Hi. Those of you who regularly read The Last Picture Blog will probably know that I review every single film that I watch, and I’ve been doing so for the past three-and-a-half years, which means that I’ve spent a huge amount of my spare time writing about movies. At first this wasn’t too much of a stretch; in 2013 and 2014 I was only watching two or three features a week, on average, including new releases. However, for the past year or two I’ve been taking it a lot more seriously, watching an average of 100-150 new releases per year and also attempting to fill in lots of gaps by ploughing through my personal shame list and/or checking out other films that interest me. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that the average length of reviews has dropped during this period, and if I’m being perfectly honest although I think the overall quality of writing has improved over the years it has been dipping regularly, too; some of the reviews have been formulaic, in the sense that I find I’m often repeating the same things or making variations on the same points, while I’ve also noticed that I’ve been rushing more and more just to get them finished. Blogging has started to feel like a second job, as I always seem to have at least two or three unfinished reviews outstanding, so I think the time has come to step back a little and reduce the workload. (Or rather to step back so that it doesn’t seem like a workload.)
Additionally, but far more importantly, my wife and I are expecting our first child this November. Naturally I’m going to want to spend time getting to know this new member of the family, while I’ll also be busier around the house and changing nappies and all the rest of it as a result, so opportunities to go to the cinema will be few and far between! (At least initially, anyway, though I suppose if I do get to go I’ll probably be fast asleep by the end of the trailers.) It makes even more sense to start cutting back on the writing now, especially as we’ve got a fair bit of preparation to do at home before the baby arrives. Somehow I don’t think sitting around watching films or writing about them will go down too well, despite my wife’s seemingly endless patience with regard to this blogging lark at present.
So, with all that in mind, it’s time that I implemented some changes here. Unless I feel like I have a few things that I want to say about a particular film I’m only going to be writing long(ish) reviews for new releases, so probably an average of two new or three posts a week for the time being, as opted to seven or eight. That’ll take the pressure off, while hopefully there will be an improvement in the quality, though I can’t really make promises in that regard. I’m still going to log everything older that I’ve watched – just because I’m an absolute geek for that kind of thing – but these will all be collated into occasional round-up posts, which will be a mix of short summaries and pithy one-liners. Basically I’m going to be copying and pasting a lot from my Letterboxd account, which is an idea I’ve stolen from fellow film blogger Ewan (who you should really follow if you don’t already). I actually feel a little sad about doing this, having written more than 600 reviews in a row for every film that I’ve watched from the beginning of 2013, but it feels like the time is right to slow down. After November…who knows? I don’t want to stop blogging now, but definitely need to cut back on time spent doing so.
Anyway, thanks to those of you who have continually dropped by during the past few years, whether occasionally or regularly, and I hope you enjoy The Last Picture Blog 2.0 going forward.