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(That's me. I'm the loving friend! SURPRISE! But first...)

FIRST: Top Chef! - The Recap Oh, my heart was broken in the "Last Chance Kitchen" series online (I won't spoil you. Also, I used Invisio-Text on the website) but I continue to stand by my other alliances.

SECOND: A Plea. I don't know if you realize that a lot of ratings are done through social media, but they are. Glee? They knew it was a hit because of how crazy it was on Twitter, Tumblr, etc. That's the new medium for a new generation of viewers. Nielson's are going away, social networking is the new gauge.

This is also true for, say, start up websites like mine. So when you share links on your blogs, on your tumblrs, tweet them, post to facebook... That brings a TREMENDOUS amount of traffic and interest in our site. And when you bring interest to our site, that includes great things like...investors and advertisers (they don't want to spend money on a site that doesn't get a lot of traffic, you see.)

Because here's the goal: I am trying to make a place for writers to earn money doing thing they love - talking about shows they love. It's all love there, there's no hate, no bashing... We love what we watch and we love talking about it in a fannish way. That's where we're different from, say, TWoP where they hate some of the things they recap/review. And who doesn't want more fannish love of things in media?

(And psst! If I can get paid advertising on my site - don't even mention Google Ads, they are DEAD TO ME - if I can get paid advertising on my site, I can not only pay the girls that work so hard to bring you entertaining reads, but we can join the TV Critics Association. We'll be legit. ALSO: WE WILL GET TO GO TO THE CONVENTIONS WHERE NEW SHOWS ARE DEBUTED. And finally get screeners! And talk to the writers, producers, and actors! Which means we can bring YOU recaps and discussions faster with inside information! BUT STILL IN A FANNISH WAY.

How awesome is that? And here's how easy it is: click "Like" on the bottom of recaps. Click "+1" while you're at it. Make with the clickity on Twitter. Share it on Reddit or Tumblr. Please link to us on your LJs, your facebooks. It's a button click, for the most part, and it helps us out TREMENDOUSLY. Please?

In the worlds of Bartles & James (omg, I am old) We thank you for your support. :)

THIRD: Someone took some quotes from "Where There's Smoke" and made some fun art around them. Very cool!

Comments

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mpoetess
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
On-topic: I love HDJM so. much. and though it's only a small part, part of that is because it's not TWoP. Sigh, TWoP. I learned never to read the recaps for anything I actually like over there, if I don't want to feel insulted for liking it or want to punch someone in the face for how hard they're bashing / snotty nicknames for my favorite characters.

Off-topic: ~don't even mention Google Ads, they are DEAD TO ME~ Last night I got hit with a Santorum For President GoogleAd while reading a random non-political forum. DO NOT WANT.
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, TWoP used to be a place I enjoyed, but then they seemed to have too much joy in ripping shit apart, and I just don't get it. It was mean, and not in the "Oh, Snooki, you so crazy, girl" way. Like, they seemed to be encouraging everyone else to hate it, too.

UGH. NO ME GUSTA. Also, they have refused all requests of proof we "rigged the system" at HDJM and refused to pay us the money we earned carrying their ads. ASSHOLES.

ALSO: THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT.
entrenous88
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
ALSO: WE WILL GET TO GO TO THE CONVENTIONS WHERE NEW SHOWS ARE DEBUTED. And finally get screeners! And talk to the writers, producers, and actors! Which means we can bring YOU recaps and discussions faster with inside information! BUT STILL IN A FANNISH WAY.

!!!!!

That is so awesome!
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
There is a deadline to apply for membership - March 15th. If we can prove we have paid advertising on our site by then, we can apply to join.

AND THEN WE ALL GET UNICORN PONIES.
entrenous88
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
UNICORN PONIES THAT POOP RAINBOWS!!!

Oh my goodness, I have to say -- I was telling my sister just the other night how I've known people in fandom to start different sites with different levels of committment, and how most sort of fade away after beginning. I told her because I was explaining how you've really explored all the opportunities out there, have been so on top of the stats and numbers and ways to make sure the potential readers are getting the recaps when they expect them and people new to the site will find things, and been so proactive about searching for new ways to make things even better. It's really admirable, seriously, what you've done and continue to do with HDJM. ♥
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
AND CUPCAKES WITH SPRINKLES!! (You have to feed them cotton candy for a week, but it's reward enough, I'd say!)

ENTRENOUS, WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CRY HAPPY THANKFUL TEARS?!?! oh, because you're awesome, that's why. <3 <3 <3

All of the huggings are yours.
copykween
Jan. 26th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well dang! I never even though about advertising on your site! I'll be emailing for more info.

I agree about TWOP. I really used to enjoy the recaps there, but it's gone from being funny to just plain hateful and nasty. It's one thing to make fun of plot holes and such, but they're so far beyond that!
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
YES PLEASE! (Off hand, we get on average 600,000 hits a month, and growing. I can break down further stats on repeats, length of stay and demo of age, but our typical age range is 18 - 40.)

I just don't want to read about things I like from someone that hates them, you know? Why are you torturing yourself with the assignment, writer, if you hate it so much? Surely someone loves it and will take over. HEY, LIKE MY SITE! ;D
copykween
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Sent! You had me at 600,000 hits a month LOL.

I'm a noob Scentsy Consultant trying to get my site in everybody's face! If it's in my budget, I consider it worth a shot.

:)
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
(haven't gotten anything? heydontjudgeme[at]gmail.com)
copykween
Jan. 26th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I sent it again. The address was correct, so not sure what happened!
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Me neither, but I'm getting nothing. I've test our email account, and I'm getting everything but you.

Try this: [*heydontjudgeme@gmail.com*] taking out the * and the [ (I don't want spam bots getting it)

or send it to me via : stoney.onlj@[gmail.com] <-- take away the brackets.
copykween
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
I c/p the email and it auto populated from the first two times I sent, so I definitely had it correct. So.....I sent to the stoney account this time.

I'm sending from an AOL account, do you think that has anything to do with it?
copykween
Jan. 27th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm, has it still not gone through? IDK what the hell is going on, then. :(

Anyway, my email is CopyKween at aol dot com. (I also don't want spam bots!). If I could get pricing info, I'd be much obliged.

Thanks!
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'll email you, then. There has to be something with your AOL account (they're notoriously flakey - I can send you a gmail invite, and you can then see your AOL emails on your gmail page. I love it.)

ANYWAY. I had several people send me emails from different clients, so it's not at my end. :( But I'll email you right away.
copykween
Jan. 27th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ok great!

I do have a gmail account (I just use it so rarely that I usually end up forgetting the password!), so I'll use that for future communications.

Ahhh, got your email as I was typing this!

Edit: so as to not discuss business in public! Oy, sorry.

Edited at 2012-01-27 05:54 pm (UTC)
punkkitten2113
Jan. 26th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
You had me at fannish, my darling. I will make with the clicky-clicky.
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! (We have a totally fun Glee-cap drinking game, with new cocktails every week. Just, you know, putting that out there. ;D)
secondalto
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
And click. I'm all for supporting fannish things!
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!! Every time you do that, it sends little "hey, look at this thing!" notes out in electronic-land. <3
dovil
Jan. 26th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
If you go to conventions are you able to bring back various celebrities to be auctioned off because that would be awesome, and would also encourage greater media attention, what with the helicopters circling overhead and the swat team rusting about in bushes outside.

I agree about TWOP. I used to love that site but then it jumped the goldfish.
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
And then I could use the proceeds to fight my legal case! And who is getting a law degree? SEE HOW THIS IS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL?
flaming_muse
Jan. 26th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
YOU HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN THE PART WHERE I'M YOUR TRUSTY ASSISTANT, RIGHT? I SHALL CARRY THINGS, TAKE NOTES, GET YOU COFFEE AND WINE, HOLD THE VIDEO CAMERA WHEN YOU MAKE OUT WITH VARIOUS CELEBRITIES OF YOUR CHOICE (WHY LIMIT YOU?), ETC ETC ETC...

I mean... you know (I hope) how much I admire what you're building. <3

Edited at 2012-01-26 09:38 pm (UTC)
stoney321
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
OF COURSE, OF COURSE I WOULD HAVE NO OTHER!!!

You are one of the BEST SUPPORTERS OF LIFE, let alone my site. <3 <3 <3
bitchygrrl
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm going to click and tweet you like a mofo just because you made a Bartles & James reference, also because I really like the site.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THAT YOU LAUGHED AT THAT OLD REF. That's why you're awesome. Well, that and because you're tweeting and clicking like a mofo. <3
zyrya
Jan. 27th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Do you need any start-up type funds for making things happen?
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
*loves you*

Honestly, I think for now what I need is to get people that could benefit from my readers (cable/satellite companies, liquor manufacturers, horse bridle crafters... Ha) to pony up for ads on the side bar.

I'm building up the audience and getting data - that lets me know how much I'm able to charge and attract certain companies. This month saw a HUGE jump in interest in Hoarders. The first four shows of the season are in the top 10 most viewed pages so far. If I can prove that we'll maintain that, I want to approach some of the people I've met on the show about putting up an ad for their companies, leading me to hitting A&E.

I'm figuring this out as I go, which is why it's sloooooow.

You continue to be my #1 supporter, and I just can't tell you how much that means to me. <3
poshcat
Jan. 27th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
POINT ME TO THE CONS OMG. I should probably start getting some plastic surgeries done so I fit in with the stars.
stoney321
Jan. 27th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, RIGHT?!?! I need to figure out who to target to get ads on the site - if we can get paid ads by March (the application time) then we have an excellent shot at gaining entrance. AND THEN WE MAKE LOVE TO THE STARS.

(Check out TheBloggess.com on her advertising page - I think her rates at 70% of what she charges is reasonable for us.)
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