17 May

Today sees this site passing another little milestone. There have been one hundred thousand views since moving to the WordPress platform – a very pleasing statistic as far as I’m concerned. It’s an opportunity for me to send out a big thank you to all the visitors, commenters and contributors – it’s you (and you all know who you are) who make the whole thing not only possible but a pleasure too.

I also thought it might be nice to let people see which posts – excepting hits on the home page and index – have drawn the most traffic so I’ve added a graphic below featuring the ten most viewed. It seems clear enough that westerns and western related material are easily the most popular.




Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


50 responses to “100,000 Views

  1. Vienna

    May 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Fabulous landmark. 100,000! So well deserved too. Pleased to see 4 of my favorite westerns are in your top ten posts.
    Hope you’ll continue with non- western posts too. I know you will.

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Vienna.
      I fully intend to keep mixing things up and posting on a variety of movies – indeed, I’d like to widen the scope even further. I do focus on the western a lot because, well, it is my favorite genre. But more than anything, I just love movies.

  2. Cavershamragu

    May 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations Colin, could not happen to a nicer guy or blog – these are impressive numbers, but if you add your previous blog location, what would the comprehensive numbers then be?

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Sergio. You’re a pal, pal!

      What would the combined total be? That’s a bit difficult to say. The last time I looked there the total had comfortably passed 500,000. However, those are very “raw” numbers as the old site didn’t filter out bots, web crawlers and the like as WordPress helpfully does.

      • Cavershamragu

        May 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        I think you have more than comfortably sailed past the half million mark chum – that is a wonderful round number – fantastic!

        • Colin

          May 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

          Well it’s hard to tell for sure given the nature of the stats on the old site. Anyway, the point is all those numbers only exist due to the support of guys like yourself.

          • Cavershamragu

            May 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

            Au contraire chum – lots of blogs out there, and only some are worthy of the respect yours receive – all the love, passion and knowledge come through time and again – you’re doing us a favour by sharing – thanks.chum.

            • Colin

              May 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

              Well, it’s a mutually beneficial thing. If it weren’t for all the great feedback I’ve been fortunate enough to receive, it just wouldn’t be the same.

  3. John M

    May 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Congrats, Colin! Well deserved. Well earned, indeed. Thanks much for all of your effort and work and passion and enthusiasm; and, for sure, your articulate and erudite critical “take” on the western and all it has meant — and continues to mean precisely because of those such as yourself — for a century-plus.

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks. That’s extraordinarily kind of you, John. Personally, I find it gratifying that a genre which is so often written off as past its sell-by date is still capable of drawing in admirers who enjoy watching, reading about and discussing it.

  4. mikestakeonthemovies

    May 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I bow to thee. That is awesome and maybe someday I just might get there. Keep up the great posts on the western genre that always pulls me back more than any other.

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Very kind of you, Mike. You must be well on your way now with the terrific material you’ve been publishing.

  5. badblokebob

    May 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats, Colin — long may such figures continue (and I’m sure they shall!)

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you very much, Richard – another of the old FilmJournal gang still going strong.

  6. le0pard13

    May 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Mucho congrats, Colin. We’ll deserved, my friend:-)

    • Colin

      May 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Michael.

  7. Jeff Flugel

    May 18, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Congratulations on achieving another milestone, Colin! Especially impressive are the comment stats. Keep up the great work!

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Thank you, Jeff. I really do appreciate that people take the time to read and then comment on or discuss the movies featured.

  8. chrisk

    May 18, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations! You are a terrific source of a wide array of information, particularly westerns, which I eagerly look forward to regularly. Best regards.

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Chris, I hope to continue offering a mix of stuff. I think it’s good to feature some variety – to prevent too much staleness creeping in – but westerns will no doubt continue to dominate here.
      Thanks for the comment, as always.

  9. Rod Croft

    May 18, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Colin, your success has been earned, not only by hard work, but your ability to communicate your knowledge and enthusiasm to others. Congratulations!

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Very kind of you, Rod. As has been said before, the fact there’s such a responsive and communicative bunch of readers and visitors makes it all easier.

  10. kristina

    May 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    congrats! those are such nice numbers because they reflect the appeal and quality of your writing. Here’s to many thousands more eyes on your future hundreds of posts:)

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks for that, Kristina. I appreciate that.

  11. Marilyn Armstrong

    May 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    It’s been a pleasure following you:-)

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Cheers, Marilyn. That’s very good of you to say.

  12. Laura

    May 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Colin, that’s wonderful! Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing the news and the fun stats. Best wishes for many more years of great blogging!

    • Colin

      May 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      And thank you too, Laura. I’m most grateful for your support and frequent links back to this place.

  13. Prashant C. Trikannad

    May 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Colin, many congratulations to you on reaching this terrific milestone. Your informed and analytical reviews (and not ramblings) of a variety of films, especially western and noir, have been an inspiration to yours truly on how reviews must be conducted (with baton and all). I wish you all the best for the coming years.

    • Colin

      May 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Real kind of you, Prashant. I love watching and writing about westerns. I could easily turn this into a dedicated western movie site I guess but I really enjoy varying it a bit so as not to develop a kind of cinematic tunnel vision.

  14. john k

    May 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    It’s always such a pleasure to visit your blog and I am in constant anticipation about
    what the next title to receive “The Colin Treatment” will be.
    I’m off to London for a few days and hope to visit my favorite Greek restaurant, so I shall be
    thinking of you in sunny Athens, and will certainly raise a glass or two to celebrate your
    impressive milestone.

    • Colin

      May 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Cheers, John. That’s very nice of you, and I hope you enjoy the food – Καλή όρεξη

  15. jcalberta

    May 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Yeee Haw !
    Keep riding Amigo !

    • Colin

      May 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you, JC. I get a little saddle sore from time to time, but I’m not done yet.

  16. Blake Lucas

    May 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Hi, Colin. I’ve been out of town and so just saw this. Congratulations!

    As you know, I feel great affinity with your view of the Western and always tremendously enjoy those pieces especially. You always seem to so clearly see the light at the end of the trail.

    Like everyone else, I look forward to so much more here..

    • Colin

      May 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Much appreciated, Blake. And thanks for all the encouragement you’ve offered all along – it means a lot.


    May 20, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Just want to add my congratulations as well…Nice to see quite a few of my own favorite posts among your most popular. Keep up the good work!

    • Colin

      May 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thanks! I have to admit I was just a little surprised how westerns totally dominate the ten most viewed – if I’d extended it to twenty, then a few other genres appear, but even then it’s still overwhelmingly skewed towards the western.

  18. Andrew

    May 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Congratulations Colin. Not surprised that so many other people have come to your site since I always enjoy reading your posts.

    • Colin

      May 20, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thank you, Andrew. I can certainly recommend your site too – a fascinating look at cinema’s approach to history.

  19. Clayton @ Phantom Empires

    May 21, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Outstanding and well-deserved. It is pretty neat when people check out one’s stuff; not the reason one does it, but a little spice that makes it more fun, wot? Good job, sir!

    • Colin

      May 21, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thank you! I’ve never been one for chasing hits, and really started this up just to write and chat about cinema. It is gratifying to know people enjoy visiting though – and the stats are nice for seeing the kind of stuff they like to read the most.

  20. vinnieh

    May 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Amazing milestone Colin.

    • Colin

      May 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Cheers, Vinnie. As long as it remains fun, I’ll keep doing it.

  21. Jerry Entract

    May 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I’ve been away from home for a week, Colin, so have not had the opportunity before now to add my congratulations on this impressive landmark!

    The two types of film you mainly cover – westerns and film noir – are my two favourite types of movie so I could not be more pleased to be able to read your eloquent reviews. I hope to read very many more…….

    Best wishes,

    • Colin

      May 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you, Jerry. I hope to keep the articles coming as regularly as possible. And westerns and noir certainly won’t be neglected.

  22. Richard--W

    May 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    One hundred thousand reviews! That’s the measure of appreciative criticism and fine writing. This is the blog to come to from good reviews of films noir and westerns. I come back occasionally and re-read your old reviews.

    By the way, do you know of a version of Michael Winner’s LAWMAN that ends with Burt Lancaster getting shot in the back? I’ve just heard there is such an ending but I can’t imagine the film ending that way.

    • Colin

      May 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thanks, Richard.

      And no, I never heard of any alternate versions of Lawman.

  23. Toby

    May 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Congrats on passing the 100K mark. You deserve so many more!

    • Colin

      May 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, Toby – that’s very kind of you!


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