TVWriter™, which started way back in 1997 as “The TV Writer Home Page,” passed a milestone last week: Our 1000th blog post in our current format, which began on June 1, 2012.
Supplementing our basic How-To Write This, That and the Other Thing page content, we’ve blogged about a lot of topics over the past 5 months, including announcements about the various TVWriter™ contests (that’s the People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular to be specific) and classes (TVWriter University, natch), interviews with showrunners, advice to future sitcom writers, various peer-produced/user-generated web series, why Charlie Sheen rocks, DOCTOR WHO (and the Doctor Who Puppet), Louis C.K,. writing and productivity tips up the wazoo, TV series reviews, everything the minions and I could think of that would make life better/more fulfilling/easier/more entertaining for writers, aspiring writers, and fans.
Tim Muncher, AKA munchman, has worked his tail to a frazzle (What? You couldn’t tell that he’s a monkey?) researching and editing and, erm, reprinting interesting and important material from all over the web while I cracked the whip, and I’ve been amazed by, and grateful for, the tremendous amount of time he’s put in on TVWriter™’s behalf, especially considering the peanuts we pay him. (Oh, wait, munchman loves peanuts. Whew.) But I never thought we’d have this substantial a body of work and this technologically sophisticated a site so soon.
Take a bow, munchdood. You’ve more than earned it.
Big fan of irony that I am, I’m particularly pleased that the actual 1000th post is part of our ongoing series of announcements of various TV writing deals: Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/28/12 . Because the central conflict in my professional story has always been the one between art and commerce. Writing what we love for love versus writing what others want us to write for money.
I’ve spent over 40 years vacillating about which element of my career is the most important. The artistry of what we create? Or the price we get for it? My current conclusion is – both of the above. Plus another added factor: The pleasure what we write brings the audience. (Yeah, I know. Sometimes the audience’s biggest pleasure seems to be in its complaints. So it goes in all art.)
Anyway, I think it’s cool to see that reportage about this particular topic (subtle as the presentation is) has been one of the most popular elements of the current incarnation of the site.
Bottom line: I love television/video. I love the web. I love writing. And I love all of you out there who continue to give me a chance to express that love via the various media. We couldn’t have reached this point without you. Keep coming back, boys and girls, moms and dads. We’re just getting started and have a whole lot more to show you.
Hugs and thanks from a normally very reserved (and, yeah, cynical) TVWriter™.