A third of my life later…

28 07 2017

Well, folks, it’s time for that yearly check-in on the state of Marshall and the Movies. I truly cannot believe it, but this strange journey began 8 years ago today. Over 1,500 reviews later, here I still am.

Most of the growth I’ve been focused on hasn’t occurred on the site, admittedly. When I wrote a year ago, my writing had really only appeared on one other site besides my own. (Technically two if you count my brief stint being syndicated on The Christian Science Monitor, which essentially just mined content from here.) Since then, I’ve contributed to four new sites based on pitching and my own merits – and I’ve started making real money for my words, not just because I can sell some weird ads to sketchy vendors. It’s enabling me to grow in some really fun, exciting ways – albeit ones that might not always be visible here on the site. (Hopefully the writing continues to show maturation, though!)

On that fateful first late night shift of blogging, I wrote, “What I do hope to do is to inspire a deeper appreciation of movies, foster a desire to discuss movies, and connect with people through the glorious medium of film.” Putting in 10,000 hours (to borrow a term from Malcolm Gladwell) here has enabled me to do that now on a much bigger scale and platform. My goal is to eventually shape the cultural conversation in whatever small way I can. I’m grateful to others who will lend me the megaphone to do just that.

But, at the same time, I’m grateful to have Marshall and the Movies as a sandbox. Here, with no editor and no one to answer to but myself, I can see what I want and write what I want. I can set my own deadlines and let a piece take as long as it needs to develop. I can push myself to take my writing in more exciting, unconventional directions. I can fail here with fewer consequences.

So what I’m trying to say is thanks for sticking with me here. I’m grateful to have this small little space where I can make sense of the media and culture I’m digesting, especially as the world around me seems to make less sense with each passing day.

P.S. – If you want to see all I’ve been writing off the site recently, check out my portfolio site.

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5 responses

28 07 2017
Jason

Oh wow….that’s quite amazing. Congrats….here’s to another eight years!!!

29 07 2017
Paul Eenhoorn

Well done Marshall.

29 07 2017
celecavento

Well Done Marshall. – Paul Eenhoorn

30 07 2017
kmsalzer

I love coming to your site to see what you have thought of a movie I have seen or would like to see. Many times as I’m reading I have thought what a marvelous writer you and what a pleasure it is to read! Thanks for sharing your perspectives and knowledge!

31 07 2017
Sam Tarde

This is so exciting, Marshall. I feel so lucky to know you and have been witness to some of these years of great writing and movie going that you have had. Thank you for always reminding me to never give up on my passion! You are one of the most important people in the credits of my life 🙂

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