Happy Blog Day? Happy Blog Birthday? Happy Birth O’ Blog Day?
I’m not sure what exactly to call it, but regardless, it’s hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly. 365 days and 214 posts later, Attention Deficit Delirium is celebrating a year of being online. When I first created this blog, I figured that I would use it to spout off on subjects that I might not get to address or expand upon in my regular contributions to print and online media. But then it began to expand in other ways to include interviews, video collections and reviews. It has become a springboard for many ideas in many formats.
Named for the way I can frequently “switch channels” from one art form or genre to another very quickly, moreso than other people I know, ADD has also allowed me to connect with fans across the globe through social media, most notably Facebook and especially Twitter. While I have received dozens of letters in responses to print magazine articles I have written over the years (and which I have always appreciated), that number is small compared to the plethora of comments, tweets and e-mails that have racked up thanks to my blog posts. Further, I have corresponded with fans living everywhere from Norway to New Zealand, and that’s been stimulating and fun.
My main source of stimulation, of course, has been the freedom to write about whatever I choose. I have used this forum to offer my opinion on a wide range of subjects, such as the Academy Awards’ aversion to recognizing horror films, how some bands can continue on without their famous frontmen and why Japanese tourism could be boosted by a monster movie campaign.
I have offered additional interview material spun off from my professional assignments: Q&As with rockers Sammy Hagar and Chester Bennington, actors Julie Benz and Jeff Daniels and the famed Monty Python comedy troupe, among many others. I can finally do something with the excess material that inevitably has to be cut out for space or content reasons.
I have even landed some exclusive interviews for ADD: Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne, Avatar producer Jon Landau, the surviving Munchkins from The Wizard Of Oz and Modern Family co-stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen. There are many more beyond those.
One of the coolest things to happen to ADD was when ABC’s hit daytime talk show The View contacted me a few weeks ago to run my picture of the four living Munchkins from the Wizard Of Oz on the air. They evidently found my story on them through Google, and I was paid for use of the photo. It would have been great to get a photo credit on screen, but hey, it was used, and the same situation could happen again sometime with another photo. (Note to bloggers: Put up lots of photos. The Google Images search engine is your friend.)
Attention Deficit Delirium is certainly growing by leaps and bounds. There were 800 unique visitors to my site last June. One month later 7,700 unique visitors stopped by. That jumped to 34,000 in November and hit 62,000 in March. We’ll beat that thus month, and we’ll keep growing. (I will be saying “we” more often in the future as I intend to bring in occasional contributions from other writers.) A recent Epica poster giveaway attracted nearly 500 fans, and my recent Joe Satriani Q&A racked up several thousand visits alone from his Facebook page during the first day after it was posted. These are small numbers compared with mass media websites out there. But for a blog that doesn’t advertise anywhere and lures in traffic through subscribers, Twitter, Facebook and a few posted online links, they are fantastic.
The coming months will see both more of the same and some notable changes, including a site redesign, more top-notch interviews, guest bloggers, more giveaways and a commitment to providing in-depth content for artists and genres, from film to music, that are not often serviced by the mainstream press. And if the subjects are mainstream, there will be a different spin on them than you usually read elsewhere.
For those of you who have been with this blog since the beginning, thank you for being there from the start and sticking with me. For those of who you have joined along the way, thank you for support as well. And for those of you who are just discovering ADD, welcome aboard. There’s plenty more where this came from.