If you count the original version of my blog on Blogger, I’ve been blogging for ten years (although the original posts no longer seem to be easily accessible). These kinds of milestones always invite some form of reflection and nostalgia and they certainly have inspired me to consider how my blogging practices have changed over the years.

Obviously much of the initial energy associated with blogging has now been redirected into other formats, especially social media such as Twitter and Facebook (often in ways that aren’t productive–especially on Facebook), but I still consider the blog to be an important part of my academic and professional work, a place where ideas can be developed and shared in an extended format that wouldn’t work as well on other platforms. I can honestly say that Reinventing Cinema never would have been written–or taken shape in the way that it did–without the ability to use the blog as a “public workbench,” to use Matthew Kirschenbaum’s phrase.

My original goals for starting a blog–my desire to find a scholarly and social community online–have long been fulfilled, whether by the blog itself or by other networks that exist alongside of it. The blog is itself no longer an “experiment,” as the name suggests, but I hope it continues to serve as a space where I can work through questions about media and culture in productive ways and that it can be a place where I can contribute to all of our ongoing conversations about film, TV, and political communication…and whatever other topics attract my attention.

Thanks to everyone who has commented, linked to, or just stopped by to read a few blog posts over the years. The real value of blogging has always been the community around it, and even as that community has evolved over the years, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience, one that I hope will continue for a long time.


  1. Catherine Grant Said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    That’s a milestone, indeed! Thanks so much for your ten years of hugely valuable effort and insight, Chuck. I have always found your online work (as well as your offline work) simply indispensable. Here’s to even more of it in the future!

  2. Collin Said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Happy blogiversary, Chuck!

  3. Dylan Said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    That’s awesome man. Congrats!

    I have been thinking similar things as you mention here. I haven’t been as diligent as you at blogging in the past 5 years or so, but if it hadn’t been for the 3 or 4 years I really poured my heart into blogging, I certainly wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have today. It was off the strength of my blog that led to my first writing gigs that led to the next gig which led to the content strategy/social media gigs that have come after. My whole career really started with the day I created a blogspot blog.

  4. Chuck Said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Thanks! I noticed that you’d made some connections back in the day. Glad they paid off so well.

  5. Chuck Said,

    March 11, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Thanks, Catherine and Collin–I missed your comments before.

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