I've been running this blog for about twenty months now and in that time have written close to 600 films reviews, attracting a number of loyal and occasional readers. I'm immensely grateful for every single visitor I receive, it means the world to me that someone would stop by and read what I think about something I'm passionate about. The problem is, that passion has been fading for some time now and I've reached the point where I no longer wish to continue.
The final straw came this morning after I watched Rebel Without a Cause for the first time. I really enjoyed the film and came to write my review as usual but it didn't feel fun. It felt like a chore and that's not how I want to spend my time. I initially started writing about film as a hobby, and grew to love it over the months but recently my passion has waned and I feel like my writing has become uninteresting and sloppy. I can hardly criticise a film maker for making a film I didn't enjoy if I don't have the ability to sum up what was wrong with it in an interesting and coherent way. My thesaurus is being stretched to breaking point and I feel as though I've run out of things to say.
What I've decided to do is take a break. I haven't exactly decided what I'll do and may occasionally write up my thoughts but perhaps with more condensed reviews or maybe I just won't review every film. I'll still continue to watch movies as my enthusiasm for the moving picture is as strong as it ever was but as Winston Churchill famously said, "Tom, if the passion isn't there, just don't bother mate". Wise words indeed.
Again I'd like to thank everyone who's ever stopped by for a read or even just a skim. I've been averaging around 17-18,000 readers a month recently which is something I never dreamed off when I started last year but it feels like I've gone as far as I can for now. I leave you with a couple of excellent bloggers who I've helped to get started in the blogging world so please stop by the excellent Head in a Vice and I Liked That Film if you haven't already, but from me, this is goodbye for now.