It’s sort of the end of the first week of Visual Reflux. I soft-launched with the Captain Marvel post last weekend (a few days before Stop Button got it) and I’ve been pretty good about getting up a post a day. Until today. Well, until yesterday. I was a little burned out yesterday, which—as I write this post—is still today for me. I started to write this kind of a post—the nothing post—yesterday (meaning Thursday), but wanted to write that Robocop: Last Stand #1 post instead. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how I was going to write that post. I know how to write these posts; you just type until you hit the word count and then you wrap it up real quick. I thought about doing some link posts but I don’t have much to say at length about the new Avengers: Endgame trailer or poster. I hope they don’t screw up. I have no reason to think they will. Kevin Feige’s turned into a fine producer, regardless of the PGA thing or the whole cappie situation.
I also have nothing to say at length about James Gunn being back for Guardians 3, other than a tweet about hoping Marvel somehow screws WB over—Gunn is making “The” Suicide Squad for WB before he makes Guardians. Given the first Suicide Squad is one of the few recent films I detest more than Guardians 2, it’ll be interesting to see—on home video—what Gunn does with that crap pile.
I don’t think there was any other significant entertainment news. There might have been some comic stuff, but nothing worth discussing at length. Even at the link length, which I haven’t really figured out yet. I’ll probably come up with word count guidelines for every post type (spoiler: it’s mostly 350; 350 for these “Summing Up” posts, 350 for the “Focused” comic—and eventually TV—posts). I don’t actually know how long the Robocop 2 or Alien 3 comic posts went. I should probably figure that data into the mix.
And look at that red indicator… I’m done with this post.
It’s early days with Visual Reflux. Really, really early days considering it’s self-hosted and not even getting the spam hits off WordPress.com. So I’m trying to establish writing behaviors without doing anything too themed. Like, it’s not worth the time to link to all the Robocop movie posts on Stop Button or all the Robocop comic posts on Comics Fondle—which I considered—because the eyes aren’t there. Here. The eyes aren’t here.
I once wrote a story with no Os in it. I tried to write it without any Is first, but it was too hard.
That story was weird.
Today I decided to also fold Summing Up into Visual Reflux. Until today, it hadn’t really occurred to me. One about the seven to ten blogs I’ve started after starting The Stop Button in 2004? I didn’t name the most successful one. Comics Fondle . I didn’t name it. I didn’t name Visual Reflux. I collaborated on the Visual Reflux name but the idea wasn’t mine. Only Stop Button, Summing Up, and Televisual Feast were my names. And that carried over, initially, to how possessive I was going to be of Visual Reflux. However, after going back and forth on where to host the site, on how to host the site, on how to get SSL to work, and now how to get the RSS feed secure enough, I’ve gotten possessive of Visual Reflux.
And so into the fold goes Summing Up. Leaving The Stop Button and my Micro.blog. The Stop Button will not be a direct mirror on Visual Reflux. I’m not sure today what kind of mirror it will be. It might be the best movies I watch, might be the contemporary movies, might be recently released on home video movies, might just be a post I enjoyed writing, probably be some kind of combination of those categories. Though it was hard to talk about Captain Marvel, which I posted on Reflux early. It’s gotten hard to talk about the Marvel movies if only because the concept of soulless franchise movies succeeding is very strange. Thanks, Disney, I guess.
Depending on how the cross-posting works, I may litter the Internet over on Televisual Feast. Comics Fondle will have cross-posting for the foreseeable future. It makes the most sense for what I’m doing right now… Conglomerating. Now I just need to figure out what my word count targets for Reflux.
I think, as far as movie posts go, I’ll be only doing positive cross-posts. I’ve been thinking about maybe doing “flashback” posts to old movie posts, but moving all the sites’ histories over opens a can of worms best left closed. Every time I’ve done an archive or a post collection, I’ve gone through those first year or so posts of Stop Button when it was on jablog and it just doesn’t fit with what comes afterwards. While Visual Reflux isn’t going to be so worried about “fitting,” it is going to be my 2019 writing project. Principally.
Now I have the RSS feed working, anyway.
Mirrors Mirrored was originally published on Visual Reflux
Over the last week, I’ve been fiddling with setting up visualreflux.com. I tried really hard to get Linode working and sort of got it running, but not with the feature set I need. Or want. Or am willing to pay any money for. So EasyWP.com because Namecheap got me away from Godaddy back during the first… lion-killing was it?
But in spending a few days seeing what Visual Reflux’s site was going to look like, I got thinking about how I need to launch Televisual Feast sooner than later. I also worked out post categories for Feast and Comics Fondle. To focus on categorizing my blog writing and not categorizing the post topics.
Then I got thinking about whether or not it makes sense to launch two TV-related sites in the same year, probably the same month, but have them do different things. Mightn’t it make more sense to consolidate everything, as everything is going to include more subjects. I mean, The Stop Button started as a movie and comics site. I really did try to keep it in that format… okay, actually, I recall wishing I’d never branded the two together, but I did make an effort to incorporate both. Until I split them and went through a bunch of comics blogs before launching Comics Fondle in its current incarnation almost ten years ago.
Do I really want to launch two more blogs this year?
In fact, maybe since Visual Reflux: The Podcast is going to incorporate all media categories, the accompanying site ought to do the same. It’s the right time, content-wise–Comics Fondle only has a couple “new format” posts so far, Televisual Feast hasn’t launched, and Stop Button… well, Stop Button is just fine on its own. I’m not suspending Comics Fondle either, I’m just cross-posting with the emphasis on Visual Reflux. Stop Button I’m going to cross-post to Reflux, but still emphasize Stop Button. And then just not launch A Televisual Feast.
Something about that blog title is just cursed.
As for the site launch? Soon? Like tomorrow soon?
Maybe tomorrow soon.