Thursday, May 16, 2013

to the escape hatch! Turns 2 or 5 Things I Love About This Blog

Somehow this blog is two years old. I remember meeting the gang for lunch one day to discuss starting it. I forgot all the notes that I took and our waitress had to step out of the restaurant to call me back. What’s funny is that place isn’t even there anymore.



French Toast Sunday recently turned three and Lindsay did a post on what she loves about blogging. I thought I’d kick our third year off with a little light plagiarism (hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) and basically do the same thing. So, without further ado, here are

5 Things I Love About This Blog

5. Concerts

Before we started this blog I probably could have counted the number of concerts I’d been to on one hand (okay, one hand and that one weird foot of Pat’s). And going to concerts is a regular thing for me now. There’s a lot more potential for violence than I would have thought. That might be naive, but it’s not like we go to GWAR concerts.

4. Sun-Ray

Sun-Ray Cinema

Sun-Ray Cinema is an awesome local movie theater here in Jacksonville. They’ve been kind enough to team up with us on a few giveaways for some of their screenings. And I’ve gotten to see some of my all time favorite films on a big screen thanks to them (The Evil Dead, Jaws, The Shining, Vertigo). We’re actually set to watch the upcoming 4th season of Arrested Development in its entirety on May 26th at Sun-Ray, and that’s pretty awesome. Hopefully they keep on keepin’ on, and with talk of adding a second screen, I can’t see how they wouldn’t.

3. The Nerd Lunch Podcast

Nerd Lunch

A few months after we started the blog I got an email from my friend CT from the Nerd Lunch Podcast, asking me if I’d like to be a guest on the show. We’d worked together years ago (okay, I was an intern) and we’d recently started interacting again because of our respective blogs. I’ve been on the podcast a few times now and I think I’ve gotten a little better. This probably sounds silly to veteran podcasters, but it’s a lot of fun and I enjoy being on when I can. The NLP crew are a great group of guys and I’m honored to be a part of the 4th Chair Army.

2. Friends

I’ve met some really awesome folks through this blog. Pete from I Love That Film. Alex from And So It Begins... Ruth from ...let’s be splendid about this... Mike from 20 Something Awesome. Lindsay, Jess, Nick and the gang from French Toast Sunday. Lackey and the crew from Forced Viewing. Dan from Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews. Jeeg from Nerd Lunch. Pax from Cavalcade of Awesome. Vern from The Vern’s Video Vanguard. Chris from Movies and Songs 365. Dylan, Joel and the kind folks at The LAMB. George and Markus from Green People Soup. Shala from Life Between Films. Rodders from The Reviewing Rodders. Chip from Tips from Chip. And everyone else that I’ve forgotten.

Some of our friends have been kind enough to guest post for us. Special thanks to Ruth for being the first. You can check out all our guest posts here. We’d love to have an even bigger extended family, so just shoot me an email if you’re interested in writing a Music Video Monday!, Favorite Scene Friday!, a review, or something else. There’s plenty of room in The Hatch.

1. The EH Team

My favorite part of this blog is my EH Team Family. Pat has a pretty successful Twitter account where he’s retweeted by rock stars. Like the rest of the group, he’s a great lover of music (and I was just kidding about the weird foot). I’m fortunate to work with Tiff in the real world, so we get to talk about movies, TV, and music all day. She’s currently going through The Walking Dead withdrawals, having watched seasons 1-3 nonstop. Nick and I share a love of good horror films, shitty horror films, Community (which just got renewed again somehow!), and countless other crap. These guys make me feel like I’m part of something special.

So in conclusion, thanks for reading our blog for the past two years. Stick around!

16 comments:

  1. Happy two year anniversary! Keep going, you have a diverse mix here at the hatch.

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    1. Chris - Thanks for the kind words!

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  2. Wow, in one post you made me super happy for your anniversary and how much you'd gotten out of the blog, but also kind of hate your guts with that Arrested Development movie theater thing. I'm really torn right now, but I guess I'll go with the happy emotions and say that I love reading your blog and I'm glad you've made it two years. Keep it going so I can continue to read.

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    1. Jess - Thanks! Pretty excited for AD but we're wondering if we can make it through the whole season in one sitting. Thanks for reading!

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  3. Happy birthday! I beat you by 3 days (me, not my blog). Thanks for the shout, I agree about finding awesome people in the blogosphere like you guys. Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks man! And Happy Belated Birthday!

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  4. Happy blogiversay!! Love this site and the fun you all bring to it. Keep up the great work, and thanks so much for the link!

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    1. Alex - Thanks! You were one of our first readers and I'm glad you've stuck with us!

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  5. Oh my god! I remember that post! :D
    HAPPY BLOG-VERSARY!

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  6. Congrats on two years and keep up the great work! Can't believe you're going to get to see season 4 of AD in a cinema! Jealous! And thanks for the mention, it was a great pleasure to contribute here in some small way! Roll on another 2 years and beyond!

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    1. Thanks, Pete! Hope you'll guest post again someday.

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  7. Steal away! I always love reading about other bloggers experience with blogging. It seems like the EH family is a lot like the FTS family.

    Congrats on the 2 years, it's not an easy feat. Blogging can get a little overwhelming at times but if you keep it fun and focused on something you're passionate about, it makes everything so much better. I think TTEH has that down.

    I'm always down to do another guest post too. I'm sure Jess/Nick would also love to as well.

    Anyways, keep up the badassness and remember, that if we're ever in Florida or you're ever in Maryland we will most certainly meetup, share some drinks and exchange Social Network quotes.

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay! We'd love some more guest posts. We'll all have to meet up. Someday, somehow.

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  8. You're one of the best out there! Here's to many more years!

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