Three years ago, a dashing young lad started his own website. He’d been writing on other people’s websites for a while and was feeling ready for the next step. So, after spending a few months maintaining a very basic blog made for free – just to see what’s what – he went and made Braelstrom. The name was a portmanteau of “brain” and “maelstrom”, which seemed really clever at the time, until he realized everyone just thinks it’s called Braelstorm. Oops.
Yes, it’s Braelstrom’s third birthday. On August 16, 2014, I transferred a bunch of stuff I’d written on my temp blog over to the new site and started writing primarily here – until that is, I became a contributor for sites like Vulture Hound, Entertainment Fuse and The National Student.
Writing for other sites meant less content for Braelstrom (which, despite my best efforts, didn’t exactly get the most regular updates to begin with), but that ended up being a blessing in disguise. In order to figure out how to maintain it, I had to take a hard look at the site.
As a result, the past year has seen some significant changes in style, content and presentation. A lot of things are still fundamentally the same – the majority of the content is film related, and mostly reviews at that – but I’m really happy with all the changes I’ve been making, even the very small ones.
As always, I’d like to say thank you to anyone and everyone that’s stopped by the site to check out my writing, shared it, or gave me some kind of feedback. I probably would still do this even if no one was reading, but it does mean a lot whenever someone tells me they keep tabs on the site or want to talk to me about it.
I don’t know how long Braelstrom will last, but it’s definitely sticking around for a while.
[end on a joke or something, you’re good at those*]