In 2007 I entered my final year of film school, took part in the Sasktel cell phone video competition, and went on a lengthy road trip to Mount Rushmore. It was also the year that Editing Luke debuted.
I was fairly new to sharing my videos online and was still just trying to find my own writing style, but in the 7 months of 2007 that Editing Luke existed my blog actually received over 8,000 hits. I worked hard to get them, but I also knew from the start that the success of my site was resting on how original and unique I could make it from what else was already out there. In retrospect those first 7 months were all trial and error, but the concept of my online film journal seemed to stick. Here were the most popular posts from my site in its first year:
Originally posted June 15, 2007
This post shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Buick to the Future was a campy comedy short that I came up with entirely because I wanted brand new content to promote my blog with. It also became a big deal when for the first time I was able to share a new video with family and friends minutes after posting it.
Originally posted December 16, 2007
Similarly to Buick, this post became popular when I sent out Christmas messages with this video linked to it. I suppose you also can't underestimate the willingness of people to share a cheesy snowman video with each other around the holidays.
Originally posted November 4, 2007
An entertaining time lapse concept made this post popular as I kicked off my ambitiously early dorm room Christmas.
Originally posted June 5, 2007One of the main reasons I wanted to start a blog in the first place was to share my film school experiences. This post marked the beginning of my film school rants, and readers seemed to embrace my candid thoughts. It was a good thing too, because there were a lot more on the way.