worked, up until I started doing it for the rest of the year. I had written posts weeks, if not over a month ahead of when they were due to be posted. This took some of the fun out of blog posting, because when I have written a post, there is a great deal of excitement and energy about it, which makes you excited to see it simply get posted; if that is done weeks ahead, when it is finally posted the excitement has gone and so has the energy. Posting weeks ahead is only useful if you have a schedule to keep or have plans for a string of posts and need the extra time. For me it really took the fun out of it and as such I began to emotionally struggle with the blog, well thanks to both that and one other reason: Views.

views

When I started this blog, views were never really on my mind, as all I wanted to do was just write. When I discovered the views feature, it really started to grip me and I would look at it to see what was enjoyed, what wasn’t, and within a few years it pretty much took my main focus as I logged into WordPress every day. The views feature when you’re starting out can actually be quite fun, because when it’s the case that a lot of people are viewing your blog, that gives you a good boost of energy, but when they start to dwindle, that in return can get you down. Since 2011, I have actually kept a spreadsheet of my blog views on my computer, the main purpose being is that when I first started, WordPress used to provide views in a fun line graph, but this changed to a bar chart on the system, and as I quite liked the line graph, I decided to keep the spreadsheet to create the line graphs.

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

Come 2013 however, and the success I had achieved in 2012 quickly evaporated, and my blog views each month went from 3000-4000 views, to just over 1000. May 2014 saw a brief increase to over 2000 views mostly thanks to a certain film that was released that month, but since then views have been going down slowly. For the last 4 months of 2016, I received no higher than just over 900 views. I should just be happy that people are still looking at my blog from time to time, but when the views are sharp in your face when you turn on and go into the dashboard, and you see this continuing drop, it just gets you down, and with me losing the excited energy about the posting of posts, things really started to look grim. Then I had an idea, which upon considering it, made me very positive.

views-2

The issue; was that firstly the viewing figures were getting me down. So to combat this, I am no longer going to keep my own records, plus have managed to move the views window out of the way so it’s not completely in my face when I log on. I still have it to one side to look at every now and then, but now when I log in to WordPress I don’t get down when the views are down, because I don’t know if they are or not. Secondly, putting up posts every week did sort of begin to affect the kind of posts that I put up each week. This blog does not make money for me in anyway, it’s meant to be fun for me as well as a possible platform for my thoughts and interests, so why should I keep up a post each week? Posting each week does help me to keep it going and the frequency does help. The one thing I don’t want to do is give up, because in my current emotional state I may never get back into it if I did, so I decided to reduce the frequency to a post every 2 weeks. This keeps the frequency going, but does not put me in such a bad position. I can work on my posts more and have a little more freedom with less stricter personal deadlines, but also with more time to think and plan, I can potentially do more posts like the ones I really want to do. This does not stop me posting more frequently if I wanted to, but does not mean I have to rush a post out if I am late. It just gives me some options. Since deciding to go down this path, I have actually begun to feel a lot more positive and excited again about blogging and posting. While it’s in the early stages, I am beginning to feel pretty good about it. The rules I have put in place for myself are:

  • Post every couple of weeks at least.
  • Reduce number of film reviews a year too.

Film reviews have been a big part of this blog since the release of Inception, with me persisting to try and release one a month or at least 12 a year if I miss any. Doing big film reviews though do take up some time, and to allow myself as much freedom as I can, I am reducing my own required number down to six. If I am posting for half the year, I will do the same for film reviews too, but still continue to do them, just reducing the required amount in a year. So while it used to be at least 12, it is now 6. I am not intending to retire from blogging any time soon, I just want it to be fun again but also not tiring; so with this plan in place I am still hoping and planning to do the same as I always have done, just less frequently, and who knows, maybe this will turn out to be better than before, but right now that is not the important thing for me, the important thing is to be having fun again.

inception (Legendary Pictures - 2010)

GENEPOOL





The WordPress Blog Fish

30 03 2016

Lionfish

In February I discovered a new species of Fish. No, not the above, that is of course a picture of a Lion Fish (or a Pterois if you want to be pedantic) and has been known about for a very long time. No, I discovered a brand new species of Fish, one that is so rare, that you will be lucky if you get to see it at all. This fish is unlike many other species of fish as this one does not live in Water. It does live in the surf of its native habitat, but this species of fish inhabits a completely different territory; that of the World Wide Web, in particular on the web service known as WordPress. It is very hard to spot, but this could be more the case that the creature is not really found but more created into life.

WordPress Logo

By now I start to run out of things to say to suggest that it is a real creature; it isn’t (unless there is one in which case I apologise). No, basically the best way to describe what on earth I am talking about is to go back to October last year. You may remember (unless you didn’t see it), back in October I did a series of film reviews over the course of a week, all of which were from the X-Men Film Series to that point. Well, every year I get this little feature from WordPress which is an analysis of the blog during the year. One feature this thing includes is a table showing when posts are posted. Most of the time I try to get posts posted on a Wednesday, however to include the week and build up to the week, I posted the posts in a different way, to cut a long story short, when I looked at the end of year stats for my blog, the feature showing posting patterns showed what looked like an Arrow head for that period.

Arrow

You might be thinking (or not) why am I talking about this and Fish? Well, during February, I posted 2 rather small blog posts in the second week, so I added a third and did them so there would be 3 posts in a row. When I looked at the posting patterns on my blog menu, I wondered if I could do something similar as what happened in October. The reason for this though has a second reason, and that is that later this year it will be my 500th post, and I wanted to try and get it a bit closer. So thanks to this little bit of fun during February I was able to post 8 posts over one month, so I think it worked. Anyway, having put up one post at the beginning of February, followed by 3 the following week, I then scheduled some more posts. One for the week after 3 posts, and then 2 the week after that, and then another 2 the week after that (one of which was the first post of March); scheduling the dates in such a way that the end result would look like a Fish. Here is the end result:

Fish

I think I managed to pull it off quite well. I was worried that I would get a day wrong, but overall I like to think that it has worked. You can see the tip of the head, the main body, then a taper behind which then leads onto a Thresher Shark like tail. It’s sort of like the old CITV show Art Attack trying to make a Big Art Attack, especially the one where he tries to do one with the New York City Skyline.

New York City Skyline at night

Don’t know if I will do anything like that again, it was more that the opportunity presented itself and I just went with it. I think the end result is pretty good. Maybe next time I will try and do something a little more complicated. When that will be however I don’t know, as right now I just want to take it nice and slow until I reach Post 500.

Moorish Idol

GENEPOOL





In An Attempt To Cure Writer’s Block

8 07 2015

Pen and Paper

Since finishing University a few weeks ago (and while waiting for Graduation in just over a week’s time), I have been trying to do a number of things to keep myself productive and busy. I have been looking for work, trying to come up with a career plan, writing weekly blog posts, coming up with ideas for stories and board games, reading when I can, playing games, baking cakes, volunteering at Barnardo’s and at The Dukes play in the park again. One thing though that I have wanted to continue since finishing, I have found rather hard, and that is writing stories. I like writing stories, I like all kinds of writing, and when I am in the zone, I just can’t stop. Starting is an entirely different matter however.

Darkmouth (Harper Collins - 2015)

I have kept up with my blog writing, and right now am writing a series of film reviews to be shown in a few weeks’ time, but writing large pieces of work is proving to be rather difficult. Writing big projects at University (in hindsight) was easier, as I was motivated to get the work done as best as I could, but now I need to find new motivation and am finding it hard. I am constantly coming up with ideas for projects, either it be stories, blog posts or board games, but getting round to actually doing them is what I am struggling with. Writing short stories shouldn’t necessarily be too much of a problem as they are small, quick stories to write, however, starting them is as difficult as any other project. Ideas for them are hard as they need to be concise, small, and not necessarily involve big incidents, or big things happening……….which is kind of what I like. Back in May I even came up with a plan to write at least one short story a month, but in June I (technically) did not write one.

A Cake and some Cake Pops I made recently.

I say technically; basically, last month I entered Preston’s first Short Story Slam. A writing/performing contest where writers write short stories to then read out. Writer’s need to write 3 stories of no more than 200 words that can be read in 4 minutes or less. It’s a head to head sort of thing (as far as I understand it) and I need to write 3 short stories for it. A week ago I wrote one story for it, I still have another 2 to write (at time of writing) but coming up with ideas for such a small word count I am finding tough, and even when I do have an idea, simply sitting down behind my laptop to write it is proving tricky. It was only when I had a voice going through my head telling me to write the first story that I finally did it (The Slam is at the end of July, so I still have some time). Even when it isn’t that though, writing in general (when it is not for my blog) I am finding tough. I can develop ideas quite nicely, (I prefer to do it in my head where I can visualise it, while find that writing it down can usually mean I end up leaving and forgetting about it), but that’s still not writing it.

Rory's Story Cubes: Prehistoria

In an attempt to cure what I think is writer’s block; I have started doing little exercises to get me writing again. While my mind wanders onto other ideas of approaching it, for now, this one is working. I have had Rory’s Story Cubes for over a year now. First I got a small expansion in the form of Rory’s Story Cubes: Prehistoria, but discovered using them rather hard, so I bought a copy of the base set, and was able to get going with them. To begin with I just used them as a little game to play with friends and at the Writer’s Society at University. Basically, the base set is a box of 9 dice, with each side on all the dice being a different image (54 images in total). You roll them, and then use the 9 images to make a story. It has to start with “Once Upon A Time” and can either be done as one continuous story as a group, or several stories. There are other versions of the base set and several expansions, all of which can be mixed and matched to create a diverse range of stories. Recently, I decided to use them to help me write some short stories. I use them in the same way as you normally would play with them; roll them and look at the pictures rolled (sometimes re-rolling if I can’t think of anything). Instead of telling the story to someone though, I would instead write my story in a Word Document.

Story Dice 1

I have been taking the pictures of the images I have rolled, considering possibly putting my stories online at a later date (with a photo of the dice to show what images I have to work with). I actually rather enjoy coming up with stories this way; they can be about anything and there are no restrictions as to the length of the story, nor the genre it is in. It really does help me to get back into writing short stories. While I have not done one for about a week (due to being busy with my current weekly schedule), I look forward to writing another one, and hopefully with time, be able to write some without assistance, possibly even bigger ones. Right now though, I have a Short Story Slam to enter.

Story Dice 2

GENEPOOL





My Second Blog

2 09 2013

Second Blog

Over the course of the past year I have written many different things. I have written pieces of work for my University Course as well as pieces written in my spare time including (obviously) Blog Posts as well as several poems and short stories. More recently I have sent off some of these Stories (and one poem) to Story Competitions. To date though, I have been unsuccessful with most (I have yet to hear from Bridport). Recently though I decided to publish these stories, as was once suggested by my Creative Writing Tutor. While they may not appear on the shelves, or in papers or short listed/long listed entries in competitions, I decided to post them online. While I could do this on this blog and maybe make a second page, I decided to start-up a second blog just for my short stories.

So, with the blog now up and running I thought I would let you know where you can find it and take a look. The Web Address is: http://samstoriesblog.wordpress.com/ 

So please go and take a look and have a read of my stories. Click on the thumbs up/thumbs down buttons if you liked or disliked the stories and feel free to leave any comments that you wish to make. Don’t worry, this is not the end of this blog, my primary blog. This will continue to be updated weekly so please check back regularly for more posts.

GENEPOOL








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