Normally on Fridays, I like to run my “Follow Fridays” series, where I recommend another movie blog and try to briefly explain why they’re worth checking out. It’s one of the ways that I try to connect everyone, and also a way to try to support other blogger’s efforts.
So I thought today would be a good day to launch my Lammy campaigning, and lead with the category “Best Community Builder / Networking Lamb”. It kind of ties in neatly to what I’d be doing today anyways.
I think everyone here knows that here at FMR we have a great movie discussion/commenting community, but you might not all be familiar with all of the other candidates. This post will give me an opportunity to highlight the other nominees, which will be good for our Non-Lammie readers and help our eligible voter friends have a look at the category and make an informed decision…
For FMR, of course! :D Read on!
Deny Everything is the blog of one Joel Burman, the reigning Shepherd of the Large Association of Movie Blogs. That’s pretty intimidating in and of itself – kind of like going up for a work award versus the President of the company. But you have to factor in that Joel has energized and invigorated the Lamb Community in a remarkable way. He got in, got active, and before you know it, he had an entire parade of Lammies marching behind him (myself included) singing the Lamb’s praises. He’s done an outstanding job, and practically embodies the spirit of this award.
Anomalous Material is the blog of Castor Troy (aided by a number of contributors). I’m certain that you all know who HE is. Why? Because Castor “Cap” Troy makes the blogosphere rounds like no other. If you’re a blogger, or if you read movie blogs regularly, I can practically guarantee you’ve seen a comment or two from AM’s Editor-in-chief. Beyond that, Anomalous Material has a thriving commenting community of its own, where people regularly comment back and forth amongst each other, encouraged by Castor. Add in multiple film related fantasy leagues that are open to everyone, and Anomalous Materials is practically a doorway to meeting other movie fans on the net.
Dylan Fields is the founder of the LAMB. He also currently hosts the LAMB’s weekly podcast, the Lambcast, as I’m sure you’re all aware. He’s integrally involved in all things Lamb, and it could be argued that he HAS built the community – that all of this can be traced back to him. Over at Man I Love Films, he and co-founder Kai Parker have amassed an impressive stable of contributors that could probably qualify as a community in and of itself. Both of them are very active in the Lamb and make everyone immediately feel welcome.
Our buddy NTEMP heads up the welcoming committee for the LAMB… As such he makes sure that each and every newbie gets some comment love upon joining the lamb, spreads the word about them on Twitter, and makes himself available if they have questions or comments. He serves as sort of a concierge for new lambs if you will. As such, he pretty much literally helps build our community, one new Lammie at a time. Add in the fact that he’s very active in the LAMB forums, on twitter and in the comment sections of people’s blogs, and you can see why NTEMP is a serious contender here!
Fogs’ Movie Reviews
So why vote for me? Honestly? That’s a good question. LOL. As you can see, I’m basically up against the heavyweights of the Lamb.
This is a varied mix of nominees, each bring different attributes forward for consideration. FMR draws a large and lively commenting community, but so do other nominees. I do a lot to encourage camaraderie over at the Lamb, but so do the others.
I think that at the end of the day though, Fogs’ Movie Reviews provides the most well rounded mix of both. We have a thriving discussion community here that I try to foster, but I’m also very active in the LAMB in the forums, and on twitter, and by participating on the Lambcasts. I know a lot of Lammies, and always have a lot of fun interacting with everyone, which in turn promotes camaraderie, community, etc.
So, if you’re a Lammie, and you have a vote, check out the nominees and think it over, and if you’re not, hopefully this will give you a chance to better follow along as we go. Either way, there’s a week’s worth of these ahead (not that I’ll get them all done next week), so please, bear with me… I consider the Lammies to be quite an honor, and want to take my chance to make my case for everyone!