“Even the smallest voice can be heard by millions.”
Around 10:30 last night this blog hit a plateau that honesty wasn’t even close to being on my radar when I started this blog in 2008—one million all-time views. (And I don’t even know who the person was who hit the magic number.)
Now I know there are blogs that get a million views a year, and others that do that in a month or a week and there are videos that get that in a day or an even in an hour. But this is a screenwriting blog (that’s not even Los Angeles-centric) so I’m pretty excited about it.
If you blog or ever tried blogging you remember that first post hoping that someone would read it. The first week I had days that hit double digits and was pretty excited. From there there was steady growth—but it was slow and steady growth. After the first year—which was almost a full 12 months—the total views on this site were only 12,624. The second year was better but still only totaled 40,858 views.
“We tend to overestimate what we can do in one year, and underestimate what we can do in ten.”
I’m not even sure what hitting one million views means, but I do think it’s time to pivot. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but next week I’ll reflect for a moment about the direction of this blog for the future.
Then Tuesday will begin a string of posts with screenwriter Greg DePaul (Bride Wars) that is based on an enjoyable and informative interview I did with him recently. (He also recently released the book Bring the Funny: The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter.
I do want to thank all of you who were part of those 1 million views, especially those of you who came on board way back in 2008-09 and are still reading posts. Some of my favorite notes are from people who discovered the blog more recently and said I kept them up half the night reading back posts.
There are also a few people that were influential in me stepping into (and staying in) the blogging world. Marc J Reifenrath of Spinutech (back when I lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa) who was the first person to encourage me to blog, Nathan Wright pointed me in the direction of WordPress, and Stephen King (via his book On Writing) set forth the goal to write 1,000 words everyday which is the inspiration I used to keep feeding the content monster.
Actually one of the few goals I had was to write 50,000 words, and earlier this year I crossed a million words written as well. Bird by bird as Anne Lamott would say. All of this started began in Cedar Falls (population 39,260).
“I’m telling you Iowa is incredible. We should all move to Iowa and start the revolution.”
Hannah (Lena Dunham) in Girls
If Diablo Cody hadn’t have gone to the University of Iowa on the way to writing her Oscar Award winning screenplay Juno I’m not sure this blog would exist. And I still get a kick recalling the time when I started getting views via the link at TomCruise.com—thanks team Tom Cruise.
And thanks again to you for taking the time to visit this blog. I hope you’ve found a quote or two that helps you tell story wherever you are in the world.
“As far as I’m concerned, what you create in a 30-seat, hole-in-the-wall improv theater in Phoenix can be far more meaningful than a mediocre sitcom being half-watched by seven million people. America doesn’t need more stuff. We need more great stuff. You could make that.”
Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making it Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere.
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