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Hump Day Have Your Say: Why Did You Start Blogging About Film?

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Why did you start blogging about film?   Hmmmm, to be honest, I started blogging about film when my brother asked me to fill a spot that had opened up on this blog.  I had always been interested in writing, as it had nothing to do with math or numbers.  I always considered algebra the work of the devil.  Once I started writing about movies and films (a topic I was already interested in) I found that I enjoyed discussing films with other like minded individuals from all over the globe.  While I often times don’t end up agreeing with every writer’s opinion on each film, it is still intriguing to me to hear what other people think about films.

At times it seems that we spend as much time utilizing social networks as we do writing about films.  While it is a bit of distraction from reviewing films, it does allow our reviews to reach a larger audience.  It is not so much an interest in attracting hits or views on our site as it is a matter of getting eyes on our reviews.  I realize some folks simply write just for the process of writing and don’t care if anyone reads what they have written.  However, I don’t really share that sentiment.  My goal is to get as many people as possible to read the reviews and opinion pieces we create.  As an added bonus we get to go to the movies every week!

 

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Scott had on a cardigan everyday I saw him except the one when this photo was taken.

So why did you start writing about film?  What caused you to start up a blog about movies and do you care if anyone reads what you have written?

 

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  • Brittani June 12, 2013, 11:36 am

    I started writing about films because I love them so much, and I wanted to talk about them with other people.

    • Adam June 12, 2013, 3:43 pm

      Talking about films with other people is a big step up from talking about them with my cats like I used to do.

  • Tracy June 12, 2013, 1:22 pm

    I started mine to branch out on my own and find my own voice after having written for another site for a couple of years. Also to incorporate TV as well as film. My pieces are mainly a conversation with myself, so I’m not quite sure what that says about me as a person :) I have been sadly lacking on the movie review front for that last year though, so need to step it up so we can have even more debates. I still stand by my opinion of Drive btw ;)

    • Adam June 12, 2013, 3:42 pm

      What you still don’t love Drive???? See we can agree to disagree ;-)

      So i started watching this BBC show on Netflix called The Fall it stars Gillian Anderson, let me know if you check it out.

      • Tracy June 12, 2013, 3:51 pm

        I have heard multiple reports of that show and the response has been good. Will have to put it in the queue. Especially since I *finally* finished Firefly/Serenity. We’ll compare notes.

        • Adam June 12, 2013, 5:21 pm

          sadly on 5 episodes available so far

          • Adam June 12, 2013, 5:22 pm

            only

          • Monkeyboy June 17, 2013, 12:49 pm

            That’s all they’ve filmed anyway, so far. It was actually on the US version of Netflix before they’d finished screening the first run on the BBC. Anyway, it’s a great show. Anderson still looks hot as well. :D

          • Adam June 17, 2013, 1:48 pm

            She does look hot as hell in fact even better than when she was on The X-files. I am bummed there are no more episodes for awhile ;-(

  • Steven Flores June 12, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Well, my film blog was around since 2006-2007 but I never used it as I had been writing music and films for Epinions.com from 2000 to 2010. Due to various personal issues I was dealing with and my discontent towards the site over its politics and feeling undervalued and underpaid. I quit just after joining the site on my 10th anniversary and decided to go into my old blog and turned it into something where I can write about films w/o compromise. Since then, I felt like I’ve become a better writer and having the urge to not censor myself.

    • Adam June 12, 2013, 3:44 pm

      Holy crap Steve you have been blogging/writing since 2000? I am gonna start calling you Gramps Flores.

  • scottydynamite June 12, 2013, 2:27 pm

    I started a film blog 1. because I go see movies and always have an opinion 2. I knew a couple guys that would be great at it. 3. *My life was not busy enough*. 4. I was looking for a way to do something that I had never done before.

    There is more but those are the main reasons.

    * Sarcasm *
    Usually does not translate well online

    • Adam June 12, 2013, 3:45 pm

      Yeah Scott you have nothing but free time just like all the other guys I know with four sons. ;-)

  • kevin clare June 12, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I was having a shit time in work. I took a week off and decided I needed a complete distraction, something I had never done before or knew little about, so I started a blog about something I knew a little about – movies! Its been downhill ever since lol (kidding bout that bit :) )

    • Adam June 12, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Kevin I thought you started blogging so you had something to do between robbing banks dressed up as Iron Man. :-0

  • Chris June 12, 2013, 5:55 pm

    My blog actually started out as a personal blog, and my big hobby I spent the most time talking about for the first couple years was actually wrestling, reviewing pay per view events and live events attended and such.

    But as priorities in my interests shifted over time, my blog went through a bit of a re-haul, and somehow I just started finding myself talking more and more about movies than anything else. I had done a few short reviews from time to time in the past, so I decided to put a little more effort into it and take it a bit more seriously, until, before I knew it, my blog had essentially become a movie blog.

    Though, as of late, I’ve been getting a little burnt out on reviewing movies, so we’ll see how things continue to evolve from here, lol…

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:28 am

      A wrestling blog, the things you learn about people. I had no idea about that Chris. Don’t want to date myself here but there was a time when I was a big fan of Chief Jay Strongbow and of course the Strongbow Brothers.

  • Fogs' Movie Reviews June 12, 2013, 6:41 pm

    I swear the first answer that came to my head was “Because I’m a moron…”

    LOL :roll:

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:29 am

      That may be the best answer of the day Fogs.

  • ckckred June 12, 2013, 7:19 pm

    I was always interested in film and one day found out about wordpress. I used to write only short reviews and editorials, but I eventually started making longer posts and reached more out in the blogging community.

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:34 am

      Wordpress is a pretty amazing platform and I am always amazed by how many folks are in the blogging community.

  • Tom June 12, 2013, 10:30 pm

    The impetus for starting DSB for me was another way of getting my writing started up again. I previously ran a really underground blog about my climbing adventures, called it ‘Under Rocks.’ I ended up in 2010 getting into a bad accident and found I had to write about something else since climbing wasn’t happening so much. It actually took awhile for me to realize the number of films that I had been watching over the years and one day decided to start trying to use my writing from journalism classes to describe the film experiences I was having. That eventually turned into me formatting the writing into more of a review-format, and the more social networking I did, it made it easier for me to shape the blog into something that more people can access. Although the size of my audience doesn’t really bother me, I would like to get it going more and more each day, and I really love when new people discover my page and hit that “Follow” button hahahaha. I think it’s important just to really love what you’re doing (writing or otherwise.) The day it doesn’t feel right is the day one might need to re-evaluate. That’s what happened to me in 2010 and I really haven’t looked back. . .

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:36 am

      So you had a rock climbing blog? My brother has done some rock climbing. Was that accident climbing related?

      Totally agree Tom Slow and steady wins the race with regards to developing a larger audience. Otherwise you will drive yourself nuts.

  • Tyson Carter June 12, 2013, 11:36 pm

    I just spent a lot of time watching movies and decided one day it would be nice to leave my thoughts on what I saw. Even if only my family ever read my stuff, I was doing it for me more than anyone else. It’s kind of snowballed and Ive met so many cool people, who ultimately just love to chat about movies.

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:37 am

      Tyson I think a few more people than your family are reading your stuff now. Well unless your family is really big. ;-)

  • Chris June 13, 2013, 1:30 am

    A couple of reasons to be honest. I like to write and this helped to keep my writing skills sharp as I try and get a job where I can write creatively for a living. Also, I love movies but I have a pretty terrible memory of them, so I wanted to write reviews and articles to help me remember what I thought of them further down the line.

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:38 am

      Enjoying writing seems to be the common denominator in a lot of these comments. By writing creatively for a living do you mean screenwriting?

  • Kim @ Tranquil Dreams June 13, 2013, 7:49 am

    Just something I love that I wanted to share. My blog is still more personal than movie reviews based..but its fun and different pace from my day job. It helps destress and motivate myself to do something that I love when I just want to sit around and stare at the walls of my room ;)

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:40 am

      Kim, your log is a bit more personal than a lot of blogs that I read and that is part of what I enjoy about it. Well that and the yummy recipes.

      • Adam June 13, 2013, 8:40 am

        blog, lol must have Captain’s log on the brain, have been watching TNG with my boy.

        • Kim @ Tranquil Dreams June 13, 2013, 8:52 am

          Its getting more and more personal. I think its just I’m getting more comfortable at expressing myself. I try to not get it way too personal..but you know, sometimes its hard to really draw the lines.

        • Sir Phobos June 13, 2013, 3:02 pm

          GOOD MAN.

  • Sir Phobos June 13, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Green People Soup actually started off as just a blog about movies. I reviewed a lot of stuff. But we didn’t really know what the hell we were doing, so we weren’t on Twitter or part of the LAMB or any of that stuff for a couple of years. I just liked writing the reviews. Then we figured more people would read ridiculous satire, so we did that. I’m kind of done with satire, but obviously I’m still plugging away on Knights of Mars. I’d like to think I have a much better handle on things now in terms of not just blogging to myself.

    • Adam June 13, 2013, 3:37 pm

      Sir Phobos, we still dont know what the hell we are doing if that makes you feel any better.

      I got to remember to add Knights of Mars to our blog roll, mainly so i remember to go there rather than green people soup.

      You are in CO. correct? Is everything on fire near you.

      • Sir Phobos June 13, 2013, 3:49 pm

        Oh, GPS is still up. Mark is the only one doing stuff, but he just posted a piece, and he’s in the middle of redesigning the look. But yes, do put Knights of Mars on there. It is a splendid place full of fairies and dragons and cyborgs and ninjas and stuff.

        Yea, I’m in Denver, and driving home last night, I could hardly see downtown because of all the smoke. It’s pretty crazy, apparently. Over 350 homes destroyed.

        • Adam June 13, 2013, 4:39 pm

          Shit, that sux, I know when things start blazing in So Cal it looks like it is snowing out with all the ash. Then the smoke kicks in and it looks like Apocalypse Now.

          • Sir Phobos June 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

            There was a fire last summer, I think, and it was behind a mountain, and the top of it was like glowing and shit. It was pretty scary looking, actually. We plan to live closer to the mountains someday…I just hope we stay clear of crap like that.

  • ruth June 14, 2013, 9:47 am

    Nice pic, guys!! Great question here and for me, it was because a coworker suggested it since I often sent him links about films with commentaries, ahah. I figure it’d be fun to just put it in a blog format so I can get the discussion going w/ fellow movie lovers. I never thought it’d become so consuming and addictive, ahah.

    • Adam June 17, 2013, 10:30 am

      Ruth, consuming and addictive? I have no idea what you are talking about. ;-)

  • Rodney June 15, 2013, 6:16 pm

    I started my blog as a way to advertise stuff I was planning on doing – short films, writing, etc etc. However, I uploaded a couple of short reviews one day (and then a long one on Transformers) and I suddenly found my niche. Since then I figured my love of films and my love of writing didn’t need to be mutually exclusive, and so my blog transitioned into a film review site.

    I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t watch films and write about them. I’d probably go into porn. ;) Not really, but life would be a lot harder.

    • Adam June 17, 2013, 10:31 am

      Rodney that may be the most positive things those Transformers films have ever done.

  • Monkeyboy June 17, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I guess I just like movies, and actually started a movie review website way back in 1998 or something like that, called Monkeyboy Review, thinking it would be a cool thing to do.

    Then I quit and shut the website down for a long time, before starting up my new site Bananas About Movies. Mainly because I missed writing about films. The internet has definitely changed a lot since my first website. There’s a hell of a lot more movie blogs out there now, vying for everyone’s attention. It’s tougher to get noticed for a lazy person like me, but on the other hand, it’s nice to read all the other blogs out there. Or at least try to!

  • Nostra June 21, 2013, 7:07 am

    I started out just writing one sentence reviews on my Facebook page, just for my friends. One day I was so bored at work that I ended up signing up at Wordpress for a blog and it has been growing ever since. I really appreciate how much joy it has given. Not only in getting into contact with amazing other bloggers, but it also allowed me to interview some great people like Michael Deas (who painted the Columbia Pictures logo), Paul Verhoeven, Kurt Kuenne and others. I could have never imagined that happening when I just started out. It give a lot of statisfaction and keeps me going :)

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