Friday, February 08, 2013

A Storm is Coming...Okay, More Like Changes


You may have noticed that postings have been a bit sporadic over the last few weeks. There have been several things going on behind the scenes that are responsible for this. The most important one being that recent changes at work have left me feeling wiped out lately. By the time I get home and spend time with the family, the last thing I feel like doing is looking at a computer screen. Even my film viewing has taken a bit of a dip of late, but that is more likely due to the fact that the little free time I have had over the last few days has been devoted to watching the series House of Cards on Netflix. All of this has led me to re-evaluate what will become of this blog moving forward.

Fear not, this is not one of those farewell speeches. In fact, it is far from it as the site, for better or worse, has become an important creative outlet for me. It has provided me with the opportunity to not only experience wonderful films, but also network with a slew of great people, who I now consider to be good friends. Having said that, there will be some changes to the content, and possibly the site itself, coming down the pipeline.

The first noticeable change is that you will not be getting new posts from my co-writer Jenny (aka JBT) for a few months. Jenny and her husband Andrew, who occasionally contributes reviews to the site, are expecting their first child next month. Though I will try to uphold the mantel for some of her features, chances are you will have to wait for Jenny to get settled into her new role as a mother before some of your favourite features return. The brief absence of Jenny’s voice on the site will be missed as she provided a collaborative, and creative, spark to many of the posts.

The next thing you may notice is that we will not be posting daily, like we did most of last year, for a while. The EXCEPTION to this will be film festival coverage, which I still plan to keep up with and hopefully expand this year. There are several reasons for this change: 1) I want to take more time to focus on expanding my cinema knowledge and improve my writing rather than just focusing on quantity. 2) Late last year l was commissioned to write a couple of articles for a magazine set to launch later this month. While I cannot go into details all I will say is that if things go well, I might be asked to contribute more articles in the future. 3) In regards to the previous point, I have enjoyed the experience of writing for someone else and plan to explore this option more moving forward. 4) I am working on changing the look of this site. I want something a bit cleaner with more blogging features behind the scenes. This will take a while as my website design knowledge is limited at best.

So what does this mean for the future? It is too soon to tell. What I will say is that certain features, like the Blind Spot Series, will still remain intact. One of my goals is to include more thoughts on the older, and more obscure, films I see but rarely mention on this site. Another one is writing more commentary pieces on the impact of cinema. I have a few other ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for a few years now which I may finally get around to doing. Regardless of what the future holds, I am very appreciative all of you who have helped make this site what it is today. Hopefully you will continue along with me in this journey of cinema and film discussion.

17 comments:

  1. I look forward to all your future changes. :)

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    1. Thanks! They will be implemented slowly but I think it will be for the best moving forward.

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  2. Courtney, it's good to hear that you're continuing the site in the future. I was getting a little nervous after reading the opening. I'm also in a situation where my posting quantity is going down; I think the key is finding the balance where you can produce great content, have a life at home, and still enjoy it too. It sounds like you're working to figure that out, and it sounds like an excellent plan. Good luck with it!

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    1. Yep I am definitely working towards finding a better balance. This will be especially beneficially when covering certain film festivals. It will allow me more time to prep the advance screeners I see without having to worry about having additional content up until the festival stuff goes live. Don't worry features like "I Have Scene It Before" and "The Choice" will still frequent the site.

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  3. Phips3:44 pm

    Yeah, can't wait to see what comes of this. glad you're not shutting down.

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    1. Shutting down is not in the cards for me, at least not in the foreseeable future, as I enjoying discussion films with people like you far too much.

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  4. Keep on keeping on sir. Look forward to the much bigger mind version of the site (not to say it isn't big enough already).

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    1. On the plus side, I will finally have more time to dive into the works of directors such as Cassavetes. Your coverage of his films reminded me that he is a major blind spot I need to fill.

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  5. I hear ya man. I'm trying to build myself back up after taking a break from blogging and it's tough to both watch movies, write content and keep up with new posts from fellow bloggers. All the best in the future sir and keep up the good work.

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    1. It is a vicious cycle indeed. The thing we film bloggers often forget is that it is actually a marathon and not a race. We can set our own pace and establish the rules we want to play. It is not about chasing other people’s ideals.

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  6. Hi Courtney. I just found your blog while surfing reviews of "Breathless" after purchasing the Amazon instant video for my Kindle. It appears I've found a treasure trove of reviews and I look forward to reading them. I'm 54, living in southern Cali, and a life-long fan of good cinema. I hope to participate further in your blog and intend to recommend it to a couple friends. Keep up the good work!

    Salut!

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