First off, let me say thank you to everyone for visiting the site, particularly my occasional commenters. I started this blog because I had an excess of free time, and opinions, and the need for some vaguely creative outlet to help maintain my sanity. To that end, I’m still here and not in Arkham, so at the least, it’s not hurting. But seriously, it’s been a gratifying experience and I consider myself fortunate to have received such welcoming feedback, and a continually growing number of visitors. I know that my interests cut a wide swath and often can be difficult when looking for a driving aesthetic here, but what can I say, I’m an admirer of the rich variety of life.
Some of the things I have learned while doing BHSI, in no particular order:
-The most popular posts, by far, have featured pics of Grace Jones and Bettie Page
-Getting to the front page of a google search on some new tidbit of info shoots your views through the roof.
-The mention of porn star Stoya, also sends ratings through the roof (unless, of course, Adan Jodorowsky is just way more popular than his dad).
-Despite the fact that Music related posts dominate the blog, Fashion and Photography almost always receive more views/likes.
– Somehow when I was out of town and not posting regularly, I received triple the single day views that I had received to that point, proving, I’m not sure what.
-Apparently alotta other people are obsessed with Cheap Trick’s transitional early 80’s phase, and/or their temporary bassist of the time, Pete Comita.
-Certain foreign Kiss fan sites, love any Kiss post, and also blow your viewings out.
-Bonnie Hayes, of Bonnie Hayes and The Wild Combo, is apparently a lovely and charming person.
-It’s a wise decision to check Dangerous Minds to make sure that they have not already posted on something on which you’re working, because damn if I don’t wanna repost pretty much everything they do.
-There is an amazing amount of international traffic on the blog, which I find inspirational.
-These words get a whole lotta blog use: legend, icon/iconoclast, recordings, performances
-Researching pieces has been tremendously educational, both on topics of which I thought I knew much, and obviously on things of which I have only a perfunctory education and wished to learn more, but without the blog, probably would not have.
-Finding people on the internet, as in life, with whom you have common interests is awesome!
As for year two? Well, despite occasionally missing some birth dates (just yesterday I didn’t post on Buck Owens, Porter Wagoner or Sparks’, Ron Mael, all of whom share spots in my heart), I’ve largely exhausted the birthday trope as a means of sparking a thread, so there’ll be decidedly less videos and fewer posts per day, but probably more writing, and hopefully, some more intensely researched pieces that I’ve been meaning to get into. Until then, thank you falettinme be mice elf.