Television Obscurities celebrates its 15th anniversary today. Although an early version of the website launched in late 2002, the current incarnation dates back to June 11th, 2003. For the past three or four months, I spent most of my free time working on a redesign for the website, which went live a few days ago. I haven’t given much thought to this anniversary, to be quite honest. Back in June 2013, when Television Obscurities turned 10 years old, I wrote a two-part history that you can find here and here.
With one or two major exceptions, not much has changed over the past five years. In September 2013, hackers struck Television Obscurities, forcing me to switch to a professional layout for the first time. In response to the hack, I started actively using my Twitter account, which now has over 1,800 followers. One of my most popular projects to date, A Year in TV Guide: 1964-1965, ran from September 2014 to September 2015. In December 2014, I finally published my article about Kyle MacDonnell, a forgotten television star from the late 1940s and early 1950s.
As always, I have dozens and dozens of ideas for new blog posts, special features, articles, and other content–I just don’t have the time to research and write them all. I need to be better about focusing on a single project and finishing it rather than spreading myself too thin trying to juggle multiple things at the same time.
I can’t believe Television Obscurities has survived for so long. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my obsession with short-lived television over the past 15 years.