Thank you all SO MUCH… but it’s time for me to roll.

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It’s Thanksgiving, which I think is a perfect time to make this post. Because I’m very thankful and grateful for all support that I’ve received here while running FMR. I had a ton of excellent movie discussions, met a lot of great people online, learned a ton about movies, and had a truly, genuinely gratifying experience writing and being a blogger.

It’s undeniable now though that I have to move on. So I wanted to make an official post to announce it and take one last opportunity to thank you all.

When I began Fogs’ Movie Reviews two and a half years ago,  I had little idea what I was getting myself into. I had been enjoying doing mini reviews on Facebook, a couple of my friends suggested I start a movie blog, and I quickly dove in head first.

Those first six months or so, as I discovered the joy and rewards of writing about movies, were an intense time of doing extremely little aside from work and blogging. I was so amped up on the newfound highs of being a blogger that I filled nearly all of my free time with it. Almost every free moment I had was spent either watching movies or writing about them. It was an unsustainable path, but the stars aligned to Ferris Keyboardfree up my time and allow it to continue on. A unique situation with my employment allowed me to blog directly from work, and then soon after, blog full time during a hiatus between jobs. I took that time and ran with it, dedicating as much time or more to FMR as I had during the initial, intense first few months.

It was a period I enjoyed very much. I saw more movies in theatres than is probably healthy for a person. I tried to watch every major theatrical release, whether they were good, bad, or downright God-awful. I’d watch movies at home, as well, pursuing under the radar films and classics that I had never gotten around to. And after all of the watching, I’d write, trying to post a new piece of content every single day (and many times more than one).

The response, in my opinion, was overwhelming.

shot0146FMR quickly developed a friendly, loyal and knowledgeable community. Numerous people became regular readers and commenters, and their presence only served to attract others. Before long, the commenting here became more valuable than the content, and people were coming not just to read what I was writing, but to join in the discussion and debate.

I achieved some recognition and accolades during the past couple of years as well. WordPress Freshly Pressed FMR four times, which was an incredible honor and a great boon. They also called out my site in their “Daily Post” blog and said some very flattering things. And of course, nothing could top the experience of this year’s Lammy Awards, where I enjoyed unprecedented success. It was an incredible, amazing treat to have a week like that, thank the Large Association of Movie Blogs and everyone else involved, I’ll never forget it.

As everyone knows though, I’m back working on my career, and I have next to no time now to play on the ‘net. I’ll also confess that there are some things I tired of with blogging, as well. Towards the end, I found myself losing the drive to see movies I had no interest in, just in order to get a review up, but I ferris_buellers_day_offalso found myself tiring of reviewing in general. I never envisioned myself as a critic to begin with… I always thought of myself as someone who loved movies enough to write about them. And towards the end I ran out of gas a bit for the point-counterpoint that comes with putting your opinion up for people to sound off on. I think it’ll be refreshing to once again be able to watch movies without having to opine on them officially, and without having to defend my opinion to others.

So, given my current lack of free time, and the fact that I don’t have the insatiable hunger for the game that I once did, the time has come to officially step away from FMR. I realize that I could probably post sporadic, occasional content in order to keep the site on life support, but people who know me know that that’s not what I’m about. I’ll be paying the bills and leaving the blog up (mainly because I can’t bear to delete so much of my own writing), and who knows, maybe one day the winds will change and I’ll find myself wanting to resurrect it. But for the forseeable future, this will be the last post I put up.

I want to thank Morgan and Richard for providing content the past couple of months. You guys have been great, and I appreciate the efforts you’ve given. But I feel badly having you produce pieces here, while I can’t.

I want to thank Dylan Fields and Joel Burman of the Large Association of Movie Blogs. You gentlemen were very welcoming to me, and I know that I got a LOT out of my membership in your organization.

I’d like to thank WordPress for creating such an outstanding platform for amateur writers and for showing me such great support personally.

But most of all, I’d like to thank all my friends, family and fellow bloggers who came here on a regular basis and blessed FMR with a readership and commenting community that became the envy of other bloggers. On any shot0140given post I could count on people to show up and sound off, and on “Tossin’ It Out There” Tuesdays, I would regularly see comment counts hitting 150 and more. It really was impressive, very flattering, and extremely, extremely fun. I had a great time bantering back and forth, learning what movies people loved and which ones they hate, and having people point me in the direction of great films that I had never seen.

It all added up to an incredibly fun endeavor that I got more than my share of praise for. It’s something I’ll never forget.  In the end, I’m choosing to look at it not that I “no longer can” blog, but that I already have. That I had the experience fully and successfully and did it just about as well as I could have possibly hoped.

Thank you all one last time for helping me, supporting me, and enjoying it alongside me.

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168 thoughts on “Thank you all SO MUCH… but it’s time for me to roll.

  1. It was a great run Fogs! I haven’t been active at on the blogosphere for many of the same reasons.

    Thanks for creating this space in the first place, and good luck with your other endeavors.

  2. Sad to see it go, but as you said, it’s not all that surprising. Will definitely miss hearing TPMP every week, it’s one of the few new release podcasts I enjoy listening to just because of the chemistry between you and Tank.

    • Thanks Bubba! Yeah… this has been coming for awhile now.

      I purposely didn’t mention TPMP though, as that’s a horse of a different color. I’m not gonna lie, it may end soon as well, but Tank and I are still discussing it. At the very least we’ve decided we’re going to run through the end of the year so that we can hit all the big movies of the Holiday season and do our year end top ten lists. We’re so close, you know? Why miss out on that – that’s always great.

      Anything that gets decided or announced in that regard though, deserves to be announced on the show itself so that Tank can be a part of that as well. At this specific moment though it’s still up in the air.

      • Good to hear that it’s sticking around for a little while longer at least. It still requires going to a lot of movies, but you don’t have to hit every major release. I hope you find a way to stick around in some way, even if it’s every other week or even monthly. You’ve always got a ton of energy and your enthusiasm is infectious while listening to you.

      • Thanks, Bubba. It means a lot to hear that. We’ll take it under advisement… as I said, everything is still very much up in the air and there’s a lot to talk out. We very much haven’t decided anything at all…

  3. Thank you! It was a short but amazing ride. You should be proud, not the least of what you did with the Lammies. Grand slam! Now go out in the world and do that in some other field that engages you. The sky is the limit!

  4. Well Dan glad you had a great time doing your site. I know that I had great time talking to you about during our many times having diner or lunch before or after a movie. All I can say is that I have the pleasure of being your friend and continuing our conversations in the future. Have a great Thanksging.

    • Thanks man, you know I’ve had fun too. LOL. Having you to riff on some of those bad movies with was the only thing that made them bearable! LOL :D

      Have a good Thanksgiving too. Let me know if you want to hit the Hobbit.

  5. A sad day in the movie blogsphere indeed. I will think back fondly to the few times I go to debate films with you over at Dearfilm and will lament the loss of a great common sense voice in this space. Keep loving film my man

    Rock on!

    • Ha! It’s funny you portray it as “common sense”. :D I think the thing I’ll always remember is the times I almost made your head explode, Ric! :D I think you always knew you had free license to sound off, so if there was ever something you disagreed with, you weren’t afraid to play it up! I think “Spring Breakers” comes to mind most, out of all of them for some reason. ;)

  6. It’s a sad day in the blogging world, Fogs! I can completely understand your feelings, though. I think the last time we chatted, I was feeling quite jaded myself. Surprisingly, I’m still going but who knows for how long?

    It was an absolute pleasure to make your acquaintance, my man, and great working alongside you on occasion. Happy times and fond memories, mate. I do hope to see you back some day but I still wish you all the best in your next endeavour, bro! :)

    • Thanks, Markus, I really appreciate the sentiment there.

      Yeah, the “jaded” element is a factor, but it’s mainly the career. Without the heavy workload, I think I’d still be pushing through burnout as I had at various moments before. That said though, I could probably push through the heavy workload if it wasn’t for the burnout, if you know what I mean. ;)

      It was fun meeting you, and Im sure it wont be the last time our paths cross online… This place actually reunited me with a number of people I had met on the net previously at other stops, so I know full well how possible that is !

      Rock on Mark, rock on.

  7. Yo Fogs!! It’s been a pleasure to have gotten to talk movies with you, my friend. The Rocky Lambcast will always be one of my all-time favorite podcast experiences. I’ve learned a lot from you and appreciate the advice and exchanges we’ve had over the years.

    I wish you the best in all that you do.

    • Joey G.

      Yeah, man, it has been a blast. That Rocky show WAS incredible, there’s no doubt. We took that series and looked it over from top to bottom, it was incredible. Such a celebration of a great franchise, it’s so awesome to do stuff like that!

      We’ll see if TPMP is gonna keep rolling… if it does, you’ll have to be back to defend your box office champion crown!!

  8. I echo so many of the comments here, Dan and completely understand. This is one part of happy thanksgiving that isn’t so “happy” as I will miss your posts, but I am thankful for all the fun stuff here and the friendship and support you have offered to not only myself, but the entire blogging community.

    I’m cheering for you man! and will always be glad to know I was the one that got you to watch Hook again! :)

    • AHAHHA!! Hook. :D :roll: You’re too much with that movie, man!

      It is kind of a bummer shutting it down, man, there’s no doubt. It’s not just my site, though, I miss being able to keep up with everyone else’s site too. Keep the fun alive over there at The FF, man. I always was a big fan of your super positive tone!

  9. Hey man, just keep doing you. Crush it at the career every day, start to love movies again for the joy of watching, and pat yourself on the back friend. You did an excellent job and made the interwebs a nicer place a for a while. Best of luck :)

    • Thanks Smash! :D I will. Thanks for the kind words, it was fun during the run! I think I’m definitely going to enjoy just chilling and watching movies for the sake of it again, feels like a long time since that’s happened!!

  10. Your readers will miss you, Dan. Really. However, it is perfectly understandable. I hope I’ll see/read you in the comments somewhere in the ether, and sincerely wish you the best in your career and goals for the future, my friend. It’s been quite a ride :-).

    Many thanks.

    • Thank YOU Le0p! You’re unquestionably one of the most supportive individuals out there, there’s no doubt about that! I’m sure I speak for a bunch of people when I say your support is greatly appreciated!

      It has been quite a ride, hasn’t it? :o Definitely crazy at times, but totally worth it and fun. :D

  11. Even though I knew it was coming, thanks to our earlier discussions, I’m still sad to see it go. That said, I completely understand the reasons why. Just being a little busier than normal this past month myself has reminded me just how much of a time investment blogging really requires. It’s really a job unto itself, as far as the time commitment goes. Working a regular full time — or full time plus — job in addition just seems like it would be really difficult to do. Like Bubbawheat said, though, I hope you and Tank can keep the podcast going, even if it’s not a weekly thing.

    I also understand the periodic feeling of burnout. I think most of us have to fight that one from time to time, and it’s hard to deny there are advantages to just being a movie viewer. But as you’ve said, the camaraderie with the readers can be pretty rewarding.

    Anyway, it’s been a blast hanging out with you here. Always enjoyed reading your reviews and you got some of the best discussions going here. And thanks for letting me be a part of it these past few months.

    • Thank YOU for pitching in! Definitely some above and beyond level stuff, brother!

      We’ll keep in touch, you know that…

      Meanwhile though, yeah. It really wasn’t one factor or the other but a combination of both. Obviously the majority of it is being so damn busy with the new job, but I could have found workarounds if I still had the fire in the belly that I had at the start of all of this…

      It definitely wound up being a good crew though, no? There were certainly some good, fun threads here over the course of the run. :D Thanks for being such a huge part of it, CO!

  12. To paraphrase Norma Desmond: “FOGS is still big. It’s the blogging world that got small!”

    We’ll miss you buddy. We loved you as much as Jeremy Irvine loved that ‘orse! And I believe that somewhere there’s a Hollywood ending where we’ll all be together again for a grand finale in a giant cineplex filled with all your friends!

    • LOL. :D The ‘Orse. I should have used “War Horse” as the theme of this post instead of the John Hughes stuff. LOL. Put in a bunch of sunsets and flying geese photos and then a shot up, dying freaking horse to make people cry when I say I’m gonna go :roll: LOL :D

      Yeah, that’s a nice thought… I wish the world was that way, you know? We could all just hang out and not worry about anything but watching movies? Alas, it’s not to be :(

      Thanks for the patronage NTEMP. You stay classy ;)

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