It’s been two years and eight months since I took the plunge into online film writing. Back then, I wasn’t at all experienced and simply decided one day that it was something I’d like to try. So, being the confident, forward-thinker that I am (not), I sent out feelers to several film websites and, lo and behold, a couple of weeks later I was writing news posts for HeyUGuys, one of the UK’s most successful film blogs.
It’s been an incredible ride since then. I’ve established my own film reviews website in the form of Centrefolds & Empty Screens. It may not attract a very wide readership or come with an added dollop of wit and cynicism (I’ll leave that to Ultra Culture who does it impeccably), but it’s does have a personal edge that I like to think separates it from the hundred and hundreds of other film blogs that are available.
I tend to keep my reviews to-the-point and as professional as possible (well, apart from when I have a rare stroke of wit), but whenever I decide to pop up a feature, opinion piece or news posts, I always like to find a way to make them reflective of my love of film, whether it’s in talking about where my love of cinema stemmed from or a particular film I’m anticipating.
It seems to suit me, this film writing malarky. I don’t think for one minute that I’m better than anyone else, and I’m very willing to admit that most of the people I know are far more talented than myself, but I like to think that, mostly through constant drive and unrelenting passion for what I’m doing, I’ve managed to build up a fairly decent reputation and a fairly solid following in the past two years and eight months.
I constantly doubt myself though and am forever worrying about when it’s all going to come to an end. Not only in my film writing skills, but in other areas of my life, too. It felt amazing and reassuring, then, to discover that Centrefolds & Empty Screens had been ranked #7 in Cision’s list of Top Ten UK Film Blogs. It may mean nothing to some people, but it means the absolute world to me. Anyway, that’s enough revelling, back to writing.