It suddenly occurred to me just a minute ago that this must be around the second anniversary of the Dreamland Cafe, and lo and behold, when I checked I found that I’d made my first post on March 13, 2011.
Two years on, I continue to have mixed feelings about this blog. What works about it for me is that it’s a kind of viewing journal that helps me keep track of my impressions of films. It’s a good place to practice writing about film, although it’s not clear to me that I’ve improved with practice.
The biggest downside is that there’s very little conversation here. On the one hand, as an introvert I’m used to talking mostly to myself. On the other hand, it does make me wonder why I’m making this conversation with myself public. If it’s an attempt at self-promotion, it doesn’t appear to be working! If it’s an attempt to promote the films I love, how would I know if I’m succeeding?
But Google Analytics continues to tell me that there are around a hundred people who come to the site more than once a month, with about half of those coming back pretty frequently. (Thank you for that, whoever you are.) I’ve had about 900 unique visitors in the past month, and that had spiked to 1500 a month or so ago before dropping down again. I was feeling pretty good about that growth in the number of visitors, so maybe returning to my baseline is making me feel a bit blue. The numbers really haven’t changed much from a year ago.
Anyway I guess I will continue to think of this as a personal journal that I make public. We’ll see where it goes from here. Perhaps the Dreamland Cafe will start teething and biting people.