With my blog reaching a landmark two-millionth hit this week it seems like an ideal opportunity look back at what I have done so far and forward to where I am going. When I started the site back in 2009 I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going. I had no agenda and no plan, I just wanted an outlet for my ramblings on film beyond bending the ears of my friends and family. My second post was actually a collection of paragraph reviews I had previously published on Flixster via facebook. By my second month I had started writing full reviews; in 2010 I wrote little other than reviews, reviewing every film I watched in the cinema (more than a hundred) that year. My most clicked on posts came from appearing on IMDB’s now defunct “hit list” and Word Press’ Freshly Pressed. The articles that have had the most visits via search engines have been about Robin Hood, The Cars from Death Proof and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman prior to the release of The Dark Knight Rises.
The other thing I didn’t realise when I started blogging is that it isn’t a solo pursuit. It is very much a community. As well as collectives like The LAMB many blogers read, comment on and even provide content for other blogs. I certainly read many other movie blogs (see the side bar of this site for the “Blogroll” of sites I read) at the expense of printed media. Many bloggers have joined forces to create bigger better sites. While I have resisted this and stuck with a solo project, I have provided content for other sites and organised a few blogathons; winning LAMMY for best blogathon three times. I have also appeared on The Matineecast and MILFCAST pod-casts.
Where am I going? The simple answer, just like the day I started, I don’t know. I still have no agenda or plan. Forgoing any format or deadline I am still happy to post when I have time and about what I feel like talking about. The important thing for me has always been that I write about what I want to write about and hope that people want to read it. As there has never been a commercial element to the site I have never felt the need or desire to chased extra traffic. I been asked about the possibility of buying my domain name and start accepting advertising, but I like the idea that as long as Word Press exists my innate ramblings.
All that leaves me to do is thank those who have helped, supported or simply read Fandango Groovers Movie Blog in that past four and bit years.