2016 at “me + richard armitage” in review
The amount of traffic to this site was roughly the same as it was in 2015 (both were significantly down from 2014). Here were the 2015 “most viewed” posts. Without further ado, here are the “most viewed” ones published in 2016:
1. “In case you missed the tweets Richard Armitage just deleted,” June 15, 2016. This seems to have been some mixup in relationship to Armitage’s annual Cybersmile push and the beginning of work on that movie that didn’t happen. I don’t know if we ever figured it out.
2. “September afternoon in the park,” September 12, 2016. Richard Armitage and Lee Pace sighted in Washington Square Park.
3. “So who runs @RCArmitage?” June 12, 2016. Expresses my frustration over Armitage’s deletion of tweets after the Pulse Club shooting in Orlando.
4. “Berlin Station, episode 1, first impressions [spoilers],” September 8, 2016. Reaction to the surprise release of the first of two episodes of Berlin Station.
5. “And here’s the missive,” March 5, 2016. Richard Armitage’s tweet of his experiences while visiting the refugee center in Spandau, Berlin.
6. “Hmmm. Hot day,” July 31, 2016. Picture of Richard Armitage’s wardrobe malfunction at the Television Critics’ Association panel in Los Angeles.
7. “BREAKING: Audible announces Richard Armitage’s next audiobook,” April 1, 2016. Annual April Fool’s Day joke.
8. “Hmmm,” September 13, 2016. More from Washington Square Park.
9. “And the tweet about deleting is … deleted,” July 17, 2016. Richard Armitage thinks he can stop conversations, apparently. We weren’t so sure.
10. “This is rich, isn’t it. Rich?” January 16, 2016. Marlise Boland complains about Richard Armitage’s fans.
In case you’re sensing a theme or themes, here, eleven was also about who’s responsible for Armitage’s tweet deletions, and twelve was my response to Armitage’s statement about the U.S. presidential election. So yeah — the big thing was Richard Armitage’s statements and especially his tweet deletions. And again, from these priorities, and similarly to last year, one would never know that I blogged every week about Berlin Station, sometimes more than once, collated tweets about Love, Love, Love every night, blogged repeatedly about Love, Love, Love msyelf, and discussed Armitage’s performance in it. Made a special trip to Toronto see Brain on Fire and describe the film, even.
There might be a bit to be said about “to which material the fandom responds most avidly” and why — there is certainly a premium for writing something critical, although I wrote dozens and dozens of positive posts about Armitage this year. However we feel about the content of what gets written, though, I think what we can say definitely is that slightly two years after Richard Armitage began to tweet, what he decides he wants to discuss at any given time (whether he wants the theme to persist or whether he changes his mind again and deletes his statement) has taken over the fandom’s attention. This was true before Twitter as well, when his Christmas messages would take over discussion for a week or ten days, but thanks to his enhanced presence in social media (this year we got him on FB and instagram as well) now we have Richard Armitage constantly with us.
Last year I wrote a post about the status of my fandom (2015 was a brutal year for me as a fan) and left off here, intending to write more. Hopefully I can pick that up soon (although I’ve got a lot of other stuff that’s burning to be written in my writerly pocket, so to speak, and my seventh anniversary in this space is coming up, so I’m feeling more contemplative than usual, I suppose). Things were a lot better for most of 2016, or I’d come to a realization about my reaction to certain things, but wow. The election post just about pushed me off the screen. I think if I can survive that level of anger, I might be able to survive anything.
Meanwhile: thanks to all the fans who have come here to read and comment and make this blog a place where I look forward to reading what’s happened while I’ve been away.