Saturday, 18 July 2015

(Briefly) On Blogging.

Why do film bloggers write?

I have been horrible to this blog for the last nine months, forsaking it for other responsibilities and occasional writing elsewhere. Why the delay? I'm not quite sure. When I started this blog, with shoddy writing skills, in 2009 it was to be an outlet for my writing when there wasn't any. I also had a great deal of time on my hands. Incidentally, my output was at its highest when I was going through University when you might think I'd be busier, but apparently not.

For much of 2009 the blog turned into too much of an afterthought not for a lack of interest in film (and the occasional television), but the thing about writing about film on the internet is that there are so many persons doing it, it's easy to get disillusioned and wonder if you're actually contributing something particularly significant to the conversation. How many reviews of The Age of Ultron do we really need after all? The convergence, then, with general blogging ennui and work commitment meant the blog took a seat even further backseat as I asked myself why I was blogging, and it wasn't planned but I just ended up not writing here any longer.

I still have not found the answer to the why blog question, the question of what anyone has to offer in their writing in a grander scheme is a bit of unanswerable question anyhow. But, I feel it is time that I make a concerted attempted to return to writing here not just for perfunctory reasons but because there are actual things I want to write about, and because as a space that's actually my own there are things which I can only truly write here. This blog started six years ago is still something I want to hang on to, not out of obligation but actual desire.

I still plan to work through some ideas on what changes might be made, but for the immediate future, I plan to get back to - mostly - regular programming at the beginning of the new week. The most important of which is a series I've been long gestating on looking at cinema through a Postcolonial lens ("traditionally" post-colonial films as well as Western films through a postcolonial context). 

Enough, solipsistic rambling for now

While I work towards returning to this space when the new week begins, I'm going to go check out the months and months of reading I've missed.



Shane Slater said...

Looking forward to your return!

Paul S said...

Why do film bloggers write? I don't know.
I do know the blogosphere has been poorer for your absence.

MovieNut14 said...

Yay, you're coming back! My feed has been bleak without your work.

Candice Frederick said...

welcome back! you're right; it's a saturated market out there. i read a lot to see what the conversation has been and decide from there what i'd like to add to it. if i can add nothing new, i say nothing. but you read enough, you start to notice a pattern of thought, and see where there is a void. don't be afraid to divert from a popular opinion so that you can share your own. that's what i do anyway.

Brittani Burnham said...

I'm glad you'll be coming back! For me, blogging is a bit therapeutic. I'm not a good writer and I don't try to be, I just like sharing my thoughts and hearing others. Even if we're all reviewing the same thing a times. The most I hope for is to possibly turn someone on to something new, but if not, I'm happy just typing away. I hope you find that happiness again too.

Andrew K. said...

you guys are all very sweet.

candice, i love that you take that stance of if you have nothing to add say nothing. it's the savvy film writer who realises they don't have to weigh in on everything.

Nick Prigge said...

WOAH!!! ANDREW!!! WELCOME BACK!!! I can definitively say I will always be eager to read anything and everything you feel the desire to write whenever you have the desire to write it.

As I've taken the plunge the past year or two and done film writing for, shall we say, more notable outlets, I've felt a certain sense of zeal for the process being stripped. And that frightens me and has caused me to at least start the process of re-evaluating for whom and what reasons I really wanting to be writing. So, I hear your cry. Onward and hopefully upward.

Andrew K. said...

nick glad to be (sort of) back, nick. yeah, it's telling how the zeal tends to go, but i'm working my way back...albeit slowly.