Happy birthday, blog!

30 May

One year ago today, A Swede Talks Movies was started. For posts like this, it seems customary to say that time flies and all that, but to be honest, it does feel like pretty much a full year since this Swede began talking movies on here. A very pleasant year.

This has been my most long-living blog ever. Before A Swede Talks Movies, I had a couple of other Swedish film blogs. They tended to last half a year or so before I lost interest and stopped updating. I did a poor job of promoting them, which led to a lack feedback and communication – even if page views for at least one of them were about on par with this one due to random Google hits and a search-friendly blog name.

I didn’t have any specific goals when I started A Swede Talks Movies. I wanted a place to do the 50 Day Movie Challenge I had discovered, and I figured I’d use it for other blogathons or list-makings I came across. After those first 50 days of daily updates, I settled into my current groove and pace. I started comparing books to film, made a poll where you’d vote on films for me to rewatch, compiled yearly top 10 lists, and wrote anything else I felt like writing, when I felt like it.

Switching to the English language is the best thing I’ve ever done blogging-wise. It has allowed me to “meet” and discuss film with people from all over the world: Sweden, United Kingdom, America, New Zealand, and many other places. It has also given me the opportunity to offer a different perspective on certain things – such as the things that bugged me in Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m hoping to explore similar topics in the future. Talking about Swedish things is something I can do that most other bloggers can’t from the same perspective.

Connecting with people has been the main motivation for this blog’s existance. I can not stress enough how very grateful I am for each and every comment I receive on something I’ve written. I love talking movies, but talking with yourself gets old. One of my previous blogs ran for 40+ weeks with weekly updates and only received a total of 9 comments in its lifetime, even though the daily page views would hover at around 150. In retrospect, I’m surprised I kept that one going for as long as I did.

So thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you to everyone who has ever read, liked, shared, and/or commented on any of my blog post. You’re what makes blogging fun and rewarding for me. I won’t start naming names because I know I’ll just forget someone and feel like an ass, but know that I appreciate all of you.

That said, special thanks have to go out to Travis McClain, a tremendous human being and all-around great guy, who has served both as a source of inspiration for blog posts and as a helping hand when I’ve needed to tidy up my writing. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out his blog Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. He writes about movies, comics, music, his personal life and lots of other stuff, all very candidly. And it’s all good stuff.

As for the future of A Swede Talks Movies, I certainly don’t have any plans of stopping anytime soon. I’ll keep on blogging. Probably at my established pace, hopefully with ever-improving writing and new cool ideas. This Swede will keep talking movies. I hope you’ll keep being here for me to talk to.

In closing, here are some of my favorite posts I’ve written during this blog’s first year. A brief looking-back before moving forward, if you will.

Three is One: Women going crazy
This was intended as the start of a recurring feature where I’d compare three movies that have something in common. I still haven’t gotten around to doing a second installment, but this first one – featuring Repulsion, Images, and Black Swan – worked out quite nicely.

Rewatch Review – Bitch Slap
Travis made me watch this trashy film for a second time, and I certainly found myself appreciating it more. This is one of the more hit-generating posts of the blog’s first year. I suspect this is because of the T&A-laden pictures my fantastic writing.

The remake conundrum: Open Your Eyes and Vanilla Sky
By far the most popular post I’ve ever written in terms of page views, which is somewhat surprising. The whole thing with Open Your Eyes and Vanilla Sky still bugs me to this day, and this was something I had to write.

How I ended up loving movies
This one was a long time in the making, and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I always struggle with adding a personal perspective to things I write, but this one has it in spades I think.

Why I remain zen about the Oscars nominations
I don’t think this post managed to change anyone’s mind or dampen any ire, but it was still something I felt I needed to say. People complain way too much during awards season.

When Worlds Collide: Why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is strange to this Swede
As mentioned earlier, this is a case where my nationality allows me to see things that others may not.

An introduction to the Flickchart world of ranking films
I love Flickchart and was more than happy to try to spread the word on the site. I know I got a few people hooked at least, so mission accomplished. I also occasionally contribute to Flickchart: The Blog, which has been a rewarding experience.

Again: Thank you all for your continued support! Here’s to another fun year!


Posted by on 30 May, 2012 in Misc.


22 responses to “Happy birthday, blog!

  1. Jessica

    30 May, 2012 at 10:39

    Grattis på födelsedagen! (Happy Birthday) from one Swede to another.
    Hanging on to a blog for an entire year is no small achievement.

    You’re one of my favorite blogs. I just wish you could join us in one of the monthly meetups with Filmspanarna at some point.

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 10:51

      Thank you for the kind words, Jessica. Likewise, your blog is one of my favorites out there too. :)

      Filmspanarna sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m still hoping to join in at some point in the future. It’s just a matter of me having the time to visit the capital at the right date. It’ll probably happen someday.

  2. Tyler

    30 May, 2012 at 10:48

    One year? That’s awesome! Incidentally, I’m just about to hit a milestone of my own: 400 blog posts tomorrow. I know, how is that even possible? Looks like I’ve wasted far too much time at a computer screen.

    Anyway, I seriously admire and envy your quality of writing and excellent posts. Fantastic work Emil, keep it up and stay awesome!!

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 10:55

      Thank you, Tyler! The feeling is mutual. You’re doing a teriffic job with your blog.

      I keep a slower pace than most when it comes to blogging. This was only my 135th post on this blog, and considering I posted daily for the first 50 days, that doesn’t add up to a very high frequency. It’s very gratifying that I can still maintain a loyal following even when I don’t post something for a full week. :)

      • Tyler

        30 May, 2012 at 10:57

        I’ve slowed down a bit with my post writing recently, and I seem to have suffered for it. But you’re obviously so personable and likeable that people just can’t stay away from A Swede Talks Movies. Well done! :)

  3. Diana

    30 May, 2012 at 11:05

    Happy Birthday and I hope there will be many more to come! Have a great year!

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 11:42

      Thank you very much!

  4. Mark Walker

    30 May, 2012 at 11:08

    Well done on your milestone man. I’m fairly new to blogging but I’m already aware of the effort and continuous input it requires. Congrats!

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 11:44

      Thanks, Mark! Keeping a blog running does require some persistance and dedication to be sure. I’m very happy with my current progress here. Keep up the great work!

  5. Dave

    30 May, 2012 at 13:29

    Wow, one year! Way to go, bud! You should be proud of your accomplishments. I’ve been a loyal follower for some time now and would be saddened if you quit the biz! So glad you’re still trucking along and I look forward to your next thoughtful and entertaining rumination on all things movies.

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 14:21

      Thank you kindly! I should have my Monthly Report for May up sometime during the next few days, so that’s something to look forward to. After that, who knows what I’ll come up with. :)

  6. sati

    30 May, 2012 at 19:22

    Happy Birthday to your blog! May you have far more succesful blogging years :)

    • Emil

      30 May, 2012 at 19:36

      Much appreciated!

  7. The Cinemaniac

    30 May, 2012 at 23:46

    Happy Birthday, blog!

    • Emil

      31 May, 2012 at 00:07

      Thank you, Mr. Cinemaniac! :)

  8. Bonjour Tristesse

    31 May, 2012 at 06:07

    Happy blog birthday and congratulations on the important milestone.

    • Emil

      31 May, 2012 at 09:22

      Thank you!

  9. Nostra

    31 May, 2012 at 12:45

    Congratulations, you have a blog I always enjoy reading. Here is to another year!

    • Emil

      31 May, 2012 at 13:04

      Likewise, Nostra. Thank you for your continued support. :)

  10. Alex Withrow

    31 May, 2012 at 22:17

    I love everything about this blog, keep it up Emil, and happy blog anniversary (blogiversary, maybe?)!

    • Emil

      31 May, 2012 at 23:05

      Blogiversary! I like that word. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog, Alex. Thank you!


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