Thursday, November 19, 2009

Untitled

When I first started reading up on how to be a successful blogger, over a year ago now, one of the things I always read to never do was call attention to a lack of posting. Reason being, when it comes to blogging, a lack of posting is pretty much death and to constantly be apologizing for, explaining, and calling attention to that lack of posting makes your readers lose faith in you and eventually stop coming around your neck of the woods. Well, there's been a serious lack of posting around here lately and I don't want any of you guys to think it's just laziness or me slacking off or losing interest, so i'm gonna throw that advice out the window and go ahead and call attention to it...

For the first year and three months of my days as a horror blogger, I was jobless. This blog was essentially my only obligation and even though I didn't get paid for it, it pretty much became my entire life. I poured so much time and energy into this thing to make it what it is today, updating three or four times a day (without ever going more than 2 or 3 days without a post), and it didn't even matter that I wasn't getting paid for it. I was doing it because I loved to do it, not because I wanted to turn any profits off of it. But we've all gotta have a job and start to make some money at some point and I knew in the back of my mind that the day I got a normal job, the blog would suffer. And it has. I got a job a few months back and Freddy In Space has not been the same since. I'm lucky if I update a few times a week because lets face it, getting up at 7:30 in the morning and putting in a full day of work at a shitty uninspiring job is not what gets me in the mood to come home and blog about my passions. It gets me in the mood to sleep and sulk, and that's about it. My passions have now taken a back seat to a job I hate and that really bums me out, but that's just the reality of life and this is a reality that I always knew was inevitable. It's also a reality that has just hit me harder than ever being that I was offered press passes to the opening night party of the New York City Horror Film Festival this past Wednesday, but had to turn them down because of my job. Ouch, now that one hurt. But I won't be bitter about it. I had the incredible opportunity to do this for over a year, without a job, and devote all of my time and energy to it and for that I am pretty damn thankful. So, cutting to the chase, is this the end of Freddy In Space?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Though my hits have dwindled and my spirits have been a bit broken, I will never give up on this blog. It's the one true passion i've got going for me and i'll be damned if i'm gonna let some little minimum wage temporary job take that away from me. I'm not gonna be able to update nearly as much as I used to, but i'm damn sure gonna try my best to bring you guys the same content you've come to enjoy reading over this past year, on as frequent of a basis as I can bring it. Don't lose faith in me and be a little patient, that's all I ask.

All this being said, I can assure you that whatever I end up doing with my life, as far as a career goes, it will be based around horror movies. They're what makes me happy, they're what keeps me going, and the horror world is the world I want to live out the rest of my days in. My biggest fear has always been that my passions and dreams will be thrown by the wayside and replaced with some generic job that I get stuck in, as is the case with 90% of society, and i'm gonna do everything I can to prevent that from happening. It's just not me and i'm just not gonna settle for it. But I digress....

What I was here to say is that i'm not giving up on this blog and that I will never give up on this blog. That being established, lets get back to doing what we've been doing for the past year and a half.

Now if you'll excuse me, i'm gonna go do what I do best - pop open a cold one and get my rocks off on a fucked up horror flick. Once I sober up, maybe i'll jump on here and write up a little review. It's probably the only thing i've ever been real good at doing, so I figure I should probably stick with it.

20 comments:

shu said...

I am in the same boat you were a few months ago. I, too, started my blog when I was jobless, which I am back to being again, and completely understand where you are coming from. Glad to hear you are not going to conform to society's bullshit norms. Keep fighting the fight and never leave FREDDY IN SPACE!

the jaded viewer said...

I hear ya dude. After working all day, you feel drained and don't feel like writing something up. It's not that you don't want to, it's your totally tired and beat.

Sometimes I struggle to write a post on the jaded viewer. I feel like I gotta write 1 post everyday during the week. Plus I got a ton of DVDs to watch that I got for free that I should be reviewing.

I've forgotten the times when I just watched a horror movie and didn't have to review it.

Johnny - We know your posts are gonna be a little more infrequent but I'll be checking in on the blog b/c when you do post, we all know its gonna be something worthwhile.

Evil Dead Junkie said...

Good on you mate. Internets a happier place with yo around.

Johnny said...

Gotta admit, Jaded Viewer, I do miss the days of watching a horror movie without having to worry about reviewing it! And I too have a TON of screeners i've been sent that i've yet to watch or review, which I feel horrible about. Gotta start chipping away at that pile.

The Frog Queen said...

Oh, I love your site. Please don't go anywhere!!! :D I promise to post more, really I do :D

Cheers!

Bjornabo said...

You had me worried for a couple of seconds there. A post called "untitled" and a fairly long post too. So I thought this was the end.

But I`m glad that you decided to continue this awesome blog :-)

And I think that you shouldn`t worry to much about your "post rate". You got stuff to do to, so post something when you got the time and feel like doing it. Not because you feel that you owe it to the readers :-)

Keep up the good work..

Wings said...

Hey, we are happy for any Freddy in Space posts, whether they are daily or sporadic.

Gotta do what you gotta do to survive, man. No one will (or should) begrudge you that.

And do keep doing what you love, when you can. It will help to keep you happy and sane!

Will be here reading when you post.

Chris Hallock said...

Keep fighting the good fight. I'll continue to check out this blog every day even if there are slightly less posts. It's one of the best on the web!

Patrick said...

Do not give up horror movies, or this blog.

In the immortal words of Finding Nemo: "Just keep swimming."

Keep your passions in you even if you're stuck doing a job you dislike.

I'll pray for you man. You rock.

:)

EyeloveMetal said...

Oh damn, honeymoon phase is over at the job eh? it happens at every one of them at some point.. your fans are die hard, they're not going anywhere, posting less just keeps em wantin' more! Keep up the good work! And never give into the man! Make this horror thing work for you!

Zacery Nova said...

I'll still read your blog (obviously), life "happens" and you've got to work - don't worry about this too much, your loyal readers'll come back no matter what happens.

- Zac

Uranium Willy said...

Freddy

I am lucky to have a blog that is part-time really (4 hours a day at most usually some days only 2) but am supplied with an apartment and pay enough to live on comfortably. The catch is I teach ESL in China and the stress of that alone balances things out. I still have time to watch flicks and maintain two blogs now, Necrotic Cinema and The Uranium Cafe, but NC has suffered due to not being able to maintain it because of Blogger being blocked in China. I have resolved that issue (for now) by using a paid VPN service that works for me and hope to get posting a few posts a week there. As you said, if you are not updating people stop coming. Simple as that, and to fair, I tend to stop visiting sites I once liked if the last update was 6 months or a year ago and eventually remove them from my blogroll. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Now that you are working you may not have the energy and spirit to do it at the same level as before but it is a cool site and seems pretty popular, so just maintain it and keep up the good work.

Bill

Sith Hunter said...

You keep writing and we'll keep reading, that's just the way it is. Life has a way of getting in the way and throwing obstacles at us, but if the Friday and Halloween series have taught us anything, it's that no matter how fast our dreams try to run, or what they throw in the way; if you keep your focus you'll catch the sons of bitches.

If we have to wait for an update, we'll wait for it and enjoy it as usual when you do make one. Keep up the good work Johnny.

Carl (ILHM) said...

It happens to all of us man, believe me. The only thing that keeps me sane working my stressful and all-consuming job is coming home to my binky baby and wife, then chatting with you guys online. I would love to be able to break into the industry with one of my scripts or with the blog, but heres the thing. Work is work, and work sucks. Just remember that once something becomes your occupation, it will all be about deadlines, profit, and advertising. Id rather be able to leave my shit ass job at the door and some home and have a blast then start hating writing because it has lost all soul.

I hope you the best in finding something that will help you strike a balance Johnny, then I know we will get more sweet ass posts!

Zach S. said...

show 'em you're a tiger, show 'em what you can do...

Anonymous said...

You can lose your blog,,,, but don't lose your girl! Seems like she really makes you happy amigo! So don't forget about looking out for her too.

Keep up the good work...when you can!


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Hawanja said...

Next time take the press passes and send someone esle to go for you, and have them be like a reporter.

kaiyn said...

It happens to all of us Johnny. Life and/or work gets in the way sometimes. We all understand that, and I'm pretty sure most of us will still be here, whether the posts are regular or sporadic.

B-Movie Becky said...

Hey, I just caught this post from the link on your Thanksgiving post...so I'm a little late to the draw, but just wanted to say that I love Freddy in Space and you've put in so much work/love into this that we can all feel it through the monitor. My job has been keeping me away from my blog too lately...bleh! We'll be patient and we'll be looking for your posts whenever they happen to pop up.

The Horror! Addiction! said...

That first Michael Criers pick looks like Alan Rickman!