2013 was the best year ever for my blog.
I experienced a ten-fold increase in total pageviews and nearly a twenty-fold increase in unique visitors.[ref]While that might sound impressive, it’s easy to have such a large jump when your numbers from the previous year were woefully low.[/ref]
As far as I can tell, that occurred for five reasons:
- I released a book about a culturally inescapable show.
- I blogged about that show for each of its last eight episodes.
- Many, many people wanted to know who Thomas Schnauz Sr. is.
- I blogged more consistently.
- I had fun.
Since I’ve lately been in a Top 10 mood, here are my Top 10 posts from 2013, in reverse order:
You’re going to notice a theme here, but that was the point for the latter half of 2013. Also, don’t read farther if you haven’t seenÂ Breaking Bad and plan to someday.
I thoroughly enjoyed every last episode ofÂ Breaking Bad, and my posts covering each of the last eight episodes testify to that fact. I tried to pick out some of the themes that may have been a little hidden, or some visuals that referenced earlier episodes, or just anything I thought noteworthy that might have passed by too quickly or have been consumed by the inimitable acting chops of Mr. Cranston, Mr. Paul, and the rest of the talented cast.
That said, I was delighted (in a twisted way), to hear Jesse expound on Walter White in this episode because it aligned with one of the chapters in my book that I’d written prior to this episode:Â â€œMr White? Heâ€™s the devil. Heâ€™s smarter than you. Heâ€™s luckier than you. Whatever you think is going to happen, the opposite is going to happen.â€
Sure enough, what I thought was going to happen by series’ end … didn’t happen.
An insidious episode.Â Breaking Bad delighted in taking Walter White as far as he could go on the spectrum from good to evil. This episode testifies to that fact in a chilling “confession.” Also, this episode always makes me rethink ordering the tableside guacamole.
The touching departure between Hank and Marie pretty much gave away what was going to happen in the epic episode that followed. And the cliffhanger shootout at the end? Classic western meets contemporary drama, an incredible lead-in to what some have called the best episode of TV ever, “Ozymandias.”
“Granite State” is how I thoughtÂ Breaking Bad would end. That is, I posited in my book that Walter would suffer alone for his sins for the rest of his life (in an icy environment no less). Had this been the actual last episode, I could have reveled in being able to correctly guess the ending to such a crafty show. But, of course, the writers had something much different in store, an ending that wholly surprised me, which you can read more about in the last chapter of my book.
This is a landing page for the Breaking BadÂ series I was writing, just in case someone wanted to browse through all of the posts. Seeing how popular they’ve been, I regret not having blogged about the show in the same manner since the series began. Then again, I didn’t get the firm idea to writeÂ The Gospel According to Breaking Bad until January 2013. For what it may have been worth SEO-wise, I wrote the articles immediately after the episode aired. It made for some late nights …
The firstÂ Breaking Bad related post for the final eight episodes. It wasn’t until starting this blog series that I realized how intentional the song choices were to the show, something that becomes wholly evident in Walter White’s last scene of the series.
An epic post on an epic finale. There was so much to say that I had to let it soak for a week, then write a new chapter to my book to figure out exactly what I thought about the finale. Most people agreed that it may have been the best finale ever. Some, like myself, were a little taken aback with what transpired. I won’t give away much more than that, but if you saw the ending, I’d love for you to weigh in on the post with your take on “Felina.”
I wish I would have made more time to write fun posts like this. I took the Myers-Briggs personality test answering as if I were Walter White. The answer didn’t surprise me, but I learned a terrifying fact about my home life!
Many critics and fans alike think this episode may have eclipsed all others onÂ Breaking Bad, as well as any other television series ever. My post on this astounding episode begins, “Did it feel like this episode contained everything you never wanted to see happen but sort of knew had to happen?” If you thoughtÂ Breaking Bad as a whole was intense, this episode will make you avert your eyes from “The Danger,” a man’s who’s desperately trying to hang onto everything he can no longer control. Also, I had the song “Times A-Gettin’ Hard ” stuck in my head for weeks after this episode.
By far, this was the most-read post of 2013. It’sÂ one of the top results when you search for “Thomas Schnauz Sr.” on Google. At the very end of “Buried,” a dedication to Thomas Schnauz Sr. appears. It was dedicated as such because Thomas Schnauz (Jr.) was the writer of that particular episode, and “Buried” was his last episode to write for the series. He dedicated his parting episode to his father.
What’s coming to the blog in 2014?
So glad you asked. SinceÂ Breaking Bad has officially ridden off into a blue-tinged sunset, there will only be a smattering ofÂ Breaking Bad related posts in 2014.
Since I spent most of last year working on that book, I plan to write more extensively about self-publishing and the lessons I’ve learned through that process. I’ve come across so many great resources in the last few months too, from podcasts to blogs to ebooks, that I’m anxious to share them with you as well.
I’m slowly learning to lean into my passions and see where they take me. Consequently, I’m more excited to write more consistently here than I have been in ages.
And thanks for reading. I sincerely appreciate it.