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 😀 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 and I’ll put them up!



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

  1. Happy Birthday Fogs! Sure, you may think that you’re a person in the real world with your own birthday and identity, but to me you’re just a blogging, tweeting, podcasting, Lammy-hording machine— And one of my favorite ones at that!!!!!!

    Seriously, Congratulations on the Blogiversary! I already sent my presents courtesy of MisterPoll, and expect that they’ll be arriving throughout the week. 😉

    • LOL. Now now. Technically I havent hoarded any Lammies at all. 0-8 is still in play, which I think would put things in a different perspective. 😀 A Lammy nomination hoarder? Well, ok, now you have something there…

      HA! Your second paragraph was very clever! You know what I wanted the most! Thank you…. thank you…. LOL

      We’ll see, you know? I’ve just been trying to maximize the nominee experience and get all the mileage I can out of it, and I think I did that. 😀

      Good to see you drop by today man! 😀 And dont worry about envisioning me as a blogging machine… I see you as a gilded statuette!! 😀

  2. Congrats! A multiple LAMMY nominee and only just turned a year old – that’s pretty impressive. And it is pretty awesome what blogging does for you, which is what I’ll be talking about in my school speech in a couple of days. May there be many more birthdays for FMR to come!

    • Oh really? Gonna put a copy of that up online? 😀 Thats cool…

      Meanwhile, yeah, blogging does do some awesome things for you for sure. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and dropping off some good wishes Stevee, I appreciate that! 😀

  3. Happy 1 year anniversary, ya inbread sonofabitch!

    The cake was recently dropped on unsuspecting insurgents in Yemen by a drone. Investigations are underway to determine if this is a war crime.

    • I think we should worry instead if the contagion will spread to other regions once the cake has been ingested. LOL 😀

      Thanks K2, it’s always fun… its been really great getting everyone together and goofing off online again. 😀

  4. Congrats buddy! I can’t believe your blog is only one year old — it has all the makings of a grizzled veteran. 🙂

    Also, digging the gratuitous usage of Thunderlips in these comments. 😀

  5. Happy Anniversary Fogs!!! I have loved your blog from day one, and I have enjoyed watching it grow! I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that you have introduced me to a whole other way to views movies now!

    • Well, that’s really cool of you to say. 😀

      Your support has been invaluable here, you definitely have been around since Day one, it’s totally true. I’m glad you stuck with it, hopefully we’ll grow into something even better soon… !

  6. Damn my finger is sore from scrolling down the list of congrats.

    “Our baby’s all grown up”

    In my best Vince Vaughn voice

    • The damn alert on my phone for incoming e-mails hasn’t stopped beeping for days man. I kept getting excited that I had some news but it was all for Fogs! LOL.

      • Oh man, you gotta manage your email subscriptions! LOL

        Shit man, I hate doing that to people… that’s why I went to the matresses when WordPress changed the default setting on emails to checked. That’s not going to be the best option for most frequenters, here. LOL

        Sorry Mark…

      • No worries man. I enjoy reading comments as well. I just don’t know how you managed to respond to them all. That’s suffering for ones art that is. 😉

    • Hands a plate of breakfast to the table behind me, stands up on the table, waving my arms.

      FMR is all grown up!! It’s grown up!!

      😀 It’s fun man, I’m having a lot of fun here, for sure. Let’s see how the terrible twos treat it… LOL

  7. Congrats!!! You do a great job and I enjoy reading all your posts!! Keep up the good work! Here’s to many years of reviewing movies! And arguing about Alien/Aliens and Stallone/Arnold! 😉

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