August 2018 Roundup: The End

Don’t panic! The site isn’t shutting down or anything at all like that. This is just the final monthly roundup post. Look, let me give you the monthly stats one more time and then I’ll explain.

  • 15 shows added
  • 37 characters added
  • no characters died

The Numbers Are Good

30 months ago, in March of 2016, I decided to spin up a little monthly recap of what we’d been doing, what had gone on, and what you might have missed. This happened right after Autostraddle’s amazing post of dead lesbians, when we were all fired up for good reason. At the time, we were adding more shows and characters than ever before and had very little by way of followers.

Fast-forward, and in 2017 we had … well a lot more people checking us out. People signed up for our mailing list, they followed us on twitter, they checked us out on Facebook.  From 2015 to 2016, our traffic increased 192%. From 2016 to 2017, we had a 274% traffic increase. If I look at just the first half of the year, and assume we get no more traffic after July, we’re already at a 218% increase from 2017 to 2018. The real number will be closer to a 750% increase.

Stats of users comparing 2017 to 2018 - we're doing VERY well

I think y’all like us.

A Recap Isn’t Needed Anymore

With that in mind, and looking at our Twitter stats (which are also inching upwards), it’s a better idea to put our time and effort into making more features on the site and promoting the site in different ways. We’ve come this far without any advertising, and to be honest, we’re not going to be able to afford any in the near future. Which means we have to spend shoe leather instead of the mighty dollar, and spread the word.

This is a good thing, as it means I’ll have a little more time to concentrate on other things. Like interviews and events and making connections with people. But also it lets me look into things like signal boosting our show and characters of the day in a better way. Did you know those were driving us more traffic now that I slipped in the show’s hashtags? It’s the little things like that, which I can do if I get more time to spend on research to make people aware of the site and the work we do.

New Features Will Still Be Posted

From now on, like we did with other new features like the show scores, we’ll post an article explaining what we did and why. A new kind of stats? You get a new post! That way, people will still be notified of what’s new here, just not in a wrap-up sort of thing. If we go to events (or are going), we’ll post about that and who to look for.

Events and interviews will, of course, get their own posts, and we cross link those from their related shows automagically already. Seriously, I’m crazy proud of getting that done. And if you’re worried about seeing what characters are newly added each month, we can work on that as a feature. Just let me know.

And don’t worry about adding more shows and characters. We just passed 1000 shows on August 29th (woo!) but I have spreadsheets with around 200 more shows, as well as an entire book (yes) of web series to get through. I have enough to work on for a long time.

You Can Help!

We’re not asking for money. In fact, all we’re asking for is that you press a button a little to the side of your like button. That’s right, click the retweet/share button.

Every time you like a post, it does have a higher chance of showing up on the feeds of your followers. But if you retweet or share it, it absolutely will. Unless they blocked us. And really, do you want anyone to be your follower who isn’t a fan of LGBTQ+ TV?

You can also help by telling us what you think we can do better. Do you have an idea about an article? Do we have wrong information? Do you want to write something for us? Let us know! You can use our contact form, or you can email us at contact@lezwatchtv.com

Farewell Monthly Roundup, Hello What’s Next

So with that, I close out my 30th and final monthly roundup for LezWatch.TV.

Thank you all for reading, and I’ll bring you some more in-depth coverage of something even more gay next.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.
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