Something’s Happened

When I first started this site, I submitted an instruction to the Google bot to crawl (aka poll) my site only occasionally. Google sent a canned response that they didn’t have to abide by it. Mostly they have respected my request, but something changed about two weeks ago. For the first time ‘rafrenzy’ was not the top search string, and that string being at the top made it obvious I was mostly found by word of mouth. But now the search engines are running about four to one compared to my other referrals and ‘rafrenzy’ is far down the list. If you could see my stats list, it would be obvious more and more are curious about this Richard Armitage who is playing Thorin Oakenshield. What else am I to conclude if a piddly blog like mine and one that has tried to remain under the radar can be generating so many hits lately? Let me put it this way. If I keep going at this rate, I will be getting what amounts to 45,000 to 60,000 hits a month. And I know Nat and Servetus generate much more not to mention all of the other blogs in RA Universe (see the ‘Addict List’ or ‘Tumblr’). Yeah, something has happened.

If you’re new and wanting to know what Richard Armitage really looks like under that beard and armor, a little treat for you so you don’t have to scour this site for such goodness, and you can click to enlarge or snaffle. :D

oh heck! another one,

Usually I say something like Ohcheemama! when I see this. Some people say PHWOAR! or maybe Squeee! If you’re not sure, you’ll have to come along and learn the fine art of appreciating Richard in all his glory. Well, maybe not all of his glory. I do keep this blog safe for work.

I wonder when I’ll tire of publishing these pictures?

Screencap courtesy of the amazing Karima and candid shot courtesy of JJ via RichardArmitageNet.Com.

38 Comments

  1. I have heard from others they are getting a huge number of hits, too.

    Yep, it’s gotta be due to Thorin. Doesn’t RA clean up nicely, though?

    Purty from head to toe.

  2. BTW, I don’t think my numbers are going to hold, but the interest in RA is obvious. Glad for him!

  3. I doubt Jackson will show us how he looks without clothes, so this is as good as it’ll get. Thanks for the pic again Frenz! :D

  4. Obviously, I posted for the new fans, but I figured the current fans wouldn’t mind. :D

  5. You are a kind soul to provide such a public service, Frenz! May I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year?

  6. I always have been civic minded. :D

    And thank you, Kathryn. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas as well.

  7. You are a kind sould to provide such a public service, Frenz! May I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year?

  8. My stats are way down, but then RL has been getting in the way of my RA blogging. I noticed my quiet blog – the Thorin one jumped up in its stats also yesterday. Not as much as any your/Servitus’/Nat/Callexora and others, but 93 hits sure beats 5 :)

    I hope you have a great Christmas and every best wish for the New Year.

    PS: That trailer was so beautiful to see – especially after the struggle and setbacks in the early stages.

  9. Glad to see you, Mulubinba! I’ve been meaning to send you an email Will do soon. If I don’t get it drafted in the next couple of days, I hope you and all of yours have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  10. It’s THORIN SYNDROME! :) Um… I don’t really ever check my stats (not sure that blogger is as good at tracking those things as wordpress), but after seeing you, Cal and Serv mention the crazy stats several times, I’m curious to know what mine look like. (But because I don’t check them often, they may just look like another number to me. Derrrrrrr! <– dumb sound.)

  11. Nat,

    I KNOW you get a lot of hits if for no other reason than you were my number one referral until recently and are still high on the referral list. I bet you’re high on the list of many of the other RA bloggers. You’re also the first blog that comes up when Richard Armitage + blogs is queried, and it’s been what maybe 6 or more months since you posted regularly? That’s pretty good.

    Without knowing jack about your stats, I’ll bet a healthy percentage of your hits are unique. I’ll stop now so as not to bore everyone. We can talk elsewhere.

  12. The day I stopped posting images of RA and the Gisborne story, my stats dropped… go figure. However I plod along, leaving it all to people like you, Frenz.

    Funnily what remains of the Gisborne story still gets mega-hits (might bode well for publication in February) plus anything Jane Austen or my farm-life. A post on what creates views and comments might be interesting. And the demographic. I’ve always wondered what age the demographic is for RA.

  13. I love the Gisborne story, but I also love reading about your writing process, farm life and others you’ve interviewed. Mostly, I read from my phone, and it’s a pain to comment but need to more often.

    Candidly, part of my method here is not just about RA. This really was an experiment for me to see if I could start writing on a regular basis (lame as some of it is), but as I get into writing other things, elsewhere, it’s tough to keep it up.

  14. You were smarter about all this business than me, Frenz. I’m kind of weirded out by a lot of this attention. There’s a person who regularly googles specific details from my dreams and waking fantasies. If I were starting out now I’d probably behave somewhat differently.

    Nat, you were my main referrer for months and months and I think you’re still number two.

  15. I’m not sure it’s being smarter or just having a maniacal need to stay anonymous. No way I would post this blog as me. Mainly because so many of my friends and family would never let me live it down. Literally, I would never heard the end of it, and my diary was in part to share with others who might be in the same position I am. BTW, those of you who know me, thank you for being gracious.

  16. LOL! Very good move RAFrenzy!;)

  17. I hope so. :D and I meant to say hear the end of it . LOL

  18. LOL! now if you would excuse me,I have urgent things to do.

    …..click…..click…enlarge…..mmmmmm:)

  19. We make our priorities. As with FB, if I had a blog I don’t know that wide hits or gaining 1M “friends” would be the goal. RA has and continues to provide much inspiration and creativity in the RA community, as well as inspiring an ever-enlarged group of collegial followers of his career. And that is good.

  20. I have loved the intimacy of this blog and said when Judi interviewed me that I had to step back sometimes so that what I write is not affected by the thought of an audience. I just want to keep writing what I want to write and not factor in a crowd. Not that the crowd isn’t welcome! It’s just that I know me, and I change when there’s a crowd. :D

  21. oh, and Fitz, I’m going to leave the anon since you said something about it. If that happens again, please feel free to have me fix it.

  22. I hate to disappoint you all but the number of hits you have been getting is probably from ME! Remeber I told you about this slight affliction I was experiencing with all things RA….well, needless to say I am CONSTANTLY checking for updates everywhere and anywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I visit all your pages a day……LOL….Oh well, this too shall pass!

  23. LOL!

  24. gracie, unless you’re hitting a page 500 times a day it’s not all you :)

  25. I don’t think it has gotten so bad as to 500 a day. There may be still hope for me. lol

  26. also, Gracie, you should sign for email updates from the wordpress sites at least — that will save you a lot of time and pointless clicking :)

  27. I think I may go to bed since Annette is probably in bed. She’ll be up soon though. :D

  28. The email helps a lot. Then it comes to you!

  29. Even that has jumped up quite a bit.

  30. I have signed on to some, including yours servetus..which I love too…it goes into my hotmail account which then takes me to your pages.

    Let’s hope Annette does not oversleep. lol.

  31. I wonder if Annette would appreciate a wake up call. :D

  32. From RA, most likely. From you, maybe not so much. LOL.

  33. Richard would be more than welcome to give me a wake-up call even if it was 4:30 a.m. And as I have said before, I am NOT an early morning person. But I am sure I could train myself to be if it meant hearing his warm, chocolate and velvet voice caressing my earlobes through the phone. *fans self at thought*

  34. You think? LOL!

  35. I am going to keep my phone next to my bed tonight. Hey, you never know, he may call me. *delusion will wane once medication kicks in.*

  36. Just Merry Christmas and Happy New year, Frenz and everyone!
    (just in case, )
    fitzg :D

  37. A wake up call from Richard!! Now you’re talking, Angie!!!!! He can call as early as he likes!! Do you think we could talk him into singing that??? On second thoughts, that could lead to us NEVER feeling like getting up but just wanting to lie there dreaming!! ;)

    We’ve had the VoD on our TV’s here yesterday and today – the two Christmas episodes from 2006 where we first met our lovely and very dreamy Harry!! Talk about swooning!! He was SO very sweet in that role. I DO have the DVD’s of the series but never pass up the chance to watch him with a wider audience – if you know what I mean!! *Sigh*

  38. I think I would like his speaking voice to wake me up, and his singing voice to lull me to sleep at night . . .Trust me, if RA would pop here and there on our sets in VoD, Spooks, RH, etc. etc. I would watch, even though I have the DVDs, too.

    Oh, what a pleasure it is to see him. hear him . . .*sigh*


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