Who can forget all those great times we shared? All those whimsical characters – Frantle the Mantle, Jamiroquoit, Razzle the Crow… And how about all those games we thoroughly failed to review, and news stories we never broke?
And get this: we had some 46,830 page views in our first month. We'd love to tell you how many regular individual readers that is but, well, poxy Weebly's statistics aren't working today, so we can't. It's probably not exactly what we used to get on Teletext, but it's more than five.
Whatever the case... we may have a long way to go to spreading the word far and wide, but it seems to us like a healthy start for a blog that just came out of nowhere, like some murderous, manic-eyed unicyclist.
And we just wanted to say this, really: thank you. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to plug us on Twitter, or wrote something about the site, or invited Biffo onto their podcast or radio show. Thank you for continuing to do that. We're trying to keep atop all the comments and contact form emails; sorry if we've missed anyone, or not gotten back to you yet. We will.
People have been almost unanimously lovely about us being back, and every single comment to that effect – and even those that have given us “constructive feedback” – is sincerely appreciated. Frankly, it has all been a bit humbling, and not at all what we were braced for. We’re still trying to make sense of it. But! And! Thus! It's what we needed to spur us ever forwards. Shucks.
So, in short… This outpouring of – and there’s no less a word for it than this – love has taken us somewhat by surprise. And now we want to know what more you want from us.
Are we getting the balance right between all-out stupid stuff, slightly more factual articles, and more serious pieces? Realistically, what do you want to see us do going forwards? Is the site looking ok for you? More feedback, please.
Just to update you on the current plans…
We’ve still got an eye on doing the full on Kickstarter book in the new year, though it might be preceded by something a bit less ambitious: a Man’s Daddy joke book, as a sort of print-on-demand thing.
Is that something that appeals, if we promise it’ll include lots of new content, and make it look really nice? Or shall we not bother?
We're not unaware that you're becoming ever more vocal about Digitiser2000 becoming something more permanent and ongoing, and offering to lob money at us to make that happen. In short: having found this past month an utter, utter joy, we’d love to be able to make this an enduring concern – and turn Digitiser2000 into something more all-singing and dancing, with up-to-date news and reviews and videos and that.
To that end, unless some swollen-walleted entrepreneur or whomever wants to invest in us, we're probably going to swallow our inherent distaste, and give Patreon a go, if only to invest it back into the development of the site, and justify the time this takes to do. Please tell us if this is a horrible idea.
And that? That is the latest update. And again - thank you. So much.