GETTING MORE TALE #729.5: Silver Linings & Thanks 2018
This year, my wife beat cancer. Her mom did not. Those two things defined my entire year.
I kept up with this writing stuff the best I could, at the expense of reading and commenting. For that I apologise. For the first time ever, I even put this place in mothballs as I went on a summer hiatus to deal with everything else. It was very necessary, even if it meant losing the chance to run an advertorial for my favourite band, Kiss.
By a strange happenstance, despite not being able to give you 100% in 2018, it was our most successful year in terms of hits. With the exception of 2016, every year here has been an increase over the previous. I didn’t expect that 2018’s numbers would be so high, so thank you for not forgetting about me!
Here are the Top New Posts of 2018 by hits:
- TRAILER PARK BOYS Season 12 (1420 hits)
- A Call from “Visa/Mastercard” (639 hits)
- JOHN CORABI – One Night in Nashville (603 hits)
- GUNS N’ ROSES “Not In This Lifetime” Tour advertorial (458 hits)
- READER SPOTLIGHT – Harrison from Down Under (307 hits)*
This doesn’t include old content from previous years that are still perennially popular: Trailer Park Boys Season 11 (2350 hits, bigger than Season 12!), the Intro to the Kiss Re-Review Series (1650 hits), Van Halen – Zero (1170 hits) and many more. The Van Halen post is the oldest (2014) and yet it still gets hits every year.
* These stats were compiled on December 29 and do not reflect the last two days of 2018, as if you care.
2018 wouldn’t have been as successful as it was if I didn’t have guest contributors. A friend in need is a friend indeed? These friends stepped up when I was unable to do it myself. All these contributions were a big part of our successful 2018. So let’s give a second look to the awesome work below!
GUEST SHOTS OF 2018
- GETTING MORE TALE #657: Operation: Van Halen (Derek’s Story) by Derek Kortepeter
- GETTING MORE TALE #693: Rock and Religion by Derek Kortepeter
- GETTING MORE TALE #663: Going to the (Metal) Extreme! by Dr. Dave
- REVIEW: Rock and Rule by Rob Daniels of Visions in Sound
- REVIEW: BLACK SABBATH – Cross Purposes ~ Live (video) by Harrison Kopp
- REVIEW: IRON MAIDEN – 01/22/1981 Beat Club (video) by Harrison Kopp
- REVIEW: STAR WARS: The Last Jedi (Blu-ray special features) by Kovaflyer
KIX REVIEW SERIES by Holen MaGroin:
HALLOWEEN REVIEW SERIES by Holen MaGroin:
- SOUNDGARDEN – Screaming Life/Fopp
- BATMAN / BATMAN RETURNS
- THE SHINING (Parody review)
- HELLOWEEN – Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
THANKSGIVING REVIEW by Holen MaGroin:
FINAL WORDS OF 2018
…Which was supposed to be Sasquatch: The Opera, brought to you by Roddy Bottum of Faith No More. Well, that won’t be happening:
This is truly unfortunate for me, as I planned to catch all four performances including an interview with Roddy. I’ve been assured the interview will still go on, but I won’t get to see Sasquatch as part of it.
One goal that went unaccomplished was finishing the Kiss Re-Review Series. When it does finally conclude, it’ll be two years in the making. At least I’ll be able to coincide it with the farewell tour. This project is not abandoned but I must be able to do it right and that takes time. It’ll happen, so thanks for your patience.
I’m also planning on launching a series of shorter posts called Just Listening. This won’t replace reviewing, but any music is on the table for Just Listening, even ones I’ve reviewed before. I hope you enjoy when it debuts in early 2019.
Have a safe and happy New Year! If you need some entertainment, then check out the videos below. These are my Personal Favourite Videos that I Made in 2018! Please watch and if you’re so inclined, subscribe to my Youtube channel. See you next year!
1. Sausagefest 2018
2. Mike and Aaron do Taranna 2018
3. Max the Axe – “Randy”
4. Star Wars Black Series random unboxings
5. A Tribute to Superdekes