Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 In Review


Well, another year has come and gone so it's time to look back at the year that was and share my plans for 2016.

Top Five Posts:
(I am only counting new posts for 2015)

Before I begin, I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to Kate Guyonvarch and Arnold Lozano from the Chaplin Office in Paris for their support of my blog. The following posts would not have been as popular had the majority of them not been shared on the Chaplin Official Facebook page and/or their Twitter page. So many thanks to them.

I'm thrilled that Francesca Santoro's fascinating remembrances of The Great Dictator was the most popular post of the year. 
Charlie dressed in drag is always a crowd-pleaser. 
Chaplin fans love their Edna. 
Who doesn't like to see Charlie in color?
I was happy to see this make the top 5. I'll be doing more with series this in 2016.


Top Five Most-Commented Posts:

Again, these are 2015 posts only. Interestingly, the posts that received the most comments were not necessarily the most popular. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment. We had some great discussions.


Top Five Labels:

The labels on my site get just as many hits as my posts. Your favorites (in order) are:


So what's in store for 2016?
I have some ideas up my sleeve. It's difficult to keep a blog like this fresh. Posting the same hackneyed photos and stories does not appeal to me, although at times it's hard to keep from it. I had an idea to do a "Day By Day" series where I follow Chaplin around for one year of his life. It would have to be a year where he wasn't making a movie because, sadly, I don't have access to archival materials such as production reports, etc. The years I am considering are either 1927 or 1936 since those were years where he was in the news quite a bit. I might still do it but once I start, there's no going back and it could be quite an undertaking! Plus he wasn't in the news every day so weeks could go by with no update. If I'm going to start the series next month I suppose I better make a decision fast! Next year is also the 100th anniversary of the Mutuals so I plan to have some fun with that. I'd like to take a closer look at some of Chaplin's co-stars from that period--Eric, Henry, Albert, etc. I hope you'll join me.

See you next year!

Much love,
Jess

9 comments:

  1. Looking forward to spending more time here in 2016. Sounds like you have some great ideas. I would especially like to see the day by day, but that would be a daunting task!

    Great job this year. I've learned a lot! Best wishes and happy new year.

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    1. Happy New Year, Lisa! And thank you!

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  2. Can't wait! I love all the work you do on this site you put so much effort & time into it (something I would not have the patience for) Keep up the fantastic work :) I'm excited to see what's installed for 2016......Happy New Year Jess

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    1. Trust me, I sometimes wonder what on earth I've gotten myself into! Thank you, Paulina! Happy New Year!

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  3. Your ideas sound great! I'm very happy to read that you're planning to continue your 'Working with Charlie' series. I was fond of your 'Charlie & signaure' post last year, I'd be happy to see these kinds of posts again, when you collect a couple of interesting pictures and quotes around a certain topic :)!

    Very Happy New Year to you, too! I'm looking forward to reading your blog this year again!

    Domi

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    1. Thank you so much, Domi! Best wishes for the New Year!

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  4. Thanks for all the great posts and Happy New Year!

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  5. Hi Jess

    Review of the year and 2016 plans all great. In terms of day by day, have you thought of not restricting yourself to a particular year? Showing days from random years may give you wider scope, and a bit more variety. Just a thought.
    I only discovered your blog in 2015, and I think your content is brilliant.
    One final thought, the Chaplin Museum should be opening in 2016, so there may be scoepe for content based around the museum?

    Happy New Year, and best wishes for 2016

    John Rotherham

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    1. As far as your first suggestion: showing random years. I've already been doing this to some extent, with movie premieres and other events in his life. I thought about doing a certain day of the week (Tuesdays with Charlie?) but that could be difficult as well.

      Anyway, thanks for your ideas.

      Best wishes for the new year!

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