Parlor of Horror 5th Year anniversary

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It’s my anniversary! My blog is 5 years old as of Dec. 9th, or Dec. 13th, the day I posted my very 1st blog 🙂


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Parlor of Horror is now 5 years old. I’ve noticed many blogs wane and become silent after a few years and only the resilient bloggers make it to their 5th year.

There’s a bunch of bloggers that had started around the same time as me here on WordPress. I call them the Long-Time Bloggers Club. I’ve made this award honoring the achievement of blogging for five years or more. Below are the bloggers that started very close to when I started.


Members of the Long-Time Bloggers Club…

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Feel Free to post this Award on your Blog

John at Written in Blood

Kim at Tranquil Dreams

Robbin from Robbinsrealm

Zoe from Sporadic Chronicles of a BB

Laura from FU Only Knew

Vic at Vic’s Movie Den

Kim at By Hook or Book

Emma at emmakwallexplainsall

Fringevoid at FringeVoid

Ryan from The Missing Reel

Eric at The IPC

Brian & Brad at Hard Ticket to Home Video

Wednesday’s Child from Seven Doors of Cinema

FilmScoreHunter from The Cinematic Frontier

Paul Bower from Scifi Jubile

MarkMc2012 from Lasers, Monsters and Barbarians, Oh My!

Geoff from The Telltale Mind

Dave from Side Kick Reviews

Bubbawheat from Fights, Tights, and Movie Nights

Leo Craven at Leo Craven.com

ArcaneHalloween at Precinct1313

Vinnieh from Vinnieh, movie reviews…

Bob Bois at Sitting in Darkness.com

John at Movies Films, and Flix

Dr Humpp’s Curious Collection

Cinema Parrot Disco

Vern at Vern’s Video Vortex

Anna at FilmGrimoire

The Devil’s DVD Bin

Joe at Pen of the Damned

If I’ve missed anyone, let me know, I’ll add you to the list. You must be close to 5 years of blogging or more…

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If you’ve reached 5 years you can post the LTBC Award on your blog. If you have not reached it yet, save the award and post it on your 5th Anniversary. Once again thanks for all your posts, likes, comments and interesting articles through the years. Here’s to the next five.


 

 

 

Top Tips for bloggers – From the original Modern Blogger

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Top Tips for bloggers

From the universe’s first modern blogger, Captain Kirk

Captain’s Log, Star date ——

Sorry, Capt. Kirk could not make it today, he’s out saving the universe. Much like toilet paper, he’s circling Uranus looking for Klingons.


 

There’s a few things I’ve learned about blogging. I’m by no means an expert, but I think these are some common sense tips to follow if you’re in the blogging community. Check them out and leave some of your own tips below in the comments…

1) Put a link to your blog on your gravatar page. It is not connected to your blog unless you put the link onto the page yourself. Several times in the past I wanted to visit another bloggers site and clicked on their gravatars. It led me to the gravatar page which had no link to their blog. Now how do I find them? I can’t recall all the names of the several hundred blogs I follow.

2) Blogging is a two-way street. I read a couple of your items, you read a couple of mine. Put a ‘like’ up there to let me know you’ve been there and it reminds me to check out what you’ve been posting lately.

3) Make sure others can comment without having to sign into something different. Some sites ask if you want to sign in with Facebook or Google and I don’t mind that as I already have an account with them. However, if I have to create an account with a service I don’t know, I’m not going to do it and most people won’t either. Disqus sucks! They want to access you friends list, your email list, your other accounts, and they don’t let you finish the sign up unless you agree to all of these demands. They just keep asking questions, questions, questions… I quit before finishing my sign up. There’s no reason they should access my FB friends or personal email list! At least make you blog have the ability to leave a comment with a Facebook sign-in.

4) I know everyone wants to get their own domain name, make the name famous and then sell it for loads of money. However, when you switch to your own domain you run the risk of alienating the blog-friends you’ve already made in the blogging community. Quite often people have to re-follow you in order to see your posts. Sometimes your posts don’t show up in their feed. I don’t know why this happens, but it happens often. Secondly, when people sign into their wordpress or blogger or whatever other blog service they’re using, they should be able to comment and ‘like’ from there without having to sign in again (see item 3). Thirdly, make sure your settings allow people to post comments. There’s a blog I follow that when I try to leave a comment, it tells me ‘my comment appears to be spam.’ I’ve told the moderator about this already, but they insist it’s my problem. I follow 400 blogs, I’ll just go somewhere else. It’s really not my problem at all.

5) I’ve seen it happen over and over, a blog rising in popularity switches to their own domain, has the comments section switched to a form where you have to give tons of info every time you want to comment, and they remove themselves from the community they were in, to pursue a bigger audience. Then a few months later, instead of having 25 likes per post and 20 comments, it has nothing at all. No likes, no comments. They keep posting new posts, but there’s no engagement. Eventually the blog is abandoned. They thought they were going to be the next Rotten Tomatoes, but it didn’t happen. So, before you make changes, make sure your readers are engaged enough to follow you and make it easy for them to keep following you.

6) Have your email on your ‘about’ page or on a ‘contact’ page. There may be reasons other bloggers need to contact you. They may want to invite you to guest post or ask a question away from the public eye. They may want to tell you that your comments don’t work!

Hope you find some of these tips helpful. Leave some comments and tips below 🙂


Just wanted to let you know I now have a Twitter Account

 

Also in case you don’t know, here’s my FB, Goodreads, and Amazon spots…

 

https://www.facebook.com/michael.thomasknight.9

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7502555.Michael_Thomas_Knight

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Thomas-Knight/e/B00CROMK3M/


Did you know you can purchase a Captain Kirk Enterprise Chair for your own living room or den? How cool is that! only about $2,000

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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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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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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!