I feel like I am caught in a Willie Nelson song. In the past 8 months I have now moved my place of residence twice, one move being of the two hour variety (Columbus, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio) and my next of the 20 hour variety (Cleveland, Ohio to Austin, Texas). But as I prepare to make the cross-country move from the Heartland to The Lone Star state, I am struck with the irony of today. You see, today is February 15th — it is the third birthday of Film School Rejects. Yes for those of you who weren’t there — which is probably almost all of you — FSR took one giant leap onto the internets and one small step toward being a legitimate online publication on 2/15/06. And since then we’ve had a lot of fun and run the gamut of changes. We’ve gone from a blog that casually reviews movie to a news site in denial of its blog roots back to the most kickass, in your face, amazing movie blogging experience on the web all over the course of 3 years. Ok, so that last part is debatable, but you all know that we are pretty awesome.
And as it turns out, February seems to always be a transitional month, both for the site and me personally. Last February I left the “real world” behind, leaving my job in the world of retail to take on FSR full-time. It was a huge risk, but thanks to the hard work of everyone of our contributors and dedicated readership of all of you it would appear as if we made it. And today I am packing up again in preparation for another big change — the relocation of FSR’s “world headquarters” to beautiful Austin, Texas.
Why Austin? You may ask yourself quietly. Why not Austin, I say. It is much more than just the capitol of Texas, it has quickly become the cultural epicenter of the midwest. Home to such gems as the Alamo Drafthouse theater, arguably the most amazing movie theater experience in the whole of this green Earth, Austin is one of the most culturally diverse and proudly weird towns that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. That, and it costs half as much to live there than it does to live in Los Angeles or New York City. These are the reasons for quite possibly the biggest change of my own personal life.
But even as my personal life changes, there are also some changes happening here at FSR. Needless to say, we’ve got a lot of things planned, some of which have already been implemented. And as this is our third birthday and all, it might be a good idea for me to lay them on you. First, for all of the iPhone users out there — our site is now equipped with a special iPhone/iPod Touch formatted layout. So if you are browsing the pages of FSR on the go it will look like the picture to the right (click to enlarge). Nice and clean, easy to browse and fine tuned to load quickly and efficiently.
We have also installed a new video player that you may have already noticed. This handy little display mechanism now affords you the opportunity to take a video from our site and embed it on your own blog or MySpace profile, spreading the same goodness that we have delivered here on FSR. These are just two of the many physical site changes we have planned, so keep your hand off of that remote — you are going to want to see what we do next.
And finally, we’ve had the honor of bringing on several new voices over the past few weeks. You’ve already heard from both Robert Levin and Paul Sileo in the day-to-day news offerings, and you may have already discovered Landon Palmer’s new featured column “Culture Warrior,” which runs every Saturday. We are very excited about all three of these gentlemen, as they each bring very unique voices to the already interesting mix of contributors that we have.
So there you have it, friends. All sorts of changes and updates, movings and shakings. And as much as I would have liked to sit here and wax reminiscent about the last 3 years of FSR glory, I have a lot of packing and an equally daunting amount of driving ahead of me. I’ve got to keep moving forward, just like this fair website. So I will leave the reminiscing for all of you to do in the comment area below…
How long have you been reading FSR? And what keeps you coming back?