I had to be reminded by a repeated event in my calendar today (which popped up in the Notifications center on my iPhone) that it was my blogoversary, blog birthday, whatever you want to call it. Just shows you how shoddily I’ve been treating this blog. I poured blood, sweat, and tears … no, really just time, caffeine, and sanity … into this thing, and it’s barely staying afloat.
After one year of blogging, I was ecstatic. I was baking cakes, publishing four posts per day, and enjoying the heyday of my blogging career.
After two years, I labeled the blogoversary post “Anticlimax.” Yeesh, that was prescient. Here’s some of what I wrote:
“Well, I had almost entirely forgotten about my blogoversary. Unlike last year, when I celebrated it with fanfare and cake baking, this year the day just kind of came and went. Unspectacular, uncelebrated, really just like any other day.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself – er, wait, I did write that myself.
I put some thought into what this day means to me, given that it is a milestone of sorts. Basically, what my reflections led me to as a realization of my own laziness. I’ve grown complacent. Content to simply consume movies, not ruminate and discuss them. Selfishness. Gluttony. Self-indulgence.
When I started this blog way back in 2009, I wrote this:
“What the heck am I thinking?!? I am a full-time student with hours upon hours of homework each night. And on top of that, I have a season of athletics, two musicals, one play, two select arts companies, volunteer work, religious commitments, college searching, standardized testing preparation – and trying to retain some vestige of a life. How on earth am I going to have time to maintain a blog?”
I look back on that time in my life through the lens of retrospective and can easily call that the most hectic, stressful period of my life. And yet I managed to write this blog at full capacity then. Now the burden of college admissions has been lifted off my shoulders and the engine is rolling smoothly towards the professional world … and it feels like a heavy burden to write a movie review?! Come on, Marshall.
So starting today, I recommit myself to this blog. To write reviews, to analyze, to discuss, to be a part of a community of cinematic connoisseurs. If I could do it my junior year of high school, I know I can do it now. So now, after this post, I rest. Tomorrow, I start with my review of “The Dark Knight Rises.” And I begin to battle the three-year itch.
I will fight. And with your help, I can win. Thanks for reading this piece … glad to know you still exist, reader.