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!
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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put them up!
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR A GREAT YEAR, AND NOW LET’S KICK OFF YEAR TWO!!