According to our WordPress installation, this is Frock Flicks’s 1,000 post! Whether or not that is accurate and if that includes mini-reviews and random things like “we’re not posting on this holiday” posts, so what? This is still kind of impressive for a silly hobby run by three weirdos after our day-jobs, school, doing dishes, cleaning the cat box, making our own damn costumes, and trying to have a life. As we’ve oft-stated, the Frock Flicks media empire doesn’t make a living for any of us, and we’re just happy that your support offsets the ever-increasing web-hosting costs ‘n stuff.
But hey, on this anniversary of sorts, how about a look behind the curtain? We’ve shown some of our daily discussions that go into creating posts, but how about our actual research and writing process? Let’s have a go…
What to Watch?
It starts with a flick, right. But which one — a classic costume movie or a new historical series? An old favorite or should we branch out?
Sometimes, we get jonesing for a particular movie. Or people have been commenting on our Facebook page, asking “why haven’t you reviewed this awesome TV show yet???” Because we can’t find it, that’s why!
Then finally we pick a thing to watch, whew, and it’s cool and…
Oh crap, have to be at the day job at 8am! Coffee, stat!
What to Say About It?
A frock flick has to be really good or really bad enough that we have something to say — or if it’s boring, we’re going to relegate it to the one-line review pile.
A few movies make you feel like this:
But others are kind of meh…
Some shows make you go WTF?
And then there’s the historical costume movies and TV series that make you want those hours of your life back…
Research, We Has Some
We rely on a wide variety of sources when we talk about historical costume in movies and TV.
We may even crack open a book (one with pictures, of course).
Write, Write, Write
The three of us have our own writing methods, but the whole process boils down to this:
After watching a frock flick, we spend a lot of time at the computer.
Because we need A LOT of posts, every weekday, all year long.
We might squeeze in a little frock-flicking while we’re at the office on our lunch break (shhhh, don’t tell!).
We also work most evenings.
And a lot of weekends.
It helps when we’re inspired.
Of course, we might want a kickstart.
But it’s hard to write something new every dang day…
Some posts just flow and are super easy to write. Others are like pulling teeth and sit in our drafts folder for months. Honestly, if it weren’t for Trystan nagging us that there are big gaping holes in our publishing calendar, Sarah and Kendra would probably ignore those pulling-teeth posts forever!
And still, we persevere.
Photos Are the Thing
No blog post is complete without photos — we’re talking about costumes here, after all. But this can take as long as writing. We spend hours per post Googling for high-resolution production stills or screencaps.
If we have a digital version of the frock flick, we can probably make our own screencaps. While this seems like a great idea, it’s even more massively time-consuming — you have to find just the right shot, which basically means rewatching the entire movie again. Oh, and then you have to resize images, rename files, add Alt Text tags, and more.
Getting photos can honestly be the most frustrating part.
Editing, Publishing, All That Jazz
When a blog post is finally done, it’s not really done, because it needs a wee bit of editing by Trystan, our Editor in Chief.
Nobody bothers to edit her stuff. We don’t know why.
Each post is added to the calendar, and let free into the universe, Monday through Friday.
And then we have to schedule a cross-post on Twitter — even more annoying, we have to manually cross-post things to Facebook, because otherwise Facebook will pull a “Page Not Found” preview image if we try to do it ahead of time. Nothing is more fun than trying to post a link on your phone while you’re on the train to work, and the Facebook app keeps crashing…
And all this has happened 1,000 times in the past 3 years. Go us! Want to place bets on how long we can keep it up?