I’ve had a long hard think about this blog and I’ve decided there’s going to be a few changes. When I say I’ve had a long hard think, what I really mean is the thought crossed my mind yesterday (very briefly) and then today I decided to run with it, so here goes!
From now on my blog’s going to be as professional as possible, I’m probably only going to post film reviews and articles and I’m going to be writing a lot more reviews on independent film, Asian film and new releases (or trying to anyway!) I will continue the Wednesday top 5 posts because they’re good fun and I love hearing about your favourites too, but other than that I’m not going to post any more ‘personal’ posts. No more posts about my life, no more sentimental posts about Once Bitten, Twice Shy or anything, just professional posts.
I want the tone of this blog to be professional and current, I try to inject humour into my film reviews and articles and I do try to write in a style that reflects myself and doesn’t just sound like it was typed out by a robot, but I did learn a while back that when writing professional film reviews/articles (which is something I want to pursue, hence this desire to change the tone of my blog) you need to drop the ‘I thinks’ or just the ‘I’ in general and write like an entity rather than an individual; write with the assumption that your readers don’t actually know you personally. It’s a habit I’ve been trying to kick because I’m now writing for several other websites and that style doesn’t roll with them, so I need to drop the ‘blogging’ habits a little (which also means I need to seriously cut down on my use of exclamation marks too)
The other thing I’m going to change is taking part in giving/receiving awards. Don’t get me wrong, each award I’ve been given has meant a lot to me, and I’m so happy that people read my blog and enjoy what they read. I love being part of this little WordPress community and I’ve met some great people and read some brilliant blogs, and I’ve enjoyed sharing the WordPress love by passing out awards to others. However, I want to cut down on the personal/not-so-professional posts and unfortunately the awards posts fall into that category. I will keep the awards logo’s that I have on my blog so far, my blog will wear them with pride! But I won’t be accepting any more or making any more awards/personal related posts. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t feel totally honoured and grateful when I do get nominated, and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful or snobby, so please don’t take it that way!
In a moment I’m going to fiddle around with my blog settings, delete a few posts and categories, and remove my ‘personal’ page. Basically I’m going to have a play around and change a few things. I’ll still be social, I’ll still read blogs and comment on them and I’ll still reply to comments on here, I just need to change the tone of this blog a little. I do this for fun, I do it because I love writing and I love meeting and talking to like minded people and sharing views and opinions, but I’m also doing it because I want to improve my skills, build a portfolio and aim for a career in writing so it’s time I bucked up my ideas and try and make this thing professional.
I hope this doesn’t put off anyone who reads and enjoys my blog, It will still be the same blog and the same me, just no more rambling personal posts and more reviews and articles! Thanks to all of you who’ve supported, and continue to support this blog, if you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see on here, of films you’d like me to review, articles you’d like me to write, things you’d like me to unleash my views and opinions on etc then please drop me a comment 🙂
Oh and one more thing, I’m going to spend more time reading other people’s blogs, you all write some brilliant things and I love hearing your opinions on films and various other subjects. I’ve been quite busy lately, and so I’ve neglected to read other people’s blogs but that’s going to change too.
P.S. the no pictures thing isn’t something I’m doing now, I just couldn’t think of any suitable photos to plop into this post!