Oh look, a dreaded blog post about blogging!
After I finished two years of daily Star Trek reviews (gosh that seems an eternity away), I kept going with comics and the occasional novel for another year. I'm not going to do this here. Availability is an issue, certainly, and while I'm a big fan of the novels and audios, there's just no way to talk about those on a daily basis, not beyond the short capsule reviews I've already been doing every Sunday. Another factor is reader interest. While the Trek comics and books had their fans, there was far less interest in those articles, because the source material wasn't as well known or as readily available to people. If I could read a novel a day, that would be one thing, but... Of course, Doctor Who isn't over, and I'll be keeping up the numbering and reviewing new episodes as they are broadcast, starting in August. And there several episodes to revisit, the recently found Web of Fear and Enemy of the World chief among then, as well as recently animated ones like Reign of Terror and The Ice Warriors. Those episodes were originally reviewed with whatever reconstruction was available, and deserve comments in the VERSIONS section. Updates will be mentioned in This Week in Geek on Sundays, as they occur.
Long Live the Legion!
Ever since I mounted a defense of the LSH in Why the Legion of Super-Heroes?, I've been discussing the very strong possibility of covering the Legion's entire history in daily articles. After all, I cleansed my palate of Star Trek with a daily Superman feature before turning to back to televised SF, and the Legion is the comics equivalent of the huge sprawling worlds of franchises like Trek and Who. My plan wasn't to do one issue/story a day, but rather to cover more or less a year's worth of LSH stories a week, starting in 2958 and up on through the present day+1000 years. I could do stories in batches, or focus on a particularly important story, or do thematic posts even, and share my love of the future's greatest heroes in a variety of ways. But since most people are either hard core fans of the Legion, or readers in no way interested in them, it might not be the most popular feature.
Who's This? Deluxe
The other idea that's hit me recently is to expand the Who's This? feature - you know, the one where I pick some obscure character from DC's Who's Who and show what their stories were like with an example - starting back with Vol.1 and doing a post on each and every entry from Abel on. That would allow for more variety, though I would have to figure out what to do with such well-known stars as Aquaman and Batman. For sure, I'd try to only use examples from before they appeared in Who's Who. My fear here is that it might require too much research for a daily feature, or that non-obscure characters might prove a little dull for comic book fans. And what of similar features like Reign of the Supermen? I'm having a hard time imagining a Saturday with both a Who's This and a long look at some Silver Age Superman variation, a possible chore for both the writer and the reader.
Beyond Trek and Who
Plenty more genre TV out there to cover, right? Having a TV-centric daily feature, with comics, RPGs, etc. acting as a second feature has been a successful formula for me, supporting the variety I've always wanted for this blog. But while there aren't very many TV worlds as big as Trek and Who - I've never even watched an episode of Stargate, sorry - I did once imagine I could do shorter series back to back. Say, Buck Rogers for a month, then Space 1999 for a few more, etc. Battlestar Galactica and the Buffyverse could lay a claim to these pages, but I feel like I've watched them too recently to start all over. Nevertheless, this is a possibility.
Breaking the Mold
When I started Siskoid's Blog of Geekery, the point of the daily (Star Trek) reviews was that if I didn't come up with anything else, I knew there'd at least be a post that day. Turns out, that wasn't much of a problem. Over the last 7½ years, two posts a day has been the standard. One for fans of the daily thing, whatever it was, and another in case it wasn't your thing. I haven't suffered too much from the pace, though there are periods of the year where it does get to me, and when I might fall back on the daily post as the only post. But I've been asking myself: Is a daily post really required if I'm going to post every day anyway? What if I break the mold, as it were, and post only a single article every day? Could this be the best of all worlds? Could I, in fact, do EVERY feature I mention here, just on a weekly or twice-weekly basis? A couple days of Legion, a couple Who's This features, some TV series watched once a week, and Reign and This Week in Geek on the weekends, with occasional supplementary material (Who as an RPG, random funny panels about Dating Lois Lane, etc.) on top of that. Would that work? It might, and give me more time to write other things, or I don't know, having a relationship or something.
I've got four weeks to think about it. But what do YOU think?