Fogs’ Movie Reviews turns one year old today.

Last year around this time, a friend of mine made an off-handed comment on Facebook that I should open a movie blog. A large number of status updates I had been making were essentially mini-movie reviews, and he said something to the effect of “Dude, you should start a movie blog”. When another friend chimed in a few minutes later with “I would totally read that”, I was off to the races.

Thank you Bob and Matt, I owe you one. LOL

I signed up for WordPress, played around with the graphics of the site for a bit, wrote a handful of reviews, and then at the end of the week (June 18) I “opened for business” by announcing to my friends and family that I had opened up a blog. Thus began a painful few months where I strong-armed the people close to me into reading and commenting. I’m glad to say that many of them did, and really helped me through the painful early days with a lot of positive feedback and support. It was also great to see my old friends from the Halls show up, and its been great to have a new place to connect.

We’re up and running now, for sure. Things are going well, the podcast is taking off, and I’ve got a bunch of “Lammy lottery tickets” out there, we’ll see how we do with those this week…

WHAT? You guys got me presents?? Ohhhh man… you shouldn’t have… honestly… ohhhh… let’s see what they got. Cmon now, this is too much!

1) I’m watching movies with new eyes.

Now that I know that I’ll be reviewing whatever I watch, I’m watching movies in a much more critical way. That’s not to say I’m harsher on them, there’s nothing I like better than awarding the A++. I watch, I think, I form an opinion that I know I’ll have to defend. That’s a fantastic process that’s a lot of fun. It really adds to my enjoyment of watching movies. Plus, I’m learning a TON by doing my MTESS Series!

2) I’ve been given an outlet to express my passion for movies.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I turned on “The Breakfast Club” and watched it for the first time as a blogger and thought “I have to write about this!” Well, nothing was stopping me! There’s always a way available to me now to express my enthusiasm, thanks to FMR.

3) An amazing network of online friends, visitors and fellow bloggers

I’ve made a LOT of new friends this past year, and through the modern magic of social media, we’re always wired in. There’s always someone around to crack wise, or talk movies, or just all around goof off with. It’s been great meeting so many new people and getting to know you all!

4) Building the site and watching it grow has been amazing

Running a blog has been a fascinating thing for me… coming up with content, promoting it, watching the page views, subscribers and comments grow… it’s really been great. I get to put it together, brick by brick, and then see what it looks like as it progresses. It’s a very cool thing, what a great experience!

I realize that with all the Lammy posts, it’s been a little self-congratulatory around here of late, but I didn’t want the timing of these things to spoil my opportunity to celebrate the site’s anniversary. I also didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to thank you all for giving me so much over the past year, it’s really been a rewarding, satisfying endeavour for me, and I owe that all to the people who visit! Thanks to all the commenters and “likers” and lurkers… it’s your feedback and visits that keep me firing content out!

I kind of thought we might have some fun today and just goof around and turn this thread into a mock party… I have a feeling I can get things going in the right direction and find a few people who’d like to play along. LOL :D So whatever you’d like to post, let ‘er rip. Have fun! If anyone wants me to upload any pics to comments, just email them to me at fogsmoviereviews@gmail.com and I’ll put them up!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR A GREAT YEAR, AND NOW LET’S KICK OFF YEAR TWO!!

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134 thoughts on “Fogs’ Movie Reviews turns one year old today.

  1. Congratulations! I think you need to be a blogger to know what it takes to run a blog for an entire year and with the frenzy and frequency that you have. Really well done! Here’s to many more years of happy blogging!

    Cheers!

    • Thanks not only for your comment and compliment, but in your helping me to track them down. The spam filter grabbed them! Stupid Spam filter….

      Anyways, it has been pretty frenzied around here for sure. But in a good way, its been lots of fun. That’s what keeps it all going, you know? And yes, hopefully our “Class” of new lambs will ALL have a lot of years of success and happy blogging ahead of us! :D

  2. In the spirit of fraternity pranks… I have kidnapped the “Mr. Happy Happ” from the Focused Filmographer’s blog.

    So, I’m wondering what we should do with him, here? Piñata? Volleyball? Bowling? Help me out!

  3. Congratulations on making it to a year, Fogs! It’s been a lot of fun since I stumbled in a here a couple months after you launched, and I’ve really enjoyed reading your reviews and hanging out with you once again.

    I tried to think of what would be an appropriate way to celebrate. And then in a flash it hit me. There’s one thing, and only one thing, that is the right thing for me to do here. I have to offer you a piece of a certain cake.

    • OH. MY. GOD.

      a) I cant believe you thought of that.

      b) I cant believe you found that.

      That is AWESOME. LOL

      But…. just a word to the wise…. everyone… do NOT eat the cake. OK?

      • Yeah, I sort of gained custody of the cake after your departure from the Halls. It took me a few minutes to verify I still had a copy of the file, but fortunately I did, so it’s still here, still preserved. It’s eternal. :D

        Geez, this thing’s gotta be what, 8 years old now?

      • I wonder what it would take to destroy it? Solar flare? Quantum tear?

        Definitely more than it took to jackhammer that stupid rock. LOL “Benny”

        Let off some steam Benny!!

        It was a prettty freaking classic find, though, wasn’t it? LOL Good one, CO, what a beaut!

    • Regarding the age of the cake… I’m pretty sure it showed up before City of Heroes, and that’s 8 years old. Heroclix turned 10 this year, so probably 9 or 10 years worth of running gag.

      Grats Fogs. Glad to see you’re still having fun with it.

      • It’s somewhere around there… I’m pretty sure Fogs didn’t turn up on Creation Matrix until 2003 (along with most of what became the Halls), so the cake can’t be any older than that.

      • The circa is correct, I believe. :D I think I got to use it for at least a year before someone called bullshit on me. LOL! MANY people got that %$@&in’ thing before someone said WTF!! :D

        SPIKE! Good to see you today man, thanks! This is fun, I am definitely having fun.

        Trust me, I will fold tent quickly should that ever dry up. :D

  4. Please Tell Your Blog I Said Happy Birthday.
    I Didn’t Bring A Gift Since I’m Unsure Exactly What To Get A Blog.
    They’re Not Easy To Shop For, Ya Know?!?!
    Oh Well…
    …Maybe Next Year They’ll Have A Blog Section At Walgreen’s Or Something. ;)
    -BRAD

  5. Congratulations and a very happy birthday to your blog! Only recently bedcome a follower bu loving your work so far! I have no doubt your passion will not be going anywhere soon so I expect to see a lot more from this blog in the future!

  6. CONGRATUMALATIONS!

    1 year is a big milestone. Blogs are easy to start up and even easier to forget about. You’ve done an amazing job here within a year!

    Also, I don’t think I would have gotten involved with this whole movie blogging community had it not been for FMR!

    Oh and look who’s also happy for you!

    • Oh my god, that’s the happiest picture I’ve ever seen of her! She’s high or something there!

      And cmon… dont kid yourself, you’re a social butterfly, you’d have found your way to hanging around somehow, anyways… :D

      But that’s nice of you to say.

      Yeah! Happy January Jones stops by!

      • Do you know how long it took me to find a happy picture? It’s been a long morning for me!

        Here’s to more Happy January Jones moments to come!

  7. Congratulations Fogs! You’ve reached that milestone and still going strong. Hopefully, a few birthday presents will come in the form of a few Lammy’s soon? I bet that would make you so happy, you could shit yourself. LOL

    Well done mate! :-)

    • Well, hopefully there’s no actual defecation involved, but yes, metaphorically speaking, I would be so happy I could shit myself. :D We’ll see… they’ve started posting announcements already, but none of the categories I’m in yet.

      Gonna keep rolling on here, you know? It’s great getting to meet all these movie fans, as I’m sure you know… its a lot of fun writing up stuff and having people read it, too!

      • Here’s hoping on both accounts… 1: that some Awards do come your way and 2: that no defecation will actually physically take place ;-)

        You mist be well chuffed though? I only started in January but I’m so happy with the interaction I’ve recieved so far and it has been great talking movies regularly with likeminded people. I only wish I’d done it sooner.

      • “Well Chuffed”?

        I think I need Jaina to translate to American for me. LOL

        But yes, I do wish I had gotten an earlier start as well. But who knows, maybe the timing of things doesnt break as well, or Im not as motivated, etc etc…

        I’m happy with how things are going, so I wouldnt want to change things…

  8. Thanks to UnderScoopFire for introducing me to your site and ultimately to one of the few podcasts I listen to on a regular basis now. I’ve listened to TPMP since the beginning and now is a trusted source for the latest at the box office and a fun look back at film history.

    Looking forward to many more years of Fog Movie Reviews and TPMP!

    • Yeah, one of the many debts of gratitude I owe to the USF gang… you, Phil and Alan are all frequent visitors and prolific commenters that connected with the blog through USF, so I owe them for that, for sure.

      Plus of course, the genesis of TPMP!

      Glad you enjoy the show and the blog Jay, the next thing we have to do is figure out a good time to get you back on the show!! :D

  9. MUCHO COGRATS, Dan, and CONTINUED SUCCESS with FMR!!!!! Have totally enjoyed your intelligence/wit/super writing skills. Look forward to lots more on FMR. Best of luck with the Lammy’s too!!!!!!!

  10. Congratulations, fogs!
    No Cone of Shame, today.
    Though, a reasonable amount of trouble comes with the territory. :-)

    • Yeah, it was awesome. :D

      I’m hoping I can build on the success in year two!

      Thanks for stopping by man, and good luck in the Lammys all week, I know youre up for a bunhc of them too!

  11. Someone must have eaten my comment. Anyway – here we go again: congratulations to your anniversary. Blogging for an entire year with your frequency and frenzy and energy level is no small feat. I know that from my own experience of long term blogging. Anyone can start a blog. Very few are insane enough to stick to it. Here’s to many more years of cheerful movie blogging!

  12. Happy Birthday Dan!!!
    This is an amazing blog, you’re doing such
    and incredible job, I can’t wait for year 2. Thanks for all the presents you give us, all the funny posts, the responses, for letting me lurk when things are too crazy to post anything :)
    and for all the introspective and thoughtful posts as well…Very cerebral
    There are some really cute pictures on the internet of the muppets celebrating happy birthday so for the party I’m bringing some of those, a game of celebrity twister (right foot Charlie sheen) and a bag of ruffles sour cream and chedder chips.

    • This one seemed appropriate!

      And I love those chips, those are like the BEST kind. Mmmmmmm

      Seriously though, thanks :D Dont worry about lurking, lurkers are great! :D It’s always a treat when you show up!

      Year 2 is going o kick ass, too! :D

  13. I LOVE your page man. So much that you have here. It’s hard to realize that it has only been 1 year. You reign with your page and the amount of interaction/comments on each post. Generating a lot for the community.

    Very proud of ya man and glad to be a part of this celebration (although Mr. Happy Hap is not delighted that you infringed upon his liberty) I swear, if I see him attached to the antenna of your car there will be the world to pay! Prepare to reap the whirlwind. I shall avenge thee!

  14. Wooooo Fogman!!!!!!!!!!! Time flies when youre having fun doesnt it! We’re going to be 2 this fall and it hardly seems that long at all!

    Big congrats on the Birthday and LAMB nods. Keep up the good work!

    • Time does fly by, its like I got zapped by one of those Men ib Black neuralizers… LOL

      I guess that its seemed so fast because it HAS been such fun. Makes it easy to power through, and before you know it, time has flown by!

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