Midlife Crisis Crossover vs. the 7-Year Itch

Funko Pop me!

When you weren’t reading, we held a lottery to give away this Midlife Crisis Crossover exclusive anniversary edition Funko Pop, and my wife won that lottery, so hey, big thanks to everyone who forgot to enter!

I launched Midlife Crisis Crossover on April 28, 2012, three weeks before my 40th birthday as a means of charting the effects of the aging process on my opinions of, applause for, revulsion at, and/or confusion arising from various works of art, expression, humanity, inhumanity, glory, love, idolatry, inspiration, hollow marketing, geek life, and sometimes food. It was also my way of finding a way to give myself excuses to write during a time when joining other people’s conversations was becoming increasingly dissatisfying and rare. Nobody talked about what I wanted to talk about; when they did, my opinions usually got me sent to go stand in the corner or flat-out ignored. And just not typing my thoughts was killing me.

Here we are celebrating MCC’s seventh anniversary, still chugging away like the Little Engine That Could. No book ideas suggested or dreamed of, no writing gigs applied for or parlayed, and no danger of me ever describing myself unironically as an “influencer”, which sounds like an upper-class euphemism for “drug dealer”. But I keep writing anyway.

7 years is longer than:

  • my time spent in two colleges
  • my first marriage
  • every monthly comic book series I’m presently collecting
  • the worst-delayed Kickstarter campaigns I’ve ever contributed to
  • most of my longest-running favorite TV shows, dead or alive
  • the lifespans of our PC and phones combined
  • the average WordPress blogs before they devolve into biennial “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while!” regretful revisits for old times’sake

Random stats from our first 7 years:

  • 1,986 entries including this one
  • at least 51 films with scenes during and/or after the end credits
  • 153 mentions of The Wire, most of them gratuitous, arguably including this one
  • 63 jazz-hands photos
  • 30 Squirrel Girl name-checks
  • 20 annual road trips
  • 17 reviews of Marvel Cinematic Universe films released after 4/28/2012
  • 8 films costarring Shea Whigham
  • 4 entries about deaths of friends or family
  • 3 entries hand-picked by WordPress editors as recommended reading to other users before they canceled that generous program
  • 3 TV shows recapped weekly until I realized I couldn’t compete with connected, resource-laden sites and knocked it off
  • 2 entries linked to by notable comics or SF-fandom websites
  • 2 comments from certified comic book professionals
  • 1 tweet whose total Twitter “impressions” exceeded MCC’s entire 7-year hit count
  • 1 wondrous wife who still thinks I’m cool regardless of site performance

…so I got those figures going for me.

When it’s fun, it’s fun. When it’s read, it’s rewarding. Some entries take years for someone to find and validate them. All entries were a thing I did that seemed like a good idea at the time and were driven by the impulse, “Let’s just do this and see what happens.” And so far, it keeps happening.

Maybe the next 7 years will bring change? Or more of the same?

Either way: Thanks for reading.

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