Data is Beautiful: My Simpsons shitposting over it’s second year

I can’t believe that February 2nd has passed and it has now been 2 full years of making Simpsons shitposts. Because I’ve got so many ideas bouncing around in my head, and MS paint is a god send, I found that most of this blog has now been overtaken by them. For that I am truly sorry. Last year I made a graph of what my Reddit net upvotes looked like out of curiosity, and did a bit of a write up on the subject of making them for one year. I’m not going to regurgitate that post but rather continue from there so I recommend reading that first post here if you’re interested on any sort of backstory.

Much over the course of the second year of making Simpsons Shitposts has remained the same though, I still have not found any sort of formula for what works or what does not, which I again consider a good thing. I suppose the key change is I’ve spread to a new platform for posting them. I tried to see how I could post them on Instagram, but I was unable to find a satisfactory method and gave up. I revisited the idea by going with the slideshow method which seems to work. I’ve gained a bit of a following after a fair bit of likes. I’ve even seen some of the biggest Instagram Simpsons Shitposting accounts take some of my originals (probably ones from Reddit that got quite high upvotes though) and repost them of their accounts. Ultimately I don’t really care if they do, but I wish they would give me credit. Oh well.

Looking at the graph below, we have to take into account that since the first graph, the number of subscribers has nearly doubled, from about 34,000 to 59,000 which is a major factor for the higher average for year two (+55% from year 1).

In addition to the graph, here are some fun statistics. Ok they may not be fun but here they are anyways. I wanted to practice in Adobe Illustrator and make some fancy info graphic about them but I got lazy. It’s now already 9 days after February 2nd and I don’t want to delay it anymore so here’s the simple table.

So does this trend mean this entire blog will slowly become nothing but Simpsons Shitposts? Not really, I plan to expand into Futurama shitposts too. Ok maybe not. But this blog will not become just Simpsons shit, in fact quite the opposite. I’ve found that making such frequent shitposts has hindered progress of my other creative projects I’d like to put together. I plan to put the brakes on the shitposts, well not entirely, but I will pump them a bit. I’ll continue to work on them from time to time, but I plan to focus more on other stuff so you may see less of them in the coming year. If you’re a fan of them I’m sorry, if you hate them you probably don’t read this blog. Either way sorry.

Data is Beautiful: My Simpsons shitposting over 1 year

Shortly after New Year’s 2017, I discovered what is known as shitposting, specifically Simpsons shitposting. Generally these were screenshots and edited pictures that would combine two classic or recognizable gags (usually from older seasons) to make one really stupid joke. As a kid, I basically grew up watching The Simpsons twice daily so almost every single joke I understood and had a good laugh about. If you’re not a big Simpsons fan, many of these shitposts will go over your head, but to die-hard fans since the show’s inception they’re quite hilarious.

After browsing the subreddit and some dedicated Instagram accounts, I found myself coming up with some ideas here and there that I found funny but never saw made. I thought to myself, why don’t I just make it and post it on the subreddit to see what happens. Sure enough, on February 2, 2017 I made my first post over there, a simple two frame strip involving a Valentine’s billboard and Moe’s “old fork in the eye”. As of today it sits at a 99% upvote rate and a total of 349 points. The subreddit itself is a smaller one, as of today it’s just under 34,000 subscribers and I noticed there are many posts that are under 100 points. I considered it a big success that I was able to hit 349 especially given it was my first attempt.

Over the course of 2017 more ideas popped in my head and I ended up making many shitposts. On February 2, 2018, exactly 1 year to the day after my first strip, I posted my 52nd shitpost averaging an exact 1 shipost per week. I have a good laugh making them and I hope the readers there and on here have a good nostalgic laugh too so I continue to make them. Success of each post has varied, and I’ve found there is no formula that works, which may not be a bad thing though. Sometimes the ones that make me laugh the most and I worked on the hardest end up not gaining many upvotes, and sometimes the ones with the least amount of effort put in gain the most praise.

So out of sheer curiously, I’ve decided to plot out my Simpsons shitposting success. If you haven’t seen any of these but are a big Simpsons fan, I’ve got all of these stored here under their own category on the right. Enjoy!

Data is Beautiful: The Simpsons

At work recently I find myself needing to make some rather boring reports composed almost solely of numbers and values week after week. Since some of these reports are now going to higher up people, who do not need most insignificant details I found myself needing a little refresher on making somewhat decent visuals. So before I dove into throwing those work reports some colour, I decided to practice a bit beforehand. And what better data set than The Simpsons US Viewers and IMDB ratings of course!

While it’s no secret that The Simpsons viewership has declined over the years, it was quite surprising to see how far they’ve fallen. Somewhere around season 12 there was a short lived resurgence but it never made made it back to where to show once was (I’d say this is normal though). And while there is no question about decline of quality, I would argue that it is not the only factor leading to the dwindling show watchers. Keep in mind The Simpsons came out in the late 80s so this was a time long before entire seasons were available on VHS or DVD, before pirating was commonplace, and before TV on demand was a thing. Back then to catch an episode you actually had to tune into when the episode aired or risk not seeing it for years. As technology marched forward, turning on the TV because less important and TV stations all over the world felt the effect. So the quality of the episodes are not only at fault but it certainly does not help that the Simpsons wit was slowly replaced with overused slapstick antics.

As you can see by each episodes IMDB rating (I know it’s probably not the most reliable source) sometime around season 9 the quality began to drop as well. Indeed the golden years of The Simpsons was coming to an end right as I was getting old enough to understand all the clever jokes. Fortunately Futurama came along after!