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Head In A Vice is 1!!!

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Towards the end of July 2012, I started this little blog with the aim of sharing my thoughts on some movies, kind of in the hope that one or two people somehow stumbled across it. And here I am, some twelve (ish) months later. Since I basically lost August this year due to WordPress issues and couldn’t post, I’m finally able to congratulate myself on lasting a year (give or take).

I wasn’t going to make a big deal about it, but then I decided I would because other people do it and I like to blend in. Plus, it gives me another chance to thank you all for making this year so memorable.

I’ve made 202 posts, had over 140,000 visits (a lot of them were Eric trying to get REC 3 in my top 10), received over 12,000 comments and even more likes, so it’s safe to say I’m delighted with my first years progress. Throw in all these Awards passed on by fellow bloggers, every single one of you that has ever bestowed my site with one of those blog chain letters awards is listed and linked on that page, and I’m grateful to you all. Obviously this is way more than I ever hoped for, so thank you all for stopping by and I hope I can keep you coming back.

I’ve been quite vocal on here about changing my direction and focus, and doing away with the IMDB reviews was a big deal for me. After all, lots of you contributed and took the time to write reviews, I felt bad just doing away with it all. Going back to basics and writing more horror reviews has revitalised my creativity and I enjoy working on here again. I think we all go through stages where we hit a rut, and taking a break (or a self-imposed one thanks WordPress) really can recharge the batteries.

My Desert Island project has been amazing, with 75 entries posted so far and more waiting in the queue. I’m always looking for new castaways and would love to feature any of you who haven’t submitted your choices yet. Just get in touch! For anyone interested, Pulp Fiction & Drive are the most selected films, followed closely by Star Wars.

Coming soon is a special top-secret announcement about a new project I’m involved in. I can’t wait to share it with you, and I’m expecting lots of you to sign up for………..I’ve said too much. Speaking of projects, if you get chance, please stop by my good friends Chris & Mark who are running a blogathon and check out all the good work some bloggers have submitted. More specifically my Reservoir Dogs write-up. Thanks again for having me fellas.

That’s it, back to regular posting from now on, and please excuse me for patting myself on the back. It’s been a fun twelve (ish) months out here blogging, and I’ve met so many fellow movie lovers. I hope it continues, and I still feel honoured anyone takes the time to stop by. The rest of the year is going to be so exciting and busy for me, what with the PlayStation 4 and Anchorman 2 coming out. Oh yeah, and this little dude or dudette arriving in about 8 weeks!! 🙂

Look at its little heart!!! :)

Look at its little heart!!! 🙂

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  1. That is the first time I’ve been able to see the baby in those things. Congratulations, dude! And keep up the blogging.

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    • The little thing was upside down lol, so this photo was edited I should confess! Pretty clear though you’re right, much more detail than we thought.

      Thanks Luke 🙂

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  2. theipc

     /  September 12, 2013

    Well, I guess now everybody knows that if you yank me the wrong way I’ll hit your site 139,000 times in one day to up that leader board.

    : )

    CONGRATS! Glad to have met you!

    SMOOCHES

    ei

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    • If you only put more effort in I would of had 150,000 views which looks more impressive. Slacker 😉

      Thanks dude, my pleasure meeting and working with you. Always. 🙂

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      • theipc

         /  September 12, 2013

        I know I tried but I blew out my wrist clicking refresh for nine straight hours…. : (

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        • Haha, you have 2 hands?? No dedication these days. Valiant effort though squire.

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        • theipc

           /  September 12, 2013

          I have two screws in my left arm from a FOOTBALL injury and now that I’m old, it can get bothersome with too much action…

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        • Were you playing in goal? How else would you injure an arm playing football and actually kicking a ball. Strange one.

          I broke some knuckles once and when its cold they go purple and annoy me.

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  3. Congrats on everything man! Keep it up. Looking forward to the new project.

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  4. Congrats buddy! That’s quite some statistics you have going there. Very impressive indeed. It actually feels like you’ve been around much longer to be honest. Anyway, here’s to another year with baby Carter helping out 😉 Great photo, by the way. 🙂

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    • I know. I was going to go into a whole post about stats, and how if you want more numbers just use Reddit, and review brand new releases, and use all sorts of dirty cheating tags, but I couldn’t be bothered! 🙂

      It does feel longer than a year, but it has flown by. I met you very early on, lucky you 😉

      Is a great photo right!? Little thing was camera shy and wouldnt let us have a close up of its face. SO cute though 🙂

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      • You should do a post about stats Tyson…would be very interested in your tactics 😉

        Anyway congratulations and I’m suprised it’s only a year….you’ve set up a nice blog which I always enjoy reading. Keep it up!

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        • I was tempted to do that here, and go into details of what works etc but I felt it may be condescending?!

          Thanks Nostra, always appreciate you visiting 🙂

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  5. Congrats, Tyson. And believe me, my friend, that PlayStation 4 or Anchorman 2 won’t have near the ripple than that little dude or dudette heading (pun) your way ;-). Best to you and yours 🙂

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    • We shall see, I’m excited by all of them about the same level 😉

      Thank you Michael, you’ve been a huge support to me and the site. I truly appreciate it.

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  6. Congrats, dude! Very happy for ya!

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  7. Happy First Birthday buddy. I think it’s safe to say it’s been a good year 🙂

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  8. Well done old chap. Good going.

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  9. Congrats on everything my friend, you deserve it. Love your site and hope to see some more content now that WordPress is working for you again :).

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    • Thanks Joseph, right back at ya!! 🙂

      Yeah, seems to be working, nothing going to spam that I’m aware of, and it loads up, I think I’ve posted more in September already than July & August combined!!

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  10. That’s an astounding first year! Congratulations. It couldn’t happen to a nice guy. You do a great job.

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  11. And about that little one … you have NO idea how much your life is about to change … heh heh. I don’t think we become grownups until we have kids.

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    • I’m starting to feel that already, blows my mind looking at baby items we need to buy. I can’t wait though, I’ll try my hardest to be a good dad. 🙂

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  12. Congratulations on both the year-plus and the impending humanling, Tyson!

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  13. Congrats & well deserved!

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  14. Nice, congrats on a good first year of successful blogging! 😀

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  15. It’s been fascinating to see you succeed, Tyson! Your passion for film is infectious. We’re still plugging along, looking for that readership, but it’s good to see that it’s out there if you keep at it.

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    • Thanks Soren, it’s definitely out there! Just cheat and review nothing but new films and post everything to Reddit, you will soon fly past me in views! 🙂

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      • Noted! I try post around on Reddit and review new films as regularly as I can, but it’s slow-going. But in the end it doesn’t matter all that much to me; I do this because I’m passionate about the subject and because I love writing about film. Traffic is secondary 😛

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        • I agree, I tried lots of social media experiments as a test, and whilst Reddit was the best for views, 99% of the time they got a handful, the exception made it worth it with thousands. Even so, I prefer what I have, an active community that is from lots of reciprocation and commenting on other sites 🙂 Writing about films is above all else, of course!

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        • Very valuable advice. I’m all about a smaller, more active community than a larger, less active one.

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        • No worries. I guess the hope is even 1% of the huge numbers stick around. But after everything I’ve tried, nothing keeps the comments and likes coming better than finding fellow bloggers and interacting, then hoping they like you and your writing enough to keep coming back.

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        • For sure, that seems like an excellent idea that I’ve drastically underutilized! Thanks for the advice, my friend. And good luck with your blog!

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        • My pleasure, same to you!

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  16. Congrats Tyson! Keep up the great work.

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  17. Happy Birthday! It’s my favourite blog with heads and vices in the title. No other blog with heads and vices in the title comes close! 😉

    Been meaning to submit summat to your Desert Island Films section for a while. But I want to make it a bit special. I’ll do something eventually!!

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    • Those are kind words Monkey. Vices in Heads.com will be out to get you though 😉

      I look forward to your choices, never any rush but can’t wait to share it. Thanks buddy

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  18. 140,000 visits! Holy shit, that’s crazy! Also I’m steadily getting more and more excited about receiving my PS4.

    Oh and congratulations Tyson!

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    • Some people reading this hit 75,000 views in 24 hours thanks to Reddit. All about a little luck some times. I havent had any of that sadly, but I’m delighted with what I’ve had!

      And thanks!!! I’ll look out for you on PS4. Although I didnt pre-order so will be next year I imagine before I get one 😦

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      • How does this reddit thing work? I’m not great at internet stuff.

        If you ever get your PS4 my psn I’d is metalmike25

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        • I could go into great detail with you, but long story short, your first 10 votes are vital. You need 10 people to upvote your post within the first few minutes, otherwise you’ll never make the main page and get high numbers. Like Everest, only the lucky ones suceed. You need a catchy title and an exclusive or something original. Good luck 🙂

          Are you on PS3 with that name too? I’ll add you if so

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        • Add me as well, Sir_Fobos

          Someone had Sir_Phobos because they are a communist.

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        • Bastards!! I’m on PS3/4 as TysonDexter – got to keep the movie blogging celeb identity separate these days.

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        • I cancelled my Xbox Live, by the way. It’s most likely going to be Sony all the way from now on. I don’t trust those Microsoft bastards anymore.

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        • Me too. I just bought PS Plus and started my new account. It carries onto PS4 which is perfect, and there are free games each month! Bargain

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        • I think this month is something awesome, too. Can’t remember what, but let me know if you look it up.

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        • I got Assassins Creed 3 this month, but there is Mafia 2, Spec Ops, and Battlefield/Uncharted 3 were on last month. Saints Row 3 aswell I think. I queued them all up and left them downloading for days!! GTA V is all pre-ordered too, cannot wait!

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        • Jesus man, I didn’t know they gave that many AAA games away, especially in the same month. I’m still trying to finish The Last of Us, which I’ve been playing for like a month. I think I’m about half-way through. Yea…enjoy playing all those games now. You’ll be missing them in about 2 months.

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        • Yeah, every month there are 4 or 5 top games. Great value. Not played Last of Us yet, everyone raves about it.

          Everyone tells me babys just sleep, so ill have plenty of time, right? Dont ruin the dream of 4 weeks no work Phobos!

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        • Babies do sleep, yes. Whoever told you that is not lying.

          Ahh man, The Last of Us is amazing, indeed.

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        • I look forward to it. Although a friend kindly told me about something dramatic at the beginning. Idiot.

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        • Was it the opening cutscene/gameplay sequence?

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        • Yeah, about the fate of someone.

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        • Dohhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a bastard.

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        • I punched him in the face to thank him

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        • I’m going to really look for shorter (I’m talking just a few hours of gameplay) games to play. I just don’t have the time I used to. I recommend Journey if you think you’d be into indie, more experimental/artistic games with non-traditional narratives. Now I sound like a Hipster or something.

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        • I love big long games. Assassins creed, gta, all that stuff. Just started Red Dead Redemption for the 3rd time 🙂

          You are a Hipster

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        • I do, too, but it just sucks now because there’s frequently a week’s time between play sessions, so I can envision forgetting stuff about stories from one session to the next. So, that’s another reason I’m excited for ps4. They’re really hitting the indie crowd hard.

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        • Oh, I also just picked up Vice City on the Kindle Fire, of all things. It wasn’t downloaded by the time I had to go to work, but I’m really interested to see how the fuck I’m supposed to control anything at all.

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        • Vice City is up there as one of my all time favourites. No idea as you say how that will work, but you could just sit in a car and listen to the amazing soundtrack. Then go look for the scarface hotel room!

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        • I remember back in the day when I played VC, just stumbling upon the Scarface hotel room. That was AWESOME.

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        • I think a magazine told me. Still amazing though

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  19. Tom

     /  September 12, 2013

    Congrats Tyson, a much deserved chorus of compliments here for sure!!! I can’t believe you’ve only been around that briefly! What’s more is I find it crazy that the vast majority of blogs I’ve come across all seem to have sprung up around the same period (June/July/August of last year), or the year before. More or less the same timeline. I have so much fun coming here, hope you keep it going strong buddy. Cheers.

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    • Quite a few started around the same time, but I find some that were around then have stopped, or others been around for years with millions of followers. One day 😉

      I appreciate the kind words Tom, I love your work too and am always grateful for you stopping by. Cheers 🙂

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  20. Yea, I plan on getting a ps4 just to watch Anchorman 2 on repeat once it hits DVD. That will be my 2014 and 2015.

    Love the ultrasound. If you can, you should get a 3D one. It’s actually best around this time in the pregnancy, and it’s not terribly expensive.

    And congrats on 138,472 views for REC 3!

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    • Extended rich mahogany blu ray edition Anchorman 2, all day every day 2014. 🙂

      Thanks dude. I think we missed the chance for a 3D one, but all our money has gone on baby converse shoes and pulp fiction bibs. What else do responsible parents need to buy? Surely nothing but gimmicky cute things.

      Fucking REC 3, I always check the stats when I see a big spike, and its normally Eric whoring it. 🙂

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      • Either Rich Mahogany or Sex Panther Starter Kit Blu-ray editions. Fuck it, both.

        What? I think we got our 3D one at like 9 months. We barely made the cutoff date, but it was pretty late in the pregnancy.

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        • I might enquire about the 3D scan then. Although it will be here soon enough, mother in law works on the maternity ward where we will be going, I’ll ask her to do it on the free.

          I would order both those editions. Last time Anchorman came out of original dvd, the special editions came with the lost movie, and more importantly the team bobbleheads. They still sell for a fortune on ebay, and Im in the UK so we never had a chance. This time if they exist I’m all over it!

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        • Shit, I didn’t know there was a DVD edition with the lost movie on it. I had to watch it on Youtube one day a few years ago. It pretty much sucks, but I want to have it. There’s one hilarious part at the jazz club, but that’s about it. I’d kill for a bobblehead, too.

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        • I paid a fortune to import the dvd. Now its like £2 in every shop, but I couldnt wait back then. I quite liked it, when the offer to eat Brick 🙂

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        • I don’t remember a lot of it anymore, but I just remember it feeling like a 10 minute sketch that ballooned to a feature length movie. The real Anchorman is wayyyyyyy better IMO.

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        • Of course, but I always liked Juliette Lewis, and it was nice to see her in the movie.

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  21. Sweet! Congratulations, and thanks for the great blog!

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  22. Very big congratulations to you, man, on getting your first year in as a blogger. One question, though. Who’s the father? Just kidding man. A VERY BIG congratulations on that imminent event as well. Just hope you still find time to blog once the little one arrives.
    Get some sleep now, you’re going to need it.
    Cheers, Bill

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  23. Congratulations! The Dog Farm is easing up on its first year come Thanksgiving, though I’m nowhere near as prolific as you. I’ll warn you that new baby in the house is going to make it tough to keep up the pace. I now know it’s not easy to maintain one of these things, but keep at it. That crazy amount of traffic should help. I’ll consider it an accomplishment if I hit twenty thousand views in the first year.

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    • Thank you!! A few of my posts did quite well on google, but when some people get 100,000 views a post, puts it in perspective! But we do this for love, not money (sadly!!) 🙂

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  24. davecrewe

     /  September 13, 2013

    Congratulations on both counts! 😀

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  25. Congrats! As a father of two, I’d say start now in the animated review section — you’ll see a lot more than you originally planned!

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  26. Ty my friend, the biggest of congratulations. I have loved follow you since the start and seeing your site grow. Also, (I could easily plug my own site) but these stats are to make you feel better. Your 202 posts earned 12,000 comments. My site earned 1,447 posts earned 9,293 comments. So an average of 59 comments per post for you and 15 for me. Crazy impressive. Hats off my friend. And congrats on the kid. You’re going to be one hell of a dad.

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    • Thanks Nick, very sweet message and feelings mutual, been a pleasure chatting with you and seeing your amazing site do so well.

      Those stats sound great worded like that, but I’d trade them all for one big Reddit day like you (I’m kidding…..kind of!) 😉

      As far as being a good dad goes, I’m certainly gonna try. Guaranteed to be the good cop and always spoil it too. Cannot wait 🙂

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  27. Maybe writing on your blog, will help put you to sleep again after getting up in the middle of the night to tend to the tike that’s on the way in two months. Just make sure you hit the draft button, instead of publish. 🙂
    Glad that you’ve lasted. Many fall by the wayside, you know. Lasting a year is a turning point to permanence.

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    • Might just do picture reviews!! 🙂

      Thanks Marc, plenty that I started to read last year have given up or disappeared. I want to keep it going however busy I get

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  28. Typical! Been usurped by a youngster again! Congrats anyway! ;):P

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  29. A few things…

    1. I can’t believe you’re only 1! You’re part of the furniture in the blogsphere 🙂
    2. Thanks for the shout out on the blogathon and thanks for getting involved
    3. I’m looking forward to the super exciting announcement!
    4. Hope the latter stages of pregnancy go will for you and Mrs Carter.

    Been a pleasure thus far my friend, long may it continue 😀

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    • 1) I know!! Love that so many people I met back then are still around and stopping by. Like you 🙂
      2) You’re welcome! Thanks for having me. I expect the favour returned soon 😉
      3) See above
      4) Thank you, us too. Just want it to be healthy and I cant wait to meet he or she

      Here’s to us! Thanks as always Chris 🙂

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  30. Mark Dore

     /  September 13, 2013

    Wow congrats Tyson. In that short year you’ve Driven me to distraction, led me down the Rabbit Hole as I got bitten by the horror genre and Descent not once but twice in the caves. Keep up the blogging and get reading for the bundle of joy… oh no it looks like Kristen Stewart…. oh the horror!

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    • Been an honour meeting you along the way Mark. Always nice to see you stop by. Thank you 😉

      I think K Stew is quite attractive……. 🙂

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  31. Wahoo!! BIG congrats Tyson, well done mate! Lots to be thankful for this year, especially about your upcoming bundle of joy. Thanks for sharing the ultrasound pic. Best of luck w/ everything man, you popular dude you 😀

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    • Thank you Ruth!! 🙂

      Yep, will be a great way to end the year. Glad you like the photo, can’t wait to bombard everyone with photos when it’s born!

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  32. garryarmstrong

     /  September 13, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS — on all things great and small!!!! You are the best!!

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  33. OMG YOU’RE SO OLD!

    Congratulations, on the blog and the baby. 😀

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  34. Well done you!!! Chuffed to bits for you old mate, which translates to pleased as punch! Here’s to another twelve-ish months! 🙂

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  35. Congrat!s

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  36. Congrats Tyson

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  37. It doesn’t suck but drive wasn’t
    That good either. However, I did slightly enjoy both.

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  38. Congrats, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. http://vinnieh.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/the-liebster-award/

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  39. Congratulations man. The sheer amount of comments I had to get through to place this comment is proof enough of your popularity 😀

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  40. Congrats Broham !!!! Heres to many more years.

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  41. Congrats, Tyson!! For the blog and of course, the little dude/dudette! So congrats to the missus as well! Got a name already? 😉

    Looking forward to your big announcement and of course, more awesomeness. 🙂

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  42. Well then Happy Birthday! Keep up the great work.

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  43. Victor De Leon

     /  September 16, 2013

    Congrats my Blog Brother! Happy Birthday and keeping setting that bar as high as you can because no one comes close to all of your hard work and dedication. You make me want to always be a better blogger, bro. Ok, I am done kissing your arse. 😉

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  44. GaryLee828

     /  September 17, 2013

    Congrats! Hopefully we can find some more quality recommendations to trade throughout the duration of the year, and all through 2014.

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  45. Happy Belated Blog Birthday! A momentous occasion, indeed. But not quite as momentous as the soon to be Head in a vice baby on the way. Best of luck with your new family 🙂

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  46. Congratulations! I’m almost one as well. But, bloody hell, you’ve had about a million more visitors than I have! 🙂

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  47. Congrats man!! 😀

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  48. gregory moss

     /  September 24, 2013

    Congratulations TC – Well done! 🙂

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  49. Let me be one of the last to say, nice work on one year, Tyson! I just reached the one-year mark in August with my baseball blog, so I know what it feels like to be a year old. What I DON’T know what it feels like is getting 171 freaking comments per post! I’m lucky to get four! Show off!

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    • Thank You Todd! And congrats to you 🙂

      I can happily leave you 171+ comments on your new site. How is that coming along by the way?

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      • Slowly, but it’s getting there! The framework of the site is staying the same, but going in and removing reviews, changing the layout (two long paragraphs to four short paragraphs), and adjusting all the indexes, is taking a lot longer than I’d expected. I’m looking at a re-launch of January 1st, if all goes according to plan!

        And yes, I’ll take those 171 comments, but only if they’re positive and non-combative!

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        • Sounds good, Jan 1st really that far away? You need to hire some monkeys or something to speed it up!

          I cant promise they will be positive, depends how much you bash Silver Linings and films like that 😉

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        • I wish I could afford some damn monkeys! And it made me laugh when I just checked your review index, and basically all of the movies listed are horror, except for such blood-and-guts classics as Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, and of course, Silver Linings Playbook!

          And you realize, of course, that if it wasn’t for the existence of Silver Linings Playbook, you and I would have absolutely nothing to say to each other! 😉

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        • I know, the index looks so much better with just my reviews on, but I didnt have the heart to remove the xmas ones. Silver Linings is part of the De Niro project so it fits my code 😉

          That is true, lets hope they make a sequel or me and you may be silent forever!

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  50. Your stats are so impressive. My blog is about a year old, but attracts less people than a kitten killing convention.

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    • Lol, how did you find this old post?! You need to whore yourself out on Reddit and hope you get lucky 😉

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      • That does work. I once got a lot of hits because someone posted a link to my anime top 5 on Reddit. I try to avoid that though as I fear a backlash if I bug people too much by spamming adverts. A lot of the visitors also don’t seem to stick around.

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