365 days later
Every novel begins with a white sheet of paper, every movie starts with an empty screen, and every blog begins with an emptiness that is as much intimidating as inviting.
I’ve called this place The Velvet Café because that’s what it looks like in my imagination: a small and cosy café in red velvet style, barely lit up by the dampened lamps, a handful of armchairs and sofas, looking as comfortable and inviting as a cinema from the good old days.”
Today it’s been one year since I wrote those lines on the opening day of The Velvet Café and I thought I ought to mention it while I toss out a few more numbers because that’s what you do on anniversaries.
This is how many posts I’ve written at the moment I’m writing this one. Far more than I had imagined.
The number of comments that have been made if you don’t count the 4305 spam comments that were caught in the filter. This figure includes all my replies, so the actual number is half as big. I’m so humbled and grateful for every one of them. You people have provided so much insight, perspective, joy and inspiration to this place that I can’t thank you enough.
This is the amount of page views since the start and the least interesting number of all. Basically it says nothing. How many of those visitors did actually read anything and how many turned at the door as they noticed that Google’s promise that this was the place to go if you wanted to see horny 15 year olds was a lie? Considering the popularity of my post about the Norwegian movie Turn me on dammit, I’m pretty certain that a lot of visitors weren’t really here to hear me chit chatting about movies. And I’d rather speak to one single reader who wants to run a conversation than to ten thousand who rather would like to be somewhere else.
Anyway: It’s been a wonderful year and my love for the blog and the community of film lovers has only increased over time.
All I want to say now is: Thank you. Thank you for helping me to keep this place running. You are my blogging fuel and my constant source of inspiration.
Thank you my fellow LAMBs, thank you all regulars from the Filmspotting forum, thank you my wonderful friends in the Swedish network Filmspanarna, who I even have the pleasure to see regularly. Getting new friends at my age is a rare thing, but blogging obviously brings people together.
Thank you to everyone else, you regular and non-regular visitors, online friends since years back as well as new acquaintances!
This one is for you!