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Going Off Topic (#31) What Comes Next?

It’s always around this time of year that I find myself reflecting. Not just on the year that’s coming to an end, but everything really. Before I get way too deep and phylisophical about life, I’ll try for once to stay on topic and talk about the blog. It was in December 2016 when I was running a movie blog called Flick Chicks with a friend that I realised it wasn’t working out anymore. My friend had given up long before and it didn’t feel right running it alone. That’s when I created Often Off Topic. And it’s again in December, 5 years later that I’m realising this isn’t working for me anymore either.

If I go back to the start, in 2013, I bought a little film journal that already had the templates for writing reviews and logging what movies you’ve watched. I loved it, filled it in religiously, and that planted the seed for wanting to write a blog. I’ve always wanted something visual as a keepsake for my memories. I collected cinema tickets (before COVID turned them all digital), I collected fridge magnets and pin badges whenever I went on holiday (before COVID ruined holidays), and, well, you get the gist.

I’m just not enjoying blogging as much as I used to. It was meant to be something for me to create to log what I’d watched, and my thoughts on them, but I lost my way. I’ve become obsessed with page views that are falling because of the rise of vlogging and apps like TikTok. I don’t rewatch many movies at all because I feel like I always have to write about new movies. I find myself writing posts that are solely to bring in more followers. Often, when I’m behind on writing, I stop myself from watching anything else because I’ll fall even further behind. And that’s just not right, is it?

But my passion for movies themselves hasn’t faltered, nor has my love of creating something that holds my memories of movies. I want to record even more, and so I’ve decided in 2022 I’m going to create a bullet journal. If you’ve never heard of them before, just give it a Google because I’d do a terrible job of explaining. But I’m really excited about it! It’s not going to be as beautiful as the ones you’ll see on Pinterest, I’m not going to loggings things like my hours slept (none) or my water intake for the day (caffeine might be better) but I’m going to create a bullet journal for my movies and TV shows watched, and my books read.

My conundrum is what to do with this blog. I can’t just give it up entirely, I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and I find myself itching to come back. Without reading your blogs I’m clueless as to what the new releases are, and I miss reading your reviews too. I haven’t made the decision yet of whether to just post screenshots from my bullet journal or whether to post a weekly ramble of what I’ve watched that week. I still want to be posting Top 10 lists of the year, and take part in blogathons but I just need to work out in what format I’ll do all of that.

For now though, I’m taking a break till the New Year. I’m trying to make this Christmas as magical as I can for my four-year-old, which is getting harder with more COVID restrictions coming in and our government being, well…words that I care not to type!

I hope you’re all keeping well, and I can’t wait to catch up on your blogs. I’m currently working from home, writing this in my lunch break with The Force Awakens on the TV in the background, the first time I’ve rewatched it in years!

6 thoughts on “Going Off Topic (#31) What Comes Next?

  1. I hope you get a well earned rest! I get what you mean about getting stuck on page views. Mine are super low, and even though I still enjoy blogging, that does make me a bit sad. I think posting a screen shot of your journal or a quick ramble are both good ways to keep the blog alive! I’d hate to see it go.

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  2. I’ve been going through ebbs and flows myself on the whole blogging thing and being very torn on it and kind of feeling like a little lost because at heart I do enjoy chatting with everyone about books and films but then it’s just sometimes like… blankness staring at the screen.

    And yeah even though I know it’s all on me sometimes the blogging does overwhelm what I want to be watching or reading.

    It’s good to take a break though. It helps. I will say that posting a glut of things I’ve read at once than one thing at a time is really helpful (and I enjoy reading other peoples wraps ups.) So no matter what you decide enjoy your time! Happy Holidays!

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  3. Sometimes it’s good to take a break. But don’t worry about page views and all that stuff–write for yourself and write about what makes you happy! Hope to see you in the New Year:-)

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  4. I understand what you’re going through, Allie. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t gone through similar feelings myself. These days I’m averaging one or two movie reviews *a month*, which is significantly less than the number of reviews I used to post. For me personally, I have decided to write when it feels right. Worrying about increasing my views or reviewing absolutely everything I watch wasn’t getting me anywhere and took the enjoyment away. Once I came to the conclusion that I run my blog, not the other way around, I felt relief.

    I know I don’t visit a lot these days but as other have said, you will be missed if you leave blogging behind. I hope your break is insightful. Whatever ends up happening with you and your blog, I wish you the best of luck and all my support. đŸ˜€

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  5. Hey Allie, was wondering where you’ve been. Hope you had a great Christmas break and do rest up and enjoy family life. I think blogging should be fun and just like everything else in life, it’s not worth doing anything that’s not fun anymore. Miss reading your posts here and your lovely comments on mine so hopefully we can connect again in the blogosphere whenever you feel like picking it up again. In the meantime, cheers and have a wonderful new year. Stay safe and take care!

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