Its 12:55 pm
Someone asked me when is a review is considered a success by myself. While many sites much bigger then mine consider thousands of views per article to be the standard,the cheetah and I operate under a different kind of rules.
Because we are a personal blog,we aren’t that well known but we ARE getting there. The past three years have seen a steady increase in traffic which is amazing considering we don’t review the latest superhero releases or talk about upcoming blockbusters. As you can see,we prefer to stay in the weeds reviewing short films,indies from companies like Wild Eye,IFC Midnight and various other small studios. Because of this,the readership for each review varies….from 12 views for the stand-up documentary “Dying Laughing” and under 20 views for a whole slew of other films.
So with this in mind,my goal for each review is to hit 100 views….not a very high number is it? You would so but in fact only 39 of my reviews have passed that number. Is it discouraging? No,not really because I know the films/TV shows I’m writing about aren’t hugely popular or well known. I have to work very hard on promoting each review and as many know,I push some films like “Molly” and “A Dark Song” any chance I get because they are great films and I,like many other small critics/buffs,are trying to get them noticed.
But of course I’m caught by surprise when a film that I reviewed suddenly catches fire and does far better then I expected. I have had three films do that which is amazing because as a rule,the longer the review has been up,the less traffic tends to come by. For my older reviews,I have to rely on search engines,IMDb and once in a while someone will copy and share my review with a group of friends because of the sudden burst of activity I get on the post.
The first movie that I noticed was getting unexpectedly crazy traffic was my 52nd review.
It was a Lifetime movie that I had picked up from a Dollar Tree right after Lori had passed away. It was part of my white noise phase where I would put on a movie just for background noise. I must have played it 10-15 times before switching it out for something else.
“Her Best Fiend’s Husband” is the movie and it is wildly popular for some strange reason. Its a solid story,has a good cast and it is directed well. But is it a classic? It is Emmy award winning? Was it ground breaking in how the story was told? Nope,its just a made-for-TV movie and I reviewed it because I had watched and enjoyed two other Lifetime movies (I have to admit,those movies are pretty decent).
I posted my review in July of 2017 and the traffic was meh….it drew 47 views which was better then I thought it would do.
Then 2018 popped in and instead of slowly fading away,the views were actually steady.
Then they started to rise and I ended up with 85 views and yes,again I know its not a lot but when trend is to go down instead of up….and now in 2019,it has drawn 140 more views and in May it had its best month. Somewhere down the line,this film has gained a cult following somewhere. People are using search engines because I see some of the terms they use when they are looking for the movie. (You should see some of the terms used for “Summer of ’42”)
The other film,well…..I think I know part of the reason why its a huge cult favorite.
The film is a Hallmark Channel romance film called “A Country Wedding” and it the most popular movie the cheetah and I have reviewed in terms of views.
As with “Her Best Friend’s Husband”,its a solid movie….warm familiar plot,attractive cast and a happy ending. But that goes with EVERY Hallmark movie and yet “Country” is so much more popular,SO much more.
I reached to Ruth Hill (@RuthHill74),a huge Hallmark Channel fan on Twitter and I asked her why she felt “A Country Wedding” was so huge…
She replied “I would say “A Country Wedding”is so popular on the Hallmark Channel due to the amazing cast & chemistry of the leads
@jessemetcalfe @autumnreeser I would say having some music in there also helps.”
I want to agree with that but I have reviewed another Jesse Metcalfe movie and it doesn’t come close to a “A Country Wedding” in terms of views. See,I know the secret to this movie’s cult status…..it’s that seriously awful wig that actress Laura Mennell was forced to wear as Jesse’s then girlfriend. How do I know this? Again,search engine terms and about 90% of the terms entered involve that crazy wig. Once that wig makes it first appearance,you’ll be hard pressed to turn your eyes away.
In the single year since I posted our review,we have gotten over 350 views alone on “A Country Wedding” and its popularity continues to grow.
All right then…..there you have it,the dude with the fearsome cheetah just felt like we wanted to share this with you. Not the most exciting post but definitely the weirdest,right?
I like to thank my Hallmark Channel expert Ruth Hill for her input.
Here is a challenge……you already know two of them but which other 37 reviews have made “The 100” list? Drop a guess below in the comment section!!