What are the best and worst things about being a movie blogger?
Film blogger. In the scale of annoying yet pointless existences, it’s somewhere between morning radio DJ and acting coach to Martin Lawrence. But it’s an existence thousands of us have perhaps foolishly chosen, including, uh, me. So what makes it worthwhile and what makes it a tedious pain in the…
By Ross McG
‘I’m a blogger.’ Say these three words to anyone and you will be rightly greeted with a look that veers between disdain and disgust before sticking with disgust. You might as well tell someone: ‘I’m a leper’, or ‘I’m Vince Vaughn’. Unbelievably, however, there is a way to make people screw their face up even more. Try saying: ‘I’m a movie blogger’. Ugh. Posting your online love of cookery or photography is one thing, but yapping about films in cyberspace? Get a life, man.
Unfortunately, the first thing to go when you start a film blog is any semblance of a life. You know that place you used to go before you got caught up with cinema’s best robots and what James Bond drinks? It’s called ‘outside’. Unless you have a wi-fi garden the chances are you will do most of your film blogging at home. Once you’ve caught the blogging bug, your brain starts to say stupid things like, ‘I can’t go to the park today, I have to write something about the new Sex And The City 2 poster‘ or ‘I really would like to see my friends, but this list about the Top Ten Movie Bunnies won’t write itself’.
Another bad thing about being a movie blogger is the overwhelming sense that you are the last person to arrive at a party. A party that was good seven years ago. Not only is your blog the 7,342nd to be created that day, but almost everything you post will have already been written – and written better – by someone else. On the verge of writing about the DVDs in your collection you never watch? Don’t worry, some guy will already have beaten you to the punch.
There are many things about movie blogging that can get you down. Having to sit through crap films is one. Having to sit through Gerard Butler films is another. It’s not all bad though.
Being a film blogger has its upsides. They are less obvious than you think. Just as having exactly two readers of your blog every week isn’t really a negative (your blog should be an outlet for your thoughts, if anyone else is dumb enough to like reading your thoughts consider it a bonus), managing by some fluke of nature to have thousands of hits isn’t really the be-all and end-all. That ‘fluke of nature’ usually goes by the name of the IMDb Hit List. Get a post featured on this and you can watch the hit counter fly. I would be a liar if I said I didn’t get a buzz when this happened, but there’s no point chasing this impossible high every day. You’d turn into a wreck.
The likelihood of movie blogging is you’ll be a bit of a wreck as it is. Spending your time watching movies in a dark room isn’t healthy and neither is ranting about totally irrelevant things such as Tom Cruise’s singing scenes or John Cusack’s egg-eating habits. But it sure is fun. And surely that is the whole point of blogging about something you love and, occasionally, hate. It’s a great way to unwind and it’s also a great way to keep your writing skills (if you’re lucky enough to have any) sharp. Not many movie bloggers are lucky enough to get paid to write about movies from 9 to 5 so it can be a relief to throw some passion into something you care about outside working hours.
And then there are your fellow movie bloggers. Despite being as emotionally underdeveloped as you and constantly talking and thinking in terms of films, these are the guys that can often make putting all that effort in worthwhile. A funny comment here, a good argument there – interacting with your fellow movie brethren can put a smile on your face and get you all riled up at the same time. You can’t ask for more than that.
If you’re not a movie blogger, of course, the worst thing about movie blogging is probably having to read crap like this…
WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT, FOR YOU, ARE THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT MOVIE BLOGGING?