Homework Assignment – blogger interview

This is not part of my actual blog, this is for a class.

Blogs have been around for about 10 years now, and there are over 200 million blogs on the Internet today. I interviewed Micah Jones, who created his blog in February of 2013. He has always been very passionate about movies and when people began asking him for a Christian perspective on different movies, he decided to create a blog where he could share his thoughts and analysis on those movies. Though the hardest part for me was coming up with a name for my blog, it was the easiest part for Jones. He named the blog Movie Micah for obvious reasons.

“Movies, duh. Micah, duh. It seemed like a cutesy no-brainer,” Jones said.

He decided to use Google blogger because it was the most convenient option.

“It was free and it was easily accessible and it tied into my Gmail account and what-not,” Jones said. “Google now owns my life.”

In 2013 when he started his blog, Jones had decided to take a year off of school and had been watching at least one movie a day. This gave him plenty of practice analyzing movies until he was confident enough to post them to his blog every day. According to Jones, he has posted many blog posts that he enjoyed writing, but occasionally there is an article that proves to be much more difficult than the rest.

“The worst (article to write) was (for) ‘Nashville’ because it’s a tapestry film and it’s, like, impossible to describe because what it is and its plot coincide so completely that you’re left grasping for words,” Jones said. “Usually if I’m passionate about something, it’s really easy to talk about.”

Now, nearly two years after starting his blog, he decided to go back to school in the fall of 2014 and now finds himself with less time to post articles.

“I used to post daily or bi-daily or tri-daily,” Jones said. “But with school now, it’s more like weekly.”

Even though Jones can only post articles every week, he still gets about 100 views of his blog every day. According to Jones, one reason for this is because of social media.

“The Twitter I have is for the blog as is the Facebook page,” Jones said. “I wanted to gain more attention and it kind of worked.”

Jones started a second blog about a year after starting Movie Micah and when his first blog became more popular with his friends. This second blog focused more on the analysis of movies and comparisons and contrasts between different movies. However, rather than posting weekly like in his first blog, Jones posts about once a month in his second blog.

“The other blog sees way less writing, but hey, I’m OK with that,” Jones said.

Toward the end of the interview, Jones offered some advice to anyone who has decided to start a blog. He said the most important thing is to stay on top of posts.

“It’s just a matter of routine,” Jones said. “You gotta do it. You gotta write.”

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