But like with my old site I have come to realize that I am not the type of writer/blogger that inspires people to leave comments. I do get a few and I appreciate them, but I accept now that I will never have that robust interaction like I wanted to have with the readers. A couple posts have gotten about a 1000 hits each and yet neither have a single comment. Yet I check out other blogs looking for new movies or inspiration and can get really depressed to see someone post a few sentences about a recent movie with a single photo and then have ten or twelve comments crop up around it. I admit my fault in this as well. I do not address my audience in the way it says to in order to inspire comments. I guess I sound aloof in many of my posts but I just want to write about the film and garner some discussion around it, or get new information or trivia I missed or get corrected on information I was mistaken about. Also the subject matter is very eclectic and not very topical. Lot of blogs right now dealing with posts on remakes –like The Thing remake, which I have an opinion on actually- or doing myriad Top Ten posts, and while I like all that to read I am not the type to do those sort of posts here. My other site Necrotic Cinema deals with more recent horror films but I do not update it enough really. It is not easy doing two blogs I have come to find out. But even there my attempts at topical posts -like the pros and cons of CGI effects in new horror films- mostly go nowhere and so I tend to just do what I want to do. I still try to leave a good comment here and there at sites and will not let the absence of comments here embitter me. Everyone is welcome here whether you leave a comment or not. I teach English in China and so know the feeling of having students come to an English class and never speak a word of English. But they keep coming back, so I can deal with it.
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I am considering have guest posters here to try and cover more old movies. I have decided not to try and guest post anywhere else as my attempts at doing so turned out all negatively. I felt I was even treated a bit rudely in a couple cases and so forget that. In the end people we are all just running movie blogs of one sort or another and competing to be the tallest midget in the circus. No need to be so serious about it. Our private lives can get in the way sometimes with work and health and life traumas that I tend to not discuss online. But I have had my share this year. I can’t fulfill a commitment to doing a movie review when I have a life issue that is eating me away day by day. And in regards a couple people –I will name no one as I still follow these blogs and like the output there- I had gotten in contact with a return email –even a refusal or change of heart- is the polite and professional way to go. All that being said, I am considering opening up the site to guest posts in the way that Nate Yapp does sow ell over at Classic Horror. I would be pretty lax in requirements and editing really. Mostly impartial, information laden reviews on most film between 1940 and 1980 with no profanity would be accepted. Would not be looking for films to be panned harshly. But we will see where that goes and anyone reading this who want to contribute can reach me here in the form of a comment or at:
I will get back and not ignore anybody. If I do it is simply because I have not checked my email yet. I will advertise at FB maybe and if no one is game that is cool too. But there are too many movies for me to cover and I want to have more of these forgotten films covered. Multiple reviews/articles of the same film are okay. We can see where it goes if anywhere.
As well I am back to work and it has been a stressful year for me in China with work and visas issues. China has become my home and yet I live here, basically, year to year with no guarantees as to what may happen next year. I have a wife and an apartment here and yet I deal with a stress only ex-pats can identify with. By ex-pat I do not mean a student studying abroad for a year or two or someone on a long holiday. I mean someone who has forsaken their own culture and lives in basically an alien and sometimes hostile environment of their own choice. Easy to do if you feel more like a foreigner in your own culture of course. And I cannot even speak Chinese other than a crude survival level. It sometimes has that Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn feel to it all. But that is the bed I made for better and for worse. The blog is up and running smoothly these days and I am grateful for that. Thanks for the visits and even if no one leaves a comment I know from my stats you’re out there in festering little swarms and that is all I can ask for.