Holy crap! Wowzers! Three cheers and a tiger for me, we’re actually here, a post a day for 365 entire damn days! I sincerely don’t know where to begin or what to say, so I suppose we’ll start with a quick recap of how this whole godforsaken project started.
See, this time last year, I was in a kind of creative rut, yet again, and considered, yet again, just shutting down the whole blog, yet again. It’s something that kept happening since Blogferatu first went up on January 19, Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, back in 2016. But then I stumbled across a guy named Campbell Walker.
Walker has a YouTube channel, Struthless, where he posts lotsa stuff about creativity. In one of his videos, he talks about having this very problem and how an illustrator friend of his suggested drawing the same thing every day for a year. There’s more to it than that, so, yeah, check him out. My immediate thought was, “Hey, I can do something like that. Hell yeah!”
So I took all the movies from The Neverending Movie List and put them in a box (later they were transferred to The Great Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Coffee Can Of Cinema). With some exceptions (maybe a specifically chosen title or theme here and there), every day I’d pick a random title from said can, write it up, and post it. Every. Damn. Day.
Well, it didn’t take long for me to start cheating—writing about stuff I just felt like writing about, coming up with some individual themes, going down a rabbit hole here and there, but I still managed at least some kind of horror and/or movie related post every day. It’s been…interesting.
So, what of value has all this added to the universe, the world, the blogosphere, or even the film world? Well, nothin’ really it’s just another movie blog. But the process has revealed and resulted in a number of valuable things. Here, for instance, are some benefits. For one thing, I was very much not in the habit of writing every day. That’s one of the reasons I started this.
But cranking out on average between 500-700 words—sometimes a couple hundred less, sometimes several hundred more, every day, like it or not, got me past the whole “having to be in the mood to write” problem. That crap is both super precious, more than a little self important, and ultimately useless.
While I won’t continue to post to the blog every single day anymore, I’ll still be getting some stuff on the page every day. It’s become so second-nature by now that I don’t think I’m able to not do it. It’s become a habit.
I’ve also experimented with themes. I’m not sure how I feel about them now. On one hand, they can get boring, especially if you’re doing one every day for a month. In fact, doing the same kind of thing with any degree of regularity, to me at least, becomes a chore. Then again, a theme for a month if I’m posting 4-8 times is likely must less chore-like than 30.
Speaking of chores, I’m afraid one of the things I’m puttin’ the brakes on is Full Moon Friday. As much as I love Full Moon flicks, I got to the point very quickly when I just didn’t feel like watchin’ or rewatchin’ one and reviewing it every week.
I’ll probably keep Thrift Store Thursday, but not as a regular feature. That’s just not sustainable both from a cost perspective and from an it’s gettin’ harder and harder to find stuff perspective. So now it’ll be more like whenever I find something really exciting. In a rare instance of forethought, I numbered those, so I can at least keep that consistent.
So what’s next? I’m for sure taking a good week or two off cuz…damn. Also I’m cutting back on posting. A daily post was surprisingly not too tough, but it do take a minute out of a day. I doubt I’ll scale back as far as once a week. Maybe twice a week. And no more weekends. Also looking forward to more movie watching. For a while, I was gettin’ to a couple movies a day most days, but this endeavor ironically cut back on that.
One other thing I’d like to get back to is doing blogathons. I kinda tabled those this past year, and I’m not really sure why. I might even try hosting one of my own. You’ve been warned. I’m keeping Top 10 Tuesday because lists are fun.
I’m also anxious to get back to writing and sending out some horror fiction, and there’s an unsubstantiated rumor goin’ round regarding a movie book I’m workin’ on. Something about a specific subgenre. Shh. But perhaps the thing I’m the most eager to start is something I mentioned a while back, and that’s…
Yep, there it is, true believers, right before your naked, steaming eyes. It’s time, along with my good friend Jorge Mendez, to start up our horror movie podcast called, what else, Podferatu! Not quite sure what the parameters will be, but you heard it here first kids. Stay tuned for details.
Finally, if you’re one of those misguided souls who found themselves wandering into the confines of Castle Blogferatu, thanks for stickin’ around! I hope you found it mildly diverting if nothing else, and I definitely plan to crack on with it.
Merry Krampusnacht. And cheers.