Overnight, our hit counter ticked over the 1 Million mark on the John Carter Files so it seems like this is a good moment to stop and thank everyone who’s been coming here and sharing the ride. For those who haven’t been around since the beginning (and that would be almost everyone), JCF was born on December 10, 2011, about 180 days ago, on a Saturday afternoon when I was irritated at all the chatter on the internet saying that the John Carter trailer, which had been released on December 1, “looked like Avatar”. I had blogged about it a few times already on my “regular blog” at MichaelDSellers.com but I knew that the readers over there didn’t want to keep hearing about John Carter every day. So that weekend, while watching football, I went ahead and started The John Carter Files without having much of a plan, other than try and make some noise and help the film along.
I chose the name “The John Carter Files” because I figured eventually after the movie was out there awhile it would slow down and the site would stand as a repository of information — a digital filing cabinet kind of thing — for the books, the movie, and other things relating to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Barsoom, and the John Carter series. As things have turned out, the controversy surrounding the way the film was promoted and released; and the way it was adapted; plus the emergence of the fan movement; have created a situation where it doesn’t feel like it’s going to go into mothballs any time soon. The traffic to the site today is still about 50% of the peak that we hit right around the release date, and is trending upward again as we approach the DVD release, so it seems like we’ll be here for awhile.
Anyway, thanks again for choosing to spend some time here. The fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the movie (including those who aren’t necessarily fans of both!) are an interesting bunch and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know many of you, and hear your thoughts. I would welcome your thoughts about what I should be thinking about doing with this in the long run. In the meantime I’ll just keep on keeping on…….with your help and support.
PS — and while we’re noticing things like this, I just checked and saw that our two fan trailers are approaching milestones.
Our original Fan Trailer is at 195,000 hits, so 200,000 is in sight.
And our second one, Heritage, which got off to a much slower start than the first one is gradually getting up there too — just crossed 125,000.