Well, it’s a banner day here at Travalanche. A little before 9am this morning we watched with pleasure as our number of accumulated pageviews topped one million. Thank you, readers!
“What were all those readers reading?”, you probably don’t wonder. That’s okay! I’m not shy about telling you!
For some perspective, this post you are now reading is my 5,700th published post, but the one million isn’t spread evenly throughout. A good hunk of that number (about a thousand) is made of postcards for burlesque and vaudeville shows and other indie theatre productions, concerts, etc which I assure you NO ONE looks at. I just do it as a sort of completely unappreciated public service.
10% of the million hits went to a small handful of very successful posts: a profile of sideshow performers Eko and Iko; a post about Jayne Mansfield (featuring a picture with a lot of cleavage); my review of the 2011 Muppets movie; my post on the 7 Little Foys; and various posts about Charlie Chaplin — there’s 100,000 pairs of eyes right there.
Pound for pound, the most successful category on Travalalanche is the 200 or so profiles on sideshow freaks. Those are my best “earners”, but they are, by definition, rare. The real meat and potatoes of the blog is still the 1,500+ biographies of vaudeville, burlesque, music hall, variety, circus, silent comedy and minstrel show** performers. The occasional film, tv, theatre or book review does OK. And I’m finally getting movement on some of the slapstick comedy film posts (broad, original articles do better than profiles of individual films).
At any rate, we are feeling expansive and celebratory. Look for us to get even more insufferable as we work towards our SECOND million! Hoo, boy! And thanks again for making Travalanche your “Go To” destination for whatever the hell this is!
**Obligatory Disclaimer: It is the official position of this blog that Caucasians-in-Blackface is NEVER okay. It was bad then, and it’s bad now. We occasionally show images depicting the practice, or refer to it in our writing, because it is necessary to tell the story of American show business, which like the history of humanity, is a mix of good and bad.