With this being my 300th blog post I thought I’d write something different. Something that may help others because I’m someone who understands how difficult it can be to maintain a blog, especially if you feel you’re not quite represented enough. As someone of Indian heritage writing a film blog doesn’t feel like the most common thing to do but I’m happy to be the black sheep.
Since I had a conversation in a cafe across the street from where I live with a friend of mine 6 years ago who gave me the idea to start and I haven’t looked back. Besides those times when Facebook memories forces me to confront the horrors of my earlier posts. Including one solely based on my then brand spanking new Avengers Assemble steelbook. To be fair is was and still is beautiful.
I feel I have come a long way since then and whilst I always have doubts regarding my ability to write anything interesting, witty, insightful or that anyone else will ever want to read, I continue to write. However it shouldn’t be about that really, what your writing should be, whether it’s a blog, a book, a film a TV show or just something you’re doing for yourself, it should be something you enjoy. Something you love. Something you feel passionate about (even if that’s yourself, nothing wrong with that).
I’m in a habit of slow writing, because of how I want it to sound, how I want to sound to other people. I edit as I write which makes me slow, I’m doing it right now and it’s annoying. But you know what? Again that shouldn’t matter. Write slow, write fast, write incoherently. Make it into whatever you want. Stop thinking about it, stop worrying about it and just do it!
Whilst my passion pushes me to better my writing (at least I hope it does) it’s also given me something a bit more interesting to do. I’ve manged to get onto press lists for smaller film releases, plus I cover the London Film Festival every year with a press pass I always feel lucky to have. I applied for it a few years ago and now I take some time off work, pay for my pass and watch around 16 films across 10 days. I always have the best time and this year more than ever I’ve wanted this to be my life. Going to films, writing about them, meeting people from the industry, finding a hidden gem and spending my time doing what I love the most. Blogging, whilst difficult to maintain around a full time job, makes me happy which after having either a difficult day, week, month or year, is something I can look at, something which I created and feel proud. It’s not often that I can say that, anyone who knows me understands that I am my harshest critic and worry far too much when it comes to anything. So with that here’s a few things to keep in mind when beginning and writing your own blog:
- Think about what your really passionate about
- Write what you want and edit it later
- Have no distractions
- Read other blogs
- Be open to criticism. It helps a lot!
So I hope I’ve helped, even a little bit. I know it can be hard to start a blog when you’re unsure where to begin but when you do and you find that confidence you certainly have, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
Keep. It. Reel.