4.23.2014

American Blogger [The Release + My Thoughts]


Last night I was able to watch American Blogger--The First Journey in it's final and finished product for the first time. As you may [or may not know] there has been quite the buzz around American Blogger since the release of the trailer. A lot of great positive excitement and then a lot of negative, sometimes hurtful criticism. What was intended to be a pure and innocent display of a filmmakers insight on a small part of the blogging community quickly turned into a playground for stereotypes to be formed, the validity of the featured bloggers stories to be questioned, and the intentions of those involved to be judged. Being apart of the film it was hard to see some of the words that were said in regards to what others believed the film to be. Experiencing full out the passion and joy behind Chris Wiegand's heart and talent last year when filming was one I will never forget. The whole experience was very exciting, complete with raw emotion [so raw that Chris showed up, never informing us what questions would be asked, and filmed exactly what we said the first time around..yes my armpits were sweaty], and the mirror of two people living out their passions [his filming and us bloggers sharing our story through our places on the internet]. The way that he was able to capture our community is not something that was easily achieved but one that I will forever be grateful for. From the outside it is easy to see bloggers as selfish, petty figures who are far too concerned with their outward appearance and popularity rating. American Blogger dispels this theory wholly as tears are shed, laughs are heard, and layers of the bloggers featured are peeled back. Watching the two hour documentary left me with such a gratifying feeling of what we have here in this space. Our words, our pictures, our fears, our celebrations...they all matter. I know that blogging is not for everybody, but I am so glad that it is for me. I don't know how long I will invest in this space or what the future holds for blogging, but at this point in time I know that it is real, it's alive, and it's changing lives. 

To purchase American Blogger, you can do so here. A fair warning that I managed to make my face look double it's size. Also, I try to pet a cow in the film which is beyond me as I have never petted a cow in my life. Fortunately Maggie represents well as she looks precious as ever in the film. Leave it to the dog to make me look good. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts when you finish it! 

Thank you for being a part of my blogging journey--without you, none of this would be as sweet and as good as it is. 

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30 comments:

  1. I can't wait to watch this! After just seeing the trailer I was inspired and excited! Its people like you that make me want to be a part of this community and to continue to blog. You are one of the ones who I aspire to be like and who truly make coming to this space everyday something I look forward to! I hope that the positive comments outweigh the negative and that you continue to make us laugh, cry and smile with you!

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  2. It made me sad to hear all the criticism. I'm so excited to watch it. Blogging IS real. And it really matters to us!

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  3. I can't believe some of the things being said about this film. I can't wait to watch it... The Wiegands are the sweetest and it breaks my heart they're being ridiculed. And you probably look fabulous :)

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  4. I won't lie... I bought it, downloaded it, and watched it while at work. ((Perks of being a nanny with a sleeping baby!!)) I was so excited to watch it and I actually started tearing up towards the end!! You start feeling connected to each blogger and even watching the movie, I just wanted to get to know each one of you more. It also motivated me to get back into blogging and make it more of a priority. I have a lot of stuff going on in my life and blogging has taken a back seat lately, but I want to get more involved again and share MY story!! ((P.S. I totally noticed the petting of the cow and almost laughed out loud! Good ol' Indiana life!!))

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  5. I'm totally going to buy it now. I have been so excited for this documentary since you first announced that you were going to be a part of it. I even followed Chris on Instagram so I could see all of the bloggers that he was filming. So cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is so cool! I didn't realize you were doing this! Way to go! I'm totally going to be checking this out!

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  7. Just watched it earlier today and I really enjoyed it! Such a neat documentary and I thought it was filmed beautifully. And no worries, I think your face looked perfectly perfect :)

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  8. I am so glad you shared! I've been excited to see it ever since you and Danielle Burkleo both said you were in it. After the controversy when you didn't say anything I was like, oh man, maybe this really did turn out to be a bust. I'm ordering it tonight and watching it before the weekend is over. SO SO proud of you ladies. For real! xo!

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  9. I've seen some of those negative comments you are talking about floating around Facebook, etc and I just can't for the life of my figure out where the heck they are coming from! Oh well, I guess people will find something to complain about with anything. I for one am so excited to watch it!

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  10. I watched it earlier today and got so emotional over it...it's such a beautiful story. I am so proud to be a part of this community! Chris Wiegand is so talented and this documentary is even better than I expected...it was just perfect. And I loved seeing your face on there--you're pretty much a huuuge deal now :)

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  11. I cant wait to watch it!! Im sure you were amazing!!

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  12. Had no idea this was such a thing. Thanks for letting me know.

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  13. Of course people who want to criticize and throw shade are the ones who aren't putting their life (the good and the bad) out on the internet for the world to see. It's easy to make snap judgements about someone behind the comfort of a computer screen. Anyways, can't wait to watch the film!

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  14. I completely agree with you. I was saddened by the criticism the Wiegands faced, but this film just demonstrates the grace and passion this family has. I loved it!

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  15. I LOVE everything about the film, he couldn't have done anything, any better!
    So awesome seeing you be apart of it! ;)

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  16. I am super intrigued and excited to watch this!

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  17. I can't wait to see it. I had never heard of the movie before this post. Should be interesting.

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  18. Girlfriend, I laughed out loud when you reached for the cow, I love you. I wanted to text you but then I realized I didn't have your number. LOL. Honored to be a part of it with you!! Great response.

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  19. I personally cannot wait to watch it, especially to see your part. I would tell you to not let the negativity get to you, this is really a cool project!

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  20. Just watched the film with my hubs last night. I loved it. and I loved that you absolutely represented Indiana! My husband was like... is that a buggy? Is this girl from Indiana? Apparently he thought no one else in Indiana blogged. ha! You looked great! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  21. I had been waiting (im)patiently to see this film ever since you mentioned being a part of it last year. You did a wonderful job and I loved seeing a look at the lives of some of the bloggers I have grown to love. It's unfortunate that there was ever any controversy surrounding it, but I can certainly say that I was not disappointed. :)

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  22. How exciting! I can't wait to watch this :)

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  23. Eff the haters. I think it's AMAZING that y'all made a 'movie', and those people are just jealous that they didn't think of it first. You know I'll always stand with you!

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  24. I honestly loved the film, although I had my doubts. I think it made me think a lot about my own blogging journey, and really life in itself. I wrote my thoughts here, http://melissafayeblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-own-journey.html. Feel free to read. I hope more documentaries are made about blogging. Its honestly a cultural phenom right now. So many blogs for different types of people. No two blogs are alike - and I love that!

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  25. I can't wait to watch! While there will always be people to fill (and fuel the fire) of any stereotype, there's something to be said for not listening to the hate. While people are hating on your success as an American blogger, you're working on your blog, growing and writing and - maybe most importantly? - giving people a reason to smile and laugh and start their days off right. Keep doing you and inspiring people, Erin.
    And in honor of the movie's 10th anniversary...
    You go, Glen Coco.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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