The blog is four years old today. Wow. Four years. 528 posts. Through the blog, I managed to get work and increase my profile. Two years in and I had the crazy idea for a screenwriting initiative for new writers which Tony Jordan turned into the Red Planet Prize (very proud to be associated with that). This year, I got some vital funding from you, dear reader, for a short film I wrote and directed this year. Plus, I've met loads of cool new friends and screenwriters. Twitter may be enjoyable pop but blogging's the real rock n' roll.
Instead of me navel-gazing over the last four years, I thought I'd shout out to the folks who inspired me to blog in the first place (or to keep blogging once I got going). The people who I found on the 'net when I was trawling for information, inspiration and procrastination. These guys continue to fly the flag, and still deliver fantastic insights into the screenwriting world. Without them, I would most definitely not be here. You know who they are, I'm sure, but if they're new to you, then click on through to see what they're all about. So, in no particular order:
Complications Ensue: The Crafty TV and Screenwriting Blog
Dead Things on Sticks
Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio
Alligators In A Helicopter
James and the Blue Cat
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Spork
After reading their sites, and others besides, I thought I could contribute by offering what I learned from script reading, and sharing my experiences as a budding writer. I'm still finding my way but the blog has had a huge significance in how the last four years have fallen. It's been quite a spin.
Nowadays, a wide range of top quality blogs exist that cover the UK screenwriting scene in great detail. Jason, Piers, Lucy, Michelle, Phillip, Julian (the best new blog on the scene; an agent's inside view, check it out!), and many more.
It really has developed into a warm community. Sharing information, encouraging messages, rallying calls, inspiring insights, funny anecdotes, embarrassing/hilarious rants. There's been a little bit of a dip and decline in some blogs lately, and that's understandable, but I don't think it will go away. It's easy to find your mojo when you have something to say or have something to share. And that's what good blogging is about. So, let's keep rockin'.