It was just over one year ago that I began blogging. When my good friend Courtney Small invited me to be a writer for Big Thoughts from a Small Mind, I was thrilled, but I had no idea what to expect from the experience; I just knew that I loved movies and that I loved to write. Now just over a year into it, I can say without a doubt that having a creative outlet and a recreational “job” to call my own apart from my 9 to 5 has been really great. Looking back at the past year and a bit, I’ve been amazed at the sense of purpose it has imbued in me and how much I’ve enjoyed writing regularly again especially about something I enjoy so much. The experience has not been without its challenges, surprises and rewards. Here are a few highlights from year one.
I’ve experienced a few different challenges over the past year. The first has been finding time to write as often as I’d like to. Sometimes there don’t seem to be enough hours in a day to do all of the things that I want to do and carving out ample time to write has become quite the balancing act. The second has been coming up with interesting and fresh ideas to write about each week to help build traffic and to keep our frequent traffickers coming back to our blog every day. The third challenge has been maintaining faith in my own writing. With every post I always ask myself, have I written something thought-provoking and interesting enough? Have I provided a fresh perspective on a popular idea that’s been blogged about before? Is my blog post entertaining and worthy of the time it will take for someone to stop and read it? It has certainly been eye-opening to see first-hand how demanding it is to maintain a blog and to post new and original content on a daily basis.
The biggest surprise for me has been the amazing sense of community. If there was something I didn’t know about blogging going into it, it was the incredible high one gets out of interacting with other bloggers and movie fans all over the globe.
Source of inspiration:
Literally everything has become a source of inspiration for my writing. Simple things like home ownership (Money Pit post), holidays (Canada Day and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation posts) and my job (Office Space post) have inspired some of the posts I’ve written. Just going about my day-to-day has changed fundamentally because I could be doing something very routine and suddenly think of an idea for a blog post. Also, the act of watching television shows and movies has changed because when I watch something nowadays I do so more analytically than ever before and I always wonder, do I have something interesting to say about this to warrant writing a blog post about it?
This one's simple. I like sharing what I write. Seeing my work published online and out there to be seen is such an incredible feeling. It's the comments and emails I receive from the people who frequent the blog. It's the support from the movie blogosphere, the fact that people took the time to read my work in this busy world and were inspired enough to comment on what I had to say. It's the blogs that I find and visit regularly because they, like a daily newspaper, have something new to offer that I want to read every day.
Most challenging post:
In writing this post, I understood that I was broaching a hot-button issue and an oft debated subject when it comes to movies. It generated a lot of discussion, which was wonderful to see.
To the film bloggers out there, what has been your most noteworthy experience as a blogger? For the non-bloggers, what do you find interesting about film blogs in general? Let us know in the comments section.