So, today marks the one year anniversary of Bonjour Tristesse. Wow, first of all I'd like to give a big thank you to all my fellow blogging friends, readers, followers, commenters, and even the lurkers. It's amazing how encouraging and supportive the blogging community can be. With your help, this blog has evolved significantly since last September (for evidence see my pitiful first post), and has provided me with a fascinating learning experience along the way.
In the beginning I didn't know what I was doing or what to expect, this started partially as a research project, at the time I was trying out various blogging platforms and content management systems in order to recommend one to a client. To test things out, I decided to create a diary of recently seen films and a list of my favorites. Something that I could also use as a handy link to pass to friends who always ask me for new film recommendations or what I've been watching lately.
Gradually it has grown from a little experiment getting less than 500 page views in the entire first month (most of those my own) to a healthy blog with a decent sized audience currently averaging between 500-600 views a day and growing. Certainly numbers far greater than I ever expected but I am happy to see, even if many of them are from random people interested only in the pretty posters and screenshots.
Over the course of the year, blogging has turned into a full fledged hobby for me, not just writing daily posts and reviews, but also designing and implementing new features (which I started a second blog Stupid Blog Tricks to document), reading and commenting on the ever growing list of blogs I follow (228 according to Google Reader), and providing assistance to newbies over in the Blogger Help Forums.
To commemorate this 1st Blogoversary, I've decided to take a new step and replace the blogspot address with a 'fancy and professional', and easier to remember domain name. You may or may not have already noticed it in your browser's address bar, but henceforth this blog's address is officially changed to:
It's still a Blogger blog so going to the old address should automatically redirect you to the new one, but that might not work forever, so please update all your bookmarks and links to the new address. Hopefully the transition goes smoothly and I don't lose too many visitors in the process. Even though it was all planned out well in advance, sometimes you never know what can go wrong with these things.
Finally, a special thank you goes to the top 20 blogs that sent the most referral traffic over the past year, listed below with total visitors sent in parentheses:
- The Large Association of Movie Blogs (209)
- The Angry Lurker (150)
- FrontRoomCinema (77)
- Genkinahito's Blog (58)
- www.jackiesekar.com (36)
- danzon2008.blogspot.com (30)
- blah blah blah gay - a movie review blog (28)
- Andy Buckle's Film Emporium (24)
- Jack L. film reviews (24)
- lyhiyhendused.wordpress.com (22)
- Le Mot du Cinephiliaque (21)
- A Hero Never Dies (18)
- Anomalous Material (18)
- Southern Vision (18)
- Never Too Early Movie Predictions (17)
- Beasts In Human Skin (16)
- The Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense (14)
- Mr. & Mrs. Wheatley (14)
- Cinematic Paradox (12)
- Rorschach Redemption (11)