As of February 24th, 2010 @ 8:34 Eastern Standard Time OMGWebsite is exactly a year old! Somewhat surprising for myself considering the reason I started the site was really just to rag on a single figure producer.
Originally OMGWebsite had no plan whatsoever, and well, it still doesn’t but it does have a general direction I suppose. Originally I’d just got angry and decided to voice my opinion to the world, in what I think was a pretty level headed post about TAKI Corp’s Horo figure and how they pretty much ruined my beloved character. Oddly though since that post I’ve started to hate Cospa’s Horo more than TAKI’s just due to Cospa’s Horo’s face sucking so terribly where I feel TAKI Corps somewhat resembles Horo still. I personally find it amazing that I continued to even collect figures after purchasing TAKI Corp’s Horo as my first ever figure.
Since the begining there’s been 133 posts on OMGWebsite, 44 of which are figure reviews. Which I find pretty amazing considering the fact that when OMGWebsite started, I only owned 7! I now have in my possession 55 figures displayed in 4 IKEA Billy Bookcase cabinets with an additional 16 figures on the way over the coming months. And that’s just the pre-orders, it doesn’t include any impulse purchasing that’s yet to come. My collection has exploded over the past year, receiving 5 figures in all of 2008, 39 in 2009, and already 10 in 2010! Just how many will I buy this year?!
But that’s not all OMGWebsite has been about this past year, from time to time I’ve posted about various other things, in fact, in the very beginning before I saw a real purpose to the site, I wrote very random posts about rather unrelated topics which spawned the subtitle for the site “Whatever I want to talk about”.
One such post is a very popular post about Edward Burtynsky. It seems the main appeal of this post is the pictures contained with in, likely due to the fact I searched long and hard for the best copies of each picture. I often wonder if I’ll be asked to remove them at times, as they’re not mine, nor do I claim them to be, but I never asked permission to use them. Re-reading it, it seems I might have been a better writer a year ago than I am today, maybe it was the content I was talking about, I was totally into it.
The BNL break up was pretty shocking to me since I’d been listening to them a very sizable portion of my life. From If I Had $1000000 in 1993 through One Week in 1998 when I even wrote a (bad) paper for school on, right up until Peterborough and the Kawarthas off their Barenaked Ladies are Me CD. It’s a shame I never got to see them in concert together, maybe the reunion tour when or if there ever is one.
Some other interesting tidbits about OMGWebsite…
- 40,708 visitors since February 24th, 2009
- 23,905 of those were unique
- 378,293 pages were loaded
- 1,809,811 hits
- 39.8 GB of traffic
- Currently averaging 276.4 visitors per day
- Overall average 111.53 visitors per day.
- 800 comments
- 1,923 spam comments
- 370 tags
Often times there are things I want to comment on but don’t seem to merit an entire post about them. I’ve found Twitter to actually be useful in this regard, not only posting small thoughts on things quickly but also seeing and reading what others think about it quickly. Since signing up there in November 2009 I’ve ‘tweeted’ 269 times and gained a modest following of 23 users who’ve not only helped promote OMGWebsite but also given me some interesting feedback. I’ve seen an obvious bump in traffic since joining Twitter as well, I suspect I can attribute a good portion of this to @animefigures as he works as a scripted aggregator of figure content and news of which I’m included in.
Some of you may have recognized the title picture for this post from other places such as MyFigureCollection.Net as well as Flickr, others may not have known I even had accounts in these places. I don’t post in these places often, but I tend to use them a little like how I use Twitter for items that don’t really deserve an entire post, or at least I don’t think they do. But keep an eye out in these places for additional content that may get uploaded from time to time.
All in all it’s been an interesting experience attempting to update a website weekly with new self produced content. Having never done that in the past, always just commented on others works and ideas, producing my own content was a new challenge that I think I’ve managed fairly decently, but there’s obvious room for improvement. I’m not where I want to be with my photography, and while I’ve definitely advanced since a year ago with the simple shots I take there’s still plenty of room for improvement with creativity, something I lack too often. Hopefully in the coming year I’ll be able to improve this aspect of the site, or at the very least introduce a new lens to my camera body that would allow me greater range than I currently possess.
To another year of collecting and posting!
PS: Wish Tier over at Tentacle Armada a Happy Birthday as well as they just turned 1 yesterday!