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!
You deserve your accolades as you place your heart into each post, mail, discussion, and lectures.
Thanks for sharing your passion. All the best for the future.
Congrats on your two-year anniversary.
Thank you, Wade! I really enjoy every minute. 🙂
Thanks Kim! So glad to be blog buddies!
Happy Birthday! It aint easy keeping these things going! You do a wonderful job – always enjoy your posts.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Backlots! Great accomplishment.
Thanks so much! I enjoy making them. 🙂 Thanks for being such a loyal reader and commenter!
Thank you, Aurora!
Happy Blogaversary! Here’s to many more years of your wonderful blog.
Aww thanks! Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really appreciate them 😀
Thanks Angela!! I’m so glad we’re blog buddies, and here’s hoping for us to be press buddies at the TCM Fest in April!
You’re one of the people who make the world of movie blogging such a wonderful place to spend time.
What a sweet comment! Thanks Patricia, and I enthusiastically reciprocate the feeling!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BACKLOTS!!! Thank
you for my classic movie education. I am
looking forward to many more years of
Haha thanks Mom 🙂 I’m so glad you like reading it!
Congratulations on your 2nd birthday! All the best to you as you begin another year of classic film blogging!
Thanks Patti! I look forward to it!
Congratulations on two great years of Backlots! Wishing you many, many more…
Holy cats, Lara, it’s Backlots’ 2nd anniversary?! Why, you barely look a day over 1! 🙂 All of us here at Team Bartilucci HQ are lifting a glass of sparkling Sprite (we’re more into soda than champagne, bear with us!) in celebration of Backlots’ 2nd year! Congratulations, and keep your swell blog going strong!