As I mentioned in the About Me section of this blog, I’ve never been a particularly “fannish” person. Growing up, I never had posters of rock stars, didn’t crush on Hollywood actors or scream at concerts. I certainly didn’t have any “aspbergeresque” hobbies (and no offense to people who actually do have Aspberger’s syndrom, I even know a couple) of the miniature train or stamp collecting variety. If there had been a vote on who would be the “most likely to start a blog devoted to a superhero” when I went to high school, my name would be nowhere near the top of the list.
My life outside of this blog (which is quite busy despite the frequent updates), would never give this away either. I’m a biotech engineer turned translator and political advisor, and the only thing my work has in common with being a Daredevil blogger is writing. It’s a good thing I love to write, because in the same day I might go from drafting a political statement on the situation in Gaza to commenting on some forty-year-old Stan Lee/Gene Colan panel. Then again, variety is the spice of life, and my interestes have always been very diverse.
My primary reason for starting this blog and keeping it chugging along at this pace is simply that I enjoy it. My second reason is to connect with other Daredevil fans. But, I also want to reach out to new fans. I found comics again as an adult, not really knowing that my old childhood interest in superheroes could still be satisfied. I believe that Daredevil, particularly right now, is the perfect cross-over book for people who might think that superhero comics aren’t for them. I love this character, and I’m really impressed with the current creative team. I want more people to buy Daredevil, and I want more people to get to know the character.
In one year, though this blog only really started building in volume in March, I’ve posted almost 180 entries. Some have been short, just giving people the link to something funny or thought-provoking I stumbled across, and some have entailed literally hours of work. I’ve tried to let this blog be a reflection of me, that is a mix of the deadly serious and the goofy and irreverent. Daredevil history certainly offers a great deal of both. I hope I’ve struck the right kind of balance.
My resolution for the coming year is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and aim for at least ten posts a month. There are many themes I need to revisit, areas I haven’t even covered yet, and a monthly stream of new content to enjoy and comment on. I will see you again in 2009 and best wishes to all of you!