Yes, a new review being posted on the site is now such a monumental event that it is newsworthy! I kid. Kind of...
Back in September, I posted an open call for reviewers. We needed more reviewers on the site and we still do. We had several submissions and today I'm posting what I believe was the best of the best. Ryan Kellner will be receiving a $25.00 gift certificate for his submission.
Yes, I'm late getting to this. Are you really that surprised? October was a bust and for that I apologize. We once prided ourselves on posting a review every single day of the month, or at least close to it. It didn't happen this year. Frankly, I was burnt out from getting the site up and running on a new host, new forum software, and a new portal. On top of that, life gets in the way. College classes, a set of 3 year old twins, and a lovely wife I don't see enough of. I'm not complaining; just explaining. Things are settling down and I'm only taking two classes in January, meaning I'll have a tiny bit more time to put toward the site.
I posted in October that this new design is for the long haul; that October being a bust was disappointing but inconsequential in the long run. My goal is to make the site more community driven, with me simply guiding things along. We're not there yet, not even close. Maybe we'll never get there but I intend to try. With the move to a cheaper host, the site now has a surplus of funds (thanks to you guys using the Amazon links). I intend to funnel all of that money back into the site. Write a review, get a gift certificate. Submit quality news articles (with links to appropriate sources), get a gift certificate. I'm still working on a system for that. Obviously you can't get a $25.00 GC for posting a news article.
We still need more reviewers. If you are interested, shoot me a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
If we post your review, you get a $25.00 GC. Same rules as before: 15 day wait so we can verify there is no plagiarism.
If you submitted a review before and would like me to take another look, please go ahead and resubmit. If you want details on why I'm not choosing your review, please indicate as such. I will gladly give it this time around. I would tell you this: Look at Ryan's review. He posted a good opening and a quality story outline with background information on the movie, the director, genre, etc. If you are looking to write a quick review to score a $25.00 gift certificate, it's not going to happen. I would rather post no reviews than post poorly written reviews. You have to love writing and you have to be half decent at it. Frankly, at $25.00 a whack and what will ultimately amount to hours of work, we are the ones making out like bandits. Having said that, if it is something you enjoy doing, it might be a good way to score some GCs. Ryan is interested in writing more and I have made a few suggestions for movies I would like to see reviewed on the site.
My goal is to get a new review on the site every single week. I would like to have that in place by January. That would give us about 52 more reviews for 2016 than we had in 2015!