I Might Sound Like a Broken Record, but Thank You (TT4)

Thoughtful Thursday

I know, I know, it seems like once a week I’m thanking you, the reader. But you have to believe me, you all deserve to be thanked. From the readers who have been subscribed since 2010, to the fresh faces that joined in 2012, to the new readers each and everyday, and all the ones in between. You all deserve to see me bellow from the mountain tops THANK YOU!

Now that we’re in a new year and people are making resolutions, I want to tell you mine. In previous years I’ve said things like post one review a day, or get more viewers, but I’m too old to worry about that kind of stuff. Now you might be saying, Austin, you’re not old at all. You’re right, but still the sentiment remains. I don’t care how many views I get, those are just numbers that don’t mean anything. Those numbers represent people, and the people matter, but those people are more than numbers. The people are so friggen much more important than those silly numbers. Every time that I think of the numbers, I’m forgetting about the people. So no resolution about bumping up my numbers because that just turns you guys all into a numbers game.

Posting a day is silly for me. Some days no post is required. When I give myself that requirement, my content gets worse and I get stressed. When I get stressed, I quit writing. When I quit writing, I quit checking TBR and when that happens, I turn my back on the readers and abandon ship for months, or even years. So no resolution about posting every day.

Now, with that out of the way, I can tell you my resolution for this year. My goal is to not sweat the little things. If I don’t check the website for a day, oh well, I can’t stress about it. Because, like I mentioned, stress leads to long breaks in posting. While I’m not going to force myself to post every day, I’m going to try to be posting very regularly, possibly daily. If there is not a review or article on any given day, don’t fret, there will be one tomorrow.

I can’t believe that this website is nearly 5 years old. I’ve grown so much since then. Five years ago, I was still in high school, still unsure of what I wanted to do in life and I was self-conscious about everything about me. I’ve grown so much in five years, and I’m so happy that many of you have been here to see me grow. I look and see a lot of people that I consider friends in the comment section and it makes me happy that five years ago I had some silly notion that starting a review website would benefit the world in some way. So once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Marco Polo (Episode Eight Review)

MarcoPoloBodies have begun to fall in Marco Polo. The series is now at the tail end of the first season and has done a remarkable job constantly improving from it’s few early weak episodes. The story lines are developing at a proper pace and characters are developing more and more. I think episode stands out as the first episode where Marco Polo has overtaken Kublai Khan as the most interesting character in the series. That’s not to say that Kublai has dwindled in quality, but it’s a testament of how well Lorenzo Richelmy has stewed into the role.

The scenery is once again breathtaking, but it’s been a common facet with the series. The palaces, the exterior shots and pretty much everything in between has been a breath of fresh air. It is nice to see a show with a steady amount of character development. I’m not sure where the show will go story wise in season 2, which there apparently will be, but I’m sure wherever it goes, I will happily follow.

I promise that the first season review will have more to it than just a rehashing of me talking about how amazing Kublai Khan is. It will be more in depth and long, I promise. The last few review will be shorter in preparation for the long series review, but I hope when it is released, hopefully at the start of the new year, it will be worth your time.


Rejection #3

Yes, yes, yes. About ten minutes ago, I received an email informing me that my work had been read and rejected. Now begins my search for another appropriate market. This shall be fun. But before I do that, I must read over my work more times than thought possible to find any reason why it was rejected.

Now this shall be fun. Thanks for reading.

2 Years!

Today, June 24th, is the 2 year anniversary of Bishop the Reviewer. I’ve run this website on and off for the past two years, and have had such fun doing it. Over the next hundred words, I will cover my favorite and least favorite moments as well as the beliefs that have formed from writing all these reviews.

I can’t go on without mentioning my first review. Alan Wake in May of 2010 and the game blew me away. I had never played anything like it. It was unique and I loved it. I couldn’t stop talking about it and eventually felt that I needed a place to express this love for games. Then I realized that the best place would be on a blogging site, like WordPress. So I created a website and titled it Bishop the Reviewer. Bishop is not my last name, as I have said many times, and I’m not sure why I picked the pen-name. Anyways, more about the name later.

After making the website, I wrote my first review. After finishing, I published it and waited for the hundreds of views to come pouring in. None really came and I was saddened. I wasn’t going to let this stop me, though. I wrote more game reviews and accompanied them with movies and TV, and I promised to bring book reviews. Did the views come pouring in after that? Not really. I mean I ended the month with 98 views and was happy. 98 was a lot, and is still a lot compared to my really down months.

Anyways, I’ll move on to one of the website’s dark times. In July of 2010, I was churning out reviews like butter. I reviewed things like Covert Affairs, Warehouse 13 and I even wrote some entertainment news articles. I was having fun and then I played and reviewed Alan Wake: The Signal. I loved the game and enjoyed the review but something happened that day. It was my last review until May 2011, which that return only featured one review. I then took another hiatus until November, where I churned out more reviews. I was having fun and I wanted it to continue, until November 21st when I released an announcement about Doctor Who. I’m not sure why, but I quit posting reviews again. This break was much shorter, but my return only had one article posted, which was about my short-lived career on Wattpad. Since then, I’ve posted at least one review a month and these past two have had much more than that.

Now I’ll talk more about the name, Austin Bishop. This was just a name flying around my head and I just felt it would fit. When I do reveal my name, once I become published, I will still post under this one because when I write these, I am Austin Bishop. I refer to myself as that and I don’t feel completely like myself, if that makes sense. I wish there was something more interesting behind the name, but there really isn’t.

Now I will bring up my three favorite reviews:

Drive is one of my favorite reviews because it reminded me of how much fun I could have reviewing a movie. The movie was great and I wanted to tell people about how great it was. The soundtrack to the film was also amazing.

Opus AriaĀ was the first self-published story I have reviewed, which made it interesting. I feel like it was a nice thing to do and I had fun doing it. It was the first time I really felt that my review could help people in choosing to purchase something, which I hope it did. I can’t wait to read, and possibly review, what the author publishes next.

Alan WakeĀ is the reason I’m doing this, so it has to be one of my favorites. This list was in no particular order, by the way. I love all these equally.

Now for my least favorite…

No More HeroesĀ was an article I did where I tried to predict the outcome of superhero movies. It was so utterly wrong. I mean, I said Thor would suck and Green Lantern would be great. Boy, was I wrong. I loved Thor and wasn’t a fan of the Green Lantern. And also, for some odd reason, 2010 me didn’t seem to be a fan of Chris Hemsworth. Odd, since I had never really seen the actor in anything.

Now before I end this, I just want to thank everyone who has read this blog. It really wouldn’t be worth it without your comments andĀ presence. I never expected to have about 80 people following me, and to see the number climb daily is a beautiful site. I know some people might go around thinking they’re words aren’t appreciated, but here they are. I enjoy every conversation I have with each and every one of you. You guys are great.

TheĀ FutureĀ of this website is a bit unknown right now. I want to continue doing this, but I want to introduce new things. I’m not sure what yet, but I would interested in having guest reviewers or something, though I would have to work on that. I also want to expand my reviewing area for self-published authors. A review can be great publicity and I want to help authors try to get noticed.

Thank you once again for reading, and I hope you continue reading in the future. šŸ™‚