Even though this is the last one for 2011, I'm not going to do a lengthy recap and just report on what went on over the past month.
You may or may not have noticed, but I've been working on a few cosmetic touches here and there, mostly minor things, but I think they improve the overall look of the blog. Changes to the menu at the top, and the navigation bar at the bottom, and a change of the default post font from Corbel to Verdana, which hopefully makes the text more readable.
Earlier this month, I also added a dedicated Best New Films page that automatically updates itself as new films are tagged with the Best New Film tag. I also used that code to make a Movies of the Month page, and have some more ideas to expand on that in the future.
In other developments, I noticed that Google has started showing rich snippets with stars and ratings in my search results. I've been formatting my posts for these for several months and its cool to see it finally in action, hopefully this leads to many more readers clicking my results.
|An example of Rich Snippets in action.|
Random Blogging Tip of the Month
To draw some attention to my oft neglected second blog, Stupid Blog Tricks. I've decided to start a new segment in this monthly post and offer a small piece of blogging advice every month.
This first tip is a simple one and one that only concerns people on the Blogger platform. One of the most annoying things I run into on my daily blog rounds is the dreaded Word Verification window that pops up on some people's blogs when you try to post a comment.
|Does your blog do this?|
If you are not sure how to do this, you can read my simple instructions here: Turn Off Comment Word Verification. A big thank you in advance!
Random Links of the Month
I follow a ton of bloggers, critics, and online publications in my Google Reader, and many have already posted their year end lists. Here are some that I've come across in the last little while.
A List of year end movie lists:
AFI: Ten Films of the year
A Hero Never Dies: Top Ten Pick of 2011's Films
Andy Buckle's Film Emporium: 30 Best Films of 2011, 10 Worst Films of 2011
Anomalous Material: Castor's Top 10 Movies of 2011
A.V. Club: Best Films of 2011
Aziza's Picks: A Look Back at 2011
Big Thoughts From a Small Mind: My Top Films of 2011
The Boston Globe: Wesley Morris and Ty Burr's Top movies of 2011
Cahiers du Cinema: Top Ten of 2011
Can't Stop the Movies: Danny's Best Films of 2011
Cinematic Delights: Top 10 Films of 2011
Cinematic Paradox: 10 Best Films of 2011, 10 Worst Films of 2011
Cinezilla: The 20+1 2011 list!
Criterion Corner: 25 Best Films of 2011: A Video Countdown
Duke and the Movies: Counterparts of 2011
FilmLand Empire: Top 11 of 2011
FrontRoomCinema: Top Films of 2011
Genkinahito's Blog: Best Movie of 2011
The Guardian: Peter Bradshaw's Best Films of 2011
The Hollywood Reporter: Scott Feinberg's Top 10 Films of 2011
IFC: Matt Singer's Best movies of 2011.
Impassioned Cinema: Top 10 Movies of 2011
Inspired Ground: Top 20 Movies in 2011
LA Weekly: Karina Longworth's Top 10 Films of 2011
The Matinee: Ryan's Top Five of 2011
me likes art.: Best Movie Scenes of 2011
The Movie411: 2011 In Review: Mel's Best Films
MsMariah's Space Blog-yssey: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films of 2011
Multiplex Slut: Slut Awards 2011
Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011
New York Times: Manohla Dargis' and A.O. Scott's Best of 2011
Ninja Dixon: Top Ten Genre Favourites of 2011
NPR: David Edelstein's 2011 Top 10 Films
Philadelphia Inquirer: Steven Rea's Top 10 Movies of 2011
Phil on Film: The Best and Worst 2011
pick'n'mix flix: The Pick'n'Mix Award Winners 2011
Rockets & Robots are GO!: 2011: The Worst
Roger Ebert's Journal: Best Films of 2011
RollingStone: 10 Best Movies of 2011
Salon: Andrew O'Hehir's 10 best movies of 2011
Sight & Sound: Top 10 of 2011 Poll
Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2011
Slate: Dana Stevens' top 10 movies of 2011
Surrender to the Void: Unofficial Best Films of 2011
Thompson on Hollywood: TOH! Top Tens of 2011
Thrill Fiction: The 10 Best Horror Films of 2011
Time Out London: Dave Calhoun's Best Five Films of 2011
Time Out New York: David Fear's best (and worst) films of 2011
Total Film: 50 Best Movies of 2011
The Velvet Café: Top List of 2011
Village Voice: Year-End Film Poll
We Told You what to Dream: My Top 10 of 2011
Wildside Cinema: Best of 2011
The Wooden Kimono: 10 favourite films of the year.
The World of Disgruntled Monkey: My Top 10 Movies of 2011
I'd like to invite anyone else who has a list to please let me know in the comments below and I will gladly add a link to it here.
Happy New Year!