Ever had one of those days when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed? That's how my day's shaping up, kids, so bear with daddy as I opine on a curious topic for a few moments.
Because there are always new readers to SciFiHistory.Net -- because there's a wealth of new opportunities to reach out and continue the efforts to bring fandom together under one umbrella -- I occasionally get asked a question that I probably should ignore BUT I do feel an obligation -- as editor-in-chief -- to help provide a bit of clarity if and when I feel it necessary. Some of you reading this post will likely know and/or already understand how SciFiHistory.Net works -- and I thank you for indulging your patience on this one -- but newbies trying to get up-to-speed might find things more than a bit curious. So let me explain ...
The whole purpose of the Daily Citation Pages is -- definitively -- celebrate damn near anything and everything I can find related to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror on that particular day. DAY. D-A-Y. In other words, if it happened on that DAY and I can find it, then I'm going to share it on the corresponding DAY. Yes, this means birthdays, movie releases, TV airings, book publishings, etc. Again, anything and everything is open for coverage, but as things apply to -- say, August 23rd -- I'm going to only cite those things that I know of and have found sufficient sourcing to justify including it on that date.
Just because -- say -- Dredd (2012) is a much better version of a cinematic story for Judge Dredd (1995) doesn't mean I should ignore celebrating Judge Dredd any less or any more than I do Dredd. I'm trying to be as inclusive as possible with these citations. Though I certainly agree that Dredd (2012) is certainly a much better cinematic interpretation of the comic book character still doesn't mean I can't have a love or admiration or respect for what Stallone and his friends tried to do ... but all of that's beside the point. A day's citation page is to celebrate ALL THINGS related to our beloved genre ... and so far as I'm in charge of calling the shots in this space that will always be the policy.
The MainPage of SciFiHistory.Net -- for example, this very post you're reading right now is on the MainPage -- is where I choose (again as editor-in-chief) to occasionally dig a bit deeper. Yes, I might do a blog post to celebrate a film that came out on this particular day in history. Regular readers know of my fondness for writing my own reviews on genre-related products and projects. I might pass along some upcoming movie announcements and/or coming attractions that I find of interest and I think might be of interest to you, the reader. Yes, I'll even occasionally do interviews and/or product promotion -- mild ad placement -- and those are things that I'm happy to do (again!) if I choose to do it. It isn't something I offer every Tom, Dick, and Harry who reach out to me (and, please, trust me when I say that I turn down far more requests than I ever complete); but it's something I like to do from time-to-time as well.
Still, the MainPage isn't where I'd necessarily call interest to Daily Citation Pages. Yes, I can, and I have done -- when it moves me -- but just because you know so-and-so did something and you think it deserves coverage on SciFiHistory.Net doesn't mean I'll agree. Don't get me wrong: if there's something you want to see in this space, drop me a line. But having done what I do for a few years I'm well aware that there are clever marketing companies out there who offer me money in exchange for curious posts; I try to avoid that kind of thing UNLESS those parties can provide me with a working example of something, I find it relevant, and I conclude you might find it relevant.
Running and maintaining an entertainment blog isn't rocket science, but it does require a certain amount of discretion. Again, trust me when I say that I get inquiries for items that just have no place within these imaginery walls; I keep that stuff away from you because I choose to.
So ... in conclusion ...
I get that maybe Stallone's Judge Dredd wasn't your cup of tea. All well and good. So maybe -- next time -- just scroll past the items that don't interest you and pay attention to the ones that do.
As always, THANK YOU FOR READING! All of you are truly appreciated! And ... live long and prosper!