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. Hey Fogs! Such a shame that you’re calling it a day, man. It’s been an absolute pleasure reading your stuff and many thanks for the support you’ve given my own site, very much appreciated. All the best in the future mate.

    • No problem, Chris. I knew you were cool from the moment I caught your screen handle, I was like, oh, that’s bad ass! :D LOL It was easy to support your site, it’s well written and well run. :D Thanks for all the loyalty and friendship you showed around here, I seriously, seriously appreciate it.

      Rock on, brother…

  2. Admit it, the Twilight movie marathon broke your soul, didn’t it? ;)

    Your blog has been a truly unique experience in the blogging world. The reviews themselves were always topnotch and the comments section had a wonderful community feel that i’ve never quite found elsewhere. Your presence will be greatly missed, Fogs, you legend :)

    I think i’ll even miss The Judge! Scary as he was.

    I wish you only the best on your path ahead, and thank you for the fun you gave us :)

    • LOL Jina. You funny. You always make me laugh.

      I forgot about the judge! He’s very very pleased to have been mentioned in the mix as we all say our goodbyes to the site!

      Thanks for being a part of it Jina, it was a lot of fun… I had a lot of laughs over here on this side of things. I always know if something is funny if I make myself laugh… so all the fun everyone had here? I got to laugh at it first. :D

  3. Hey buddy!
    It’s saddening to see you go, you’ve provided me with so much excellent reading material and have been great company to discuss movies as well! Absolute best of luck in the future :D

  4. I’m sorry to see you go, Dan, but I knew it had to be. Many thanks to you. I got a lot of enjoyment out of your blog and enjoyed meeting your commenting crowd. I hope your career path includes you using your writing and community building talents, because they are both considerable! Best of luck to you!

    • Heh, well… no more than your average job does. ;) But of course, there’s times when those skills apply in other ways.

      It was great having you be a part of it Jan, it was always such an honor to know that people would regularly have my back in terms of supporting my content with comments, and you were a big part of that, I really am grateful. :D

  5. Good luck on your career Fogs! I’ll miss reading your posts and the awesome discussion that always followed. Take care man!

  6. Wowsers. Isn’t it bad enough I’m working today while I look southward at so many of my American friends enjoying a day off?

    There are few who have run a site and a community as well as you, Dan.
    “You got it”
    You will be greatly missed.

    • Yeah, it must suck working during such a famous holiday… we have to spread that one worldwide, it’s non-denominational! ;)

      I appreciate the kind words Ryan, you know I have immense respect for you and your work, so that means a lot coming from you. Especially seeing how long you’ve managed to keep things going… having experienced it myself now, I have a full appreciation how life can change your course…

  7. Wow, didn’t see this coming but could understand your predicament. I always enjoyed discussing your blog business plan in the early stages. It was driven by dedication, understanding your goals and a terrific talent for writing reviews. I had a lot of fun on your site and it became my movie compass for selecting weekend entertainment. You cultivated great friendships through your blog and anyone visiting was treated to the same camaraderie, making it easy to return, and often.

    All those pressures of running a prolific, popular, and well organized site must be daunting. But the tough decisions that have to be made today, will resonate throughout your future and bring great memories and pride to any endeavor you wish to achieve from this day forward.

    Good luck to you and thank you!

    Ray

    • Thank you, Ray. You were definitely the site’s consigliore in the early days. :D We held many a discussion that helped me understand what people were seeing from the other side, and thus what I should focus on, post, etc…

      I appreciate the well wishes, buddy I really do.

      The trick is, I can’t dedicate enough to make it one of the best anymore, and so… I’d rather step away than step back. :(

      Thanks again for all your time and all the ways you helped along the road!!

    • Dan, you are a “grinder” in the true sense of the word. I have immense respect for you as a blogger and a reviewer, and you never ceased to amaze me how you were able to crank out reviews so constantly. Keep at it man, people need to know the score!! :D

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  9. Sadly I just discovered your site, best of luck to you. And keep enjoying, discussing, and thinking about the films you see. I don’t think us reviewers will ever be able to get that out of our system.

    • You’re right, Grant, I doubt that ever will leave me. Its something that I had strong enough to motivate me to create this site… it’s not like it’s going to just up and vanish!

      Thanks for the well wishes, best of luck with your blogging endeavors, too! :D

  10. Fogs, you will be sorely missed by DSB. Although I have done an absolutely appalling job as of late getting to you as quick as possible, I hope that your future is full of fun and exciting things and I will constantly be coming back here to look at stuff I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile! May the future be ever in your favor buddy!!! :D Cheers.

    • Thanks Tom, very nice of you to say. :D Frankly, I haven’t been able to get around to FMR myself lately! It was one of the big reasons I knew I had to pack it in… :( I couldn’t even get around to the content that Richard and Morgan were supporting the site with :(

      But it was a fun run, I had a great time with it. I hope you enjoy DSB just as much, and that it’s as rewarding for you as my blogging experience was for me ;)

  11. You did a great job and your reviews will (and have been) missed! I think though you’re right. When you have lost the passion and it isn’t fun anymore, it’s time to stop – or at least take a break. Who knows what the future holds, right?! Take care, Lynelle

    • Thanks Lynelle. It was always such a cool thing to me that people I knew responded so positively to this. I think it gave me a leg up on the competition, too, so to speak ;)

      It’s not just losing the fire though, the job really is pretty unforgiving in terms of free time right now, and that’s the biggest factor. Although, it takes both… if I still had that insatiable fire, I ‘d find a way, I think ;)

      Thanks again so much for all your support over the run… it meant a great deal to me.

  12. Fogs, really sorry to hear that you’re hanging up your cleats. However, it sounds like it’s the best move for you, so that’s a good thing. In the words of Rocky, go for it! It’s been great reading your work and interacting on podcasts during the past few years. Good luck with everything.

    • Dan, it certainly has been a blast. :D I think that that Rocky show has become legendary (for those of us who were a part of it at least ;) ) Joe mentioned it as well. :D It was great working with you, and touching base on movies. That was a great part of this experience… getting to know other people who shared the same enthusiasm for movies enough to write about them.

      You take care, man, make sure you keep keepin’ on.

  13. But. But. But, where am I going to go now and trade trivial cinematic quips?!!!

    It was great reading your very detailed and humorous posts. The wind will be at your back wherever you go.

    • Heh. You can find a place, Jack (Kev)! They’re out there!

      OR… you could finally start your own blog! You like to write, there’s no magic required to sign up for a WordPress site. Just sayin’ buddy, just sayin’ ;)

      Meanwhile though, thank you so much for all your support and for sharing your expertise. You’re one of the few people I’d never want to go up against in like a trivia duel or anything Jack :o You were a constant presence in the commenting community, and I just want to tell you straight up that that meant a LOT to me. Thank you very much, buddy.

  14. It’s been a pleasure reading your articles, Fogs. I wish you all the best in the future and I hope to see you one day back at it again. In the meantime, don’t forget, your virtual legacy lives on! LOL ;)

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  16. Cheers mate. Thanks for hosting the party and all that went into it. It’s been a blast and it will be missed.
    I understand fully about how being a critic can wear thin. On our old site, I had to give up reviewing the comics, because it became no longer fun for to read them at all. I can easily imagine the same paradigm for reviewing movies, how it can become a chore, rather than enjoyable. But I have to admit, I will miss logging on here immediately after seeing some big blockbuster (Thor? Catching Fire? Gravity? Enders Game?) to see how our opinions matched and differed. Especially the conversations which followed. Even now, if I see some flick I missed when it was on the screen but it finally circled around on Netflix, I’ll find myself looking to see what you wrote back then. So thanks and as Vera Lynn said: We shall meet again, dont know where, dont know when (but probably on FB. ;) )

    • Thanks for the kind words, brother. I appreciate it. I’m really glad you took things in the spirit that they were intended here and helped this place get rocking.

      I don’t want to over exaggerate the “burnout” factor, the hardcore new job is definitely the prime culprit… but I had to confess to a certain degree of it. I remember just dreading writing my Lone Ranger review, because I really enjoyed it… but the rest of the net was savaging it. I just didn’t even want to bother with the fight to come. Towards the end it was a REAL fight to drag myself to the crappy movies, too :(

      I’ll miss the big blockbusters, too. I always enjoyed the fact that the big movies drew a lot more comments. :D Good times.

      And yeah, we’re not going to fall out of touch, I’m sure we just’ll have to find a new sandbox to play in eventually… :D

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