Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Significant Other Side of Film Blogging
Posted by Courtney Small
Today marks an important day in the history of this blog. It marks two years that my wife and I have been married. What does this have to do with a film blog you ask? Well, a lot actually. If you stay with me for a just moment I will elaborate further. In the two years since I became a married man, a lot has happened in my personal life. Most of it has been good (i.e. the birth of my son) and some of it has been bad (i.e. getting into a car accident over the Christmas holidays), but my wife has been my rock through all of it. One of the biggest areas in which she has been unconditionally supportive is in my blogging endeavours.
Although this blog has been kicking around since 2006, I only really started to take it to the next level two years ago. Those of you who are bloggers, or follow blogs, know that maintaining a blog can be both time consuming and often thankless. This is especially true when you are a film blogger. While it is fun to converse with others on all things film the fact of the matter is it takes time to watch films, let alone write about them. Throw in the increasing day-to-day responsibilities that come with having a job, a family and raising a child and you have a recipe for a stressful situation.
When I first started the site my goal was to post once a week if I was lucky. Over the years it somehow evolved into posting content almost daily. Again, though I enjoy it, it is still rather time consuming when so much of my day is allotted to other more pressing things. While adding JBT to the staff has been great from both a creative and time standpoint, I know I will eventually have to add another writer or two to take the blog to where I would ultimately like to see it go. Regardless, it takes a lot of patience for someone, who is not a hardcore movie lover, to let me indulge in my cinematic obsession the way I do.
I would often joke with others that “even my own wife doesn’t read my blog”, which is partially true. Although she occasionally pops up in a few of our conversational-style reviews, my wife does not frequent the site that often. This is partly because she often will read the stuff I write long before it is posted on the site. I find that getting her “average Joe” thoughts on particular pieces helps to gauge whether certain points get across the way I intend. Even this act requires my wife to take time out of the numerous things she is doing to humour me by reading my piece, even if it is only a few minutes.
If my wife was not as encouraging as she is, I have no doubt the blog would not be where it is today. Yes, in the grand scheme of the blogosphere, Big Thoughts from a Small Mind, is but a mere speck. However it is a speck I can be proud of nonetheless. To be honest, I never thought it would provide me with the opportunities that it has. In the past two years not only have I had the chance to meet and become friends with many local film bloggers, but I have even managed to become an accredited member of the press for several of the local film festivals (e.g. Hot Docs, Reel Asian, Toronto After Dark, etc.). Whether it was encouraging me to accept my pal Ryan’s invite to attend my first blogger pub night, or enduring hours of me being away at various film festivals, my wife has been one of the driving forces behind many of the key moments in my brief blogging existence. So to all those bloggers who may have a significant other, a family member, or even a close friend that provides support to your film geekery, take a moment to thank them for all they do. Film blogging would not be as rich and rewarding without them.