17 January, 2012

Movie Thoughts - Does your traffic dictate your blog & your movie watching experience?



Now, this question relates to pretty much all bloggers and not just film bloggers, but honestly speaking have you ever specially gone and seen a movie, or skipped one, because you thought that it would/not appeal to your blog readers?

Although I have never really done this, but often when I write about an Indian film or like right now I am planning to write about two books on Indian films that I have just read, I do wonder how many people will actually read it considering most of my readers are from the western world and not too much into Indian cinema. Moreover the books cater to people who have seen the movies, which I am pretty sure most of my readers have not (although I am always pleased to be proved wrong).



Now, I do go ahead with writing articles and reviews on Indian cinema because I have a personal goal of trying to make it more popular. I also did a recent post on when someone might have had to go watch a movie when they really did not want to, be it to impress a girl or even for their blog. This question is more specific in that knowing who your readers are, and where they are from, or what they like, are you thinking about what you write and maybe even how you write, when you do write?

So far I’ve tried to keep true to myself. I know I have a very basic writing style and I like to write as little or as much as I want to about a movie, but there is always a question in the back of my mind, checking to make sure, if the post will be "popular" amongst my readers.

Have you ever thought about your readers when you stood in the theater deciding on your next film, or has it always been what YOU want first and then the reader?

Let me know... 

18 comments:

  1. It's all about me. I see what I want to see. Yes, I'm thrilled when my readers suggest an interest-looking movie to me I haven't heard of before, and I'll certainly watch it. But I never decide to see something because I think it would make for a blog post that people would like.

    But then I don't write about everything I see either. In fact, I don't write reviews very often at all. And when I do, I often decide to do so after having already seen the film. If I don't have anything really worthwhile to say about a film, there's no point in me writing about it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Emil, I totally get you. Lately, if you will notice, I have been shifting away more and more from just reviews and just doing different film related stuff on my blog. Although I still enjoy the occasional review writing. But, yeah so far, it has always been me first.

      Delete
  2. I'll normally catch the latest movies with Allen as he reviews but I always want to see what is up and coming so it goes with what I like really. I'll normally try and go in with an open mind and sometimes I'll enjoy the film and sometimes they turn out like Green Lanten and Cowboys And Aliens :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Green Lantern was not that bad... better than The Green Hornet :-) Thanks.

      Delete
  3. I will only watch whatever interests me, which means I see pretty much everything except for horror. And as I watch way more movies than I write about I usually pick out the ones where I have the feeling I can write an interesting article about it. Some of them were entertaining, but I would probably not be able to write much abou them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's the same with me Nostra. Sometimes I'll pick pick a movie and think about writing on it, but then time goes by and I just don't want to write anymore on it. Thanks

      Delete
  4. I don't think about it specifically in terms of traffic, but I do find myself thinking about what is good for my blog as a whole and saying "I need to see that movie because it is a possible awards contender." But honestly, I did that a bit anyway before I had the blog. It's just in a more heightened and aware way now.

    What I have found myself doing, however, is that if there are two films that I know I want to see, and one of them is close to the LambScore publication deadline and the other one is a few weeks away or already past, then I'll see the one where I can submit a link first, and save the other one for the following week.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for the comment. I think linking it with Lamb is a good idea. Although I haven't done what you suggested, but at times I look at the schedule and do think that I should have watched a movie earlier than I did so I could add it in the forum list.

    ReplyDelete
  6. As my time is always stretched, I find working on my blog almost like a time to switch off and not think about normal everyday problems. I love getting the opportunity to sit down watch a film and then put my opinions down and share with the readers.

    I always try to make my posts enjoyable to read, mainly because the reason for writing them is to share my thoughts with others so what I write is meant to be read and I want other to enjoy reading it.

    I tend not to worry too much about site traffic, as although it is nice to see lots of people visiting, it is not the be all and end all of my blog. Ultimate Reviews will be around for as long as I love watching movies, regardless of traffic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love the end of your comment Mark. Spoken like a true blogger. In all honesty though, although if my traffic hadn't increased to where it is now (nothing great, but pretty okay in my view) I might have re-thought about posting. But now that it has gone up once, I feel I would continue. Having said that when the traffic went down during New Years, I did have a couple of sleepless nights thinking why it suddenly dropped.

      Delete
  7. I haven't done that yet, but I would never say never. I have specifically watched movies that would fall into a category I plan to write about (i.e. my Atomic Shakespeare posts that I am writing right now), but that is to ensure I have done sufficient research into something I plan to write about, in order to make my posts better. I suppose you could say that was to increase traffic since better posts hopefully equals better traffic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you are right... we all aim to write better and sometimes on popular topics just so that it would have a mass appeal. But on the positive side it makes us better in what we do, because we aim to do things better even if it means checking our traffic to make sure we are doing the right thing. Thanks

      Delete
  8. Great post Raghav. You ask a really important question and one that I think a lot of people who blog about anything can really relate to.

    Personally, I will only watch something if it appeals to me. And only me. I will only post something on my site if I like it. And only me. It's for this reason that I will never see all the Golden Globe/Oscar nominated films in a year because only some will appeal to me. It's also why I will never be, nor want to me, a film critic because I couldn't watch or appreciate films that just don't appeal.

    An example is 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I am told it's a great movie but I will never see it because the story doesn't hold any appeal. Therefore I don't feel I could write about it because it holds no interest.

    I guess it's a long answer to a short question. I love movies, but not all, and will only talk about the ones that appeal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Russell, although I agree with you in that I too mostly watch movies that I like or the ones that interest me, but I also try and keep an open mind for other films. I too haven't seen either the original or the remake of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... but one day I will, i know. Sometimes when I really am not sure or interested in a movie, I will wait till it is on TV or if I can borrow a dvd from a friend. This way I don't technically spend money on it, and also give "discovery" a chance.

      Delete
  9. I only write what I want to write about. I did one article on Breaking Dawn and I felt dirty after writing it. I only did it for people who were interested, but I couldn't of cared less. I hope I find my own niche of people for my website.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you mean Max. It's a to sided sword. We all want good traffic and also do things our way.

      Delete
  10. No, I don't care about the traffic. I mean it's nice when people visit your blog but I have an urge to write about something just because it awakened emotions and thoughts in me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well said Lesya. Thanks for stopping by

      Delete