All Work and No Feedback Makes Turner a Dull Boy
It’s been almost six months since I started this blog of Avatar: the Last Airbender episode reviews. Since then, my monthly viewership has steadily risen, the number of comments received is no longer in the single digits, and I have three followers. By Internet standards, this is surely meager, but I’m happy to have gotten this far.
What I’m not happy about is how little feedback I’ve gotten on this project. I honestly don’t know if what I’m doing is any good at all. The few positive remarks I’ve gotten have been more praise for the idea of the blog and not necessarily the contents. The few negative remarks I’ve gotten all come from the same source, making their validity questionable.
It especially hurts since I established this blog to be open for discussion, because I knew there would be some disagreement with my views on Avatar. Not only do my views remain stagnant (not that’s anything wrong with a different opinion, but what if it’s misinformed?), but so do the reviews. Either: 1) people have chosen to respond to my reviews by not responding at all, as if I were some troll; 2) my reviews aren’t remarkable enough to warrant a genuine reaction; or 3) despite the high total viewership, this site simply hasn’t been viewed by that many people.
One of my friends suggested I do advertising for this blog, but I don’t know: it seems rather silly to advertise something as exclusive as reviews of one specific television series, no matter how popular it is. (Maybe when I extend my reach to music reviews—the next frontier—advertising might be an option.)
Until then, I’ll just have to trust the statistics, which is never a good idea, as Pauline Kael once explained about movie attendances:
The lines (and the grosses) tell us only that people are going to the movies—not that they’re having a good time.
So for those people who have visited this site, please let me know now: are you having a good time?
P.S. That Pauline Kael article, entitled Why Are Movies So Bad? Or, The Numbers, is well worth a read of its own.