I’ve heard some “complaints” 😉 that the questions I have put in my challenge are tricky to answer. Well, that’s what a challenge is all about, isn’t it? And it’s not as if I have a handy answer to the individual questions, either. Take today’s #6, for instance. “The post that continues to give” – well, the answer depends on how you read this question. From a blog stats POV is it the post that brings most traffic to the blog, or is it, on a more personal level, the post that has had a lasting influence on me as a blogger?
I have answered the former interpretation of the question with the previous challenge post. However, even that is only just a snapshot-insight as the most viewed statistic changes over time. Apart from the “Behind the Scenes at a Dunn Shoot” post I currently often see a particular *ooof* in my view stats: “A Look in the Boudoir” I have no idea why that is proving so popular. It’s not a particular favourite of mine (thus I can honestly say that I am not pushing those stats by constant clicking on that post), the picture is available elsewhere. But yeah, maybe the accompanying *ooof*let is cute… Well, no, of course it is because of the word boudoir in the title. I suspect people expect a saucy pic of Armitage half-naked or maybe some salacious story I might have fabricated. I am afraid the post disappoints on both counts.
From a personal POV I would answer the question for the post that continues to give quite differently. The post that has proven influential for me and for the blog in the long-term, is this one: “Here’s to RL Love“. This is the post that set me on the path to making the little pocket shrines that now dominate my blog. The resonance on the initial post was so overwhelming, I knew that I was on to something. Or rather: Mr Guylty was. After all he created the first shrine, “portable edition”. So credit to him! And credit to you – if you hadn’t been so enthusiastic about that piece of
irony folk art, I hadn’t put my idea of creating a mini version of a portable shrine into practice. And in consequence, my creativity would not have started to blossom. Neither would I have had quite as much interaction with lovely people far and wide – not to mention heaps of presents and materials to work with. That way, the post truly turned out to be consistently *giving*.
The “Original Portable Shrine”, btw, still hangs on the wall above my desk and work space. Since January 2014 its shelves have become more crowded with pieces of RAvotionalia. There have been a couple of occasions when I shut the doors of the shrine because Mr Armitage was in my bad books. Silly – it’s not as if *he* knew that I was punishing him with deliberate ignorance.
And not as if he cared. But for me it meant that I put a bit of distance between myself and the reminder that he exists, and since absence makes the heart grow fonder, it was actually doubly nice to throw the doors open again and laugh about cat pictures, the Guy watch and Lego Thorin, not to mention Eau de Richard and “Richard’s Love Potion – Beware!” *LOL*
If you look closely, you may also see bits and pieces from fellow fans in there, presents that have been made and sent to me. And thus my Portable Shrine also reminds me of my fandom friends. Win-win! And all thanks to our shared love for
a British boy s…