Today marks the third year of Heavy Metal Addiction and it’s been a lot of fun…..and a lot of work. What started out as a small hobby has grown over the last few years to where I’m getting recognized more and more and submitted music is piling up. The cool thing is the friends and contacts I’ve made all over the world, I don’t really have people around me who like Hard Rock and Heavy Metal so this is my main outlet.
So what happened in 2008? Well, readership went through the roof! I may not be racking up the hits that other websites do but I’ve had my fair share of the pie. I ended up with just over 200,000 last year at this time, and now I’m up over 750,000 total (an increase of 540,000 this year). I’m really looking forward to reaching the Million mark sometime in the next few months…..I didn’t think anyone would come to my little site when I first started out.
The most viewed posts for 2008 include the AC/DC – Black Ice release date, anything on Journey with Arnel Pineda, and the album info on Dragonforce’s ULTRA BEATDOWN. The most viewed album reviews for the past year include: Ozzy’s BLACK RAIN (2007), Lita Ford’s OUT FOR BLOOD (1983), Legs Diamond’s TOWN BAD GIRL (1990) and Monowar’s GODS OF WAR (2007). What’s interesting about that is that two of those albums (Manowar & Ozzy) made my The 5 Worst Albums of 2007!
Some what’s on tap for 2008? I have no idea really. Maybe my age is catching up to me but I’m finding it harder to balance my family, work, and 4 hours of sleep a night with my music obsession. My posts (and readers) grew every month of the year and peaked in August, then everything went downhill as my schedule got a little more hectic. What I’m hoping to do is get back into a groove posting once every day. I think I’ve said the same thing every year!
One thing I am going to try and concentrate on is Album Reviews & DVD Reviews. I’m going to try and tighten up the writing and do more reviews, they are the meat & potatoes of the site and the whole reason I started doing this in the first place. A major problem I’ve had is falling behind on the albums people have sent in for review. I’m making a concentrated effort to catch up in January and post as many reviews as I possibly can. I’m also going to do more WANTED! and Ebay Madness columns because they are fun to post, I get a lot of feedback and offers. I think I’m also going to get a little more consistent with the Band Weeks and try to do them at the end of every month. I used to post a lot of news bits but you can get the better coverage at Blabbermouth, Bravewords, and MelodicRock so that’s going to get cut a little except for press releases, new album info and release dates.
So that’s about it for now. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by and giving the site a look. Hopefully as traffic continues to grow more people will comment on the posts. I’d also like to thank all the bands, labels and PR people that have sent me promos in the last year, it’s been a great year for discovering new music.
Here’s to a great 2009! Cheers!