Today marks the first birthday of this blog. I’m gonna get a little serious, and maybe a little sentimental, for a minute here folks. Since I was a teenager, horror movies have always been what kept me going and kept me (somewhat) sane, and that was never truer than in 2010. It was a very rough year, and with a lot of downtime, I started getting more and more into the world of online horror blogs. The idea of writing a website dedicated to my passion for horror intrigued me, but I didn’t know if I could do it. I’m not exactly technologically inclined, so creating a website in the first place was a frightening proposition. Besides, I hadn’t written anything about film since college. Would anyone even care enough to read it? I registered a blogspot page, but just let it sit there for months while I toyed with the idea. Then, a comment on facebook changed everything. I had been writing short “status sized” reviews, and someone said something to the effect of “I was waiting to see what you said before I saw it.” That one comment opened my eyes and gave me the kick in the ass I needed. On January 3, 2011, with a post entitled “Pleased to Meet You, Hope You Guessed My Name,” Son of Celluloid was born. So began one of the most fun and fulfilling experiences of my life.
What a first year it’s been. I’ve been amazed by the response the blog has gotten. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that it would grow like it has. I’m not one to throw numbers around, but that whole “will anyone read it” question has been answered. What I find really exciting is all of the countries the blog has been viewed in. SOC has gone worldwide! I’ve made great contacts through this blog, gotten to see and do things I thought were beyond the reach of the average horror geek, and even got quoted on a movie cover. Best of all, I’ve met some incredibly cool people through doing this. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has been so great to me and given so much support to the blog, like Leah, Tina, EKG, Cash, David, James, Dr Terror, Ryne, Guts & Grog Eric, Freddie, Ahdri, Giovanni, Robocop Eric, and so many others who I either knew before or met through the blog. I know I missed a lot of people, but to be honest, the people I need to thank for contributing to the success of Son of Celluloud’s first year are too numerous to list here. I’d like to humbly thank everyone who read, enjoyed, and ESPECIALLY commented on my ramblings this year. I definitely give all of my Cellmates two severed thumbs up. I’d also like to thank James Bickert and Jen and Sylvia Soska; filmmkers who have been especially supportive of SOC. Finally, I’d like to thank my nay-sayers; those who told me I was wasting my time, those who said I couldn’t do it, and those who got pissed at me over my views (or reviews). You guys were great motivation.
I promise folks, this whole thing is just getting started. The ol’ Son of Celluloid is just getting warmed up. I have some really cool ideas for the future, and a lot of cool stuff in store. Thank you all for this wonderful year. I encourage you all to stick around and continue to spread the word folks, I’m gonna do my damnedest to show you all a good time. To quote one of my favorite taglines of all time “if you thought one was fun, wait ‘til you do two.”