PopCultureAsylum.com Turns 1: The “Best-of” Our Inaugural Year

PopCultureAsylum.com Turns 1: The “Best-of” Our Inaugural Year

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Brad

Today marks the 1 year anniversary since this site first launched into the internets and I’ve decided it was so much fun that I re-purchased hosting and renewed the .com name because it’s a helluva lot of fun! Technically, the site was “born” back in April when I bought the name PopcultureAsylum.com, but it took me til late August to do anything with it. So that was a sign of how this will go; “an infrequently updated comedy-writing website about pop culture and other ramblings”. …my habit of infrequent updates have become something of a slogan.

Anyway, now that a year has passed; I wanted to salute a few of my favorite articles thus far, in no particular order, along with some commentary about the said articles. I’ll be back in a few weeks with a travel journal of my 2 week adventure in the UK, I don’t know what will happen or what will be worth writing about but I expect lots of doodles and me being something of an American Version of Karl Pilkington.  Until then, thanks for reading!

1.) Six Things that I’m looking Forward To On AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.

This was my first “hit” and this was back when the site was updated through the painstakingly horrible process of doing coding through dreamweaver. I think the layout really is a testament to the fact that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing when it comes to coding. Also by “hit” I mean someone other than me said something about the article.  Anyway, most of my “hopes” played out pretty good: we got a little commentary about people being more dangerous than the zombies themselves and although we have yet to see the crazily awesome scenes involving “The Governor”, we got some pretty sweet headshots to hold us over until he shows up. (Still hoping that guy shows this upcoming season.) I must say that in addition to getting more hits (seemingly from Google image searches), I’ve loved making the move to WordPress, as it’s a lot easier to update now….and prettier.

2.) 2010: The Year Science Tried To Ruin My Childhood

This is probably still one of my favorite articles I’ve written. 2010 was a horrible year for dinosaur lovers like myself: We nearly lost the Triceratops and some artist drew what might be the most soul crushing interpretation of T-rex to date.  Fortunately, the following year turned out to be better for dino-nerds and I had just as much fun taking about that as well in a followup article.

3.) Thank You, Jo (Or: The Final Thoughts Of A High-Functioning Potter Aficionado)

Although most of the updates on here are from me, there’s a reason that every update on the Facebook Page or Twitter Feed says “We” instead of “I”: It’s because despite most articles being of “Brad-Origin”,  I have managed to get someone in on the fun and Lucidswirl has been adding content and have penned nearly all the articles on here involving Harry Potter. My personal favorite of his is this farewell to the film franchise for everyone’s favorite boy wizard. I’m working on having a few more guest writers on here soon (and welcome anyone interested). I can’t wait to see what the next year turns up.

4.) Jurassic Park Week!

So to make up for a month or longer of no updates for the site (not sure anyone cared or noticed), I dedicated a full week in February to be “Jurassic Park Week on PopcultureAsylum.com“, it was kinda difficult to put a article out every day, but it was a lot of fun and may be worth exploring other themed weeks in the future or having a 2nd annual week to honor the dino-blockbuster. I’ve already had a suggestion for “Terminator Week”, more suggestions are welcome!

5.) Random Reviews/Memory Lane

Whether it was Random Reviews of eating The KFC DOUBLE DOWN, Drinking FOUR LOKO or watching LUCHA LIBRE (and trying to figure out what was taking place), Random Reviews were a fun and quick way to put something up. The real fun began when I made a mutant lovechild of these entries, and made the drunken ranting delight that became THE MEMORY LANE SERIES.  While popular, I haven’t done one in a while because what I saw as a venture into a comedy writing bit; I was equally worried that to others it was giving them the impression that I get drunk… a lot and think it’s funny, making them feel sad for me. Now that I’m over that moment of self-conciousness, I’ll probably do some more down the line along with other Random Reviews, maybe even a co-op version if I can get someone to join in! I did learn from this series that you all seem to miss Crystal Pepsi….a lot!

6.) Highlander: The Franchise That Wouldn’t Die

This one turned out to be fun and I lost 8 hours of my life in just watching the movies that I’ll never get back. Originally inspired by a really awesome article in a British film magazine called Empire talking about the horrible state of the Highlander franchise; I decided to take my own spin on it and watch all the horrible sequels to a otherwise pretty decent movie about immortal swordsmen cutting each other’s heads off. I endured and watched the movies and may have lost a bit of my sanity in the process as well! Fun times!!

Well that’s it for now, looking forward to what this site’s “Terrible 2’s” phase will be. What would you like to see more of?

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