A famous scene from “Barry Lyndon” (1975) starring Ryan O'Neal. To compensate for the natural candle light, Kubrick used three Zeiss lens used for NASA moon landings. These lenses have the biggest aperture used (f 0.7) in film history.
In this post I will be discussing my whole progress with the blog. I will be noting down my posts, analytics, followers etc.
When I first began the blog my intention was to discuss each of Stanley Kubrick’s thirteen features. I’m happy to say that I’m now up to my 11th film which I will be starting to blog at the end of the week.
(The post on “Barry Lyndon” is currently is longest post I’ve done)
Each film I’ve posted gained some attention on Tumblr as I progressed. The first three films I posted didn’t get attention (but I’m not suprised considering I was only starting on Tumblr) but as I posted numerous photographs of Kubrick, production stills etc., the blog became more and more popular with the more interaction with reblogging, linking each post to my Facebook & Twitter.
TOTAL POSTS = 252 (not incl meta)
I have had a few posts which gained some attention very quickly and to my suprise were reblogged and liked a number of times.
This photo from again “The Shining” was hit 560 times. - Posted April 30th
What I learnt from this is that “The Shining” is very popular on Tumblr. This is evident from my other posts from different films. I also studied that Tumblr and many social network sites work like a snowball effect. The more you reblog, like and link etc. the better chance you have at getting hits. Tumblr is very good at doing this considering they have a “reblog” option.
ANALYTICS & STATS
When I first started this blog I opened a Google Analytics account. Here is an overview of the blog:
After a week or so of opening the blog, I started connecting to other social networking sites. I linked my own Facebook account to the blog so that any post on Tumblr would show on the News Feed for people to see. I also connected to Twitter for the first time by opening an account under the blogs name; @kubricksfilms.
I have also added three widgets to my blog which were;
Facebook ‘Like’ & 'Post’ button on each of my posts.
Along the way I managed to run into some issues with HTML coding such as importing widgets, CSS etc. I found a number of tutorials online and some posted on Moodle which really helped solve the issues.
ABOUT PAGE + HISTORY PAGE
The about page and history page contained only a small amount of HTML and CSS coding. I would have liked to add more to both pages but I was focued on topic of the blog throughout semester. I did find it a bit challenging at first but again I researched some tutorials on standard CSS coding such as colour, titles, fonts etc. And used them in the About and History pages.
The History page was a something I added after my first few posts because I wanted people to see a seperate page for “A Brief History of Kubrick”. My very first post for the blog was the extact same thing but I knew after more and more posts were being made I thought transferring it to a seperate page would seem more appropriate.
What I Have Learnt
The whole process of this assignment has being brilliant. I have never made a Tumblr or any blog for that matter before this. I thought a topic that would be interesting to blog about and something that I love to talk about is Stanley Kubrick. My glad I chose this topic because I don’t think I would have kept up the progess that I made so far.
The communication between social networking sites is something that I was familiar with before starting the blog and thought that this would be a great opportunity to get my blog out there and connect to other sites. It worked better than I hoped for. The reblogging, posting to Twitter and Facebook helped spread the word through friends at work etc. Many of the, saw the blog on Facebook and either commented on it or talk to me about in person.
I was over the moon with the followers that started to crop up. I think after a few film posts, they began to follow out of the blue. After some time this became a sort of snowball effect with more reblogs and likes etc.