Sometime yesterday, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear passed the 200,000 total page hits mark…and I just have to say, I am overwhelmed and speechless (which is not easy for a person who sometimes makes mad, passionate love to his own voice). A milestone like this just goes to show that there are a good many of you out there who enjoy encouraging my behavior…and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my cynically cold heart.
Since moving to Blogger/blogpot.com in October 2007, I’ve been quite fortunate to get a significant bump in the traffic to the blog—compared to my old Salon Blogs neighborhood, where I was writing away for close to four years before I even hit 100,000. I drove by there yesterday and it was a very depressing sight—houses boarded up, cracked sidewalks, elderly people being mugged—even though the total number of visits are significantly higher (around 320,000). Not all of that belongs to me, however—after moving the blog I would sometimes meander on over to see if anyone was still looking and the traffic I was getting emanated from a lot of foreign websites…I’m not sure how that works but I think they just plastered over my old site with the new foreign stuff, similar to how you replace an old billboard.
Many of these people on the list have since moved on to other addresses—World O’Crap, Fried Green al-Qaedas, etc.—and I often think it might be fun to have a Salon Blogs reunion. Then I think further and realize that with regards to the majority of the folks on that list, I wouldn’t want them within twenty miles of my furniture. (Well, except for Scott and s.z.—at least they offer to pay for the stuff they break.)
Kino Video is kicking off another $9.99 DVD sale and while there are some real goodies in that pile—The Black Pirate (1926), Behind Locked Doors (1948), The Lottery Bride (1930), Marlene (1984), Secrets of a Soul (1926)—the real bargain is Harry Langdon…the Forgotten Clown, which groups three Langdon comedy features together at an amazing affordable price: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926), The Strong Man (1926) and Long Pants (1927). Heck, this thing is a steal for Strong Man alone. I have no financial interest in Kino—just something I thought I’d pass along.