Greetings all you beautiful mammals!
For those of you who don't know, four years ago today, I published this site for the first time after numerous months of hard work. Since September 3, 2014, this site has come such a long way.
Every year, I like to write a post discussing the highlights of the site, as well as talking about the future of the site and what new plans I have for the upcoming year.
While I didn't make a lot of updates to the site for the remainder of 2017 after the site's third anniversary, I did add an episode list to the site. I decided to add this list to give people who just wanted to quick reference the episode titles (rather than scrolling through the very in-depth episode guide) a way to quickly look through all the titles. The list also has each episode listed by chronological episode order in the franchise, as I had a lot of people ask "how many episodes of Scooby-Doo total are there?" For those curious, there are 487 episodes of Scooby-Doo out currently, counting each Scrappy-Doo short individually and including the Scooby's All Star Laff-a-Lympics episodes.
Earlier this year, I also updated the List of Releases guide to include several very rare VHS compilations. Speaking of which, I want to take a moment to specially thank TriggeredWeegee, who sent me tons of pictures and information, and actually was the one who inspired me to update the page. Thank you so much again for all your help!
This summer, I decided to do some major updates to the site. In June, I added the Voice Actors page to the site. This page gives a lot of detailed information about the lives of each of the voice actors who provided their talents to the Scooby-Doo characters over the years. If you haven't checked this page out yet, be sure to because you have definitely been missing out!
Additionally, I created a page on the History of the Scooby Series in June. This page highlights the unique behind-the-scenes info for all of the Scooby series, and discusses the production behind all the shows in the franchise.
I also got the amazing opportunity to interview Tom Konkle this year, who is one of the writers for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. It was so fun getting to meet him, and getting to hear more about his work on the show. Tom was also super nice and offered to do the site's 200th Fun Fact of the Week post! Thanks so much again to Tom Konkle for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with me!
Speaking of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, you may or may not be aware that the show has been cancelled, and aired its final eleven episodes in an unfortunate overnight slot with no promotion whatsoever. After discussing with Jon Colton Barry privately on the ScoobyAddicts forum about how disappointing the show's cancellation was, I decided to do an entire week dedicated to celebrating Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on March 18-24. Each day, I wrote a post discussing an aspect of the show (which included the villains, episodes, characters, a series finale review, and two top ten lists). The week ended with a special Q&A with the show's head writer, Jon Colton Barry, where the fans (you guys) sent in questions which JCB wrote in-depth responses to. A huge thank you to Jon for agreeing to do this again, and for being an awesome conversationalist and friend these past few years!
I briefly mentioned earlier in the post that my weekly blog series, Fun Fact of the Week hit its 200th post milestone on August 6, 2018. Every Monday since January 2015, a new post highlighting an interesting Scooby-Doo fact has been published on the blog! Currently, including today's post, there have been 204 weeks of fun facts posted on the site. Writing these fun facts every week has definitely brightened up my Mondays, and I hope it's done the same for yours! I certainly don't plan to stop anytime soon, so keep checking back every Monday for a new interesting fact about Scooby-Doo! I hope to do something special again for the 250th fun fact, so keep an eye for that on Monday, July 22, 2019!
It's been amazing to see how the site has grown over the past few years, and of course that's mainly because of you guys! I continue to be so grateful for you all every day, and I have loved getting to know you all over the past four years. It's great getting to meet new fans and continue to chat with old friends as well! Scooby fans are the best!
Next year, I have several hopes for this site's evolution.
1. More Articles I feel like this one's going to be on the list until the end of time, given I've put that on here the last two years, haha. But seriously, I do want to start writing more articles for the blog! I wrote numerous articles this year, though I'd like to be more consistent and continue to write about new Scooby content as it comes out. The "Why Scooby Fans Should Give Daphne & Velma A Chance" article was one of my favorites to write this year, and I'd love to write more stuff as in-depth as that was.
2. New Pages Looking back at the update poll from March, it looks like you all want to see a Theme Songs page, a Comics page and a Fan Art page! I'm still working on starting to create those, but if you have any ideas for those or other pages, I'm always open to suggestions! I have a few other ideas in addition to the pages I listed, so hopefully those will be added soon!
3. 50th Anniversary In September 2019, Scooby-Doo will have officially been on the air for 50 years! I'd like to celebrate Scooby's 50th anniversary with style, and I already have a bunch of really cool things planned for that month!
There are a bunch of other hopes I have for the site, some of them not worth mentioning like just keeping the site up-to-date, and others I'm keeping a secret for now! I love hearing feedback from people on the site and blog, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know via the contact form. Thanks everyone as always for being so awesome, and here's to another amazing year of ScoobySnax!