Introducing D'Lambert of That Dude D'Lambert...
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I love film and cult TV shows, so when it came to creating a blog, these areas were going to be the primary topics covered. However, I didn't want to just do reviews. In fact, I wanted it to be topical and think about the medium of film and TV in a fun context. That's when you get articles such as 'When Game Of Thrones Happens At Your Workplace'. Aside to being a film and TV fan, I love music. I also have a fascination with human interaction, especially in the realm of love and romance, so in its current state, the website has separate pages dedicated to these interests. Finally there is my Show page, where I have created a variety of shows to do with film, music or observational humour.
When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?
I started blogging in 2014, June 16th my birthday. I started blogging because I had thoughts and ideas that I thought would be interesting to other like-minded people. I also wanted to make a point of saying to myself and potential employers that 'hey, from my own mind, I can conceive of an idea (that doesn't really make sense) and from conception, go to completion and operate it by myself'. So it also serves as a portfolio too.
How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?
Oh wow, well first off, I started on Wix... let's just say it wasn't a good fit. Three months later I moved to Weebly, which is brilliant. When I first started, I didn't create separate pages for each subject I covered, so a film article could be next to a human interest story. Now everything is sectioned and placed accordingly, with an overall theme for the website that involves superheroes...I know barmy, but that's the whole point, your website should reflect you in some way. Also, just through a fairly prolific output, my writing has improved and how I set up articles is more eye friendly.
What has been the most challenging part about running a blog?
Finding the time to write. In fact this has influenced what type of articles I will decide to pen - here's the trick, if you want to write film reviews, it helps if you can get into film previews so you have enough time to drop the article when everybody else does. If you can't, reviews will be read from a 1000 publications, multiple times before you have even seen the film. This means you need to develop a catalogue of stories that aren't time dependent and that can be read in 5 years without any artistic decay. For example, The Top 10 Action Films Of 1990 can be read at anytime, but more importantly, it can be re-posted and re-purposed depending on what is going on in the cultural context.
What's your favourite post/s and why?
The ones where the research has almost killed me! The final delivery is satisfying, especially when you can truly see it is something worthy in the blogosphere.
Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?
Oooooh, tough one, I honestly don't know. Maybe I might have monetised it by then and created a product to sell from it.
Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?
Screen Rant is pretty cool, Gee Magazine too which I guest write for every so often.
Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into blogging about film & TV?
No, LOL. Just do you. Don't try to copy anyone else, if you're naturally funny, be funny. You don't have to follow a fashion or formula. What will attract and repel people, will be you and your style. Other than that, try to research facts and figures thoroughly so you don't perpetuate myths, lies and misinformation. Also be prepared to have people come at you and not in peace. On my website, no one can comment for two reasons; one I don't have the time to reply to a multitude of people and two I haven't the temperament to justify every opinion and everything I say to people who live to be contrary unless they are willing to meet up and say what they have on their mind, to my face with the exact same attitude.
What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?
That collaborations occur outside of blogging. That a group of let's say fashion writers, get together and hold a live event or film and TV folk get together and create a review show. Black Britons face certain barriers in mainstream industries, but with the tech that exists today, the combining of skill sets and online platforms to 'broadcast', we don't have to wait for anyone's approval or beg for permission.