The end of the trail…and new horizons

Posted on December 15th, 2011 in Uncategorized by Colin

First up I want to say that FilmJournal has been good to me; it introduced me to the world of blogging and all the pleasure that comes with it. The thing is, when you’re a dedicated film nut it can seem a lonely pastime. Friends and acquaintances often look at you with a mixture of pity and suspicion. Enjoying the movies is one thing, but actually wanting to discuss them or, even worse, analyse them is not a passion shared by all - the situation’s arguably worse if your tastes run to old black & white films and westerns! The whole concept of a movie blog is the ideal antidote for this ailment since, inevitably, it draws in those who have a broadly similar outlook. You suddenly find that you’re not alone in your longing to chat about and toss out your thoughts on stuff that’s viewed as a curio or an obscurity by most. And so the whole FilmJournal experiment offered me the opportunity to put together and express my feelings about the kinds of films that attracted me. Even better, it allowed me to engage in discussions with those who felt the same. Over the years, this site has acted as an outlet for my own thoughts and, more importantly, put me in touch with like-minded individuals.

However, all things have their time and I’ve now decided to move along. I’ve recently been transferring my content to a new site, and it’s been a laborious process. Still, the donkey work’s out of the way and, although some tweaking will no doubt be needed, it’s pretty much good to go. My new site can be accessed by clicking here - please do! All the previous posts have been ported over, but the comments (and I’m both pleased and proud to say there have been many) proved to be more problematic. Since I didn’t wish the valued contributions of others to be ignored I left in links to the comments on this site so they can be read. If I figure out a way to transfer them in the future I will gladly do so.

So, after four years, 181 posts, 240,000 + hits, and nearly 900 comments it’s time for a new beginning. I just want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has passed through here in that time and contributed to a highly rewarding experience. To those linking to this site, I hope you’ll add the new URL and stay in touch.

So long.


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  1. le0pard13 said,

    on December 16th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    You amassed a good deal of great content while here, Colin. I will catch you on the Wordpress side, my friend. Best.

  2. Paul said,

    on December 18th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Ditto, Colin, I’m certainly keeping up to date with your new blog, and thanks for linking my new Grim Cellar from your page too (I’ve done the same - Riding the High Country is the web’s definitive western and film noir page!).

    See you over in your new home.

  3. Sergio said,

    on December 18th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    It’s an excellent site, glad to be able to keep even better tabs on it over at Wordpress.

  4. badblokebob said,

    on December 22nd, 2011 at 12:57 am

    It’s a shame FilmJournal is pretty much disappearing — it’s often felt like a nice little community, even if it has become less “community” and increasingly “little” over time.

    I guess more of us will be doing the transferring business over the coming days/weeks/months. I haven’t investigated Wordpress myself, but I can already sense I’ll appreciate that email notification business. Wouldn’t want to lose track!

  5. Livius said,

    on December 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Cheers all.

    Richard, I think we all knew for some time that FilmJournal was winding down gradually. If the new Digital Fix blogging platform takes off then I guess it will still live on to some extent.
    For myself though, I wanted the greater sense of independence that an unaffiliated site offered, and the added functionality, not least the networking/linking facility, is a big plus.


  6. Mike said,

    on December 28th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re leaving, Colin, but I guess we all understand the reasons - I haven’t bothered with FJ really for so long now and not even because of its dwindling interest, but blogging on films and making it sound like I know what I’m talking about means any article has to have several hours’ good solid research behind it and at times, it’s just a chore.

    I’ll definitely bookmark the new site - too often I’ve searched for stuff on something I’ve watched (mainly Westerns, but most recently Where Eagles Dare, which we watched over Christmas) and found an interesting piece right here.

    Good luck with it, and for the record any blog I set up myself would certainly be powered by WordPress - it’s so easy to use, doesn’t demand an A-Level in web coding and takes around ten minutes to set up, which is good enough for me.

  7. Livius said,

    on December 28th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Mike.

    I can see where you’re coming from with regards to the effort required to keep a blog running; if the enthusiasm goes then it’s just hard work, and that’s not much fun. In the time I spent here I consider myself very lucky to have received consistent feedback, which plays a big part in encouraging one to keep plugging away.

    As for available platforms, I find WordPress to be very intuitive from the user’s point of view and also more visitor-friendly than the alternatives.
    Keep me posted if you do decide to go it alone - your stuff was always articulate and interesting, and it would be a shame if you dropped it altogether.

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