Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Completely Changing Things with Seemingly No Warning: It's the Jake Watch Way!

I will probably lose several of you over this and I want to say up front that I'm sorry about that.

I started this blog back in May to jump in on the Prince of Persia hysteria. Like many of you, I assumed this movie was going to be a hit and bring with it an influx of interest in Jake the likes of which we haven't seen since Brokeback Mountain. I also thought that my book was going to be out within weeks of the movie's release. I have no shame in telling you that I anticipated riding that promotional wave and starting the groundwork for my own marketing campaign. Amateur that I am (this is my first book and I haven't got so much as an informational leaflet - much less a publicist  - to help me sell it), I had hoped that your enthusiasm would help me.

But the movie wasn't a hit. And my book got pushed back several months. And to keep everyone entertained, to keep myself occupied, and to (try to) keep interest in Jake as high as I could, I worked overtime to build this blog to heights I wasn't prepared to sustain.

And I don't mean "creatively" sustain. I mean "emotionally." So many of you don't know me from before and are no doubt sick to death of me bringing up past glories, but I rehashed Jake Watch hoping you'd be curious about the story behind it. I had hoped you might do a little research, get interested. I had hoped you might become intrigued by my story. In why I quit the first time around. In the disappointments that you don't personally remember but are legend to those who were fans back then.

And that was absolutely ridiculous of me to pin that on you considering the blog I wrote for you. You don't come here for me. You come here for Jake. And I did that. I built a blog that promotes Jake Gyllenhaal. That was a mistake. And it's one that I need to correct. The truth is, I don't want to do it. I've already been down that road and I wrote a whole book about how hard it was the first time. And after four months of trying it this way, very, very few of you are interested in that book anyway...

So starting today, this website is about the book I'm Stalking Jake!, by Becky Heineke. It is a memoir about two years of my life, much of which I spent writing a blog called Jake Watch, all of which I spent learning a lot about the world and my place in it.

I will continue to blog, and I will do Jake posts periodically, but not every day. He's not interesting every day. I'm not interesting every day. (And if you come here solely for Jake news, you've probably been coming to the wrong blog anyway...)

I'm opening a forum. I want people to talk about the book (there are really big issues in there that I would love to discuss with people who are interested in the larger picture of pop culture and its influence on our consumer-driven society). There's even a part of the forum where I'll stay out of it. I want people to be able to talk openly and honestly without having to worry about me jumping in. You can also talk about Jake there. The discussions you've had in the comments will work better in a forum anyway, since they can be organized.

The Vigilante Facebook page will continue (Katie and Vanessa are doing most of that anyway!) and the YouTube page will stay. I will always post on Facebook and Twitter when there's a new blog entry. And as Love & Other Drugs approaches, I'll do more Jake stuff on the blog, I promise. But this isn't really about him. It wasn't about him to begin with, and I shouldn't have let it look like it was.

And I know that I'm going to lose a lot of you with this. Maybe most of you. But the direction we were going wasn't a good one. I sincerely do, and always will, appreciate everyone who takes time out of their day to read what I write. I just need to start writing something a little different, or I will go insane...and also broke.

And Jake Gyllenhaal wasn't worth either of those things to me even the first time I did this. :)

So this is me hitting "reset." And onward we go...

44 comments:

Vanessa September 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

Wow, PG. That was intense, I must say! I want to be 1st to say that regardless of how much I adore Gylls & will always be crazy about him & his movies, I came here every day to read your comedic spin on him, not learn any real news about him. I can find all that out on my own & have.

However, I have become a big fan of Prophecy Girl in doing so & so whatever you write about will be interesting & fun to me & I will remain a reader always. I want to wish you GOOD LUCK & say CHEERS as well to the all new ISJ!!! Big hugs to you too! >;-)

Vanessa September 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Sorry, I just realized that Becky posted this, not PG. So, let me add to my comment, that I am impressed with this post, Becky & it is still intense! ^_^

CigarattesAndCoffee September 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

I agree with everything Vanessa said and will continue to read your blog. Not gonna lie though, my heart did sink lol.

Nothing Really Matters September 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

WTF darling we need to have words! You can’t do this to an old pussy! My heart skipped a beat thinking you were going to stop writing altogether!

P.S.

You can't get rid of this bitch that easily!#FriendAndFollowerForLife

Oh dear now I am starting to sound like a stalker! #StayAwayFromThisCrazyBitch

*hugs and kisses*

Call Me Mo September 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

"Onward through the fog. Light up and party. Have sex, be free. We're the class of '73."

Karolina September 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

I agree with everything Vanessa said above and I will stay, and continue to read your blog, because I like your style of writing. Jake is/was one of the reasons, not the only reason I come here. :)

Vanessa September 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM  

Haha, Mo, a girl after me own heart! I knew I always liked the way you think! & as for the rest of you guys, I feel the same way, everyone on here is fun & funny & almost always cracks me up. We all seem to be fairly like minded & we all thoroughly get a kick out of PG's "news" or "not news" on Jake. But seriously, she could write about a donkey & I would still be here reading it & laughing my ass off because she is funny as hell. But, I would love to still see funny posts on Gylls from time to time which is in her plans anyway, right? After all, he is very droolworthy & quite often a lot of fun to spoof! >;-)

NoSuchAngel September 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Hey everyone, its me Katie. Just got a Google account...

I echo everything Vanessa said, Beck. I imagine trying to run a celeb blog is a feat in itself, let alone when it comes to a celeb like Jake. He's fun when he's working, but he's scarce when he's not. So having to come up with news on him every day regardless, I give you major props. And you did a fantastic job at doing so in a comedic fashion.
And I'm very excited about the forum!! I think its a fantastic idea.
So you're not rid of me, sorry to say. Best of luck with everything!

~DKBB~ September 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Hon, you're a great writer and I'll follow you whereverthehell you wander. ;)

Becky September 22, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

No hate mail yet...and no diatribes about how incredibly weird it is for the same person to write under two different names... You guys are amazing. :)

This is in no way the end of me writing about Jake (it is, after all, somewhat of a specialty of mine ;)), but I did see myself entering a pattern that I'd lived through before and I began wondering why I was doing it again. I'll never stop supporting his career, but following his every move and jumping on every picture or news story that showed up was never really my thing anyway. :-/

So thank you, if you're sticking around!!! I think the forum will be tons of fun and I think this site will continue to be tons of fun...I have many things planned! That part never changes... :D

gyllenhaalisgr8 September 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

Who are you and what have you done with PG? Just kidding. I'm sure this decision did not come without a lot of soul searching and I respect you for the courage of your convictions. There are several sites where we can get Jake news/pics. But we come here because we love your humor and ability. Though the subject matter may be deviating a bit, as long as the humor is still here, I'm in. And I do plan to buy and read your book as soon as it is financially possible because I'm sure it is filled with the same Becky/PG humor and insights. You can't get rid of me that easily, sister!

Sophie,  September 22, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

I actually came to this site because of jake but i stayed (and always will) because of you an your humor!!!
anyway im still a little sad jake news are ending but i totally understand you... it must be really hard to find daily new/old news bout jake

Vanessa September 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

Oh but Sophie, she's still going to do funny posts from time to time about Jake as well as other stuff. I think it's gonna be great. Like gyllenhaalisgr8 said it very well, we can get our Jake news anywhere on the net, but no one does the funny stuff like PG does! Or something like that.

Join the new forum, it's going to be a lot of fun there, I can already tell. We can chat about Jake over there until we go insane if we want to, but we can also discuss the book that Becky wrote that I have already read & is EXCELLENT! Everybody should read her book, seriously. >;-)

Sophie,  September 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

YEY!! that sound great..... i still havent read the book cause i actually live in mexico and its like 3 times more expensive for amazon to send it and im short on money.... besides my parents are not that into my jake obsession they rather me to get over him... so this means ill have to wait a while to read it :(

S4M985 September 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM  

All i can say is, whatever makes you happy Becky. Im sure i said it when JW closed, and i know we arnt closing here but ive never come here for Jake, i come here for the other readers and most of all you, Becky... Love ya xxx

Winchester September 22, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

While I initially came to this site for the Jake posts, I like everyone else came to love your witty posts.

I just recently got your book (last night in fact!) and love what I've read so far!!!

Can't wait to get into the new forum to discuss it!!!

Becky September 22, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Winchester, I CAN'T WAIT to talk to you about all the hysteria once you've finished it!!!

I know it'll take a while to get the forum going and to get everyone switched over to the new way of things...but it's going to be great! And there's so much for us to talk about! In fact, we've already been talking about it, just not in the same way. :)

And thank you to everyone for your support as we move forward. I was really nervous about this post, but your comments have been wonderful. I've always said that Jake fans were a little above the rest of the rabble, and I continue to stand by that. :D

KD,  September 22, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

Ditto Vanessa and co.

I'll definitely keep stopping buy to check in and read your always hilarious posts.

No worries; it just means I'll have to find another website to keep me updated on Jake. In any case, I eagerly await the arrival of your book! :)

Good night and Good Luck!

KD,  September 22, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

by*

wow, spelling where hath thou gone.

And to be quite honest...Becky (? or do you prefer PG still?) I didn't really come to ISJ to read about Jake, but more to have an entertaining time reading SOMETHING. :) Jake happened to be a medium, but not a requirement!

HERE'S TO THE NEW ISJ! Huaazah!

vonster September 23, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

awwww that's too bad...i do check other jake news daily but your blog is very interesting, the photos your post and the comments are funny and not like other celebrity sites...

but good luck either way, most likely i'll still be checking this blog

Nicole Z,  September 23, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

Hey Becky! At first I came here because of Jake, then I came because of the fun you made about him. I loved the small ironic things you hid between the lines. I thought: There's something more about Becky... I like the way she writes. Jake is really an interesting actor but not that interesting that I need to know everything about him... I really don't want to know what kind of underwear he has. That's why I liked the blog. It was and is for a special kind of fan. The grown up kind of fans I think. I don't know if I would buy your book... I'm too lazy to read something in English 'cause my native tongue is german. But I want to stay in touch with you...

KeepCalm September 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

I'll support you Becky, and will definately keep on reading! Well done on everything though and I am currently reading the book now (which is AMAZING)
:)

Becky September 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

Oh, but KD! Jake updates galore in the forum! At least I'm trying to get that going. If it becomes more of a community effort, there'll be more information than I ever posted on anyway... ;)

vonster and Nicole, I appreciate your support! (And Nicole, you don't have to read the book! You could totally just buy one... :D)

KeepCalm, I was actually wondering if you'd gotten yours as they seem to making their way to mailboxes outside the U.S. about now. I'm so glad you're enjoying it!!! I can't wait to talk to you about it once you've finished... :)

Vanessa September 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

Yeah, Becky is right, I just saw some news on the dude in the new forum too. So, come on join us there, it is a pretty cool place. I really like it. There is so much more you can do there too. I think we are even going to start a game of paparazzi bingo soon. Well as soon as some pap pics of dude surface, I guess. I haven't played that game, so I am not even sure how to play it yet. ^_^

joelliea September 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

don't worry. I'm staying.

Prophecy Girl September 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

^^^ Thank you! :)

And I apologize for the fact that there's no new post yet! I'm actually leaving to go to St. Louis for the weekend and MY ELECTRICITY IS OUT. So I had to come elsewhere for the internet and...no post...

But there MIGHT be a post while I'm gone, by someone else. We'll see... :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Jason Andrews September 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

I run a very small celebrity gossip, music, movies, video games, beauty and fitness at mygossip565.com. I couldn't just write on one i would go bored. I have tons of interest and so you should have from the start written about you and your interest and not just one person. All the luck in the world.

Vanessa September 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM  

Hey Sophie! It's feels so lonely here since PG is off gallivanting around the countryside. She'll be back on Sunday, I think, (I hope so anyway!)

Come on over to the new forum she made for us. I love it there already.

See ya! >;-)

Sophie,  September 24, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

i know... im already in the forum but i just recently enter btw i love your picture on the forum :)

idk why this stupid thing wont let me in again :S

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 5:46 AM  

Hi PG, well I came here for Jake to start off with - and I laughed me ass of ... so I stayed and every now and then commented ;) .... so I definetaly going to stay and see what else you come up with.

And I also stayed - just to say it - coz everyone else here is funny and witty too :D which is a great bonus.

Regarding the book: I will buy it - but at the moment I'm actually broke (not to mention I have still 11 books to read on the shelve *wuahaa*) because I can already foresee the fun it will be to read it - as your style is unique.

Let me shortly add that there is a used one on german amazon for ~48 Euro ... nice price ;)

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 5:47 AM  

oh and I just gotta say it ... my heart skipped a beat in disappointment knowing there'll be less Jake ... but there is also a smile on my face as you said there'll be some Jake ... AND I can't see you fail in entertaining me with your new stuff *hugs*

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

hahahah I just laughed so hard ... when I came (again) to this site I head a comment on the top left saying: Service unavailable.


ROFLMAO since you are gone in the woods PG and the site is going to change it was a "sweetsour" coincidence.

Btw can we still call you PG or do you want us to change that to your name???

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

hmmm PG blocked me from creating an account on the forum ... :( - no really I can't - the fucking captcha-thingy wont turn up... so I'm sticking in commenting here or so ...

Vanessa September 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Hey Sasha, I'm sure that captcha thing is just some kind of dumb glitch. When PG gets back in town, she should be able to fix it for you. I have been on the forum for a few days & it is great. I really like it since we can discuss all kinds of stuff as well as JAKE over there on different threads. I was even going to start a 30 STM thread today!

& Prophecy Girl is definitely still here! She hasn't flown the coop, so to speak. We will get her great comedic spin on everything again soon. >;-)

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

well that'd be a dream - drooling over Jake and Jared at the same time and place ;p ............

Sasha,  September 25, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

talking about Jared @Vanessa I just said it on twitter when I saw a pic of Jack the god of f*** hayes.......... Jared new hairdo looks a bit like that in the back ROFLMAO :D I'm sure he wants to tell meeeee ;) something like: come here goddess :p

Sophie,  September 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

hey guys guess what?? i was watching the new adventures of ol cristine and she is all pissed of because her ex husband buys her dream house and she says:
besides that house my dream is being taken in an ambulance by JAKE GYLLENHAAL!

then like a couple scenes later his brother tells her...
you should try to acomplish your dreams and she says: please i dont even know someone who knows jake gyllenhaal

Anonymous,  September 26, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Hi Becky! You are right.
I think that I can understand What you said.
Either this blog have a topic with Jake or not, I 'm going to read it!Because I love your article and humore sense!

Certainly, first time, I found this blog for Jake's news.
But now I glad to join it.
I'm happy to meet you.

I want to say "Thank you Jake."
Because I met you Becky!!
I send huge hug with love!

Mayumintolor

Prophecy Girl September 27, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

I'm back! And there's no new post...hmmm...I guess this means I'll have to come up with something relatively quickly...

Jason Andrews, I think you missed a bit of the history here...but I appreciate your support nonetheless!

Sasha, thanks in advance for the future book sale. :D And you can call me whatever the hell you want to call me! PG works fine... :) I'm not sure what's up with the forum (that's next on my list of places to catch up on), but if you e-mail me (prophecygirl@jakewatch.com) and let me know what you want your username to be, I'll set up an account for you! :) Sorry for the trouble!!!

Sophie, that is so funny! (Even more funny since we did our epic Six Degrees project and pretty much all of us can now claim to "know" Jake. :))

Mayumintolor, thank you so much!!! Many hugs back to you and I really appreciate you sticking around! And you know, even book stuff is still Jake-related (since he is in the book!). I'm sincerely grateful that after such a short time, so many of you are so supportive. :)

Miffed67 October 3, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

I can't say I didn't visit JW for the Jake news, but it was a LOT about reading you and britpopbaby's posts. Irreverent and funny. That was it for me. Anyway, I know I'm an infrequent visitor, but I'm here to stay, too. No worries!

(Chris, you cracked me up!)

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