One of the strengths of my first blog was an active commenting section.
It grew into primarily a tech-focused blog, but it was so wide-open topic-wise that posts could — and sometimes did — go pretty much anywhere, leading into some really fascinating discussions.
It’s easy missing most of those discussions (the ones that were invaded by drive-by trolls, not so much). In fact, I’m not sure how many of those regular readers and commenters even realize that I’m now blogging here.
An Active Comment Section Goal
We aren’t quite there on this blog yet with as active a comment section, but it’s certainly a goal of mine someday to rebuild that former commenting area activity glory. It’s almost two decades later and social interaction is spread around more now admittedly. In time, hopefully I can convince you, dear readers, that after posting these worked upon words I care about the comments left and social interaction that follows. If a post gets a lot of likes and several comments, that suggests to me it’s a topic of interest to readers as well. If it receives less interaction, I missed engaging you.
If I wanted to just write in a vacuum, I’d write another book (I’ve written seven of them to date, and really should get the eighth one finished). When you write a book the traditional way there isn’t any comment section, it’s (hopefully) published and then the reviews are really the only feedback the author receives. Maybe my eighth book should be non-traditional. Make it part of a blog with chapter by chapter comment section interaction? (that’s been done before, but hey).
There are some blogs that don’t have comment sections. If that’s your thing, it’s cool. I’m not telling anybody else what to do with their sites. Me? I enjoy receiving comments. Likes are good, too, but the more comments the merrier. As long as they aren’t spam or too trollish.
One of the great strengths of blogging is in the feedback and interaction received. It’s helpful for understanding what drives interest. And it’s more than just see if you can write something that makes others leave comments. Clickbait is cheap, easy and like candy. Tastes good briefly and then makes you feel bad if you get too much. I’d rather write something heartfelt and real and receive comments. There is a big difference in what I’m describing.
Engaging readers to take time out of his/her/their busy schedules is tough, but very rewarding.
What are other movie bloggers writing about right now?
Enough about here and me, let’s talk about you, you, you. Readers. Some, perhaps most, of you are also movie bloggers.
Now that we’re in the middle of this pandemic, it got me thinking about what other movie bloggers are writing about right now on their blogs. If new movies were your primary source of content, as they were here, what are you doing instead?
As of this writing, I follow over 1,500 movie bloggers. Some of them stop by here and drop likes on posts once in awhile (thank you) and a smaller subset will even leave comments. If you’ve left a comment here in the last 60 days, then you’re the focus of this post.
I decided to check comments made on recent posts and anybody who has left at least one comment, visit his/her/their blog and report and share what they are writing about now. Who knows, maybe some of you will pick up some new readers. I feel like I’m getting to know these bloggers through their comments and blog posts. Our way of saying thank you.
Let’s get to it.
Readers with blogs that have left comments here recently
- Empish – Triple E. Blog
- Giadreams – themoviemylife.com
- Ross Braterman – The Middle-aged Critic
- DouginNC – DouginNC
- The Conductor – Lighttrain Reviews
- The Critic – The Critics Sanctum
- PatrickWhy – The Ebert Test
As I get older my sight is weakening, but Empish lost her sight over 20 years ago, as she explains in My Blindness Doesn’t Determine My Happiness. She writes a blog with a mission statement that reads: “Educate, empower and enlighten you with news, stories, and info about the blind and visually-impaired community.” A very interesting perspective, so check out her blog.
It doesn’t seem that Empish’s blog posting frequency has changed, but her posting material is geared more toward topics involving the pandemic. Recent posts include: Watching Movies at Home During Covid-19, Zoom Videoconferencing Helps Me Live Work and Play During Covid-19 and How I Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus Virus.
Commenter and blogger Ross Braterman at The Middle-Aged Critic offers “Movie, Concert, Comedian and Experiential Reviews” at his blog.
Ross has made a half dozen or so posts since January 28, 2020 with his most recent post March 27, 2020: Event Review: AJR Instagram Live Event and movies reviews for: Impractical Jokers: The Movie and Just Mercy. It doesn’t appear from my reading that he’s changed his frequency of posting very much during the pandemic. His concert review posts are interesting, check them out.
DouginNC has been blogging about a wide variety of topics for several years, and in 2017 he added movies, books and stage production coverage.
Like Ross, DouginNC has made a half dozen or so posts since the end of January 2020 including movie reviews of Closer (2004) and Yesterday (2017) and disappointment over the lack of this year’s March Madness, titled: MARCH SADNESS 2020.
Lighttrain Reviews is chugging along with 5 posts in March, 7 in February, 4 in January and 1 this month as of this writing April 2020: Top 7 Most Expensive Theatrical Film Disasters – Out of Order — it seems like The Conductor at Lighttrain Reviews has actually increased his post frequency undeterred by the current climate.
Good. Keep posting! I made sure to weigh in on The Conductor’s post: How My Ratings System Works — ratings are a much more complex animal than meet’s the eye. The simplest and most commonly recognized 5-star rating system (what we’re using here) is flawed on a number of levels. It has led to many creative ratings systems that, unfortunately, moviegoers don’t always understand. Rotten Tomatoes system is widely misunderstood (the % is simply the overall positive reviews, not an overall % review score) Maybe the simplest review rating is simply yes (see it) or no (don’t) and everything else just muddies the waters.
On 3/3 The Critic started working on a site design revamp that should be launching any day now according to the most recent message on his site.
The blog feed is very much still active and has March 2020 reviews of Turbo Kid, Summer of ’84, Halloween (2018), Halloween, Black Christmas, Ouija: Origins of Evil, Ouija, The Lodge, Goodnight Mommy, The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body and Portrait of a Lady On Fire.
The Ebert Test is an intriguing name for a blog. Googled it and learned the definition from Wikipedia is: “gauges whether a computer-based synthesized voice can tell a joke with sufficient skill to cause people to laugh.”
From the subtitle this blog says “Nerding Out & Diving Deep” which is right up my geeky alley. So, what is PatrickWhy blogging about?
5 posts in January, 2 in February, 3 in March and none in April so far, PatrickWhy writes deep, pensive posts which form a mosaic of compelling topics like HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND(S): ROB ROY, BRAVEHEART AND THE SCOTTISH MOMENT, THE QUIET ONE: LIQUID SWORDS, STILL CHOPPING OFF HEADS AT 25 (ed. love this title!)
It doesn’t seem like PatrickWhy has changed his post material, depth or voice during these times.
Likes on Recent Posts
Here are a list of reader blogs that have (very) recently left likes on posts — thank you! I skipped listing those who also left a comment, because those are covered above.
- Luke Atkins – Critic
- Irfan Nordin Reviews
- Stuart – Perditus
- nikkimommyof3 – Insta Mommy Gram
- Bricks and Bluebottles
- singhpiyush6089 – The Perceptions Square
- emmakwall (explains it all)
- tensecondsfromnow – The Film Authority
- John Saeger
- Eddie – Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)
- beeble07yahoocom – Robert Nadelin Marketing
- Eternality Tan
- Bogdan (DM) – Pointless Overthinking
- jesserevellreviews – Jesse Revell Reviews
- Andrew Cavalluzzi
- Paul. Writer and Filmmaker – The Cinema Fix presents
- Gary Trujillo – Coco Crisp’s Afro
If your blog is listed above and you have not left a comment here before, hopefully you’ll find a post to leave one or more on in the future. Or, if inspired, comment on your blog and link back in — trackback and pingbacks are accepted from linked in blog posts.
When Do YOU Leave Comments? What are YOU Writing about during the Pandemic?
If you have never left a comment here before, I’m also curious to hear what your writing about during the pandemic? Have you changed your blogging habits at all? Posting more? Posting less? Why?
Am interested what makes you decide to leave a comment? Some posts, like this one, end with a question for readers, because I’m hoping you will engage on the topic and share your opinion. Yes, your opinion matters, even if/when we disagree. We will disagree on movies and TV shows from time to time. You’ll like some I don’t and vice versa and it’s all good.