I follow several film blogs and have tried two or three times as many before quitting on them. I can’t say that I’ve found many good ones. The only decent ones seem to only have a few posts a week and don’t really cover news/trailers/etc. The several I’ve learned to barely stand that do are even wearing on me. I notice all of them posting the umpteenth trailer for Star Trek and only one of them has even bothered to post the trailer for Limits of Control that came out way earlier this morning. They seem very uninformed and lack any knowledge of film for the most part. Also, very often I notice that they throw their opinions out there that obviously have no merit and show their ignorance of a topic. Do you guys know of any good ones in which they post often and are actually smart and knowledgable? Do you think that the only people willing to spend all day blogging on films are people that don’t know much about them or are really only fanboys of genre films?
I have a suggestion: this one!
But seriously (I am serious), I sympathize with your plight. Most of the blogs out there eventually degrade into pointless squabbling and meaningless gushing. At least here some of us enjoy the long conversations and though-provoking topics that are covered. You may not find anyone posting a link to the most recent trailers, but you won’t soon get bored with finding interesting topics. Sorry I can’t be of more help, but I’ve abandoned blogs long ago until this one came around. I’m not holding my breath, but I have enjoyed being here for a few months now.
Michael I tend to agree with your sentiments. most of the blogs I follow myself have reverted to posting content simply to drive traffic to make revenue rather then post worthy posts that are actually well thought out.
The only suggestion I could give is to start your own blog. Its something I recently started myself and the disappointment you express if one among many reasons behind why I did. What I learned quickly though is that running a blog by yourself is somewhat time consuming especially when you are attempting to write well-fleshed out posts in contrast to short twitters and blurbs.
It’s refreshing to see your guys’ responses. I’m starting to come here first for everything. Hell, I found out about the Limits of Control trailer from coming here in the first place! Congrats on starting your own Crap Monster. I sometimes think about doing so myself, only for the fact that I constantly tell myself that I could do it better than most that I see on the internet. I just don’t see myself being able to post about the flavor of the month constantly just to get the traffic and revenue as you touched on briefly.
Michael, thats why you don’t. If you simply get a blogger account for example, you don’t need to worry about hosting or domain name costs (which aren’t a whole lot) so you can write whatever the hell you want. Thats sort of what I’m doing, I’m kind of under the assumption that people won’t be reading my blog anyways so I use it more as a personal outlet to keep track of shit I find interesting, and occasionally organize my thoughts on a specific work more cohesively.
I’ve started and stopped many blogs. It’s difficult to keep them updated with a full time job, and also dispiriting when no one is reading. I follow a few blogs but none that would have anything like an up to date Limits of Control trailer.
I wonder if a few people here would be interested in doing a communal blog. We could spread out the duties and keep it updated much more often than one person would. We could do the things we always wished we could find on a blog. How we’d get the word out and get people reading, I’m not so sure. I know many people here already have their own individual blogs so I dunno. I guess if anyone thinks its a good idea, I’d be happy if they sent me a message.
Robert, I think it is an interesting idea but it depends somewhat on the scope of the blog. Blogs by definition almost, usually lack scope and are meant more for content aggregation then anything else.
Also I cant help but feel this is very similar to both movie club projects proposed in the last week.
wait, where did you see my blog? I thought I’d deleted it.
Um, anyways we could do whatever we wanted with this blog. It could have scope!
There are lots of great film blogs out there. I suggest first visiting the IFC Daily run by David Hudson who collects links to some of the best blog writing online each week. From there you should be able to find at least one or two blogs with content that will interest you.
A few of my own favorites include Girish Shambu’s blog, The Film Walrus, Arbogast on Film, The Self-Styled Siren, Acidemic, The Bright Lights Film Journal and Ferdy on Films just to name a few. My own blog is in need of a revamp and an update, but if you like ’60s & ’70s era cinema, you might find something of interest at Cinebeats.
If you enjoy writing and chatting about films with others, I highly recommend creating your own blog. A group effort is a terrific idea since it takes the burden off of one individual. Good luck with your efforts!
yea uh Rob, i was looking at your profile and someone elses and got the two mixed up, so sorry about that and just ignore what i said.
oh and rob, i sent you a message