A Fresh Start

Dear Reader(s),

It has been over nine years (!!) since I registered Canadian Cinephile and began my journey here. In that time, I’ve written thousands of film reviews.

I don’t think it’s any secret to my two or three readers that things have slowed down as of late. There are several reasons for this.

For one, I’ve grown stagnant. My reviews have become formulaic and my passion for cinema has fallen prey to repetition and a lack of overall passion. Some of this is the result of outside projects. Some of this is the result of laziness.

For another, 2017 has been a drag. As much as I’ve enjoyed reading the work of my colleagues, generating my own passion for film criticism has been difficult in light of current events and what seems like an uninterrupted salvo of stress in my personal life.

There are other reasons, but you get the picture.

I’ve toyed with several solutions and have come close to deleting my site on more than a few occasions. I’ve tried to address some of my own issues with my work and have cleared a pile of old reviews from the back end, but the feeling persists. Something’s not quite right.

Luckily (or not), I’ve concluded that rejuvenation is possible.

Going forward, a few things will happen:

  • I’ll be deleting all of the content on this site
  • I’ll be starting from scratch with a new review format; some reviews will be shorter, while others will be longer in-depth pieces
  • I’ll be eliminating my rating system

To those two or three individuals still reading, I want to extend my gratitude for your patience and care. The Canadian Cinephile has, for the most part, been a joy and an honour. It is a hobby that has become a passion and I hope to renew the spirit that brought me here in the first place.

Most of all, I hope you’ll join me and find some semblance of enjoyment, entertainment or insight – even if it’s at my expense.

Thank you for reading,

Jordan Richardson

26 thoughts on “A Fresh Start

  1. OK, I’m a little panicked at this. If you re-boot (and please say you will), how will you notify us? Where will we find you? Will it still be at this same URL?

    Now that I’ve gotten my selfish questions out of the way, I hope you re-discover the joy and passion that led you to blogging in the first place. I like the idea of a book on noir films, as per a previous comment.

    Lastly, I hope any stresses and obstacles in your life are short-lived and that better times are ahead.

  2. Hello, Jordan – congrats for all the nine years and thousands of reviews – I´ve got a simple advice – never ever delete posts even if they don’t look great now, they are an important part of what you are! Find fun in what you do and show it – in the end you’ll still have those two or three readers but the fun nobody can take that from you!

    1. Thanks for that. I do have my old reviews archived elsewhere along with hundreds of music reviews, so it’s a matter of finding a place and time for it. You never know.

      I do agree with the fun factor, too. If I wrote for popularity and/or money, I’d have quit years ago!

  3. A very understandable move, if a quite bad one for me, because I loved browsing he back catalogue of your past reviews… Anyway, I hope the rejuvenation brings new inspiration and brings back your old love for cinema, as I rather wouldn’t miss your valued opinions!

  4. I just came across your blog, but I understand you in that I blogged since 2005 and also decided to begin again with a fresh start as you say. I will keep up with your post and look forward to reading them.

  5. I hope you keep all your reviews in some format Jordan – I think there are far more than 2 or 3 of us, but I’ve enjoyed reading & I look forward to seeing whatever the new format may be.

  6. I hear you, Jordan. I’m at a similar crossroad, wondering how I can simplify my review/rating process so that it doesn’t consume my whole life.

    Having said that, for me, blogging provides me with focus, and on many days (especially those that are more challenging), this can be very useful.

    I wish you reinvigoration, a new lease on blogging life, and I look forward to seeing what your new format will be like. All the best! 🙂

    The Thorn

    Post scriptum: hopefully you will archive all your work somewhere, if only for posterity. It would be a shame to lose all of that…

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