Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO: THIS BLOG

It has been five months since the last post here.

So, what happened? How did this once daily blog all of a sudden stop posting?

Honestly, and this is may be difficult to believe, but I just fell out of love with film.

I could feel it happening.

Last year, I would go out to movies every weekend as usual. But they were all forgotten by the time I got home.

I started going to the movies less.

I went from going to see two or three movies every weekend, to, this year, seeing three films the entire year.

The ironic thing is that I was losing interest just as this site was just starting to get more popular.

I used to have to fight to get DVD review copies and then, I was getting offers from most of the studios asking if I wanted them. I wound up having stacks of DVDs to review, and zero interest in watching them. It got to be like homework.

So, even DVDs, I have given up on.

I used to have a 5 at a time Netflix plan. Now, I've canceled my Netflix account, and not because of any price increases. If I watch DVDs, it is mainly TV on DVD sets.

Sarah Vowell has an essay in "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" about being a serious film fan, attending her local college screenings. As the years went by, she started to grow out of it. When I first read this piece, as much as I love Vowell, I couldn't understand how someone could outgrow film. Now, I understand it completely.

I haven't completely lost interest in the entertainment field. Instead, I've rediscovered live theatre. Beginning going to several local plays, I've moved on to on weekends, going to New York City and Broadway. I've seen more plays this summer than I have all my life. The immediacy of live theatre is far more rewarding than film. Not to mention that musicals have always been my favorite film genre, and they live on on Broadway.

But, I'm happy to say that I was there for what will probably be considered the prime of blogging, 2007-2009. These were the years that blogging was fun. Writers were reading others, linking back and forth.

Then, people began thinking "Hey, maybe I can make something from this". Corporate blogs expanded, blogs were created about how to make money while blogging, the fun started to leave. Many bloggers retired. And now, I guess I am joining the retirees.

Will this be the last post here? For the time being, most likely.

Thanks for reading.

3 comments:

Joseph B. said...

Thanks for the great writing on this blog, Jim! Keep in touch at least....

weepingsam said...

That's too bad. Maybe you should switch to writing about theater - Talking Playzzz... anyway, it does seem that a lot of the individual blogs that were around a couple years ago have faded away - kind of too bad.

Anonymous said...

But that hasn't stopped me from checking most every day. I've been worried that something was wrong (illness).

Alas, we have 3 disks from NFlix that have been sitting on the table for eight months. They replaced (unwatched) discs that had been here for seven months.

Watching old TV on instant.

Have good Holidays,

JeffwithaG