A Short History of the CMBA
Rick Armstrong of the Classic Film and TV Café founded the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) on October 31, 2009. Rick's intention was to form a nonprofit organization of classic movie bloggers that would promote classic movies, support its bloggers, establish quality blogging standards, and recognize classic movie blogging excellence. Rick set up the website and designed the CMBA logo that same day.
On November 1st, Rick invited another blog, Classic Movies Digest, to become the CMBA's second member. The blog administrator was intrigued, but also had questions: "What is the criteria for involvement? Regular posts to the site? How are votes for new members gathered?" These questions led Rick to draft the CMBA Charter, which contained the provision that, unlike most blogging associations, the CMBA's current members would vote on accepting new members and elect a Board of Governors to manage the organization. The CMBA's first members approved the CMBA Charter on November 22, 2009.
- In February 2010, the CMBA hosted its first blogathon, which celebrated Black History Month. Official CMBA blogathons have continued through the years, now hosted twice annually.
- By June 2010, the group had 21 members, enough to elect its first Board of Governors.
- In September 2010, the CMBA concluded its first year by handing out its inaugural CiMBA Awards to recognize its members' best blog posts of the year. These awards for excellence continue to be presented annually, though they are no longer called “CiMBAs” but simply the CMBA Awards.
Over the years, members have come and gone (life, it turns out, sometimes gets in the way of blogging), but the CMBA has endured, grown and matured into a thriving organization, well respected in the world of classic film and its fans. In 2019 the CMBA celebrated its 10th anniversary year; today, with an active and established online and social media presence, the future continues to be exciting for this impassioned group of classic movie bloggers.