If my first year of blogging was just about making myself known, the second year had to be about refining how I tell my story. While my list of film school shorts, personal experiments, parodies, narratives and travel edits is long - it's the way that I've showcased them here that has really changed over the last year.
More than just highlighting the projects and edits themselves, I've done my best to try and conceptualize the experience of my work in my newest posts and updates. Why did I make this? What was I inspired by? What did this lead to? The blog that Editing Luke has become is so much more than just a video site, it's an in-depth personal account of my history and experiences in my pursuit of film making opportunities as well as creative justification for my efforts.
Like any artist in any medium, my goal is quality feedback and interaction with other like-minded readers and viewers. Editing Luke has allowed this to continue and grow from day one. The more I seem to enhance my site, the more I've been amazed at the impression it allows me to make with new people. I haven't been lying when I've said it's my online portfolio - I've used Editing Luke on my resume.
There's been no trick or instant success that's kept all this going. Editing Luke exists because I'm passionate about what I do, I love connecting with new readers/viewers all over the world, and because I've been able to see the rewards of my hard work from time to time. Persistence and creativity mixed with some moderate viewership has made this a success.
After one year my blog views were 15,854, my video views were 53,698 and I had made 147 blog posts. After 2 years my blog views are now 49,625, my video views are 212,645 and I've made 305 blog posts. In terms of total views, that's growth of over 200% in the last year.
I'm continually grateful for what so many of you have helped this blog become. Thank you for reading, for viewing, for checking in every now and then just to see what I've got going on. The potential of what your interest can bring is a constant motivation. For those of you who continue to visit I can't say it enough, thank you!
I created two new promotional edits this month to celebrate 2 years of Editing Luke. The edits are identical, but I switched up the music tracks to get a different feel for each video. Have a look, and I hope to continue sharing this experience with you for years to come. From myself, Luke Fandrich, cheers to two years!