Random Musings of the Month
January was another record breaking month here at Bonjour Tristesse, with nearly 50,000 views served and crossing over 200,000 pageviews in total. It took almost 14 months to get the first 100,000 and amazingly only 3 months to double that.
In addition to those crazy stats, I've also reached a significant milestone for the blog. Tomorrow's entry will be my 500th post! It's a bit hard to believe since it feels like I started not too long ago, but the post count just slowly creeps up and all of a sudden it's 500. I want to thank all the cool bloggers who visit and comment daily and provide ample encouragement and support. Thanks everyone, and I hope you stick around for the next 500!
On another note, I came across a cool feature the other day on YouTube, I don't know how long they've been doing it but I found a page feed that automatically lists all of the trailers I embed onto my blog, check it out HERE. I'm not sure how or why it's there and I have no control over it, but it seems like an interesting feature nonetheless.
For February, I'm looking forward to the Berlinale, the first major festival of the year, as well as both the Césars and Oscars being presented on the same weekend. I'm also hoping to do a short Dario Argento marathon for this month's LAMBs in the Director's Chair event.
Random Blogging Tip of the Month
This month's tip is an easy way to give a boost to your movie blog's traffic. Some of you may already be aware of this one, but for those who aren't, here is a method to lure some juicy traffic your way from the largest and most popular movie site on the internet, IMDb.
If you write film reviews and have a free IMDb account, you can manually submit your links to be listed in the External Reviews section for each movie. I just started doing this a couple months ago and it already accounts for approximately 15% of my visits, so it is a pretty significant amount. Anyone can do this, and it's not too complicated of a process, I will show you how below:
Just surf to IMDb and look up your movie, then find the External Reviews link either in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page and navigate to it. I prefer the old style look, so mine appears in the sidebar like this:
Scroll to the bottom and click on the Edit page button.
Select Add 1 item in the drop down menu that appears and click Continue >>.
Carefully follow the instructions provided in the next screen and Enter the URL of your review, and the Description of your blog, then click Check these updates >>.
Now double check that you've entered everything correctly and click Submit these updates.
Finally you should get a confirmation page with a message that looks something like this:
That's it! In my experience, it usually takes 3 or 4 days after submission for the link to show up and visitors to start arriving.
Your traffic will of course depend on a number of things including how popular a film is, and also on how many other competing reviews have been posted up. For instance, the external reviews page for Melancholia has over 300 links on it, which is typical for big name releases, and my review only got 4 clicks last month. While the page for Bullhead (suddenly popular because it was recently nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar) currently only has 74 links and of those 74 only a handful of them are English ones. This one link alone received over 300 clicks last month.
But even if you only get 4 clicks a month per link on average, multiply that by 100 reviews and that's 400 extra visits a month. Maybe some of those visitors will like what they find and become regular readers too. So you can see it's well worth the small time investment of setting up these links.
Random Links of the Month
Here are a handful of interesting blogs I've started reading recently:
http://lisathatcher.wordpress.com - My favorite new discovery is Lisa Thatcher's blog. She's a very talented Australian writer who posts frequently about interesting and obscure art, music, and films with wonderfully descriptive prose.
http://www.christineutterberg.com/blog/ - Christine is an American actress living in Berlin, who recently started this new blog where she shares concise posts about her interests, hobbies, and updates on her career.
http://thevelvetcafe.wordpress.com - Run by Jessica from Sweden. A film lover with great taste who posts insightful thoughts in a very easy to read conversational style.
http://aidyreviews.net - Aidy posts reviews focusing mainly on indie and foreign films, so it's no surprise that I enjoying following her blog closely.
http://apotpourriofvestiges.blogspot.com/ - Indian writer/blogger Murtaza passionately reviews films with a particular love for the classics and the occasional current release.
http://www.top10films.co.uk/ - A popular UK blog run by Dan who specializes in top 10 lists but also features frequent reviews and giveaways.
That's all for now! How was your January? Share your discoveries and thoughts below!