A ‘Big’ change, and a hearty thank you

A ‘Big’ change, and a hearty thank you

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought the domain name WhatWouldTotoWatch.com back in 2007.

My wife and I had just moved to Denver from D.C., leaving behind Beltway traffic, exhorbitant home prices and a great gig at The Washington Times. I simply figured I needed a nook on the Web to call my own, and perhaps one day I’d wrangle a full-time gig out of it.

Who knew it would take four years and hundreds of blog posts before that happened?

Starting Monday, I’ll assume the position of Assistant Editor at Big Hollywood alongside my new tag team partner John Nolte. I’ll still be reviewing movies, interviewing celebrities and commenting on breaking film news. But I’ll also focus my attention on TV, music and the rest of the pop culture landscape.

I’m thrilled beyond traditional adjectives about the move. I’ll be working with the most passionate film writer on the Web and sharing my views with a vast new audience. But it also means What Would Toto Watch will no longer be updated.

That’s the heartbreaking part of what is otherwise the most dynamic change to my career.

This site demands an extraordinary amount of time, from researching blog posts to sizing photographs and weeding out most – but sadly not every – grammatical hiccup. And I’ve loved every last second of it. This film blog taught me about journalism in the 21st century, skills I plan to bring over to my new Big Hollywood perch.

But, at the risk of sounding trite, the most satisfying part has been sharing my movie views with you, the reader. It’s one thing to throw up a web site and blog until your laptop’s battery runs dry. The readers here did more than merely respond to my posts. They made me think, challenged my assumptions and gave me an occasional “atta boy” when I needed it the most. I’m not sure how they knew, but they often did.

Folks like Tink in Cali, JimmyC, EricP, K, Liz, MikeB, Heidi, Outlaw13 to name just a few made this site the kind of forum Web gurus talk about when discussing the joys of blogging.

It’s crushing to think that this chapter in my journalism journey ends here, but I hope What Would Toto Watch readers will drop by Big Hollywood to see what else I have on my mind.

NOTE: You can now follow my travails as a harried father of two at Daddylibrium.com, my new Daddy blog!

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victorNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hey!! That’s awesome news! Congrats! I know you’ve always been highly regarded there, so it’s good to see that your contributions are being rewarded more formally. Best of luck in your new position!

cftotoNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Thanks … I’ll miss this site terribly, but I’m crazy excited about working at BH.

MelissaNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Congrats Christian! I’ll be sure to follow you on B.H.

MadMupNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congrats on the move! I’ll be sorry to see this site go, but I already read Big Hollywood on a regular basis, so I’ll keep up with you over there.

Best of luck!

MartaNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

So deserved! You’ve worked so hard for this! HUGE congrats!

Tink in CaliNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I will certainly miss you around here, but I am glad for you and your new opportunities. Thank you for always being such a gentlemanly host and sharing your passion for film with us!

LizNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Congratulation on the move to the BIG leagues! I’ll miss this site, but look forward to seeing your movie reviews and interviews at BigHollywood.

EricPNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Well, it was fun reading your great stuff (and you’re always welcome on Radio Free Threedonia, something we need to remedy soon). However, as I’m banned from making comments at Big Hollywood, until John Nolte clears up whatever got stuck in his posterior and drops that ban, I’ll be living vicariously through what my fellow Threedonians share there. Guess no more cross-posts there, either, huh?

VinceNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Great news, WWTW. Look forward to your contributions at BH.

Mike K.No Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Fantastic news, Christian!

drewsterNo Gravatar September 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm


Thanks! And Congrats!

I appreciated your take on the films of the day and your insight into several subjects. I also appreciate that you took time to respond to several independent queries of mine, which more than anything else made your site a must see each day. I’ll miss it but I’ll look forward to what you contribute to Big Hollywood and wish you all the best!

Again, thanks for everything.

JimmyCNo Gravatar October 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

Congrats on the gig! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy (and I mean that sincerely; this blog is an oasis of polite commentary in that desert of snark known as the ‘net). Looking forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking over at BH.

Furious DNo Gravatar October 1, 2011 at 12:46 am

Sad to see this blog go, but it’s good to know you’re still going to be out there.

Mike B.No Gravatar October 1, 2011 at 2:49 am

You will be greatly missed here. I will check out Big Hollywood more often. Loved your reviews and your take on things but when Breitbart calls…ya’ gotta go.

AidyNo Gravatar October 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Well deserved congratulations are in order. I recently found this site and I too, enjoyed the level of interaction by the frequent commentors you mentioned. See you over at ‘Big Hollywood!’


KNo Gravatar October 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Congrats Toto! I’m glad you’re moving up – but sad that this more intimate site will be gone. It was one of my favorites because it’s more fun when you’re one of 10 comments and not one of 250.

I’ll be rooting for you.

MichaelNo Gravatar October 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I just started reading this blog and following it regularly so I’m sad to see it go. But congrats on the new gig!!

GrofeNo Gravatar October 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Awesome. My two favorite writers (you and Nolte) now at the same site. Life just keeps getting better! Congratulations.

James FrazierNo Gravatar October 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Wow. Congratulations! I’m glad that I can keep reading you there, though sad this forum will close.

AlericNo Gravatar October 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Well I also frequent BH but I liked the personal feel of your site, and now that I have stopped going to Film School Rejects for their biased and often insulting tirades against me personally, where am I going to get my fix. Oh well good things end but they dont have to end while to others are still pumping out crap.

Good luck and I will see you on the other side.

HeidiNo Gravatar October 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Hey Christian,

I’m gonna miss your reviews here, but I’m super excited for you and will follow your reviews where ever they end up!

Cheers! Here’s to the future!


BrandoNo Gravatar October 7, 2011 at 2:18 am

Congrats, glad to hear. Gives me hope for my site and dream.

DimiNo Gravatar October 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Christian! I would still continue to publish once in a while. I am sure you can find some time for a couple posts each week. Another idea is asking your wife to help you with the blog :)

renowebbNo Gravatar February 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

So how has BH been for you so far, i know i enjoy you over their but it been what a half a year ?

MarleneNo Gravatar March 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

This is my first visit to your site! I found it on a list from another blog I just discovered, Sapharic Secret. It was the Toto that caught my eye having had 2 Toto dogs (Cairn Terriers). I am very glad to hear of your move to Big Hollywood though, and will be checking that site for your contribution. Good luck and Congrats!

JJ of RU Fame ;)No Gravatar July 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

Always impressed by your writing, and happy for you that your new gig is making you so happy! Congrats!

Justin ElvinsNo Gravatar February 2, 2014 at 3:15 am

Congrats man. Nice to move up in the world. Great blog.

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