I really had no idea of the extent of blogging there is out there, though of all the kinds I have seen, the theatre-related ones surprise me the least. Why? Because by and large, they are all intelligent and heart-felt. There is no one group more passionate about their art than theatre fans. Ok, maybe opera fans have us beat, but we are kinda related, right?
I want to thank all of you have read any, many or all of my blogs. I hope my thoughts and ramblings interest and entertain you. It is so nice to have an outlet for all the excitement, passion and genuine love that I have for theatre, and to know that if you read it it is because you share that love, if not my opinion!
There are a few specific people I'd like to thank:
- My buddy and frequent theatre companion Mike for being a faithful reader, a clear-minded critic, and wonderful friend - the kind of real friend that everyone deserves in their life.
- My blogger friend, Esther, whose own blog inspires me and challenges me to improve my own. Without her, this blog would literally not be what it is. She taught me the fine art of linking, adding polls, getting a "Stat Counter" and got me on Twitter! If you haven't tried her blog out, click on Gratuitous Violins down and to the right. You won't be sorry.
- My other blogger friend, Steve, of Steve on Broadway, who challenges my ideas, my point of view and is the closest person I know to me in terms for sheer love of all things staged. I envy him everyday, as he globetrots and sees theatre everywhere! And I love knowing that we have mutual respect even as we oppose each other in reviews and other opinions. And it is even fun to see if we agree! Check out his blog, too!, down and to the right from here.
- And I'd really like to thank my "Followers", some I've had since this blog was only a few days old! Your allegience is something I keep in mind every single time I start typing entry.
- Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has left comments and asked questions both directly on here and via email. That interaction is the most enjoyable part of this whole thing for me - especially when you don't agree with me. How else do I grow and appreciate all of the possibilities of the theatrical experience? (Extra special thanks to: Londy, Infinity, Esther, Steve, Broadway Critic, Pun, tyrpentine and Lauren!)
That "Stat Counter" I've had since February has really been a great tool for seeing what people read and what doesn't work. Prior to February, I only had the counter itself, and remember those first weeks when it was a thrill to see that 5 or 6 people besides me came to the site. Whether they read anything or not wasn't my concern, really.
Then Esther turned me on to all of the possibilities that the "Stat Counter" service can provide. Here are a few things I've learned:
- I have had visits from every continent on Earth except Antarctica.
- The biggest concentration of visits comes from New York state, followed by Ohio (?), and then Great Britain, Canada, California, Washington, DC and Australia. My favorite came from a hotel in South Africa - they looked up Aaron Tveit, and read every blog that even mentioned him!
- The three most popular days for visiting the site on average have been: Monday, Tuesday and Sunday, in that order.
- The three least visited days on average was Saturday, by far and hands down. 12 of the 30 weeks that I have stats for, Saturday was the least visted day.
- Prior to the week of April 25, I was averaging about 45 visits a day. From that week on, I average about 160 a day. See below for what caused that!
- The biggest single week for vistors so far was the 2nd week in May, with almost 1,900.
- The biggest single day for visits was the third week of June, on Monday. 382 people dowloaded the page and clicked on something.
WHAT YOU ALL SEEM TO LIKE BY VIEWING OR WRITING ME ABOUT
MOST INTERESTING...At least 3 different college kids and 2 high schoolers have written for permission to use content from my blog! I'm flattered, but always remind them that I am not an authority. Did you know (despite the fact that theatre bloggers are vermin) that blogs are considered a viable Internet resource for research, provided that they are fact checked? Who knew? (Thanks to Dr. Blank at a local college in Maine - sorry the name escapes me - for answering when I seriously questioned whether one of her students really could quote me in a paper.) Again, I am flattered, but there really are so many other more important sources out there! A fact-checked blogger apparently trumps Wikipedia...
3. Hearing from actual theatre people about my blog... Adam Halpin (Glory Days), Josh Lamon (Hair), and both Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (The Addams Family).
THANK YOU, Ms. Chenoweth!
4. The turning point for my blog thus far: Being read and Tweeted by none other than Kristin Chenoweth! She loved my review of Promises, Promises and told the world. The volume of people to this site since then has been incredible. It was especially nice to briefly say "hello and thank you" to her after a performance. She actually stopped, looked me in the eye and thanked me "for getting what it is all about." We shook hands, and I've been in awe ever since... Graciousness is what separates true stars from mere celebrities.