With the rollover to another year, it’s fun to take time to assess what sort of response this blog is having. I have heard from many of you who find it a useful resource, which is always good to know. So I thought I’d share some numbers with my readers.
I started this blog in March 2008 with two objectives: 1) to have a place to park some of my trade publication writings – so they have some additional exposure, and b) to add some thoughts, tips and ideas that might not otherwise find their way into an official industry trade magazine. To that aim, I’ve also included articles that I wrote prior to 2008, as they still have relevance today. It’s my way of giving back to an industry that I enjoy and in which I’ve had a level of success. Not counting this one, I’ve posted 355 articles to date. Over the years, the audience for this blog has grown. As of Christmas Day 2014, it’s had 3,160,605 total views. There are 805 regular followers. The best ever single day was May 27, 2014 with 30,957 views.
Like any publication, the interest that readers express – by the ongoing popularity of certain posts – says a lot about the readers themselves. For example, the top post has been 12 Tips for Better Film Editing (122,705 views). This has been followed by combinations of the various comparison stories (NLE, color correction software, etc.), DSLR stories, and color grading tips. Of the latter, the most popular has been Color Grading Effects Demystified (58,943 views). After that the FCP X Color Board Presets (30,016) and SpeedGrade Looks (26,123) posts have rounded out the top. Speaking of the presets and looks articles, these included free downloads. The FCP X color board presets have been downloaded 8,010 times, followed by the free SpeedGrade .look files at 5,893 downloads. Other downloads are also popular, including the film budgets (1,107) and a combination of the three edit suite design articles (over 1,000 combined).
I also post a number of links to pertinent content on Vimeo from time to time. Two links have stood on top. The first is the Yarra Valley Wine commercial, which was tied to my tips about using DLSRs in post. This remains a popular topic. Second most is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera grading study.
For those of you new to this blog, I would really encourage you to check out the Categories listed on the side. Click on any of these, like “tips and tricks” or “Final Cut Pro X” and you’ll see a summary of all the articles that I’ve written which relate. Some of my favorite stories are my interviews with top editors and filmmakers. These are fun reads where you can pick up tips from some of the best. Simply click on the “Film Stories” page at the top for a summary of these interviews.
Remember that if you landed on my blog, because the page was linked from another site, it may or may not be the most updated information I’ve written on that topic. So please check the other links within this blog to get the most recent information. Often my methodology evolves over time as the technology changes.
Now that we are in a new year, it’s time to get back at it. Nose to the grindstone and all that stuff. Read on and drop me a line if you have questions or just to let me know how you find the blog. Thanks for reading!
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