Sunday, March 08, 2009

Thanks Again!

Yesterday, March 7, was this blog's 4-year anniversary. I definitely didn't think this blog would see its 4th anniversary when I started it. I started blogging simply because everyone else seemed to be doing it and not because I possessed some extraordinary, useful knowledge that I just had to share with the rest of the world. The blog seemed like a natural extension of bbreviews; an opportunity for me to write even more about one of my passions - Tamil cinema. But as I continued to blog, I admit that I began to enjoy the interactivity that the blog offered. I enjoyed the enthusiastic comments, the interesting discussions, the entertaining arguments and the fun trivia that the posts led to. That is the sole reason why the blog has hit the 4-year mark. And its been a lot of fun. So once again, a big 'Thank You' for visiting inspite of the site's staunch policy to focus on the trivial and the frivolous.

I mentioned in the 3-year anniversary post last year that I wasn't so confident about the blog seeing the next anniversary since there was a general lack of excitement about Tamil cinema at that time. But it has made it. And things seem a little better this year at this point in time with the general quality of movies released so far being a tad better and a more exciting roster of upcoming movies, both near-term(Sarvam, Ayan, Kanthasamy, Sultan) and far(Endhiran, Thalaivan Irukkiraan, Asal), to look forward to. So, though I have a couple of things in mind - like for instance, reviewing more older movies - I'll avoid making any predictions about the future contents or the longevity of the blog and simply say that "we'll see how it goes".

33 Comments:

At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BBTHOTS !

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Xathish said...

Some people want it to happen,
some wish it would happen,
others make it happen.

Happy Anniversary BBThots !!!

 
At 12:48 AM, Blogger Naren's said...

vaazhthukkal balaji

 
At 2:15 AM, Blogger skanda said...

Happy Anniversary, BB hope to keep reading your blog till the next decade as well. Please to consider in reviewing old Blockbuster classics again, as reading yuor reviews is like watching those movies again.

 
At 3:45 AM, Blogger Sriram said...

Happy anniversary bbthots.

For me, I am sure many would agree, reading your review is a part of the movie watching experience. Please keep blogging.

Wishing you well.

Sriram

 
At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Rubygal said...

Happy 4th Anniversary Balaji Sir.. I feel so sad that I didn't discover this blog 4 years ago..but I guess Late ta vanthalum naa latestta iruppen.. hehe..I'm actually glad i've at least stumbled across your blog now.. Keep up the good work..

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

Congrats on completing 4 years of great blogging, Balaji. Here's looking forward to many more years of the same :)

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Its been a fantastic four so far.. Looking ahead to the fantabulous five and many more!

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Sivajini said...

Congrats- Happy Anniversary Balaji.

To me reading your review and then seeing a movie is pretty much the way of life, way back from Minnoviyam days I think.( I still can't figure out how I first started reading your reviews- but I know I'm been reading them forever.Way before you even had kids!)

Keep up the great work :)

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Long live this blog! :)

-San.

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous victor said...

wow, has it really been 4yrs bj?? I remember being the first one to respond to your first entry :) it doesn't feel like that was 4 yrs ago. either way, happy anniversary!! i still enjoy reading your reviews as much as i did then..

vic

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep posting balaji. getting to read your stuff on a friday afternoon after a long week of work is a distinct pleasure for sure. don't stop and mess up my routine, haha. plus i think with the talent and movies that were present in 2008, it must give you enormous confidence on the great things to come down the line.

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Kay said...

Vazgha Ungal Blog...

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

Thanx!

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

Thanx!

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has it been 4 years!! wow, how time flies! i think i have mentioned this to you before and am sure others have also - you have several silent followers - we go to your blog regularly (almost a ritual) but don't always comment since we are not big experts or followers of tamil cinema. but i find your blog very entertaining and almost always use it as a guide before i pick my next movie to watch.

sreela.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger skanda said...

There is some good movies coming out recently from tamil cinema but suprising audience response has been bit cold. They are rejecting both good and bad movies. There seems to be lack of fire at the box office. waiting for that elusive Blockbuster...mybe 'ayan' and 'kandasamy' would do the trick.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger Babs said...

u cud tell that you have achieved something great in pursuing your passion when they decide to print ur review in the back of a dvd..

good job..congrats and keep it going...

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon/xathish/naren's, thanx :)

skanda, thanx. I do hope to review more old movies this yr. lets see :)

sriram, thanx :)

rubygal, thanx. and that's one of my fav lines :)

filbert, thanx :)

bart, thanx. nice wordplay there :)

sivajini, thanx. minnoviyam... i remember being a regular reader there and i think they used my reviews for a while :)

san, thanx :)

vic, thanx! yes u were the 1st commentor. haven't heard from u for a while now. thot u'd stopped visiting :)

anon/kay, thanx :)

prin, u're welcome :)

sreela, thanx! i sure hope u're right about the silent followers :)

skanda, yeah many of the movies seem to be getting good reviews but not doing much @ the BO :)

Babs, oh I forgot that. thanx :)

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Funtabulous said...

Hey balaji

Great job! n happy bloggiversary.Seeing how well you write I am not surprised u completed 4 yrs.Here's wishing u many many yrs to come.Good luck buddy!

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Prakash said...

Congrats Balaji.

You deserve an award for maintaining, and regularly updating, your blog for 4 years.

More so for your patience in watching and writing reviews for a lot of the atrocious movies being churned out. I owe you hundreds of hours, which I have gained by avoiding a lot of them :-)

-Prakash

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Krishnan said...

Great going Balaji ! I make it a point to read your film reviews. Congrats.

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger Bhaskaran said...

There could be many filmi buffs and enthusiasts but not everyone can express or put across the views in a critical/appreciative, co-ordinated, appealing and interesting way. needless to say, you possess that gift and 4 years of continuous viewership(?) stands testimony to this ! Congrats and I am one of those regular visitors but very rarely leave comments !

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger Kumari said...

Congratulations BB!
I pray with all my heart for the success of Kollywood so this blog shall remain alive for a long long time :)

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Yasodha said...

I didn't know about the dvd cover.
Which Movie?

 
At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vaazhga bbthots. disagree often and even more often glad you are writing.

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, a very haBBy anniversary! 3 cheers to you and bbthots! am glad that the blog is entering year-5...i know that this past year i couldnt comment as often or as detailed as i used to but rest assured that my support for bbthots would never waver!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

funtabulous, thanx :)

prakash, i guess the good ones make it all worth it :)

krishnan, thanx :)

bhaskaran, thanx for the kind words and for delurking ateast now :)

kumari, thanx :)

yasodha, this was a long time ago but my synopsis and review was used on the cover of the 'poovellaam un vaasam' dvd :)

anon, thanx! the disagreements usually lead to the best coversations :)

ram, considering that i saw 'yaavarum nalam' on saturday but still haven't posted the review, i know exactly what u mean :)

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger skanda said...

Balaji, the popularity of your Blog has even reached Malaysian shores. Many of my friends even read your site. But the flip side is, ur sypnosis is seen in the covers of some pirated tamil Dvds manufactured locally here. i used to see it before, now no more already.

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats BB. happy aniversary. thank you for your four years of commitment to saving people from bad movies. great job!

Gayatri

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger suresh said...

Balaji 'sir' I have been reading your blog for the past two years. your site is a regular hit in my laptop at home and even at work. As a big fan of tamil cinema I hope things will only get better. Congragulations !!!

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger giri subramanian said...

Great job Balaji. Please keep it going. Congrats!!

 
At 11:03 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

skanda, good to know :)

gayatri, lol, thanx :)

suresh, thanx! i hope so too :)

giri, thanx :)

 

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