As you probably are aware, all my reviewing has been taking place at the newer, shinier, easier-on-the-eyes Radiation-Scarred Reviews.
In other news, RSR is over four years old now (having begun December 26th, 2008), and I feel like I've gotten over my misgivings and general shyness enough to try to really commit myself to doing something with this. I would love to be able to write full-time (I don't see it happening, but it definitely won't if I don't try), and if I can even just get beer money out of my writing, I'd be happy.
As such, I'm taking some steps:
- Post more frequently whenever possible. Obviously, it isn't always going to be possible; real life gets in the way, but having weekends where I'm just a total slug and don't do anything aren't going to cut it. It's not a huge energy expenditure to write reviews; "not feeling like it" is my depression talking.
- Continue working on improving the quality of my writing. I'm not trying to write better than anyone but myself, but damnit, I'm a wily bastard and keep making it harder for me to top myself. I already consider myself one of the most skilled writers in the horror blogosphere, I've got a good authorial voice, but I'm not going to rest on any perceived laurels.
- ADVERTISING. Word of mouth ain't cuttin' it. If I want to increase my readership circulation, I need to start selling myself. I've had business cards printed to distribute at shows, and I'm looking into buying commercial time on some podcasts.
- ADVERTISING, PART 2. I'm going to sell ad space. I'm not going to try and sell you Payday Advance Loans or black market Viagra, but I will shill for companies and sites that are relevant to our interests as horror fans. Am I selling out? I'm not writing reviews for my health (any more). Shakespeare gots to get paid, son.
What else, what else...
Jordan the Vault Master and I just overhauled the new site's look last weekend and I think it's pretty snazzy. Similarly over the past couple months I've been really striving with my reviews and feel like I've put out some fantastic work lately, to the point where most of the stuff in the archives here on Blogger is almost embarrassing to read.
I love hearing from you, the readers, so please, send feedback -- comments, criticisms, suggestions for movies to review in the future, or just to generally shoot the shit. I don't bite. If you want to talk, shoot me an email at the above address, hit me up on the Book of Faces, or comment on the reviews. Getting feedback and reader responses really makes my day, and if I go too long without any I start getting twitchy and neurotic and start panicking that nobody's reading my stuff.
If you want to talk in person or hang out, I can be found at Cinema Wasteland next month, April 5th-7th in Cleveland, Ohio. I will also be at the Salt City Horror Fest in Syracuse, New York, on May 4th. Just look for the bespectacled fat guy in a denim vest covered in patches and pins. If there's multiple, he's the one with short hair.
I think that's it for this update. Looking forward to hearing from you all soon.
All the best,
Bill "Saucerman" Adcock