Signal Intermittent

Testing… 1, 2, 3… Testing…

I’ve mostly been maintaining radio silence here on Morgan on Media since February. Real life concerns dictated that I didn’t have much time for the blog, and I didn’t want to stress about trying to find time for something that was, after all, only meant to be a hobby for fun. I’ve broken my hiatus a couple times — once to maintain a silly tradition, and once to speak on something serious (a rare political post from me) — but for the most part, I haven’t been doing much writing. Nor much movie watching. I watched a fair number of films in March, and a handful in April, and then things tapered off to the point where I only watched four films over the summer — and one of them was a short film, while another was the re-release of Ghostbusters to theatres (worth it!)

But I’ve been feeling the itch. The itch to watch movies. The itch to talk about them. And things have settled down a little at this point, at least for the time being. So I thought maybe I’d take another crack at blogging. The days of daily updates are probably gone for good, or at least for any time in the foreseeable future. But once a week? Maybe twice? That seems reasonable. I’m not going to set anything resembling a schedule though. If I post five times in a week, that’s fine by me. If I post once a month, that’s also fine. We’ll just see what happens.

I’ll also try to be back in the blogging community as well. I’ve been talking to some of you now and then on Twitter and Facebook, of course, but I’d like to get caught up on your posts. Got a bit of a backlog. If you wrote something that I’d be interested in, chances are it’s still sitting in my inbox waiting for me. If you suddenly get a comment from me on something you posted two months ago, don’t be surprised.

Coming back to the blog, I decided it was time to do a bit of maintenance. I’d been using the Twenty Eleven theme from WordPress almost since the inception of the blog. It was mostly pretty good, and there’s a lot to like about it. But there was one thing that bugged me intensely, and that was the fact that it had a two pixel space between the header and where the background ended on top. Not enough to be a reasonable style choice, too much to completely ignore. I tried to mitigate its appearance for years with the graphics I used, but eventually I just got sick of it. It was an eyesore. So I spent a day trying other themes, looking for one that looked nice, allowed me to set custom headers for different posts, and played nicely with the headers I had used in the past for Halloween and Christmas. Didn’t find it. Every free WordPress.com theme fails on at least one of those grounds. You’d think at least one would allow you to just specify any old size for a banner, but no… at least, not if it met the other criteria. So I settled for two out of three and reverted to the Twenty *Ten* theme. Progress evidently means regression. I edited the banners I’d used before to make them work in the new size, and so far things are working out OK. I’ll be making a few more tweaks as I go along, as much as I can. It is, of course, pretty limited in terms of flexibility (I can’t even change the link color!); WordPress.com doesn’t like to let you customize unless you pay them an annual fee, which I’m disinclined to do at this point. Or unless you self-host, but I’m also disinclined to do that at the moment. So for now I’ll settle for “OK”. One thing I do plan on doing is adding a couple more review indices; one listing all the films by how I’ve rated them, and one for film franchises — so that if a series has a lot of disparate titles, people can find them all in one spot.

Of course, the current Morgan on Media default banner is only going to be up for one more day. Tomorrow’s October 1st, and you all know what that means. I may be posting on a lighter schedule, but it’s still time for Halloween Haunters. Things take a turn for the spooky tomorrow, assuming I get the first review of the season written during the day. This will be a pretty different Halloween Haunter schedule than 2012’s and 2013’s; it’ll be a lot more like the first one: unorganized. After all, I only decided to start blogging again recently. I haven’t had time to track things down. While I know I want to work A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Halloween 4 in, to keep the annual traditions going, I haven’t even tried to get ahold of them yet. I’ve watched one movie for the season. I have one more that is in the “confirmed” category. That’s it. Otherwise I have a few vague possibilities, but nothing definite. I’m not even 100% sure how I’ll be viewing everything, as I’m loathe to use commercial-interrupted services such as Hulu, and HitBliss — which had been on its way to becoming my dominant movie source — went on a hiatus of its own at the end of May and it hasn’t come back. Again, we’ll see what I figure out; I’ve still got a few semi-decent options. I’ll probably be winging it the whole month, so it’s a good thing I don’t plan on posting every day.

It may seem a little silly to be gearing up to write reviews for films that I haven’t even selected for viewing yet. But like I said, I’ve been wanting to talk about movies again. Maybe not to the same over-abundant degree as before, but just a little bit. So, I guess I’m back, tentatively at least. As for forward plans, I’m going to turn Oscarama into a year-round category, since it got interrupted by the hiatus; I’ll note when I’m reviewing a Best Picture nominee, but I’m not going to set a specific time aside for them. And I’d like to finish up my Oscarama stats posts that I didn’t get to before. There are also, as I said, a fair number of films from March and April that I watched but didn’t review; I’ll try and write a few lines on them to pad out slow days. All that will probably come during November. This week, it’s time to start Halloween Haunters. First up, some goofy little menaces we last saw during Christmas. After them, let’s just say that history shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man.

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About Morgan R. Lewis

Fan of movies and other media
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10 Responses to Signal Intermittent

  1. le0pard13 says:

    Great to have you back in whatever capacity, Morgan. Looking forward to October and future posts, my friend. 🙂

  2. Rincewind says:

    Definitely good to see you in my inbox again, brought a smile to my face.

  3. 70srichard says:

    Yeah, looking forward to seeing your thoughts on media matters once again.

    • Thanks Richard. It’ll be good to talk with you some more as well (and of course, your blog’s posts are some of the ones I’ll gradually be getting caught up on; in fact, I think they’re the bulk of my inbox right now).

  4. Great to see you blogging again, Morgan!

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