Godspeed, IMDb Classic Film

It was six years ago that I first visited the IMDb Classic Film discussion board.   I've learned so much from people there over the years that my appreciation of the movies would not be possible without their insights and opinions they've given me, as well as all the opportunities I've had to offer the same to them.  And so it is with sadness and regret that I have decided that I will not be posting on that board for the foreseeable future. I'm not sure why exactly I need to acknowledge this decision in public, except to make it feel more real for myself, as a way of coming to terms with the evolving reality that governs how and where I spend my time.  A number of changes have occurred in my life this year, including a new job that gives me much less time to spend online during the workday, and a new urgency to follow through on current outstanding filmmaking projects.  And of course there's this blog and the TSPDT project, which has proven to be more time-consuming than I'd expected, but immensely rewarding.  All of these factors have left me in a state where I no longer feel compelled to compulsively check in on my friends on IMDb Classic Film.  It was a strange sensation at first, when I realized that I wasn't going to the forum on a regular basis.  I made an effort to post my reviews both on this blog and on the site, but for some reason it felt like much more of an effort than in the past.  The wind had literally gone out of the sails.  Rather than force the issue, I have to come to terms with my new routine and move on. I considered IMDb Classic Film as my very own no-budget film school for years.  Through the recommendations and opinions of so many interesting and informed people, I explored thousands of movies and fed from a collective enthusiasm for cinema that I'd never quite experienced before.  I sincerely hope to continue that spirit on my own in all my endeavors. I'll miss corresponding with my friends, too many for me to name here - though I am thankful that Jesse/spinninginvertigo and Antonius Block have peeked over into this blog to check in.  I hope others from IMDb won't find it too out of their way to do the same, but whatever the case I'm sure I'll be in touch with them again in the not too distant future.