On this day in 1997, in an apartment in Yonkers, New York, over a DSL connection, I uploaded two movies reviews to the free web-hosting space that came with an AOL account, and Flick Filosopher was born. (The very first one was Event Horizon. I’ll revisit that film with another review in the next few days.)
As Groucho Marx or Mae West or Mark Twain or (most likely) someone else who keeps getting forgotten once said: “If I’d known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
Of course, back in 1997, no one knew where the Internet was going to go, or what that would mean for people making the content. If someone had told me that I’d still be doing this two decades on, I’m sure I’d have laughed at them. Even if I’d accepted the truth of it, I still couldn’t possibly have made any plans to accommodate that. Apart from robbing a bank or winning the lottery, I couldn’t possibly have prepared for the fact that it’s extremely difficult to make much money online even if you’re making stuff that’s popular.
Which is why I’m asking, for my 20th anniversary, everyone who reads this site to donate just $1, just once (those who have never donated or subscribed before, that is). I know that’s an impossible request: all sorts of studies have shown that it’s only a tiny percentage of consumers of any creative thing, whether that’s books or music or comics, etc, who will support the work financially. But I’m dreaming big, and not asking much from anyone. Just a buck.
And to all of you who have supported my work here with your wallet — some of whom have been very generous indeed, and repeatedly so — I thank you all with everything I have. I would not have kept this up so long without you. Thank you!
(Oh, and for those of who who’ve asked about Patreon, and why I’m not there: I’m looking into getting a creator page set up there soon. Stay tuned.)
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