Origins: The Stories That Really Mattered

17 07 2010

Today’s entry into “The Origins Project” saga covers Katie from “The Stories That Really Mattered.” A valued reader and commenter for many, many months. I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I enjoy reading her site!


What movie began your love affair with cinema?

The first movie I can remember seeing in the cinema is Miracle on 34th Street back when my town had a cinema. The movie that really got me hooked in a big way though was (no surprises) Lord of the Rings. That was the first time I took a real interest in how the movie had actially been made and started learning about the production crew behind movies rather than just the people on screen.

When did you start blogging?

January 19th 2009. It was something I’d been thinking about doing for a while, because I needed to find a new audience to bore with all my random movie ramblings. So it became a new years resolution and I’ve managed to keep it!

Why did you start blogging?

I saw a lot more films when I got to university and I was desperate to find people to debate with. Friends can only put up with movie geekdom for so long before they stop talking to you, so I started writing reviews on Flixster. The format was too rigid though, and ideas kept coming to me for more general posts about soundtracks or particular themes, so the blog was born.

What has kept you going?

I don’t actually know! When I first started a friend of mine who had a blog (and gave me the idea to start my own) joked that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up. 18 months down the line I’m the one who posts regularly! I think a lot of what has kept me going is all the other bloggers. When I started out I never expected to get any readers, let alone regualr commentors who keep coming back. It’s all you lovely guys out there who make me think, “Jeez I haven’t posted in a while, Marshall will have nothing to read!” 😛

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

Well, I’ve kind of answered this above, but there are a few blogs who I think deserve a mention. Marshall has been an inspiration of late with some great ideas like this one, as has Andy over at Fandango Groovers. I will never tire of arguing with Ross McD and Ross McG and can always find something interesting to read over at Caz, Kai, Castor or Meredith’s blogs.

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

Having people who get just as wound up about movies as I do to talk to! And the worst, not being able to see anything new without an unavoidable compulsion to immediately write blogging notes for it.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Increased definitely. I pay more attention now to what’s coming out, and have plans to see some movies I never would have heard of if it hadn’t been for other people’s blogs.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Oooh I don’t know. I think probably the first time I got comments from people I didn’t know. It meant that people were actually bothering to read what I write and were interested enough to join in the debate.

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

Just write about what interests you. Original formats are a great idea, but don’t let them hamper your creativity. I started out with the Movies to See/Movies to Miss idea but I’ve meandered around it to other ideas and back. If you’d be interested to read about it then you might be lucky enough to find someone else who is too.

And stick with it! It takes a few months before people will start to notice you. But when they do it’s really rewarding

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3 responses

18 07 2010
Katie

Thanks for featuring me Marshall! 🙂

18 07 2010
The Origins Project « The Stories That Really Mattered

[…] lucky enough to be one of the entries, so if you want to read what I said, along with all the other interesting things Marshall has to say, head over to his […]

21 07 2010
rtm

This is a great idea, Marshall, nice to learn more about my blogger friends and their passion for movies!

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