Welcome to the new Seeing Is Believing!

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Welcome to the new and improved Seeing Is Believing. If you take a look around the blog, you will find many changes and updates that make this more accessible and user-friendly. Not to mention a different design and layout.

So, to help users out, let’s go through what has changed about Seeing Is Believing and what can be expected in the future.

Design

This is entirely the work of Seeing Is Believing’s new contributor, Jaime Williams. With experience in web design and being an online editor for a college newspaper, Jaime has worked hard to make this site more than just a place for me to give out my opinions.

At this point in time, Jaime is still working on the design of the blog, so things might change over the course of the next few weeks. Please be patient with us as we work things out.

Banners

As you can see, the site now has its own logo and banner, designed by Jaime. It is a combination of the many stills I’ve used over the course of my reviews and I feel it captures what I like about cinema in just a few images.

Now on WordPress

Blogger is not the only way to see my reviews now. I have now adopted another domain over on WordPress, by the same name, and have set up base there as well. Everything I’ve done on this site is also up there, so if you prefer to use WordPress over Blogger, feel free to head on over there and check the blog out.

The link can be found here:

https://paulselluloid.wordpress.com/

Also, I don’t believe I’ve mentioned this before, but I also post the majority of my articles and editorials on another website called “World Of Entertainment,” a fun little site where we talk about anything movie or television related, or anything nerdy. It is helmed by fellow Eastern Washington University graduates, so give it a look:

http://worldofentertainment.info/

Facebook and Twitter are go!

I have now set up a Facebook page dedicated solely to my website. All new articles, reviews and editorials will be posted there, as well as any more news about the blog, daily insights into my thought process, film knowledge and community questions. So head on over there and give that a like and let me know what you think.

I also have (reluctantly) set up a Twitter page for myself. Links to my articles will be posted there as well, and any news to keep you up to date on the blog. So if you’d like to discuss anything film related or just say hello, you can follow me on Twitter.

Both of these will be linked on both the WordPress and Blogger sites. Trust me, liking the Facebook page or following me on Twitter really does help me out. It lets me know what I’m doing right and lets me get in better contact with my readers. So if you have even the slightest interest in my articles, I’d be eternally grateful for a Facebook like.

I plan to get Google+ and Tumblr set up some time in the future, so stay tuned for that.

Google Ads have been activated

The last big change to the website is that I have turned on Google Ads. Meaning that every once in a while, an advertisement for Wal-Mart or Home Depot might pop up. It will never be anything that will give your computer a virus, I promise.

The reason I turned the ads on is because, with them on, I get paid a certain amount of money from Google, based on how many page views I get. The more people look at my articles, the more money I get.

I apologize if this seems greedy or like I’m selling out. Look at this way, if I get paid to write now, I’ll be even more inclined to do it. That means you’ll get even more content. It’s a win-win situation. Also know that I am not doing this solely for the money. I do this so that I can share my love and passion for cinema with you guys and hopefully give you a bit more clarity on the matter.

To me, the money is just a nice after thought. It’s not my main focus, and it never will be, but I won’t complain about getting it.

However, if my readers complain about the ads getting in the way or something to that extent, I’ll be more than happy to turn them off.

I am waiting for approval from Google to allow ads on the site, so you might not see ads around the site for a few more weeks.

That is about it for the new changes. Thanks for sticking with me through all of this and I hope that I can continue to keep you guys entertained. If you guys have something you’d like to tell me, suggest or criticize, please leave a comment below or like that Facebook page and send me a message there.

In the mean time, enjoy the many new reviews and articles that I just put out on the site. We have a few new reviews, including ones for “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” “Edge Of Tomorrow,” “Jason And The Argonauts” and “22 Jump Street,” a new mission statement about what I want to do with the blog and my top five films of 2014 thus far.

Catch you later guys, and remember to stay awesome.

Mission Statement for Seeing Is Believing

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With the relaunch of this website, and the expansion of my reviews, I feel it is necessary to point out exactly what this blog is supposed to do. What I want to do and how I plan to do it.

The mission of “Seeing Is Believing” has always remained the same: Providing the reader with some insight or film knowledge that they may had not considered. To give a unique and fresh perspective on the world of cinema.

My goal is not to give the end all-be all of reviews or the definitive way to view any movie, because there is no such thing. There is no one right way to watch a film, therefore it is impossible to have a correct opinion or wrong opinion. The only thing I can do is offer up my opinion in the best way I know how and hope that it improves your way of thinking about cinema.

Because watching a film is one thing, but reading a review on the same film and hearing a different perspective is something else entirely. To see what is bad about a film you loved or hearing about the silver lining in a terrible film can change so much about your outlook that gets you thinking.

Think

And that’s what I want my articles to do: Make you think. I’ve had plenty of people tell me that, even though they often disagree with me liking or disliking a certain film, they at least appreciated what I had to say and respect my opinion. That’s all I can ask for.

I do not expect people to agree with everything I say. If you like “22 Jump Street” or hate “Stand By Me,” that’s fine. The last thing I want to do is force my readers to only like what I like. In fact, I encourage everyone to embrace their feelings on cinema and not care what others have to say about it.

You should be able to like what you want to like.

But at the same time, respect and kindness is the key. To treat other people as equals, as well as their opinions and feelings. Just because someone thinks differently than you does not mean they should be treated badly. Try to understand where they are coming from, so that you will not only get a new perspective but it might also reshape your own opinions.

Film reviews are nothing more than elaborate and well-explained opinions on any given film. Opinions, by their very nature, are subjective and will vary from person to person. That is what makes talking about film so much fun. To hear all the different opinions and know that yours is just as valid as any other opinion out there.

So embrace that, and you will have as much fun with film criticism as I do.

Blog update & big changes

Update

So yeah, it has been a few weeks since I last updated the blog here. I’d just like to keep my readers updated on what is going on and what to expect in the future.

First of all, Seeing Is Believing is not dead. My day job has kept me quite busy over these last few weeks, so I haven’t had the time to go see any new movies.

I did recently see “How To Train Your Dragon 2” but just haven’t found the time to write a full review on it. Short review: It was enjoyable, but not up to the level of the first film.

You also may have noticed that I have brought in a new contributor to the site, Jaime Williams. Jaime is a wonderfully creative person who I met at my time at my college newspaper. He was the online editor and web designer for the online version of the paper.

I have brought Jaime on for many reasons, but the main one is to help redesign the website. Now that I’ve been providing consistent content for this site for over a year and have over 120 articles, including reviews of nearly 100 movies, I’ve decided that its time for a better look for the site.

Jaime and I have collaborated for weeks now and have worked behind the scenes to update the website. So even though I haven’t been providing content, I have worked on making the blog into something new. In fact, here is the new banner for the site:

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But that is just the beginning of the many updates to this site.

I don’t want to show all the changes that will be coming, because I want to keep it a secret. What I will tell you is that I wish to expand my articles to more than just Blogger. I also wish to create a community within my blog, if possible. To allow my readers the opportunity to speak up and be heard on their opinions of movies. To let readers give their input on my work and say what they do or don’t like about my articles.

Because I wouldn’t have gone anywhere without you guys. I am entirely grateful to everyone who has ever read my blog. Without you guys, I don’t know where I would be. You allow me to do what I love and have so much fun with movies.

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But the last thing I will tell you guys is that I am working on adding ads to the site. I hope that when these updates finish up, I will have a higher traffic rate and more people will be reading my blog. Putting in ads to the site would allow me to bring in ad revenue and let me make some money in the process. I promise that they will not get in the way of my content and I will stay focused on providing you with articles and insight that people want to read.

With how much time I already invest into making articles, having an incentive like money would only push me to making even better content, as well as more often.

So stay tuned. Within the next week or so, Jaime and I hope to have everything up and running, and Seeing Is Believing will return better than ever before.