It’s been seven months now.
After my best friend and screenwriting partner Stephen Montagna bugged me for two years to do a blog, I finally caved, and in June 2009 Attention Deficit Delirium was born. It’s been a successful venture. Unique visitors to my website are up 95 times over pre-blog months. Page views are up 45 times. I reached 50,000 unique visitors in December. And all of this done without advertising. My links get posted on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blabbermouth and other social media and news sites, and the traffic grows. As the cliché goes, if you build it, they will come.
Two of the challenges of maintaining a blog, beyond regular updates, are to determine who your audience is and specifically what content they like, from your subjects to the angles you take on them. Luckily my fifteen years of experience as a freelance writer, not to mention my solid contacts in the entertainment business, are helping me to find my focus and also to deliver the best and most varied content that I possibly can. I get to cover everyone from big stars to offbeat artists that fly beneath the radar of mainstream media, and somehow their endeavors all seem to gel under this one forum. They all have a home here.
Following is the list of ADD’s Top Ten Posts for 2009, and I think they are a pretty good indicator of what my readers crave. And while I clearly love horror, sci-fi and metal, I really do enjoy many different genres in all artistic mediums, so I’ll always be tossing in something unexpected to keep things interesting. After all, that is why I call my blog ADD, because it represents the diversity that I embrace in my own life, as surprising as it seems to some people.
Here’s to a prosperous 2010!
1. Peter Facinelli: New Moon Rising — Twilight was one of 2009’s cultural phenomenons, and it boosted this item to the status of being ADD’s biggest post ever. Ironically it’s a write-up about an interview I did for Moviefone, but hey, traffic is traffic! I’m not complaining.
2. What’s A Sweet Gal Like You Doing In A Bloody Show Like This? — Julie Benz made a stir for four seasons on Dexter. (And now she’s going to shake up Desperate Housewives!) In this exclusive Q&A we journeyed through her dark and varied career, from Two Evil Eyes through Saw V.
3. Journey: The Biggest Classic Rock Band Ever? — While I first posted this essay in July, its readership swelled in October when the band played on Oprah. And I’m sure Glee helped, too.
4. Movie Review — Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — It’s only natural that when you review one of the biggest movies of the year it draws a lot of eyeballs to your site. Here’s to you, Optimus!
5. Sanctuary Defiled: Parts One and Two — This lively, down-to-earth chat with Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne was full of fun and surprises, including the revelation of a long-running prank that Dunne played on producer Martin Wood.
6. Spreading The Gospel Of Filth — Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth spilled his guts about their long-awaited tome, The Gospel Of Filth: A Bible Of Decadence And Darkness.
7. The Original Cylon And The Original Droid — When I visited London’s Tate Modern museum this past June, I discovered a sculpture from 1914 that resembled a Cylon. It also looked a bit like Star Wars villain General Grievous. My resultant ruminations about these similarities ignited some interesting debate.
8. Dickens, You Say? — My one-on-one chat with Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of famed author Charles Dickens, was a good precursor to watching his mesmerizing performance of A Christmas Carol in NYC.
9. 9-9-9: The Number Of The Beatles — With the release of The Beatles: Rock Band videogame, I took some time to reflect on the legacy of the Fab Four and the state and future of the music industry.
10. Bubbly Busy Philipps Takes An Odyssey Into Cougar Town — She has been best known for her role on Dawson’s Creek. Now Busy is becoming best known for co-starring role in ABC’s new hit comedy Cougar Town.