One year ago yesterday, the first post on Getafilm was released for public consumption. I had no idea what I was doing, or how long it would last, or how much time it would take, or even who would read it. Part of that has been clarified in the last year, part of it has not.
If you're reading this, and it's not your first time visiting, I sincerely thank you. It seems weird (see: narcissistic) to actually thank people for reading what I write, but in one way, you really are doing something for me: you're letting me know that I'm not the only one interested in taking the movie experience beyond the walls of the theater, and I guess I find some comfort in that fact. It's been encouraging to witness people actually chew over what they see on the screen and not just swallow it whole. It's the difference between chowing down fast food and savoring the flavors of exotic delicacies. Maybe that's a little much, and maybe I've blown my way past a number of these movies as well, but if I've in any way made you think, really think, about how a film that you've seen relates to your daily life, I would consider Getafilm a success. It's really that simple.
Some of you are bloggers, critics, or filmmakers, some of you are literal scholars of cinema, and some of you are just recreational movie buffs. Most of you are certainly friends, old and new, and according to the data I've had my interns slaving away on, you've found your way here from over 120 countries. Blows my mind.
That I've received visits from Slovakia to Sudan to Sri Lanka doesn't really compute in my head (nor does the fact that I've actually met some of you in real life as a result of this), but it almost makes me emotional to think about a global film-loving community, as shown above.
Yep, "Kumbaya" - that's me.
I'm still finding my way as I go through this, and I'm not yet sure what will happen next, if anything. I've considered a redesign, I've considered a change in blogging platforms, I've considered a change in content, but for the time being about all I can handle is keeping up with watching and writing.
Speaking of which, it may be obvious that I've been busy elsewhere in life the last week or so, and I'm still in the middle of a residential move, so my blogging energy and time is temporarily limited. It isn't the first time, and it definitely won't be the last, but I accept the fact (and I hope you all do, too) that getting a post up is sometimes not one of life's highest priorities, even when celebrating an occasion such as this.
I do still plan on posting (and postdating...) the Underrated MOTM for August, and I have a number of new post features that I plan on starting this month. I'll also be "unveiling" my new review format with my write-up on Transsiberian later this week, and taking part in some blog-a-thons and community blogging series with some of the amazing people who manage the sites listed to the left. Check them out if you haven't before.
Seriously, like right now.
Getafilm has grown in ways that I didn't even know it could a year ago, and let me just say again that you've been as much a part of that as me. Trust me (and I know I speak on behalf of all bloggers when I say this), this would not be anywhere near as enjoyable, and I would not have anywhere near as much motivation to continue doing it, were it not for the fact that I know you are reading and contributing to it as well.
As you can see from my release calendar on the left, we have many movies to watch and think about as Oscar season begins. Obviously, I hope you come you back here frequently and share what scenes, moments, or movies resonated with you. If they differ from mine, well so much the better, and if you'd rather not comment (and the majority of you haven't commented, which is just fine), well I'm glad you're checking in anyway. Just never feel like your comments here are unwelcome or inadequate in some way. I've felt like that at some places, but believe me, I can speak from this side of the computer and say that's a ridiculous thought: if you feel like you have something to say, I'd love to hear it.
Alright, I think I've given you enough to read for today. Time for you to make your way to the nearest theater...