Ah, August. We miss you already. The nights were warmer, the kids hadn’t started school, and Alice still hadn’t discovered those new paperback collections I tried to hide in the garage. It was a simpler time, a happier time. A time when I didn’t have to sleep on the couch.
Black Gate bloggers were busy in August, too. We posted 105 new articles last month, and our faithful servers in the back room worked overtime delivering 1.28 million pages views… a new record. That’s a page every two seconds, 24 hours a day. Don’t you people ever sleep?
The most popular article last month was Nick Ozment’s review of the blockbuster film The Guardians of the Galaxy. No surprise — it’s well on its way to becoming the biggest film of the year. It’s a terrific science fantasy that could well become this generation’s Star Wars.
Second on the list was Robert J Howe’s reminiscence of his time in various writer’s groups, Writer’s Workshops: Under the Black Flag. Third was Lou Anders’ article on his breakout middle grade fantasy Thrones & Bones: Why I Write What I Write How I Write it.
Fourth on the list was Matthew David Surridge’s report from the fabulous Montreal film festival, My Fantasia Festival, Day 10: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. Rounding out the Top Five was Connor Gormley’s feature review of Karl Edward Wagner’s sword & sorcery classic Dark Crusade.
For this month, I tried something a little different by also including the top Categories. The biggest surprise was that one of the top items on the list (at #4, higher than any of the categories except New Treasures and Books) was the RSS feed for our Tuesday blogger James Maliszewski. Way to bring in the crowds, James!
The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts and categories in August were:
- New Treasures
- Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy is Space Opera at its Best
- James Maliszewski/feed
- Category/Blog entry
- Writer’s Workshops: Under the Black Flag
- Lou Anders: Why I Write What I Write How I Write it
- My Fantasia Festival, Day 10: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
- Bloody Battles, Espionage, Dark and Beautiful Prose, & Lovecraftian Horror: A Review of Karl Edward Wagner’s Dark Crusade
- My Fantasia Festival — Tales From the Screening Room: Real, Black Butler, and The One I Love
- Diversity in Fandom: Lessons from Worldcon
- Art of the Genre: When an Old School Mind Learns How to Play D&D 5th Edition
- 25 Ways to Support (Indie) Authors
- Category/Editor’s Blog
- Category/Game Reviews
- The Scorpion Revealed: The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter Twelve: Captain Marvel’s Secret
- GenCon 2014 – Part 3: Pathfinder, Pathfinder, and More Pathfinder
- Playing in Laird Barron’s Sandbox: The Children of Old Leech
- What Would it Look Like to Pull a Watchmen on Planetary Romance? Part I
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: RPGing with a board — Runebound
- My Inspiration: Black Canaan
- Writing a Fantasy Series
- The Series Series: Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck
- Collecting Lovecraft
- New Treasures: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Volume One, Adapted by P. Craig Russell
- Category/Art of the Genre
- The Powerful Geek
- The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in July
- Lord Dunsany and the Billiards Club
- GenCon 2014 – Part 1: Boosting the Signal
- LonCon 3 Report: Attending the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
- My Fantasia Festival, Day 11 (part 2): To Be Takei and The Creeping Garden
- The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
- Celebrating 1 Million Page Views: The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in July
- Ancient Worlds: Everything You Learned About the Epic of Gilgamesh – and Promptly Forgot
- The Huffington Post on Fantasy Series Better Than Harry Potter
- Category/Convention Report
- My Fantasia Festival Wrap-up
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Those Sweet Silver Blues: Garrett, PI
- Experience the Second Era of Space with Mindjammer