As a horror blogger, I've realized that being a blogger is quite different from being a horror journalist. (obviously) I'm pretty sure the guys at Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central and Fangoria get the best perks in the horror world. I'm not shorting the horror blogosphere. We also get some decent perks for being the soldiers in the intertubes horror community.
What I can say is I do enjoy the few perks I do get as a now established horror blog site. I'm sure there are blogs within the horror blogosphere that get tons of cool shit, being bigger than my little old site but I'm thankful everyday I get a few scraps from the horror world. So here are a few things I do get and also a list of things I WISH I could get.
I DO....get access to screeners for lots of indie horror movies.
I DON'T...get access to screeners for big budget Hollywood horror flicks (screw you Lion's Gate)
I DO...get to go to press screenings for some awesome indie horror and cult flicks.
I DON'T...get to go to any press screenings for see any mainstream horror flicks.
I DO...get some free stuff sent to me like books and DVDs.
I DON'T...get crazy novelty items or memorabilia.
I DO...get offered to go to press junkets for indie films.
I DON'T...go because I have no actual camera crew to film me interviewing these celebrities.
I DO...get to see some behind the scenes and trailers early before they get released to the public.
I DON'T...get invited to visit any movie sets or hang out with the filmmakers.
I DO...sometimes get to meet directors and actors/actresses in a non horror fest sorta way.
I DON'T...get to meet the horror scream queens I have huge crushes on.
I DO...get acknowledged by some horror icons via Twitter.
I DON'T....get acknowledged by some horror icons via Twitter.
I DO...get my reviews quoted in a trailer, poster and on official sites.
I DON'T...or should I say never have gotten a quote from one of my reviews on the back of a DVD box.
I DO...get to go to cool haunted houses for free to review them.
I DON'T...get to go to any film festivals because my site isn't big enough to warrant a press pass.
I DO...get a few people reading my blog and for that I'm thankful (thanks all!)
I DON'T...seem to win any awards for my Spinkicks Ratings system (ahem LAMB!)
If you want to do your own list...go right ahead. For you new horror bloggers out there, don't fret if you don't have tons of comments (I never do) or get tons of pageviews or whatever. Just focus on your content and write good and funny posts that you're proud of.
Some blogs post everyday, reblogging horror news of the day. What I do is try to make each one of my posts as creative, unique and insightful as I can. And above all, I try to make my fellow jaded viewers laugh.
I'm like the utility player of the horror blogosphere. You may never have heard of me but when you read some of my stuff, it makes an impact. So if your a new and up and coming horror blog, drop me a line and maybe I can get you some mileage on your blog.
Send me a link to your site via Twitter or Facebook or leave a comment and I'll feature your blog in a post. I plan on doing one a week throughout the summer.
As for my fellow horror bloggers, what secret perk do you want that you haven't gotten yet?