7 years later, and still at it.

28 07 2016

Holy cow. 7 years ago today, I started Marshall and the Movies. Then, I was 16 years old approaching my junior year in high school with trepidation. Today, I’m 23 and rounding the corner towards my first year in the “real world” … which is scary in its own way.

In many regards, the famous saying from Joan Didion, “I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be,” rings accurate today. I don’t recognize the writer who often laid out reviews in the same blueprint as an academic essay. I don’t recognize the film enthusiast whose passion for the art barely extended past the 1970s. I don’t recognize many of the insecurities and the doubts of that person. (For good measure, I also don’t recognize some of that teenage presumptuousness.)

But after rewatching “Julie & Julia,” the film that launched me on this journey, I was also reminded that some things haven’t changed. As Amy Adams’ Julie Powell declares, “I can write a blog. I have thoughts!” I did (and am) because I had (and have). Sometimes, it really is that simple.

Though admittedly, I have let a lot of things slip – traffic, SEO, social cross-promotion, comments, reading the words of others, etc. – I cannot fully express my gratitude for those who continue to come back and read. Whether you know me personally or just found me floating in cyberspace, THANK YOU! Through your continued readership and encouragement, I can push my form on this blog and prepare to make a big impact in the freelance world.

In just the past year of expanding my writing beyond this site, it has been one heck of a ride. I have interviewed two Oscar-winners, the directors from two of my top 10 films of 2015, and three actors from my favorite movie of 2016 thus far. I have covered three film festivals, including the cream of the crop here in America: Sundance.

So … let’s fight the seven-year itch together! Here’s to bigger, better things here on the site and beyond.

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7 responses

28 07 2016
Jason

Haha…I’m one of those people who write my reviews in the academic essays style. (don’t worry, I’m not offended. Its my style). Congrats on your blog and here’s to its continuation in the coming years.

29 07 2016
Marshall

Nothing wrong with that style at al! For me it’s just emblematic of the ways in which I’ve changed.

29 07 2016
Brittani

Happy Blogiversary! Here’s to many more. 🙂

29 07 2016
Marshall

Thanks, Brittani! Always love reading your comments.

29 07 2016
ninvoid99

Here’s to another 7 years.

29 07 2016
David Harlow

Enjoy reading your reviews, keep up the good work. Mrs H and I will likely be watching a few more movies as we will empty nest it in 3 weeks. We will refer to your lists and reviews to get ideas, thanks! David Harlow. Tell the big man and Molly hello

Sent from my iPad

1 08 2016
Anna (Film Grimoire)

Seven years! Congratulations, that’s amazing!

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