Origins: Nevermind Pop Film

14 07 2010

Today, “The Origins Project” looks at why Fitz of “Nevermind Pop Film” blogs.  We’ve only recently discovered each other’s blogs, but Fitz has quickly become one of my favorite readers because he comments so frequently.  And after looking at his site, he’s also quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.  His answers are a short read but by no means light.

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

Well it started when I was younger, the movie that started my interest in film was Tim Burton’s Batman.

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging as of April of ’09. I posted sparingly before that on another blog, but I became more devoted as of July of ’09.

Why did you start blogging?

After my freshmen year of college I lost most of financial aid. So I had a lot of free time after working mornings at the library in town. I was always a pretty decent writer so I wanted to keep up with it.

What has kept you going?

The reception I’ve received from follow bloggers and the LAMB. Comments on my reviews always make me feel good about keeping at it.

Has there been a particular person (or people) that has helped you along the way?

More than one in particular. Ben, who also writes at Nevermind Pop Film was a big part in writing better. Castor, Fletch, Aiden and Darren were regular readers when I was struggling to meet 40 hits a day.

What’s the best part of being a blogger? The worst?

You can work at your own pace. The worst thing about being a blogger is the feeling that A) you’re not being read, or B) that you’re not putting in the work you think you should be.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Blogging has definitely increased my passion for films. Before, I would just watch films and not think about it too much afterward. Without this blog I probably wouldn’t have taken a film studies course at the University after I re-enrolled.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Oh that’s easy. When my site was mentioned on In Contention. A close second was a few weeks ago when I had 700 plus hits in one day.

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow their passion? To someone starting a blog of their own?

Write what you want to write about. Some might be pressured to write about what might get the most attention, but you’ve got to be honest with yourself.

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4 responses

15 07 2010
Darren

I like the advice. It’s true: unless you’re getting paid, the only person you’re doing this for is you. You’re your own boss, and it would suck to end up as one of those people who hates their own boss.

15 07 2010
Aiden R.

Awesome answers, Fitz. Man, I feel shame since I haven’t commented in a while over at Nevermind. Just got a new job and they love to block all the old sites I used to frequent and one of them happens to be yours. I promise I’ll make up for it though. Keep on keepin’ on. And I’m with you and Darren, being your own boss is sweet, but I can be an effing taskmaster some days.

15 07 2010
Fitz

Don’t even worry, Aiden. Without your comments in the beginning I might have quit early.

Thanks again Marshall for doing this piece!

17 07 2010
Simon

“A close second was a few weeks ago when I had 700 plus hits in one day”

Thats what dreams are made of! Well done to you sir!

Simon

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