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Summary of site status for 2007
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• Posted by: Christian Clemmensen   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 7, 2008, at 12:09 p.m.
• IP Address: chevrolet.filmtracks.com

Re-Write Project Update:
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Below is an update on the progress in the review re-write process at the site through the end of 2007. If you are unfamiliar with this ongoing project, view the previous entries at Filmtracks' Site Status page.

As stated before, my goals for 2007 were roughly the same as those for 2006: 40 reviews of all-new products and 140 revisions of older reviews. In the end, I was able to review 44 new albums (the same as in 2006) and finish 189 re-writes (significantly higher than 2006). The total of 233 reviews written in 2007 is a record for the site, surpassing 2003's previous record of 221 reviews. My goals for 2008 are once again 40 reviews of all-new albums and now 180 re-writes.

The revised totals in phase 2 of the re-write project are below. They include six re-writes already completed in 2008. Due to a miscalculation, I had mistakenly indicated 10 additional reviews in the "Moderate" and "Minor" sections in previous updates, so the overall total is 10 less than in those estimates.

Major Revisions: 87 of 87 completed
Moderate Revisions: 144 of 302 completed
Minor Revisions: 12 of 100 completed
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Total Revisions: 243 of 489 completed

The third phase of re-writes, encompassing reviews written from 2001 to 2003, will total 175 and will be tackled immediately after phase 2 is finished. Unless real life or other factors interfere, I anticipate finishing phase 2 in May of 2009. Phase 3 should be done by March of 2010, six months ahead of previous estimates.

If you have no patience for this re-write process, then I recommend taking a vacation from Filmtracks until early 2010. Reader complaints about the lack of exclusive attention to new reviews will continue to be ignored; there's no reason to stop the project now that I'm about 65% done with it (when you factor all three phases together).


2007 Site Summary:
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Because 2007 was an even weaker year for film scores than 2006, traffic to the site decreased 2.5% last year compared to the averages of 2006. This is the second consecutive year of declining traffic, though the 4% overall decrease is not significant enough to cause alarm. Yearly swings of 10% have happened before. Part of this decrease has been due to hardcore film score fans leaving the site permanently because of their intolerance for the re-write process.

Gross revenue decreased to 2003 levels (after three consecutive years of growth), but costs were dramatically lowered to levels last seen in 1999. A scheduled increase in sponsorships in 2008 should raise gross earnings to 2005/2006 numbers. Costs should remain at their current, lower levels.

Like 2007, I anticipate no major software, graphic, or structural changes to Filmtracks in 2008. My intent is to blast through the re-write process almost exlusively until it is finally done. At that point, once the textual content is settled, several major projects defining Filmtracks' future will follow.

Best wishes to all in 2008,

Christian






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