My Two Year Bloggiversary! Thanks to my co-bloggers!

My Two Year Bloggiversary! Thanks to my co-bloggers!

December 9th. Its been 2 years since I started this blog I’m glad I have met so many fellow bloggers and shared opinions about horror films, books, and art. I feel like we’ve gone through this time together and wish that we could one day all get together, have a drink and ‘shoot the breeze.’

From the beginning I didn’t want this to be just about horror films. So I hope you all enjoy some of the other items I post here, including the model-kits, magazines I collect, horror art, book reviews and my ‘strange but true’ articles. Once again thank you all for reading.

If you want to see my very first post on Dec. 13th, click here: The Remake Scoreboard – Horror Icons

I have a couple of questions for my fellow bloggers:

1) How do you read new blog posts from people you already follow?

Now that I’m following over 300 bloggers, I find it harder to keep up with some posts and sometimes miss some good ones. I usually go through the wordpress.com reader and find the ones I want to read but don’t always see everything, especially when I haven’t been on for a few days. I also look at listed posts in the email notification when someone comments on my blog. I turned off my weekly email notifications because my inbox was overflowing.

2) Do you delete subscriptions of bloggers that never reciprocate and visit your Blog?

It seems that some bloggers ‘like’ a few of your posts then after you follow them, they never visit your blog again. I have un-followed some blogs because of this. I feel this is a community and I like to read other’s posts and hear other’s opinions on my posts. I usually follow bloggers because I like something about the way they write, the films they review, and the posts they publish. However, if it’s a one-way street, I will delete – there are a million opinions on the internet, I’ll read someone else’s. I follow over 300 blogs but only have 200 followers, perhaps its time to clean out my list.
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Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein
Saw this fantastic model-kit on ebay. A great scene from the film Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein.

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Things I notice about blogging:

1) When you switch to a .com or personal web address, sometimes your posts don’t show up in people’s wordpress.com readers anymore. This can usually be fixed by having subscribers un-follow and then follow again. You should probably ask them to do this because it isn’t automatically noticed by your readers.

2) When you switch to a personal website, you loose readers. You take yourself out of the community, especially if other bloggers can’t ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on your posts. I don’t want to log into someone’s site to post a comment. If I can’t comment from wordpress.com, I will not comment. I have too many damn sign-in codes, user names and passwords already – I’m not creating another just to leave a comment. Some sites let you comment using your Google sign-in. If you plan on branching out to your own site addy, let readers be able to comment and ‘like’ posts using WordPress or Google.

3) Please have your blog(s) link on your Gravatar Page! I can’t scroll through 300 blog listings every time I want to check out your blog. When you post from different devices it doesn’t have your blog link with your post. I click on the Gravatar and then click the blog listing you have there. If you don’t have one there…. I’ll just skip it.
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wallace & Gromit
I forgot this guy from my list of The History of Robots in Film. It’s the Robot Dog from Wallace & Gromit’s episode, A Close Shave. I am adding him to my list.

55 Chevy Candy Cane
I was out the other day and saw this beautiful, 1955 Chevy! I had to take a pic.

Correction: In my review for Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds, in the first line of the review I have the year 1997 – it should read 1977. Despite reading the review 100 times before posting, I only noticed this a few days ago and made the correction.

Anyways, thank you all for reading, and especially:

Vic’s Movie Den
FringeVoid
Laura from FU Only Knew
Joe@ Cinemamonster.com
Mark at Lasers Monsters and Barbarians
Eric at The IPC
Brian at Hard Ticket to Home Video
Tim the Film Guy
Monster Minions
Dave from Last Road Reviews
Robbin from Robbinsrealm
Wednesday’s Child from Initforthekills
FilmScoreHunter from The Cinematic Frontier
Mistylane from Cinema Schminema
Chris from FilmHipster
Kim at Tranquil Dreams
Renae Rude at The Paranormalist
The Angry Scholar
Fiza from InsaneOwl
Ryan from Rhinoshorror.com
Teny at Movies of the Soul
JP at The Horror Booth
Tyson Carter at Head in a Vice (congrats on your daughter’s birth)
John at Written in Blood
Drinking Beer Watching Movies
Side Kick Reviews
Paul from Scifi Jubile
Dan the Man’s Movie reviews
Zoe from Sporadic Chronicles of a BB
Denise from Dawning Creates
Xenolicker
Boxofficebuzzab
Jordan and Eddie
John at Movies Films, and Flix

I know I may have forgotten someone, If I did, I apologize.

These are the people that visit, comment and ‘like’ my posts regularly. I appreciate your acknowledgement and enjoy your blogs. Looking forward to another year!

25 thoughts on “My Two Year Bloggiversary! Thanks to my co-bloggers!

  1. HEY!!! CONGRATS!!! Here’s to another year *CLINK *SHOOT *SLAM IT DOWN

    As for your questions – I always click into the reader to get to people’s sites so they can get my “hit” – as for reading them and commenting, out of the 300 or so I also follow, I only legitimately read and hang out with 30 or so – and you know who your are –

    I just started unfollowing blogs a couple of weeks ago – blogs that post ten or more times a day is just too much. Also – people that reblog 65 things a day irritate me. And people that don’t reciprocate – I just don’t mess with them.

  2. Congrats on the anniversary, and thanks for the shout out!

    In response to your questions:

    1) I’m only following 64 blogs, so using the Reader is usually manageable. I do miss things sometimes, though, and end up having to either go directly to individual blogs I just haven’t seen in a while, or scrolling frantically down the reader until I find what I missed. I turned off all email notifications about comments, etc., though–even with minimal activity on the blog, I just hate getting notifications in my inbox. I usually just sign in to WP and see if there are any notifications up there in the toolbar dealy (or whatever they call it).

    2) I have unfollowed one or two blogs that never seemed to reciprocate, and I think I may also go through my list and unfollow a few more. I’m also really interested in generating conversation, but it’s almost always the same handful of folks who comment or like (and I’m grateful to them, of course). It’s difficult to engage people. But like you (based on the rest of your post), I like the sense of community that blogging can provide, and appreciate it when people with similar interests are actively involved. So I think it’s entirely reasonable to unfollow folks who aren’t interested in reciprocity.

  3. 2 years bro! So cool. I am very happy for you. I have always loved your site and posts. I am very lucky to have you as a regular contributor on my page. Congrats and keep up the awesome work, Michael!

    As far as your questions, I pretty much do what Isaacs does, as well. I get on my reader and “like” most posts and I click on the post itself to give them the “hit.” I don’t even recall how many blogs I follow and haven’t had too much time to unfollow any but I do notice that many do not reciprocate, unfortunately. So, I just try to be kind and share some posts on Twitter once in a while.

    Gotta agree with Isaacs about another thing: Some blogs just post and post and post so much in the span of just a couple of days that it does become a bit overwhelming. But to each their own. It is what it is!

    What matters is that YOU rock, man and so does your site. Here’s to another Dos Anos, Hermano!

  4. Congrats 😀

    Wow lots of anniversaries lately

    1) Email notifications, I follow 293 (didnt know it was that many) and I manage it easier through that. If the post doesnt interest me then I just delete the email 😀

    2) Eventually yeah, but its normally the bloggers whose content tends to be rubbish anyway. Unfollow 😀

    Yay I got a mention, because I am amazing and deserve it 😀

  5. Congratulations on the milestone, and thanks for the mention! In answer to #1, I use the WordPress reader, but I will double check by going directly to the blog when I haven’t seen a post from someone in a while. I don’t always comment, but that’s because I hate comments that really have nothing to say and so I don’t like to leave them on others’ blogs. But I am always reading.

    As for #2, I am sorry to say that I am the unfollowingest person ever to internet. I will unfollow for a few reasons, especially if there is bad writing going on, or an insistence on writing only about movies we’ve all seen, but chief among them is when someone just doesn’t interact with me anymore. Some people start a blog, seem friendly at first, and then sort of step over you on their way to internet fame. I hate that.

  6. So here’s my dirty little secret: I use Netvibes as a blog reader. That way, I can return the favor to pretty much ANYONE who subscribes to my blog (for the sake of their overall numbers) without HAVING to actually follow all their posts.

    If I want to follow, on the other hand, I take their homepage link to Netvibes and create a feed for it. I do all my blog reading from there, rather than from WordPress (or Blogger, for that matter.)

    When a post comes through my feed at Netvibes, I almost always click on the link and read, because I at least want to skim anything posted by anyone I’ve bothered to do the double-subscribe for. If I did read a post, I almost always “like” it.

    I leave comments if I can think of anything to say other than “good post”. But I try to keep them short, so that I can get through as many posts as possible.

    MOST of those double-subscribed feeds are reciprocal. There’s a two way relationship that involves supporting each other’s blogs. I also follow a handful of blogs that are really big, but within the world of paranormal or writing. I generally don’t comment to those, and I’m pretty sure they have no idea I exist.

    Finally, I subscribe to some sites like cracked.com and a few cheezburger threads. It’s nice to have some funnies to break up the text.

  7. That model kit is badass. Not that I have seen the film (really want to though).

    I’m with you about having to login or sign up to someone’s site. It is annoying and inconvenient. That is one of the reasons I haven’t seriously considered dropping the .wordpress from my blog, because I don’t want to endanger my already average readership.

    I definitely read/comment/engage with bloggers that seem to enjoy mine. It is not an entirely conscious thing, but definitely works out that way in the end.

    Congrats on the blogging milestone by the way.

  8. I have never stopped following anyone simply because they did not reciprocate with a like, comment or whatever. In fact, the only time I un-follow anyone is when I click the link and get a ‘page not found’ message; which has only happened twice.

    • Come on mikeyb, you gotta get your mojo back. If you like to write about things, just do it. Write about anything, a South park episode, a funny tv commercial, a bad tv commercial, your fave movie… make lists with no writing… my top 5 War movies and just post 5 pics, one from each film (get your pics from Google) – you don’t even have to write anything. What are your top 5 superheroes? There’s so much we don’t know about you.

      • Thanks mate for the inspiration. You’re right I should just write about whatever I’m thinking about. I need to get back on the horse and claim my place as the greatest movie blog in the world written by an Irishman living in Scotland!

        Thanks again! And here’s to another 2 years! 🙂

  9. Congrats! Awesome stuff! Happy belated Blogaversary!

    As for your question:
    I follow a lot of blogs but I have stopped subscribing to certain blogs especially those that reblog and post like more than 5 posts a day. It gets a bit overwhelming since I’m already usually a few days (if not a week) behind with reading posts. I do try to get to as many as I can but I’m pretty sure I need to do some cleaning…

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