Five years ago today, Killing Time opened its doors to all manner of geeks, nerds, geekity nerds, and random passersby. My reasons for starting this blog, and maintaining it for half a decade of pretty steady nonsense are more than outlined in the “About KT” tab if you’re curious, but the blog I started in early 2013 was a very different one than 2018’s version. For one thing, it was missing all of you. All 9,837 of you wacky, wacky people whose comments and feedback make writing this thing so much fun. This is, by the by, the 3,578th article for Killing Time, and not counting the Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, we’ve had 525,395 hits on the homepage alone.
I didn’t expect any of that. I didn’t think I’d be writing this blog five years later. I didn’t think anyone would want to read it, to be honest. I wrote it first as an escape, then as a tribute, now-more than anything-as a discipline to write every day. And it has become an inextricable part of my day. The days now have columns attached to them, there’s a rhythm to the whole thing, and if I have to miss a day because reality rudely intrudes into my fervent concentration on ignoring it….I feel odd. Like I have to sneeze and can’t…or forgot to, which is an even odder sensation. What I’m saying is that Killing Time has been a surprising thing, a good thing, and all of you have made it what it is. So thank you for five years. I certainly can’t promise five more, but I didn’t think we’d be here in 2013. Thank you, time killers.
Greetings, Time Killers! You may have noticed some tweaks to the home page. I’m moving some things around, trying some new things, and so if stuff looks wonky….I’m probably in the middle of messing the entire site up. Perfectly normal. One thing to note for people who read the Word Press page only, I’ve divided up the workload because I spend 1-2 hours a day on this blog and I can’t get to everything. Casting news, posters, pictures, and general news will get published to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/killingtime2014) or to the Twitter feed (@sleeplessdave), which now displays the last 10 news items on the site for those who hate Facebook and Twitter (there are enough of you that I am writing this, so you know who you are). The addition of the Twitter widget will give WP site only readers the same kind of total access the Facebook horde gets. The things I do for you all. Keep stabbing minutes, you wacky little wombats, you!
Due to our tech difficulties, I’m playing catch-up with posts and trying to balance a number of things so unfortunately there will be no formal “In Theaters This Week” column. The big release this week, clearly, is The Arrival. It sat at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for weeks before settling down at 93% at time of writing. My pick to win the weekend, though, is a repeat win for the good Doctor Strange. Either way, there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the cinema.
This is not a political blog nor will it ever be, but I think readers around the world are going to be understanding if I take a day to soak my head after what happened tonight . That is all. I may change my mind and write, but this is more of a “Dave didn’t jump of KT HQ’s roof” check-in. Essentially, this is what it sounds like in my house right now:
From our beginning back in January 2013 through yesterday, Killing Time has now generated over 3,000 posts (all of which are available to peruse in our archives). Quite honestly, I never thought that this little project (which I started to keep my tiny little bit of sanity during the darkest time of my life) would have lasted this long. Less than three years later, we’re passing the 3,000 post mark. Next month, the main site will pass 400,00 hits. WordPress doesn’t really do a stellar job of giving you an idea of how many people are actually viewing your things across all platforms, but there are nearly 9,000 people following KT through http://justkillingti.me, our Facebook page (facebook.com/KillingTime2014), and our Twitter handle (@sleeplessdave….yes, the site hijacked my Twitter acccount). There are more following on Path and Google + and Pinterest, but WordPress doesn’t give me feedback about that. The point is, it started out as just a way to discipline my writing and to escape reality. Now, it’s become a part of my daily life and a way to share the geekery I love with the friends I’ve made through KT and continue to make.
I want to thank each and every follower, all the commenters, and the awesome people whose blogs I’ve discovered through writing my own. You will never know the part you’ve played in helping ME just by dropping by to argue Star Wars minutiae. I love getting feedback, so if you feel like dropping me a line on any of the platforms, please do so. It’s a ton of fun discussing movies, TV, games, and all the shared interests we have. If you have any ideas for improvements to the site, new features, or any suggestions at all, I always want to hear them. Recently, the time I have available to work on the site has shrunk dramatically, but I promise I will try my best to get at least one thing up here a day (most days). My sincere thanks for being a fellow Time Killer, and we’ve got a lot to look forward to and discuss in the months ahead. Thanks, you crazy little geeky wonders, you.