Me in the ’70s
Early last month Nick Dawson kindly asked me to take part in an interview for the terrific FilmInFocus.com site. The interview is now available online as their current Behind the Blog feature. In the rather lengthy interview I talk about why I enjoy writing about movies and how I got interested in blogging. I was extremely surprised that Nick asked me to take part in an interview and I’m grateful that he finds my blog worth reading.
Some observant readers may notice that the interview took place before there was so much navel-gazing going on among my fellow film bloggers. I mention some blogs that have since gone on hiatus in the interview and I don’t address the fact that due to staff cuts I’m no longer writing for Cinedelica.com.
My blog has been suffering a bit lately due to the fact that I’ve got a lot of personal things I’m dealing with at the moment, including hunting for freelance writing and graphic/web design work, which is extremely hard to come by. The economy is in deep trouble and like many fine folks working in all kinds of professions, I’m having a hard time trying to pay my bills. Hopefully I’ll have more free time for film writing soon but I wanted to mention that last month Cinebeats celebrated its second anniversary. I’m extremely grateful that 1000+ visitors take the time to stop by Cinebeats every day. This is not a vanity project and I don’t expect to get rich writing about movies. I write about movies I like simply because I love talking about the films I enjoy.
Some people play golf to relax and others like to garden or collect stamps. When I’m not taking photos and making art, I like to watch movies and write about them. It brings me a lot of joy when I get an email from someone telling me they’ve watched a film I’ve written about and they appreciate my recommendations. 20 years ago it would have been impossible for me to freely self-publish my thoughts about films and share them with other film enthusiasts all over the world so easily and I’m thankful for the opportunities that blogging has given me. I’ve been writing on and off for 25 years and blogging has been the most rewarding writing experience I’ve had.
I’m also thankful that my fellow film bloggers have been so gracious and encouraging. I’m especially thankful to Dennis Cozzalio who runs the terrific and always entertaining Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, Brian Darr and his resourceful and informative Hell on Frisco Bay blog and Girish Shambu whose blog has probably given me more delicious food for thought in the past couple of years than any other film blog that I can think of. Dennis, Brian and Girish were some of the first people who took the time to comment on my blog and exchange links back in 2006. Their generosity of spirit and good nature have really helped motivate me to keep blogging and I can’t thank them enough for their support. Here’s to you boys and to another fun and fascinating year of film blogging!