Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WSW presents the My Hometown Blogathon!


So all of these blog-a-thons that I've taken part in have inspired me to finally start one of my own. I've gone through several different ideas to get to this one, and I think it's one you'll like too. It's real simple: write about a movie, old or new, that takes place in your hometown, whether it's the place you were born in or the place you live in now. If there is no movie about your hometown, you can pick a movie about your home state, province, or even country. If you live near a big city that has been in the movies, you can claim that big city as your hometown for the sake of this blog-a-thon provided you've actually been there at least once.

As you write about the movie, I'd like you to also write about where you were born. Let us see it through your eyes: special places from your childhood, important landmarks, the history of the place, friends and neighbors, whatever you want. How do you feel about the place? Maybe it evokes sentimental feelings for you. Maybe you miss it and want to return someday. Maybe you hate it and can't wait to leave - or you never wanna go back! Also, how much does the movie get right and wrong about your hometown? Is it set on a cheap Hollywood backlot or is it on location? Or do they substitute a different city and pass it off as yours?

The week of the My Hometown Blogathon will be July 18-23. You can write your post(s) anytime from now through the week of the event itself. When you finish, send me a link to it (ratzo318 "at" yahoo "dot" com), and on July 23, I'll post the master list of posts. Any questions, feel free to ask. In the meantime, here are your banners:


24 comments:

  1. Here's hoping your idea is a better success than mine! Count on my participation.

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  2. That makes two of us! Thanks a lot.

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  3. I like this idea! I'll have to think about what to write about though... lots of NJ movies, but some good Boston ones too and I like it here better haha.

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  4. I think you're spoiled for choice on Boston movies, especially recent ones.

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  5. I've got a good one that I really like talking about. And it takes place more or less in my front yard!

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  6. Awesome. Can't wait to read it.

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  7. I'll discuss this with the YAM Magazine team, in any case I will at least add one movie. I'll take dibs on Vancouver. Haven't lived there in so long, but I have the perfect movie that will make me reminisce about all its stinky alleyways LOL

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  8. I have a friend who moved to Vancouver a few years ago. It's supposed to be nice up there.

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  9. I grew up in the LA Burbs, so I was able to rearrange my schedule so that I'll have two entries for you. I sent you an email about a possible third.

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  10. The more the merrier! Thanks.

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  11. There are only a handful movies filmed in my neck of the woods and half of them are from the Coens, ahah. As for my native hometown Jakarta, there is probably only one and that's not even filmed in that city! Well, I'll see if I have anything worth writing about but great idea, Rich!

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  12. Very interesting blogathon, I will try to participate if I find the time!

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  13. Thanks. I'm sure you can find other Minnesota movies, though.

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  14. Cas, I hope you can make it too; I'd love to have you!

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  15. Haha. A movie about my home town. That's a good one.

    I do have one in mind about a neighboring town, though, so count me in.

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  16. Awesome. A neighboring town will do.

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  17. I'll join! Great idea for a blogathon!

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  18. Thanks Joel! Looking forward to it.

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  19. What a great idea! I even know the movie I want to use. I hope I can get it done in time!

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  20. This is a really cool idea for a blog-a-thon but I'm sort of naturally excluded. I lived so many different places growing up that I wouldn't even know where to write about.

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  21. Eh, pick whichever one you feel closest to. The one with the best memories.

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  22. Rich: I'm doing my post as we speak, I have had a heft last couple of weeks. I hope to get it together tonight!

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