Category: News and Announcements
Created: Tuesday, 26 May 2009 19:13
Written by Alice Jester
Ha! Sorry, I couldn't resist using that title. After pouring through scenes for my annual season end awards (coming later today), that scene in â€œCriss Angel Is a Douchebagâ€ again emerged as a favorite.
Anyway, I wanted to take some time to deliver a â€œWelcome to Hellatusâ€ and "State of The Site" message so to speak. No, I'm not going to bombastically throw out well twisted phrases designed to bring everyone to their feet in applause upon mention. At least I think I'm not. We'll see what happens.
I borrowed the term from elle2, who took it from BuddyTV, who Iâ€™m sure arenâ€™t the first ones to come up with it. So, to whoever the bastard is who actually said the word first, thanks the letting us borrow.
Summer is here, the return date is unknown, but itâ€™s fair to say itâ€™s too long. As in September too long. To pass the time, elle2 and I are feverishly working on diversions designed to help us all through these difficult times. The idea is to post something daily, but hey, since elle2 and myself have day jobs (since blogging makes nothing) that might be a challenge. Still, we refuse to give up.
I'm rotating through the archives to bring you "Hellatus Time Killers." Theyâ€™ll be refreshed every few days or so. These articles may not be new, but judging by the stats, they're new to you! Please notice that some will actually be dated but hopefully still entertaining.
State Of The Site
So much has happened in the last six months since the site went from my head to becoming a reality thanks the the hubby's mad programming skills. After I had good run on blogcritics, issues emerged. I wanted to do so much more with content. I wanted to do articles that weren't subjected to a word count limit, do lengthy recaps complete with numerous screen shots, do polls, video clips and post according to my time schedule, not theirs.
At first a quick little blog was thrown together using b2ev, but my visions were grander. After two months of planning, designing, programming, testing, then reprogramming, in early January the new site went online, all to the sound of one hand clapping. Total visits in January were limited to gun dealers using Google search to find a Winchester and accidently clicked on our site.
Eventually though, the hubby and I got smart about things. We learned how to use Google search to our advantage. We actually got a url for the site, rather than going through our main family portal. We got on Yahoo search. Finally, I started posting plenty of content not published on blogcritics, giving fans a reason to come here. Thanks to my friends a Support Supernatural, the site was even part of a print ad distributed at Creation cons in both Cherry Hill and LA.
Each month has shown improvement, so much so I felt confident enough to ask elle2, to become a contributor. Her articles have been slowly gaining in popularity as well. Slowly but surely, we were getting the word out there, so much so that instead of one hand clapping, we were getting faint applause.
That is until May. Wow, something happened in May. It was probably the high profile of my â€œReality Checkâ€ series, but The Winchester Family Business has hit heights I couldn't possibly imagine. Traffic has tripled since our record month in March. We are very close to 15,000 visitors and 700,000 page hits. For my little site? For my crazy idea blossomed by an overly obsessive love for a TV show? Wow!
The list of countries represented by everyone is mind-boggling. I think I might start a list of countries that havenâ€™t been represented on the site. That list would be shorter.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone for making this site a growing success. Sure, we're not close to being a Buddy TV or TV.com, but hey, for a place that highlights the rantings of a mad woman, not too bad.
Keeping up interest this summer is going to be an impossible task. I expect site stats alone to rival those of January. Weâ€™re not giving up though, so stay tuned. We will make it to September together. There will be more polls, clips, top ten lists and if I play my cards right, some interviews too. So, put thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com on your browser links, and when that urge comes for a fix of anything Supernatural, please think of us. You wonâ€™t be disappointed. If you are, weâ€™ll know it when we hear one hand clapping.
Got any suggestions? Feel free to send them through the "Contact Us" section or leave a comment below. We have some pretty thick skins, so as long as you aren't insulting mothers, candid comments are allowed.