A NEW ERA BEGINS…
Since this is a new beginning, I thought it would be nice to reintroduce myself and this site. My name is Jason McKinnon and I’m a professional editor working in the live television world of sports. I’m also a passionate screenwriter, a Photoshop nut and an independent filmmaker. My interests can be summed up in two categories: Sports & Movies.
The Athletic Nerd began with the simple goal of writing about the movies that inspire the aspiring filmmaker. Over the years, it evolved and focused on three main areas: Movies, Screenwriting & Independent Film. You can navigate to each of those categories using the menu above. I like to write about anything and everything related to movies. From the scripts that inspire to the features we admire. I’m also a big fan of indie films and regularly promote other people’s work on this site through a feature called The Post.
This site has evolved a lot in three years. I’m proud of this blog but most of all, I’m proud that I stuck it out all these years. So many blogging sites around the web talk about bloggers losing interest within a year. I think 6 months is the average burnout. Some people just get bored or they aren’t satisfied with the results after hours of hard work.
Getting high levels of traffic isn’t easy. It’s frustrating. If you don’t have time to comment on other sites, write guest posts and more then you’re already slowing your progress. Likewise, not everyone can afford to advertise their blogs online or anywhere for that matter. Personally, I’ve never spent a penny on advertising. But my daily traffic has been the same for roughly a year now. Is there room to grow? Can I crash through the traffic barrier and gain new readers?
That’s what Year Four is all about:
BETTER CONTENT. MORE TRAFFIC.
This blog is somewhat established now but it’s time to grow. I’m talking about traffic growth but also personal growth as a writer. Year Three was a groundbreaking year in terms of overall design and style but I feel like the content could have been much better. I want Year Four to represent an ambitious leap forward.
The first major change is my posting frequency. In an effort to deliver better articles in a structured way, I’ll be posting three articles a week from now on. (Or more depending on the week.)
Reviews, Interviews and other featured posts will pop up at any time.
MORE MOVIES. MORE SCREENWRITING. MORE INDEPENDENT FILM
This schedule isn’t set in stone and will most likely change so I don’t feel like I HAVE to come up with a screenwriting post every week. Speaking of which, this new approach gives me more time for screenwriting as well. I can’t wait to finish my next screenplay.
During my time away from this blog, I eliminated a bunch of features in order to simplify the site but I strengthened others. This year The Post will receive the biggest boost with regular articles and interviews promoting filmmaker’s work from around the world.
Have a project you’d like to promote? Contact me using the CONNECT menu above.
THE SUMMER OF SCREENWRITING
The screenwriting section of this website is home to hundreds of articles but never a series like this. When I took my break from blogging, my main goal was to finish a screenplay called Strangers. I accomplished that goal!
While I was finishing the script, I was writing posts about my journey. Starting this week, I’ll begin posting over 20 articles about the journey to FADE OUT. As an added bonus, I’ll be including a LOOKING BACK feature updating each post with my thoughts now.
It’s my hope to attract other writers like myself who have gone through similar journeys. This summer I rediscovered my love of screenwriting. I shouldn’t have put it off in the first place.
XTRA | Screenwriting vs Anxiety: A Personal Tale
I’m also happy to announce that Year Four will be the first time, I’ll be accepting guest posts. I’m going to be extremely picky but I’d LOVE to hear from anyone who loves movies, screenwriting and independent film. I’m looking for articles about what inspires you. What fuels your love for film. I want to share the projects you’re passionate about. So hit the CONNECT button above and get in touch if it’s something you’re interested in.
YEAR FOUR BEGINS
In addition to an updated set of graphics and a new promotional strategy, I’m ready for another year of movie blogging. I hope you all enjoy the content that’s on the way.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Tweet, email or comment!
Time to get going!