Thank you to everyone who filled out my survey!! I got 118 responses, which is pretty cool seeing as last time I did this I had to beg a couple people to reblog my post for me so that I could get more than nine responses. To anyone who didn’t see the survey, I asked for people to pick up to three of their favorite episodes. Not everyone did, which is fine, so I ended up with 248 data points. Unlike last season, where Falling and For the Girl Who Has Everything beat out all the others by quite a bit, this year the divisions are a little less drastic.
The two most popular episodes were the last two. This could be due to any number of reasons: 1) The return of some well-liked characters like Cat Grant, Clark Kent, and M’gann M’orzz (and the President); 2) They both were in the top three highest ratios of Female to Male Screen Time (2.94 and 2.50 respectively, the third was Episode 3 with 2.51); 3) The final battles are always fun to watch.
The next two most popular episodes were 12 and 18, both with 29 votes, and it’s much easier to hypothesize as to why they are so popular. 12 (Luthors) and 18 (Ace Reporter) are the episodes where Lena Luthor’s screen time is highest. In both of these episodes, Lena falls just behind Kara for most screen time.
Episode 13, with 22 votes, was the Valentine’s Day episode. This episode was most likely popular among those who like romance or more specifically those who like Kara and Mon-el or Alex and Maggie.
Episodes 15 and 19 both racked up 18 votes. Interestingly enough, in both of these episodes, Kara isn’t the character with most screen time. In Episode 15, it’s Alex who has the most screen time as she tries to save her father from Cadmus. In Episode 19, it’s Maggie as she tries to save Alex from Rick. These episodes both showcase Alex and Maggie’s relationship. In Episode 15, Maggie tells Alex that she is ‘ride or die’ and has her back every step of the way. In Episode 19, they reveal to one another just how much they care about each other. Episode 15 also gives us that really touching moment as Kara is trying to stop the space ship (this gave me a similar vibe to the end of the Black Mercy episode last season which was really popular).
The only other episode that got over 10 votes is Episode 8, which served as the mid-season finale and was most likely popular because of a mix of a few of the reasons above (Lena’s involvement, the wrapping up of a major plot line, Kara succeeding against all odds).
Anyway, thanks for reading!! These hypotheses are in no way me saying 100% that’s why these episodes are popular. They’re just what I think based on a few of the patterns that I found. If anyone else has any ideas (or if you voted for one of those episodes are you think I’m way off base) feel free to shoot me an ask or message me!! That’s all I had planned for Season 2. But as always, if you have any requests, let me know and I’ll get to them as soon as possible.
Hey, Tumblr! We hope the week two prompts for Mental Health Month are treating you well. In the spirit of the theme, posting it for each other, we wanted to celebrate one of the most helpful communities out there: yours. You’ve helped shape Tumblr into an incredible community for support. To take a look into exactly how it’s flourished over the years, we teamed up with Fandometrics (@thefandometrics) to bring you some sweet, sweet data.
How you talk about mental health
Discussion around #mental health has steadily grown year over year since 2013, with a 248% uptick of original posts and reblogs made between 2013 and 2016. In that same time span, original posts and reblogs about#therapy increased 29%. Much of that conversation was rooted in real people sharing real stories. Emotional and honest stories, like how therapy can help you better understand your life, how to say good-bye to the wrong therapist, or the difficulty of making the sometimes daunting decision to begin therapy for the first time.
There has also been a significant rise in people seeking ways to take care of themselves. The self-care movement has seen huge increases in searches (733%) and original posts (567%) between 2013 and 2016. Over the past six months, we’ve seen total engagement (searches, original posts, reblogs, and likes) around the #self-care tag spike with correlations to holidays and events in the news:
240% increase the day after the US Presidential Election
321% in the days following Christmas and Hanukkah
561% in the days leading up to the Inauguration, and
342% in the days following Valentine’s Day.
Anatomy of a post
To get a better understanding of what the public-facing conversations consist of, we looked at the top posts for the #mental health, #positivity, and #self-care tags from the past few years. We noticed a few trends that continued to appear over and over again: