By Lara Gabrielle Fowler
In 2011, having received various enthusiastic requests for a blog by which I could impart my passion for classic film to a wider audience, I decided it was time to heed the advice. After a few false starts and WordPress fumbles, that which we now know as Backlots was born in Paris on March 17, 2011. My first post was a lighthearted re-telling of Little Nellie Kelly, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. I remember feeling like a novice, and fearing that no one would read. I was soon proven wrong!
It’s hard to believe that it has been 2 years since that evening, and wow, what a 2 years it has been for Backlots! I am extraordinarily proud of this blog, and I truly treasure my time here on the site researching, writing posts, and reading all of your wonderful comments. It has become quite a fruitful endeavor, as Backlots has a pretty impressive list of achievements in its 2 years on the web.
Here is a list of some of the blog’s accolades and achievements over the past 2 years:
-Inducted into the Classic Movie Blog Association, Large Association of Movie Blogs, Classic Movie Hub, and Vintage Association of Motion Picture Blogs
-Elected Board Member of the Classic Movie Blog Association
-Winner of the CiMBA Award for Best Classic Movie Discussion: “The Final Scene of The Heiress” (2011), nominated for the CiMBA Award for Best Blog Design (2012), nominated for the CiMBA Award for Best Blog Event: The Dueling Divas Blogathon (2012)
-Official Member of the Press for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Cinecon, Noir City, Noir City X-Mas, and Silent Winter
-And of course, have met and had meaningful discussions with countless fellow bloggers and readers of the site, for which I am most grateful of all.
I am so grateful to you, dear readers, for allowing Backlots to continue through your support and lovely comments, and the passion you share with me. I was so thrilled with your enthusiastic voting for the Carole Lombard Filmography Project, and your encouragement throughout the monumental (and probably slightly crazy) task that I face, wading through all of Carole Lombard’s movies. You are the reason I keep going!
Thank you, and please don’t be a stranger! I love to get comments, and I have gotten to know many readers through them. Here’s to many more years!
See you next time, and thanks again for these 2 years of joy!