Whoa! Seven Years Later and We Just Published our 20,000th Post
by Alex Billington
May 6, 2013
Well, here we are almost seven years later, we just published our 20,000th post on FirstShowing. I still remember when it all began. I went to camp out for Superman Returns in 2006, but discovered two pesky people had decided to beat me to the first spot, so in response I decided to start a company. That was June of 2006. Now it's summer of 2013. Zack Snyder's new take on Supes, Man of Steel, is about to hit theaters in June. We're in the middle of a new Hobbit trilogy, more Star Wars are on the way. And we've been there every day, every big story, publishing our 20,000th post after seven years of covering movie news non-stop.
I just wanted to take this moment of pause for a bit of self-reflection. I still remember complaining in high school English anytime a paper was required to be over 2 pages. Now I write 2 page papers every few hours, every single day, and have for the last seven years. According to our stats, I've written around 12,224 of the 20K articles. That's enough content for an entire book, or two or three even, and I'm still amazed I can wake up every day and write sentences people want to read. Well, not everyone, we've had our fair share of fans who've come and went, supporters and haters, plus everyone inbetween. But we're still here, still happy to bring you the latest movie news every day, and remind you why the cinematic experience is incomparable.
Thank you for being a reader. Thank you for all the endless support, loyalty, clicks and enthusiasm you've provided in return. Thank you for still loving movies and loving FirstShowing. We do all of this for you, not for the money (like some sites), and will always do our best to keep Hollywood connected with its audience.
Reader Feedback - 41 Comments
Congrats Alex and the FS team!
Liam on May 6, 2013
Nielsen700 on May 6, 2013
Alex, "First Showing" is one of my daily reads, congratulations and good luck in the future.
97point6 on May 6, 2013
Congratulations FS.net! You guys keep up the good work. I have been a reader since 2008. This website is better than all other movie sites in my opinion. The site has a nice look and is easy to navigate. Plus you still keep focused on real movie news (rather than all the endless gossip, rumors, and set photos).
John on May 6, 2013
I could stand some "Rumors:" articles 🙂
si1ver on May 6, 2013
congrats team FS. FS. is my number 1 bookmark.
paranam on May 6, 2013
You camped out for Superman Returns? :/
Johnny Reno on May 6, 2013
Congrats, guys. I wish I discovered this site from the start, but your informative articles, whether it be insight or just plain industry news, kept me here and I'll most likely frequent this site for a long time to come! 20K more posts!
Daniel Rode on May 6, 2013
I first came here back in 2008 to look for a Mummy 3 trailer and was surprised with the fresh lay-out and movie know how of its writers. Also glad the articles only went uphill from there (and so did most of the movies..) So congratulations, and I'll continue to check out the website many times a day from Amsterdam. Cheers!
RDG on May 6, 2013
When I first came to this site around 07 and 08 I was just in the midst of High School looking for some updates on movies that no other sites at the time had. And as I grew and graduated so did this website and instead of it just being a light check here and there it has became part of my life part of my routine I say screw Facebook this is the best website available! Thank you so much Alex and your team for giving us the "Daily Movie News" you guys are an inspiration for any movie lover wanting to make their dream a reality. Cheers and congratulations and here's to the next 20,000!!!
N. on May 6, 2013
I have been here since almost the beginning. It has been amazing to see the site grow and mature into what it is today. Thank you Alex, Ethan, and everyone else who makes this website such an amazing gem among gems. Gratitude.
DAVIDPD on May 6, 2013
I used to frequent about a dozen different movie sites, but now you guys are my primary stop - mostly because of the clean navigation, personable writing, and quick updates. I also like that the staff isn't afraid to get EXCITED about movies. You bring criticism to the table without being totally jaded about the film-going experience. Thanks for rocking it!
Ali Miller on May 6, 2013
I can't remember when I first visited... I wish I did so I could write a cool story, but I can't 🙁 I do know Xerxexx was here. You know what to do Alex... onwards to 14 years and 40.000 articles. Atleast then I can write that I replied on this post and refer to it! Keep it up, great work, great site, great staff and a great & grateful community.
Neuromancer on May 6, 2013
It's an honor to have been so pesky good sir. I raise my glass to the next 7 years.
Mark on May 6, 2013
I always go here for first for news, good on yas! Keep up the good work!
Kyle Bianchini on May 6, 2013
This site changed my life, I may not be a big sports guy, but I can always talk movies with anyone now and as my friends have come and gone over the years FS.net has been a constant. Thanks Alex, I really hope our paths cross someday.
Matt Peloquin on May 6, 2013
Congrats! I know me and others visit every single day. This is my favorite website, I was just a kid (14-15) when I first started visiting. Now I feel I have a much more sophisticated movie taste and I know Firstshowing.net is a big part of that. I remember one of the 300 trailers was what brought me here.
si1ver on May 6, 2013
Keep it up!
Moutchy on May 6, 2013
Congratulations to Alex and the guys at First Showing! I've been a regular visitor of this site since 2007 and I had no idea that at that time your site was only one year old. I love the enthusiasm and the passion in the writing, and I enjoy the mix of mainstream movies with a bit of arthouse as well. I am really looking forward to your Coverage of the Cannes Film Festival again this year Alex, bring it on!
Marvelfan on May 6, 2013
Congrats, Alex - and crew! It might also be a good time to compliment you guys on the overall design of the site. It's so aesthetically pleasing and a marvel compared to other film sites.
reeft on May 6, 2013
I've been an avid reader of this site since 2007. This is my 1st bookmark....no kidding. Keep up the excellent news and passion for the cinema that we all share. Mucho respect fellas.
conradthegreat on May 6, 2013
RIght on Alex! Been with you guys almost as long, this is my go-to site for film. Found this site randomly years ago, and I've been coming back every day since. Keep it up!
grimjob on May 6, 2013
Love the website. I've been lurking for 5 years now and it's still the first website I check every morning. Congrats!
mygamertalk on May 6, 2013
Good on ya mate! I know I've not been here that long but I have come to love this place. The premier movie website!
Xerxexx on May 6, 2013
There's a history here...a time before Disqus...a time when Beavis and I were not BFF's...when DoomCanoe and Cody W were mere words on a screen...I found FS.net by accident and was amazed by the trailers section...best accident ever!
Xerxexx on May 6, 2013
Congrats Alex & team for 20k post. FS is my daily movie site that I'm visited and my no.1 movie site. From this site, i know many things about movie. Keep up the good work! Greeting from Indonesia!
azwar on May 6, 2013
Honestly Alex you created the best site ever. I have been a reader since 2007 and I check your website multiple times a day. I just love the content and how informative the articles are. Ur style of writing is unique and Im always looking forward to ur famous quote "To fuel the fire" in your reviews. Keep up the good work Alex. Greeting from Montreal Cananda
Imran on May 6, 2013
Ha! I look for that quote too, and am disappointed when he doesn't use it. Which isn't often.
grimjob on May 6, 2013
20,000? Wow, that is a bunch 🙂 And here I was thinking there should be more articles on this site, hehe.
David Banner on May 7, 2013
I don't always agree with you (and what fun would that be if I did?), but this is a great site and I enjoy checking out the daily articles emailed to me. Can't believe it's been so many years. Good job!
mistermysteryguest on May 7, 2013
even better than IMDB Congrats Alex and the FS team! keep up the good work
Eindbaas on May 7, 2013
Congratulations and great job! Looking forward to 20,000 more 🙂
DavideCoppola on May 7, 2013
Thank you fellas for what you're doing. My love for movies brought me to this site and that same love transpires trough your posts and keeps that burning flame from ever consuming. Thanks to all the readers and commenters for making me feel excited for movies and cinema in general, and for being there as fellow movie lovers always ready to discuss all things movie related. Here's to an awesome site and a great community.
Isildur_of_Numenor on May 7, 2013
nicely said, second king of Gondor! the reason you, i and so many return day in, day out, *every single day*, is that we know that the fs writers share our passion for cinema and for the positive experiences we can gain from it. i've seen criticism for @buddha1822:disqus and others for being too excitable - give me the fs crew's genuine enthusiasm and anticipation any day over so many other jaded and cynical viewpoints. to the writers, contributors and commentators - thank you. here's to 20K more.
son_et_lumiere on May 7, 2013
Isildur_of_Numenor on May 7, 2013
Congrats! I don't remember how or when I first got here, but now this site is my main source for movie news, and I visit several times a day. Keep up the good work!
Efterklang on May 7, 2013
I've been there since the beginning with you guys, and I check back EVERY DAY! Thank you for the site.
Brian on May 7, 2013
Is there going to be a website redesign coming soon or what?!
scott on May 7, 2013
YOU are welcome!! Gratz Alex, et al. Thank YOU!! Daily reader for years past, & many to come! edit: jeez, guess I should get an avatar one of these days.
avconsumer2 on May 7, 2013
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