Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Random Thoughts of a Movie Insomniac # 8: Blogging = Pain & Joy.
As I write this, I am lying in bed being being covered by my blue blanket while being surrounded by tissues everywhere. On my nightstand I have some OJ,a bottle of water,and even more tissues. I am a very sick fellow, and yet I continue to post things on this site because I am extremely thankful that you read them. This got me into thinking about writing and blogging in general. Many of us start these sites as just a fun little hobby. A way for us to express our opinions on a variety of topics out into the world. Movie bloggers I feel have a much more difficult task because it's hard to keep up with the latest news on upcoming productions and review the latest films as well. Not only that, but there are tons upon thousands of other movie sites out there already. How does one compete in a market that is flooded with blogs that do the same thing?
Some writers end up focusing on just one genre, but then others begin using the same one. So in order to be different, a writer may then pick a sub genre instead. Which then could cause others to do the same and therefore the cycle continues. Many bloggers including myself are just thrilled beyond belief when someone follows us on twitter or leaves comments on a post we've written. Even if their opinion differs from our own. The fact they took the time to read it and respond is very humbling. I try my best to not only respond back to those comments but to visit that person's site and leave a few comments of my own on there too. I also like to plug their sites,and so I will sometimes find myself spending a good few hours scoring the web looking at different movie sites, checking out some new podcasts and then posting them on either my Twitter account as well as my Facebook wall. When I first started this whole blogging thing. I just wrote once every week and the articles were really short. Now, not only do I write for this site, The Video Vortex, and sometimes The Cinematic Katzenjammer. I'm also the audio editor and co host of The As You Watch Podcast and recently I've been editing the last few episodes of KTZR:Katzenjammer Radio. Trying to keep up with this as well as two jobs is not easy. Not to mention watching the latest movies too. My parents who rarely leave the house have seen "Gravity" before me. Some writers get press passes and are able to attend screenings. I do not have that luxury because even if I did get the pass. I wouldn't be able to go because I most likely would have to work that night. Being a film critic/blogger is not a full time job for me, but sometimes I feel like it is because of the number of hours I spend on it. I swear some days I feel like I work more hours on my site then I do at both of my jobs. This has lead me to ask the question I never wanted to answer myself and that is.
Why do we continue to do what we do? Why do we continue to post review after review or show after show when the market is just really large.
For myself the answer is easy. It's being a part of the whole film community that makes it such a thrill. Not only have I been able to be associated with other great sites and writers. I have been able to meet and interview many great filmmakers who have been interested in my reviews and podcasts. Sometimes a sponsor will pay for ad space on one of my sites,(Before you start getting upset. Keep in mind that has only happened twice in my many years of blogging) and I like that, I really do. I just get a much bigger charge when an actor favorites one of my reviews or when a site wants to feature me for a blogathon or on one of their podcasts. The Large Association of Movie Blogs(AKA The Lamb) have been amazing at getting me more views on my site, and I am completely honored to be in the same company of many great writers and podcasters. Will I become rich and famous of what I write or say. I sometimes dream that, but that is not why I continue to write, and it shouldn't be your sole reasoning either. If you are just posting things just to get more views and nothing else. I can't really take you seriously as a film critic. Not saying that the stuff I write is amazing,or anything. But at least I don't fill up my reviews with tons of pics and videos. I'm getting sick of the ones that are filled with nothing but photos of the movie and it's premiere, but then feature one small paragraph describing the plot we already know.
Many people feel that success should come to them instantly because it's what they want. A lot of them tend to forget that it's the journey not the destination that makes the trip worthwhile. Kids are sold at a young age that everyone is a winner. That is why you will see awards for participation handed out at most youth sporting events. This puts a false sense of pride inside the kid's head who doesn't really achieve anything or barely tries. You can sometimes learn more from your failures then you do your triumphs. In short I will close with this. Write because it makes you happy, not because you hope it will make you money.
Thanks again for reading and have a great day.