Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 2013 End Of The Month Report

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Ugh, what a month!

I was very sad to find that my productivity was severely down this month as the demands of my new job began to truly eat away at my time to attend screenings, see and experience new things and to blog about them. That said, I'm now working from home again and I'm hoping that will allow me to radically improve my output for May . . . which is perfect timing, given that Summer Blockbuster Season is upon us! I've already reviewed two of the summer's potentially biggest hits and I'm eager for more (bolstered by one of those films, the blog had its second best day of all time last month!).

This month at W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, there was one addition to the Top Ten Of All Time and a lot of movement in some of the others in the Top Ten! This month, we put special emphasis on music reviews, in addition to the new cinematic releases! Thanks for all the "likes" for those posts! This is, likely, the final month that one of my favorite pieces of writing in this blog will be in the Top Ten Of All Time, so if you haven't yet checked out my concept for what the new Star Trek movie should have been, please check out and share the link to Star Trek: Machinations Of Doomsday; I'm very proud of it!

Last month, we picked up two new subscribers! Thanks so much! We're thrilled to have more regular readers and we hope very much to keep growing that! We are always trying to get people to become regular readers and subscribe, so if you enjoy what you're reading, please subscribe by clicking on the right side of the blog to get updates with each posting. As well, if you read a review that really affects you, be sure to "share" it! PLEASE share a link to the blog, not the content of the article; this keeps people coming to the site and, hopefully, liking what they find once they are here! We're really looking to grow our readership in this new year, so sharing and subscribing to the blog is an important way you can help! If you’re subscribing, please tell your friends about the blog!

In April, the index pages were updated exceptionally sporadically. Sorry about that! We'll do better next month. The primary Index Page, which we try to update daily, lets you know what the featured review is and has an up-to-the-day tally of how many reviews have been reviewed in each category! Check it out!

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At the end of April, I have reviewed the following:
447 - Book Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Star Trek Books
Graphic Novels
786 - Music (Album and Singles) Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Music Reviews By Rating (Best To Worst)
Music Reviews In Alphabetical Order
2243 - Movie and Television Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Movies By Rating (Best Movie to Worst)
Movies In Alphabetical Order
Best Picture Oscar Winner Film Reviews
Television Reviews
The Star Trek Review Index Page (All Star Trek Reviews In Order)!
The Star Trek Review Index Page (All Star Trek Reviews From The Best Of The Franchise To The Worst!)!
194 - Trading and Gaming Card Reviews
Gaming Cards Reviews
Star Trek Gaming Cards Reviews
Star Wars Gaming Cards Reviews
The Lord Of The Rings Trading Card Game Reviews
Other Gaming Cards Reviews
Trading Cards Reviews
654 - Toy and Christmas Ornament Reviews
with specialized pages for:
Ornament Reviews
Star Trek Toys
Star Wars Toys
Lord Of The Rings Toys
Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel Toys
Comic Book, Movie, Television Toys
Plush and Other Toys
669 - Food, Drink, And Restaurant Reviews
with specialized index pages for:
Cheese and Meats
Ice Cream
Other Food
186 - Pet Product Reviews
Cat Product Reviews
Dog Product Reviews
Rabbit Product Reviews
107 - Travel Reviews
Destinations Reviews
Hotels Reviews
142 - Health And Beauty Product Reviews
153 - Home, Garden, Appliance and Tool Reviews
87 - Electronics, Computers, Computer Games and Software Reviews
28 - Other Product Reviews

The Featured Review For The Month for April is: ValueVapor.com!
Check it out!

The month of April had a lot of movement within the month and from some interesting prior reviews that made the list. I was a little bummed that my satirical article on Justin Bieber Apologizing For His Anne Frank House Gaffe did not make the cut, but I was psyched about all the pieces that did! For April, the Top Ten Reviews of the month were:
10. Finish Quantum Powerball Dishwashing Blocks
9. The Walking Dead - Season 3
8. The Host
7. Olympus Has Fallen
6. The Avengers
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
4. The Numbers Station
3. Star Trek Into Darkness
2. Tyler Perry's Temptation
1. Iron Man 3

I pride myself on being an exceptionally fair reviewer, but one who is very discriminating. I believe that most reviewers are far too biased toward both what is current and toward unduly praising things. I tend to believe most things actually are average and they ought to follows something around a Bell Curve. Mine is a little lopsided, but not as lopsided as most reviewers I know (who would probably have peak numbers between ten and seven!

For my reviews, the current count is:
10s - 278 reviews
9s - 395 reviews
8s - 716 reviews
7s - 808 reviews
6s - 719 reviews
5s - 954 reviews
4s - 679 reviews
3s - 549 reviews
2s - 242 reviews
1s - 167 reviews
0s - 81 reviews
No rating - 42 articles/postings

There was a decent amount of movement this month, despite only one new entry into the Top Ten, and at the end of April, the most popular reviews/articles I have written are:
10. Star Trek: Machinations Of Doomsday
9. Won't Back Down
8. Jack The Giant Slayer
7. Prometheus
6. Iron Man 3
5. Beautiful Creatures
4. Oz The Great And Powerful
3. Safe Haven
2. Tyler Perry's Temptation
1. Warm Bodies

Thank you again, so much, for reading! Please share links to the blog with friends and spread the word!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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