My 6 Month Blogging Anniversary & 10,000 Views

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I figured I should do a post for either my 6 month blogging anniversary or when I hit 10,000 views but they happened close to the same time. I’m up to 10,771 views as of today since starting this blog on the 25th of November 2012. I have no clue if this is a high or low number after six months but I’m happy about it anyway. I seriously didn’t think anyone would ever look at this thing. πŸ™‚

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I’ve always loved movies but have met very few “real life” people who share that passion (other than my hubby!). So I started this (secret) blog thinking maybe I’d find a few other movie lovers to chat with & was shocked to find that there are SO many of you totally awesome movie geeks! Seriously – you people watch way more movies than I do. πŸ™‚

To celebrate my six months of blogging (this is probably the longest I’ve ever kept going with a hobby!), I figured I’d post links to some of my favorite past posts.

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– My First Movie Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I didn’t say a lot but I think I need to find a balance between this and my more recent reviews which I think have become way too wordy! Perks was one of my favorite movies of the past few years and I decided to also read the book after seeing the movie. Book review HERE.

– One of my favorites that I’ve seen in the cinema this year: Robot & Frank. One thing I like about writing these reviews (although I really struggle with them sometimes as I’m certainly no “writer”) is that it makes me think more about the film as I write about it. Quite often the movies go down in my estimation but sometimes I end up liking them even more after I write about them. This happened with Robot & Frank – I realized just how brilliant the film really was while I typed out my thoughts. Another film like this was Beginners.

– The review I had the most fun writing: Monkey Shines. Ha! This movie is a bit mental. I try to keep “spoiler free” with all my reviews but with this one I just HAD to go through the whole thing scene by scene. My review makes the movie sound sort of awesome. It’s not. Lol. Also had fun reviewing Project X, which totally ripped off far superior 80s teen movies.

– The movie that was the biggest “pleasant surprise”: Tucker And Dale Vs Evil. Wasn’t expecting to enjoy that one so much! The same goes for Warm Bodies and, oddly, Sleuth. I keep moving Sleuth up higher & higher in my list of All The Movies I’ve Watched In 2013 – it’s one of those that’s really stuck with me for some reason.

– My Most Popular Reviews: Star Trek Into Darkness and three reviews for Star Trek: The Motion Picture & The Wrath Of Khan & Star Trek (2009)

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I started my IMDB Top 250 Challenge on the 1st of January. I’m hoping to watch all of the top 250 movies at IMDB (eventually!). I’d already seen 150 as of the 1st of January and I’ve watched 16 more so far this year. Links to all my Top 250 reviews are at the bottom of the page at the above link but I’ll include the links for my favorites here:

The Secret In Their Eyes – Excellent foreign film. I highly recommend this.

Princess Mononoke – Working my way through the Studio Ghibli stuff. This is the first one to make me truly appreciate Studio Ghibli and I now desperately want to watch all the rest that I haven’t seen.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope – I’ve now watched all the Hitchcock films in the Top 250 (there are a lot because Hitchcock was a genius). I’m always surprised to see this review still getting views – seems to be a popular slightly underrated Hitchcock classic.

Charlie Chaplin. Okay – Charlie Chaplin is my favorite “new discovery” this year. I’m so glad that I’ve FINALLY made a start on watching his films. They’re absolutely brilliant. Here’s a link to a post about him on his birthday, which includes links to my reviews of Modern Times, City Lights & The Kid: Happy Birthday To Charlie Chaplin.

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Like the character of Rob in High Fidelity, I’m a bit obsessed with making Top Five Lists (or Top Ten, depending on my mood). Here are a few of my lists:

My Top Ten Shower & Bath Scenes In Movies. I decided to make this list after seeing JUST how many views my blog got after I casually mentioned Amber Heard’s shower scene in my review for The Ward. This list worked. People search for various combinations of the word “shower” and end up on my blog EVERY SINGLE DAY. Pervs. πŸ™‚

My Top Ten Movie Endings. Loved making this list. There are WAY too many to choose from and I have lots of honorable mentions. Plus I keep having to go back & add to the list as I watch more films. I should probably add The Wrath Of Khan as an honorable mention as well, come to think of it.

My Top Ten Foreign Language Films

My Top Animated Disney Films

My Top Five Movies About Love

My Top Ten John Hughes Movies

My Top Ten Stephen King Movies

My Top Five Beatles Songs

My Top Ten David Bowie Songs. Because I’m a little obsessed with David Bowie.

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Ten Things I Like About England. My most liked post ever. And it has NOTHING to do with movies. Maybe I shouldn’t be running a movie blog?! Lol

What Kind Of Film Would YOU Make?. By far the biggest response I’ve ever had to a post. Looks like we all would love to be filmmakers.

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(I felt like there should be a Star Wars picture in here somewhere)

Phew. That took a while. Sorry if that was too long, too wordy, too boring. But it was fun looking back through the past six months of this blog and seeing how much it’s grown. I’m really glad I decided to start it and am really happy to have met such great people here. I love all the discussions we’ve had and I look forward to the next six months. I’ll leave you with an underwear picture as it seems I’ve become known for posting pictures of half-naked people a bit too often lately.

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Were you actually expecting a girl? πŸ™‚

55 thoughts on “My 6 Month Blogging Anniversary & 10,000 Views

  1. 10,000 is pretty damn good as far as I’m concerned. Time for me to include Calvin Klein models at the end of my posts.

    I’d never heard of Robot & Frank, but it looks pretty sweet. I’ll track it down.


    • Thanks! If you do watch Robot & Frank, let me know what you think. πŸ™‚ And feel free to include pictures of hot men in their tighty whiteys in all your posts! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! – so you started this blog ON MY BIRTHDAY?! How cool! And congratulations on reaching 10,000 views! The blogoshere is definitely a more fun place with you around. πŸ™‚

  3. Hey there! I’ve checked out your blog for the past little while and I really like what you have to offer! That many views is absolutely amazing and I’m really happy for you for achieving it! Here’s to thousands of more views on your website.

    • Thanks a lot for checking it out! πŸ™‚ It’s great to know that people are actually reading it and I love getting so many comments & having great discussions with the people here. πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on six months, and on 10,000 views! I only garnered about half of that in my first six months so I’d say you’re doing pretty damn well. πŸ˜›

      • Yes, I’m sure! I was actually flipping through a home dΓ©cor book earlier today and on the back flap it said the author’s blog gets 10,000 per month. I think I’d pass out if I got 10,000 views in a single month, haha.

  5. I’m in a similar boat as you. I started mine on 11/29/12, so it has almost been 6 months. I’m almost at 10,000 views myself. I was thinking about posting something similar when I hit 10,000. Anyways, keep up the good work!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yeah – you should do a similar post when you hit 10,000. It was fun going back through my blog (and seeing just how rubbish my first posts were. Not that they’re that much better now… Lol).

  6. 10,000 views in six months?! Good golly. I bow down to you (I’m actually bowing down in front of my computer, trust me.) Congratulations!

  7. Congrats! 10,000 was definitely more than I had in my first six, but then again, I’ve never done a post about showers… Perhaps I should try that.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ Yes, definitely try posting about showers. And, um, Eskimo porn apparently. And ass massages & moustaches. (These are the tips I’ve been given recently) πŸ˜‰

  8. I am going to share this and write ‘over 9000’ there’s a twitter troll that always replies haha πŸ˜€

    Congrats and it is hard to find real life people with a passion for film. Glad your husband does πŸ˜€

      • No where near. I’m not mainstream movie enough for those numbers. Your best day was just yesterday (ish?) Just keep aiming for those numbers daily, mine have dropped right down since google image changes/or Im just getting less interesting πŸ™‚

      • I’ve certainly noticed that I get way more views when reviewing current releases instead of older movies. Not as easy to keep up on going to the cinema that often. And much more expensive! :-/ I’ve started to feel like I MUST immediately go to every big new opening just for my blog. Lol πŸ™‚

  9. I was touched by “Robot & Frank.” It’s interesting that the robot is more of a “son” to Frank than Frank’s actual son. I wished Liv Tyler’s character had less screen time or taken out altogether, though. And not gonna lie–I did not see that twist coming. X_x

    • I totally didn’t see that twist coming either. I’m usually great at guessing the twists in movies! Yeah – Liv Tyler’s character was the most disappointing part of the film – could have done without her.

  10. Congrats!!
    Sounds like we both have similar reasons to starting our blogs.
    I can’t imagine I’ll ever get to 10000 since after 6 weeks, Im only at 300 hits. πŸ™‚
    Love reading your posts.

    keep up the good work and thanks for a few new ideas for movies to watch

    • Thanks. πŸ™‚ I don’t think 300 views is bad after 6 weeks – I was getting hardly any views at first. I remember being SO excited if two people actually “liked” one of my posts. Lol

  11. I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the last 6 months! Congratulations on the success! I’ve been blogging for about 5 months now, but I only have a little over 2,000 views. I was planning on doing an entire post devoted to shirtless pictures of the Beatles, because it’s almost summer, but I definitely will now, to increase viewership!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I enjoy yours too. You should have millions of views with your Beatles & Monty Python posts! πŸ™‚ Haha – Yes, you should really do a shirtless Beatles post. That would be awesome. Trust me – it would increase your views. Lol

  12. Wow, that’s a huge number! Though you’re relevant (plus I like your taste). I’ve had my blog now about two months, I guess, or a little more and I got about 2000 hits, so 10 000 is big!(And sorry about me going through your blog and posting here and there but I’ve been busy during the summer and I finally have time to read your blog properly. I just added “follow” to get to my e-mail, so I won’t be missing that much.)

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’m forever trying to “catch up” on reading other people’s blogs. I need to visit yours again too after this. Feel free to read through anything here that you want – I love getting so many great comments! And it’s always nice getting comments on older posts that people have forgotten about, like my favorite foreign films that you just commented on.

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