The Athletic Nerd: The Final Post

August 10, 2013 at 7:47 am


It’s hard to believe I started this blog 4 years ago. So much has changed in the world of movies and in my own life. Honestly, I’ve evolved just as much, if not more, than this site. More than anything I’ve learned, that I’m happy when I write.

When I first started The Athletic Nerd, it was meant to be an outlet used to promote the short films we were producing in those days. Over time, I incorporated reviews, interviews, top 10 lists, short films and more. At the peak of this cinematic blogging adventure, I was writing 6 posts a week. Things were going well and traffic steadily increased which fueled my passion to keep updating the site. To keep writing.

Recently, I took some time away from this blog in order to finish my latest screenplay. After a few weeks, I decided to put everything on hold and just enjoy the summer. Why not? I went out more, I saw more movies, I went to England, I read a novel and I relaxed. For the first time in years, I wasn’t writing blogs or screenplays and I wasn’t producing short films. I took a vacation from it all. It was a great chance to reflect on where I wanted to focus my addiction to writing.  It was an interesting experiment that lead to a few important realizations.

In addition to my career as a professional editor in television, I love to write screenplays. I can’t get enough. In fact, this past May I launched a brand new screenwriting site called The Screenwriting Spark.

But… I haven’t finished many screenplays in the last few years… I have no excuse. I just didn’t set aside enough time for screenwriting.

When it comes to this blog, there are a number of changes I’ve wanted to implement but I was limited. This blog has a certain style and focus that just didn’t fit my new vision.  I just turned 30. I watch movies differently now and I want to write about movies differently.

I realized it was time for a change. The combination of more free time, more time for screenwriting & the prospect of developing a new movie blog was too intriguing to ignore.

So I’ve decided, with mixed emotions, to end The Athletic Nerd.

It was a tough decision to make but I’m excited about it nonetheless. I’m ready to move on. Throughout the next year, I’m going take more time for myself and my family. I’m going to write more screenplays and FINALLY (read: maybe) send them out into the world. When I’m ready, I’ll launch a brand new movie blog. A place where I can continue to share my love of films.

After 4 years, 1000 posts and well over a million page hits, it’s hard to say goodbye. I’ve learned so much in the last 4 years. I plan to use that knowledge to create something better in the near future. I’m not done with movie blogging yet. I’m just taking an extended vacation to focus on other things.

For now, the plan is to keep The Athletic Nerd online. I’ve cleaned up my archives considerably but many frequently visited pages remain.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who stopped by my blog to read about movies, screenwriting & independent film. I’m already looking forward to launching something new when the time is right. Until then, you can still follow me on Twitter @17west or check out The Screenwriting Spark.