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The Focused Filmographer Turns 2!!

May 25, 2012

Two years ago today, May 25, 2010, amongst all of the thousands of websites that existed on the internet, a new one was born. Entitled at that time as “TheScarletSp1der’s Movie Review Blog”, I humbly began my movie review site which was basically meant to serve as an extension of my personal Facebook page. Sharing my thoughts on movies I watched, I ventured out to be the next “Roger Ebert” with my first review of a highly unknown small independent film entitled 11 Minutes Ago (don’t read the review. Ha!..my writing was atrocious). Being Ebert was far from my talent bench. ha! πŸ˜€

But continue I did, and you ventured with me. The site underwent a namechange in January of 2012 from “TheScarletSp1der’s Movie Review Blog” to “The Focused Filmographer” for several reasons (which can be read here), it was at that time that I feared losing several followers due to technical complications. I wish to thank SEVERAL of you who dedicated posts on your sites and more to spread the news of the site change. No one was lost. As a matter of fact, the following GREW.

And little did I know just all the ways in which my site would grow!

For those that like stats, here are just a few:

  • 689 posts published
  • Over 73,400 visits
  • Over 7,600 comments (I LOVE comments, so thank you!)
  • Over 532 followers (via subscription, Facebook, Twitter, and more)
  • Consistent views from ALL around the world. A special “Thank You” to all of my international readers!

Wow. I never expected any of that. The page started as just something for me to share my thoughts on movies and now, well…it’s that and more!

All of the fantastic people I have met, the opportunities I have been blessed with, and the movies I have been able to enjoy…these past two years truly been unexpected and phenomenal to say the least!

Take a look:

  • Great friends/followers from other sites (Such as Flixchatter, Fogs’MovieReviews, AnomalousMaterial, ImpassionedCinema, and SO many more worth mentioning. Please visit them all via the blogroll in the rt hand margin). Thank You.
  • Great friends/followers NOT in the blogging community who make a point to share my page and let me know that they read and enjoy the site. (Such as my Family, Mr. Williams, my co-workers, and even a friend of mine from over 25 years ago: “Drkaman”)

Other opportunities that have presented themselves via this page

The First edition of “Terrence’s Take”

  • Participating in a casting call for Marvel’s THE AVENGERS.
  • Being chosen and then filming for ~6 weeks on set with the stars and being in the movie itself! (Did you spot me?)
  • Meeting my “Movie Wife!”
  • Being chosen by the local newspaper to write regular movie reviews in a weekly column entitled “Terrence’s Take.”
  • Getting involved with my local film community and working with local filmmakers to help that grow.
  • Increasing my movie poster collection. πŸ˜€
  • Seeing tons of films I would have otherwise probably never seen: Some I loved (i.e. Midnight in Paris), and others…not so much (i.e. Beastly).

Some of the favorite and most visited posts over the past 2 years have been:

  • Upcoming Movie Spotlight: The Hunger Games
  • The Annual Red Web Awards Year (My own “Golden Globes” version of an award presented each year right before the Oscars)
  • The Marvel vs. DC Presidential Polls for President (which annually publishes every 2nd “Time to Vote Tuesday” of November)
  • Fantasy Movie Pitches, and
  • My Top 17 most Iconic Movie Images.
  • WAIT!! and one more MASSIVE post! Who can forget AVENGERS WEEK with so many great bloggers involved in presenting a full week’s look at each of the Avengers in preparation for the largest movie of all-time?!!

There’s plenty more still to come and I look forward to more of keeping you up to date on movie news, helping to protect you from bad movies, sharing movies with you that you may not have known about, and learning from you each day more and more about movies as well. Thank you for 2 great years so far! Here’s to many more!

—It’s FUN! Click the button! πŸ˜€

This post is as much a celebration of you and my appreciation to you as it is celebrating two years of its existence. Thank you.

Have some Cake!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Review for Men In Black 3

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44 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2012 10:35 am

    Happy birthday man. You’re an inspiration. I be happy achieving half of what you’ve done. I only started 4 month ago and I’m happy to have passed the 4000 visit mark. I hope to grow as you have. Well done!

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    • May 25, 2012 10:43 am

      Hey Mark. Thank you very much. 4000 in 4 months is amazing! I think I was only averaging 10-15 hits a day back then. You’re awesome! and I am glad to be an inspiration. Thank you for your very kind words. Keep up the great work.

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      • May 25, 2012 10:59 am

        Thanks man, they are encouraging words. Cheers!

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  2. May 25, 2012 10:54 am

    Congrats on all your accomplishments, T. Your commitment to your website is second to none and shows through your consistently compelling content.

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    • May 26, 2012 9:58 am

      Max, thank you. An amazing compliment. May it continually be so

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  3. May 25, 2012 10:54 am

    Congrats T! I agree with Mark…you are an inspiration…I hope I can make it to two years. Right now I’m just working on 6 months πŸ˜‰

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    • May 26, 2012 9:58 am

      Paula. It is always a pleasure to visit your page and I am excited to see what the next 6 months and more hold for you!

      Thank you for your kind words and constant support.

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  4. todayiwatchedamovie permalink
    May 25, 2012 11:01 am

    Wow you’ve accomplished so much! Congratulations! Your blog is one of my favorites!

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    • May 26, 2012 9:57 am

      Thank YOU for taking the time to visit and comment. It’s because of faithful readers/contributors such as yourself that makes it all the more enjoyable.

      Appreciate the kind words.

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  5. May 25, 2012 11:01 am

    Yo T. You know you rule and your blog is freaking awesome. So I’m not going to bust balls today. LOL. It’s an honor to be listed amongst your “Great Friends from other sites” and the feeling’s totally mutual.

    This blog is a shit load of fun, and I think that that’s what so many bloggers forget – people are on the net to have fun! It’s a social and entertainment function every bit as much as it is about conveying news or reviews. And I’ll tell you, your site is one of the best around for that without a doubt. Hands down. You manage to deliver the content in a way that’s a pleasure to read… that’s a gift.

    I only wish you had joined the Lamb early so I could have nominated you for some Lammys. LOL.

    Happy Blog Birthday and here’s to many more to come!

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    • May 26, 2012 9:56 am

      Fogs’

      You always keep me rollin with your comments man. I was waiting for you to say something about my “alleged” borrowing of your banner idea for sure! hahaha

      Man, I appreciate ya and your support and helping me to keep this blog a lot of fun. That is always the goal and your words mean a lot. Thank you very much.

      I look forward to being in the Lammys next year. I hope you win a few yourself!

      Perhaps I’ll get up to “comment king” status like you someday, huh?

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  6. May 25, 2012 11:20 am

    Congratulations and happy birthday! This is one of my favourite sites to visit! Great stats and well deserved!

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    • May 26, 2012 9:54 am

      Hey Pete, Thank you for your kind words. and thank you for constantly visiting. I really am grateful to you.

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  7. Ted S. permalink
    May 25, 2012 11:43 am

    Congrats on your second anniversary T! Keep them coming!

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    • May 26, 2012 9:53 am

      Thank you very much Ted. Appreciate ya. I def will

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  8. May 25, 2012 12:36 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary

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    • May 26, 2012 9:53 am

      Thank you very much. btw, i LOVE the name of your page “Cinementals”…Clever!

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  9. May 25, 2012 1:57 pm

    Congratulations, T. I only joined this past year, but it’s been a lot of fun. You’ve become my default site for movie marketing. πŸ˜€

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    • May 26, 2012 9:52 am

      Morgan, I love visiting your site and the in depth information you include. A comment like this coming from you is indeed an honor. I appreciate your input, participation, and enjoyment on the site very much.

      Plus, you wrote up a pretty awesome Loki/Hawkeye post for Avengers Week!

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      • May 26, 2012 1:28 pm

        That was my pleasure. Great idea for a theme week. πŸ˜€

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  10. jackdeth72 permalink
    May 26, 2012 9:27 am

    Congratulations, Terrence!

    I found your blog by linking through one of your comments over at Ruth’s months ago. Kinda glad I did! You cover the bases quite nicely and add a few that make this place unique.

    It’s also nice to know that there are still some rampant Theater Poster and Lobby Card fans still roaming the earth.

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    • May 26, 2012 9:50 am

      I truly appreciate you coming over to the page and revisiting regularly. I always learn something from the input you leave and enjoy the insight.

      Thank you for your kind words. And, yes, there are still some of us who love posters and lobby cards for sure!

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  11. May 26, 2012 10:14 am

    Congrats! Glad I found your site, only had my site a month haha, well done πŸ™‚

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    • May 29, 2012 10:15 am

      Tim, I really do appreciate it and look forward to more. Also love what you have going on on your page and am excited to see what you have planned for us to enjoy more!

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  12. May 26, 2012 8:23 pm

    Congrats Terrence for your blog’s 2nd anniversary. Didn’t know that you have a segment in your local newspaper, that’s pretty cool (also being cast in Avengers). Love your energy! Here’s for more great years to come

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    • May 29, 2012 10:10 am

      Andina, thank you for your kind words and support. I appreciate it. It has been a very fun 2 years and I look forward to more!

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  13. May 27, 2012 10:03 am

    Woo hoo!! Happy belated blog birthday my friend! Ever since your blog started as the Scarlet Sp1der, I’ve always been a big fan of your reviews, positive attitude and enthusiasm about movies. Your regular segments, especially TVT and MNM are super awesome and I always look forward to those. I’m thrilled that you were chosen as an extra in The Avengers and that you got to meet your #1 crush, WOW! Couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow, man, I’m just so happy for you!

    You’ve accomplished so much in just 2 years and yet you’re always the same humble and courteous person, I love that. Of course I enjoy the fact that there’s no foul language present in any of your posts, even in your rants, ahah.

    Keep up the awesome work, T! God bless you!

    – your fan & friend, ruth

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    • May 29, 2012 10:07 am

      Ruth!

      Thank you for the comment and support through these past 2 years! It has been such a great experience getting to know you and read the content on your page as well.

      Your words and friendship mean a lot to me and I am truly blessed knowing you. Thank you so much!

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  14. May 27, 2012 11:37 am

    Congrats on two years. Its even more impressive to know how regularly you update your site with your regular weekly features. I certainly wouldn’t be able to keep up your schedule.

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    • May 29, 2012 10:05 am

      Thank you Ian. I appreciate it. It is not always easy. I have a fulltime job as well so it keeps me busy. But I always look forward to hitting up new content on the site regularly. Thank you for being a follower here man. Thank you.

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  15. May 27, 2012 3:33 pm

    Happy (blog) Birthday. I’ve only been running my blog for a little while now and I can only hope to have a following as big as yours when it’s two years old, let alone the job on the paper and a part in The Avengers! This site’s one of my fave’s and I’ll keep on visiting so bring on another year.

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    • May 29, 2012 10:02 am

      Thank you Ben. Your kind words are very appreciated. I enjoy checking your page as well and thank you for your constant support, interest, and comments.

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  16. May 28, 2012 1:54 pm

    A belated Congratu-ma-lations! 2 years is a fantastic amount of time and here’s to many more years. I love coming back here every day just to keep up with everything going on here. And LOVED being part of the Avengers Assemble partay – it was awesome!

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    • May 29, 2012 9:59 am

      Jaina!! Thanks so much. I really appreciate you and your blog. I’m afraid you may beat me on the 100 movie-athon you got going on. But I am putting forth a valiant effort! haha.

      We were glad to have you as a part of The Avengers Week!

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  17. May 28, 2012 2:42 pm

    Congrats on the big TWO! Here’s to many, many more years!

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    • May 29, 2012 9:57 am

      Eric. Thank you very much sir. I appreciate it. Enjoy stopping in on your page often. Thank you for your support.

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  18. May 29, 2012 12:17 pm

    Keep up the good work, my man! It’s always a joy to read your site.

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    • May 30, 2012 7:28 pm

      Andy, thank you. Those are very kind words and greatly appreciated.

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  19. May 30, 2012 10:40 am

    Congratulation T πŸ™‚
    A bit late because I was busy with my man πŸ˜‰
    That’s an awesome achievement you got there…and a collumn in newspaper…wow!!

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    • May 30, 2012 7:26 pm

      Nov, thank you for your kind compliments and support. I’ve been super busy and apologize I have missed your Cillian birthday post. I will be there to visit shortly though.

      Thank you for visiting here and being a part of the fun events! Always love your being here.

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  20. May 30, 2012 12:23 pm

    Sorry I’m late wishing you congratulations, T. It’s awesome, my friend.

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    • May 30, 2012 7:23 pm

      No need for apologies at all. I am so super behind on catching up on everyone’s sites. I completely understand.

      thank you my friend!

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  21. June 7, 2012 1:35 am

    Congratulations T! I think my blog also had it’s second birthday last month (although I’m not completely sure as I haven’t been keeping track). Nice to see that it is still giving you a lot of joy. Keep up the good work!

    btw, when are you doing a new captions post? Have been missing those!

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    • June 7, 2012 9:45 am

      Thanks sir. You’ve done quite a bit in 2 years yourself. I appreciate you following.

      I have a CinematiCaption in draft waiting. I meant to post it yesterday but got too backed up at work. Thank yoy. Glad to know it is enjoyed. I will have one soon for sure!

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