Happy Birthday to Us! The Reel Bits Turns 2

Happy Birthday Harry Potter Cake

The Reel Bits Logo 2010 - 2012It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we last sat down to write one of these nostalgia pieces, but it’s our birthday again and we feel like celebrating.

On 4 July 2010, what we now know today as The Reel Bits launched as a simple blog, somewhere to write all the things that wouldn’t fit in the old DVD Bits site. Today, we enter our terrible twos – and we look a little bit different than we did back then!

It has been an amazing couple of years, and we’ve achieved things we never thought possible in that time. Our small team has posted almost 2000 articles, including 457 film reviews, 172 pages worth of festival coverage, and given out 698 prizes. We’ve almost tripled our daily and monthly averages, and we do love our stats.

Undoubtedly the highlights are the people we’ve met along the way, and interviewing people like Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander, Hugh Grant, Hugh Jackman, Barnaby Southcombe, Joe Cornish, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Simon Pegg, J.J. Abrams, Rob Sitch, Jason Segel, Ivan Sen, Steve Carell and Jason Bateman have not only allowed us to hopeless name-drop, but filled a series of tick-boxes on our bucket list.

More importantly are the good friends and colleagues we’ve made along the way. Undoubtedly the partnership we’ve forged with David McVay and Josh Philpott at Geek Actually – on podcasts Behind the Panels, Film Actually and Film Actually News – has been a successful one, and its always nice to find kindred spirits. There are a stack of contributors to our site and podcasts, all of whom we value highly, but if we start listing them we’ll end up insulting someone!

All of the studios and PR companies we’ve worked with need a big THANK YOU, as we literally couldn’t do this without you, especially those of you who gave this online site a shot when nobody else would. You know who you are.

Party on dudes, and here’s to at least two more years on this crazy self-induced roller coaster.

The Reel Bits - Circa 2010

The Reel Bits – Circa July 2010