Wednesday, August 12, 2009


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:

Alex Epstein
Complications Ensue: The Crafty TV and Screenwriting Blog

Denis McGrath
Dead Things on Sticks

Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio

Scott Mullen
Alligators In A Helicopter

James Henry
James and the Blue Cat

James Moran
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'.

14 comments: said...

Well done on four great years and thank heaven you did because through you I found out about Red Planet Prize and getting into the final last year boosted my confidence no end. Your blog is always my first point of call (swiftly followed by Lucy's) if I need to check out a writing point. More power to your elbow and thanks again.


Jason Arnopp said...

Happy blogday, grand fromage!

Piers said...

Should we not be consuming vodka jelly or tequila shots to celebrate?

Lucy V said...

Lisa, you fiendish fiend! It's LADIES FIRST! ; )

Congrats sir, your blog inspired ME to blog, so ta for that.

Gareth Michael Turpie said...

Happy Blogoversary Danny and many thanks for all the advice and insights! said...

Lucy, you know I use your blog more than you will ever know - it really is a total godsend to me!!!


James Henry said...

Blimey, the time do fly.

Elinor said...

Yay! Congrats to you, keep blogging.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoversary Lord Stack!

*pops a party popper*

Long may it continue!

Anonymous said...

Like the gift of a George Forman Grill, yours is the blog that keeps on giving. Happy Blogoversary Danny!

potdoll said...

Happy Big Four xxx

Unknown said...

Great achievement. The Big Four eh?

Yehudah Jez Freedman said...

great blog danny, congrats on 4 super years and here's to many more!

Danny Stack said...

Thanks all!!