In three months, The Stop Button celebrates its tenth anniversary. While the blog did exist previous to February 20, 2004, when I was hosting it at jablog.com, the first post I retained when transferring from the original blogging platform to later ones was on February 20–a review of the assembly cut of Alien³.
There have been a number of changes to The Stop Button in 2013 and 2014. Feature images for each film have returned for the first time since 2010 or so. The blog has a new theme. I am currently streamlining both the genre categories–previously I have been using genres straight from IMDb, but now am curating the genre selection carefully–and the code of each post. While somewhat tedious, the work has also been very interesting and got me thinking about doing a statistical examination of the site’s posts for the tenth anniversary.
While thinking about that project, I realized there was an opportunity for a more thoughtful recollection of the posts. For the first half of The Stop Button, posts were far more colloquial in nature than in the second half. I thought about doing written recollections of the films and the experiences around them, but for time and space constraints, thought about doing a podcast.
By this time, I had already decided to do a monthly audio commentary podcast (“Stop Button Favorites”) from February 2015 to February 2016 to celebrate the site’s tenth anniversary. A second, weekly podcast, wouldn’t be too much work. And, even after doing a couple ashcans of the recollection podcast (to be called “Stopped Buttons”), recording and editing proved to be quick. But recording recollections cuts into deliberating time and I was forgetting salient details.
Instead, I will be posting ten tweets about each film on the day of its post–so, on February 20, any films from that day will get the twitter recollections. I decided to go with a #tsb10 hashtag, which will seem a little late for the zeitgest in 2015 but retro in 2025 with the #tsb20 hashtag.
All the tweets will be stand-alone and later compiled into daily posts on The Stop Button.
2014 also saw a change in posting habits–instead of daily, The Stop Button is now weekly at best. Starting February 20, I will post responses twice a week–Fridays and Mondays. I am choosing all of these 104 films from movielens’s list of top picks for the site. It will be a static list, generated on February 19… just because I don’t necessarily think I’d be able to see all the recommended films in order. I have only rated films written about on The Stop Button on movielens, so the recommendation is closer to the site than to me. Sort of.
On these 104 responses will a link–much like the emphasis links I’m currently adding–identifying it as a tenth anniversary post. Most of The Stop Button’s traffic still comes from IMDb and MRQE, after all.
THIS POST IS PART OF THE STOP BUTTON TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
It should make for an interesting year of responses, recollections and podcast commentaries. The site will be daily, including weekends, for the first time in a couple years (I haven’t figured out how to account for leap year recollections yet). There may be some giveaways as well, but I am still trying to work out the details.