Monday, 4 August 2014
Thank You For the Successful Blogathons
I've been making some ambitious choices this summer, and in particular was my decision to host multiple blogathons at once. With hindsight, it might have been a good idea to wait until a later time to host that 1964 in Film Blogathon, but I was cautious with the other ones (I have had a few ideas for some other blogathons, some of which I even wrote up a draft for, but I'm probably going to wait until the Christmas Break before I start any of them).
I made sure to select three diverse enough topics and schedule them so nobody would feel rushed, and so far that technique has worked. Admittedly it has required a bit of patience since the extended deadline meant the Favorite Movie Scenes Blogathon was the most popular in June and the Women in Film Blogathon became the primary focus of July, but those two have become some of my most popular posts on this blog, even being the first to surpass the previously uncontested popularity of my controversial article Why Do People Like James Bond?.
I've still got one more for August for which people have only just begun to make official claims, and quite possibly my grandest one yet: the Journey Across The Cosmos Through Film Blogathon. If you haven't seen that one yet I'd strongly suggest you check it out and if you want to get in you should before things get claimed. In fact if it's any incentive one of the easiest options: Mars, is still available. Hurry up and go claim it before someone beats you to it.
Anyway, I saw the thank you message for the British Invaders Blogathon and I got to thinking I ought to thank you for all the support you've given me in these events (and I hope you will for the final one). There was quite a bit of diversity in both.
When I'm hanging out with other film enthusiasts I often bring up the subject of favorite movie scenes and I think it's a fascinating activity. It really gets you thinking and I've yet to see anyone who has a definitive "favorite scene" but it's amazing how varied each person's choices are. I've heard people bring up scenes from old films, new films, some foreign, some local in so many different genres. Sometimes they're films I have seen, sometimes they're films I haven't, and sometimes they're films I've never even heard of before.
I myself have already done two articles on the subject and I am open to revisiting it in the future, so I was pleased to see so many entries to the blogathon in so many different films. It is a bit ironic given it's been the unofficial banner that My Dinner With Andre was never selected, but when put into that context it does remind me of the kind of environments where I've had discussions of this sort.
The Women in Film Blogathon was also just as much a success, if not in fact an even bigger one. In fact it's been such a success that I've been wondering about starting it again in the future. I won't claim anything is set in stone but perhaps during the Christmas break or next summer it would be worth doing again.
Much like the Movie Scenes I got a lot of great choices and diversity, including several who took me by surprise with their choices, others who found great characters that might not have been as obvious, and some female characters I'd never heard of. People chose characters from all sorts of films and the range of choices is incredible.
I think the only thing that would have made it complete would be if Fritzi Kramer had written about a really good silent-era heroine (I asked her but she couldn't fit it into her schedule). I guess it just goes to show you that there may be more great female characters than you think, and you can find lots if you know where to look.
So thank you to everyone who participated in both blogathons, and hopefully this last one will be just as much a success, if not even more so. I do have a few more ideas, one or two I've even drafted, that I'm considering opening in December, so I also hope to see you again in those. In the meantime, I've still got time to myself, so if anyone is still hosting any blogathons they think might interest me don't be afraid to let me know.