Big changes ahead at FMR

ChangeHey everyone, how’s it going?

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed the changes in FMR over the past few weeks. It’s been a few months since the last MTESS, and a couple of weeks without a “Tossin’ It Out There”. I didn’t want to make any rash decisions or announce anything prematurely, but there’s no avoiding it now: Changes are on the way for FMR.

For the past two years, my employment situation has been… extraordinarily conducive to blogging. Let’s just say that. Recently, however, I’ve taken a job that is, well… not as conducive. LOL. I have much less free time to work with, and no capability of blogging from work (as I have in the past, sshhhhhh….).

Fear not, however! Friends of FMR are coming to the rescue!

For the first time, I’ll be opening the site to running contributions from other bloggers. Morgan Lewis of Morgan on Media, and Richard Kirkham of Kirkham a Movie a Day will be helping me provide movie related content in order to keep FMR firing on all cylinders! Each of these guys are good friends of the site, and both are bloggers that I follow. I respect each of their tastes in movies, and both are great writers. I’m looking forward to watching what they bring to the site!

Morgan and I go back more than ten years online. We both contributed content to Creation Matrix and The Halls of Hysteria back in our old comic-book forum days. We got to know each other there, worked together as moderators, and then when I started FMR I was thrilled to see him become a part of the community here. Over the years, though, I’ve honestly been a bit shocked at some of the touchstone movies of pop culture that he hasn’t seen! So, he and I have discussed, and the series he’ll be contributing will be a formal exploration of those films. I’ve been granted access to his vaunted “To See List”, and I’ve chosen a lineup of some of the biggest and best for him to watch for the first time. Then in turn, he’ll share that experience with us in this series!

Richard and I met through the LAMB at some point early last year. Our mutual love of the James Bond franchise really helped us connect, I remember we had a great series of Bond conversations as he worked his way through the “James Bond: Classic, Cheese or Crap” series! Richard has been a stalwart member of the FMR community since that time, and I’ve really enjoyed reading his work over at “A Movie a Day” as well! Richard’s plan (to begin with) is to contribute a series entitled “Movies I Wish Everyone Would See”. I like it already! ;) He’s also expressed an interest in varying up his contributions as well, so there will likely be other types of posts from Richard down the line. Richard has excellent taste in movies and is a great writer, so I’m psyched to have him share his work with us!

For my part, I’ll continue to bring you reviews of everything that hits the theatres, (title pending), plus posts like “Under the Radar”, Top Tens, the Great Debates, etc… For now, though, Movies That Everyone Should See and Tossin’ It Out There are officially on hiatus. MTESS posts are too labor intensive to fit into my schedule at the moment, and… I just feel badly posting a Tossin’ It Out there without being able to reply to all the great comments. In theory I could post the topic in the morning and get to comments when I return from work at night, but if the volume holds to form, it can be a daunting task to catch up with them all. So for now, both series are on hold, but they certainly could return as things evolve.

In the meantime, I’m excited to add these two new voices to FMR, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone here get to know them better. So please help me welcome them both, we’ll have each of their first posts up this week! There may be more changes in store as we go, too, as I’ll stay on the lookout for new ways to keep the site active and rewarding!

Thanks as always for your support!!

Fogs

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78 thoughts on “Big changes ahead at FMR

  1. Well, it’s great news on the employment side of things! Congrats there, Dan! And great news for FMR too. It’s all about growing and moving forward, right? Blogging is certainly that second job that doesn’t pay but is far too much fun to give up!

    • Yeah, I thought about ditching the whole thing for a bit, honestly… but I worked too hard to get it to where it is, so… something is better than nothing, right?

      In the meantime, yeah, who knows, maybe this will add a different flavor to everything and make it all even better. We’ll see! ;) :D

  2. Welcome aboard guys! (I have seen many comments over the last 2 years, and already feel like I know Morgan. LOL) Fogs has a great blog, and I I have no doubt he has picked the best to contribute their thoughts.

  3. Good stuff Fogs, good to hear you’re taking the measures needed to keep the site going ’cause you have a lot of people who love coming here. Hope the new job is good to you and I look forward to seeing what the new blood brings to the table :)

    • Thanks Chris. Yeah, I would have hated to have had to close shop :( So this was a better alternative. I could have posted only on weekends, but that really wouldn’t have been the same, you know? Lets see how this goes, I’m betting it turns out great!

  4. Something tells me that a job where you can’t blog from work is a better job than one where you can. ;)

    This is great news, even if it means bringing in Morgan as a writer! (I’m kidding. :) It’s great news.)

  5. I’m sure this is all for the best, Fogs. As I would expect from FMR. Morgan and Richard are people I regularly enjoy reading and they’ll be great contributors. All the best to you.

  6. I’ll add my voice of Welcome to Morgan and Richard as well. Morgan of course I know well (and will always be “CO” to me :D ) and have tremenbdous respect and affection for. Richard I dont know as well, but an interesting and new perspective is alweays of value.

    As far as Dan’s new job, I send a hearty congrats, well done, and a big ole slap on the back (WHACK!) ;) I admit that I will miss the Throwing it out there piece the most, as it always has encouraged the most sense of community about the blog, starting conversations and debates, and bringing out the fanboy and fangirl passions in everyone. The MTESS sections also have been both edifying and entertaining, but I understand that they’re fairly intensive research peices as well, but I do think they’re been some of your best writing that I’ve seen. Maybe those could be farmed out as a special guest segment or something. I might be arm twisted into doing one, maybe some of the others might contribute as well, along the lines of the Readers Recommendations. Just a thought.

    Anyway, Mazel Toff and onward! :)

    • I know, right, he’s never shaking CO as far as I’m concerned, either. LOL

      Tossin’ It Out There and MTESS both may return, but it’ll take me awhile to settle in. I think if I could find a way to get people talking to each other more in the TIOTs I wouldn’t feel so bad just throwing up a question and leaving it unattended.

      Meanwhile, as CO said, if you have any ideas about contributing, you know how to get ahold of me. LOL. I’d love to see you join in the fray!

  7. I’ve had the same problem this year. You have to do what you have to do.

    For random amusement factor, brought to you by The Pessimist calendar, is a quote by Lloyd Kaufman. He was the producer of somethings called ‘Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator’ (3.1 IMBD) and ‘Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (6.1 IMDB – I’m a little shocked by that one).

    He once stated that, “It is up to us to produce better-quality movies.”

    Given the movies this year in general and this summer in particular, it is a hillarious qoute.

  8. Sad that MTESS is on hiatus as you know how I love that feature, but very glad about your work news! Congrats Fogs, and welcome Morgan and Richard! Hope you find the time to still blog regularly. Believe me, I know how it is!

    I look forward to reading the new stuff :)

    • Thanks Fernando. MTESS will be back eventually, I’m sure. I just need some time to get a grip on my new schedule and get into a routine again… once the dust settles, I’m sure I’ll find a way to resurrect it! :D

  9. Congrats on the job Fogs! I know EXACTLY what you mean in the bittersweetness of having work and not always having the time to devote to your blog. Great additions to Fogs here. I am excited to see how these big changes make it even more fun here. (Didn’t even know that was possible!) ha :)

    • Yeah, its tough having to do what you’ve gotta do, even if it basically decimates your blogging schedule. But then again, you may be right, it may become a bigger and better crew. Maybe people will take to it really well! That’s the hope at least! :D

  10. Yeah, I noticed the absense of those posts lately, but I just figured you were taking a bit of a summer break. :P Looking forward to checking out these new features to come, though! :)

    • I am too. I’m sure Morgan and Richard will do a great job.

      I didn’t want to make any kind of announcement til I was sure what would happen, for all I knew maybe I could have pulled it off, you know?

      But… nope. LOL ;)

  11. Congrats on the new job Fogs. ( I thought it might have been a girl…)
    I am sure that your reduced blogging will still be more than most of us (Except Terrence. that guy’s crazy busy).
    Is this going to affect the podcast?

    • Naw, I wouldn’t let a chick get in the way of my blogging, man! Gotta have SOME priorities! LOL ;)

      This shouldn’t affect TPMP, no. Tank has assumed the editing duties, so we should still be cranking them out as always! The opening goof segments may take a while to gain some traction again, but I don’t envision any long term changes for the show ;)

  12. Well, at least people so far are being positive about the changes. That’s a good sign. :)

    We’ve talked a bit about this privately of course, but let me add my formal congratulations — and commiserations! — on the new job. I’ve always viewed work as a direct trade-off between having enough money to do things and having enough time to do them, and I’ve had a few of those 60-hour-a-week jobs as well, so I understand how it necessitated the changes. Sorry to see MTESS continue its hiatus, but I’m sure Richard will pick up the slack there. Also sorry to see Tossin’ it Out There go on hiatus, but I understand the reasoning.

    For my part, I’m happy to be a contributor and help keep FMR going strong. It’s the best the movie blog around, in my opinion.

    And as for shock on those cultural touchstones… just remember, you still need to see The Adventures of Robin Hood. :P

    • There is something inherently wrong with a movie lover who has not seen the Adventures of Robin Hood. On the other hand, it is a treat you can hold out for yourself when you really need it. Just don’t wait too long, your heart will shrivel.

    • “Well, at least people so far are being positive about the changes. That’s a good sign. :) ” – Give ‘em time. They’ll bark at you soon enough. They’re a tough crowd. LOL

      Yup. The money-time trade off cuts right to the heart of it. :roll: That’s it exactly.

      LOL @ both of you for The Robin Hood stuff. That may happen soon. I do intend to get Readers Recommendations going again soon, and that’ll be near the top of the list…

  13. Boo! Hiss! Boo! You think that just because you’re adding content from great people I regularly read elsewhere that I’m not going to go all Statler and/or Waldorf on this?

    Boo!

    And for good measure, I’m also going to add a video game forum favourite of mine:

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! This is a literal slap in the face to everyone that loves this site. And you expect me to just sit here and continue to enjoy it? I’m cancelling my account.

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