You see, after toiling away here at Tube Talk for the past two years, trying to give you daily TV news updates, celebrity interviews, amusing columns, and a fun forum for discussion, I’ve finally received an accolade, other than my loyal readers’ daily devotion.
A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail from the folks at Blogged.com, a Web site that evaluates and rates blogs in several categories. The editors at Blogged.com have chosen Tube Talk as one of the Web’s top TV blogs. (I know. I can’t believe it either!)
Tube Talk earned the number five spot on the list, with a 9.4 score out of a possible 10. Blogged.com based its rating on “frequency of updates, relevance of content, site design, and writing style.”
Who else is in the top five? Well, let me just say that I’m still pinching myself. The number-one-rated blog went to Matt Roush’s Dispatch blog at TV Guide, number two went to my blogging idol, E!Online’s Watch With Kristin, number three belonged to the folks at TV With Meevee, and the fourth spot went to a fellow blogger and my cyber pal, The TV Addict. Impressive company, right?
I’m not sure how seriously the blogging world takes these things. (See, I’m still an outsider.) But whether or not it means anything in the grand scheme of things, it means a lot to be on a list of top five anything that includes the names Matt Roush and Kristin Dos Santos.
Since I started this little blog in 2006, it’s been quite a learning curve. I came from the world of print journalism, armed with only my interview and writing skills. I didn’t know HTML, Web design, or even what a blog was. With the encouragement of friends, family, Kathie at Give Me My Remote, and loyal readers of my newspaper column, Tube Talk, I decided to try and publish on the Web in a blog form.
The first few months were rough. I went from 20,000 daily readers in The Exponent Telegram newspaper to barely 200 per day. (Yeah, it stung a little.)
Fast forward to 2008, and now Tube Talk is a syndicated blog at USA Today, Reuters News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Austin American Statesman, The Dayton Daily News, and Fox News , with millions of readers world wide. I’ve also been a guest on the nationally popular Shaun Daily TV Talk Blog Talk Radio program, and I do a weekly Tube Talk report for the Jack Logar morning show on Magic 106.5.
Before I get all teary-eyed here and prompt you to cue the cheesy music, let me simply say “thank you” to all of you who come here daily, weekly, or occasionally; to those of you who take time enough to comment about a story or give your opinion; and to my dedicated columnists, Becky Tennant, Bethany O’Neil, and Ashley Gouveia, who bring you American Idol coverage and Commentary With a Co-Ed, respectively. Without all of you, I fear Tube Talk would have fizzled like the thousands of other blogs that debut and quickly disappear. (OK, now you can cue the orchestra because this little speech has gone on for entirely too long.)
In closing, let me just say “thank you” for sharing my love of television and inspiring me to combine my love for writing and the TV genre into this little “hobby.” And thanks to the folks at Blogged.com who stumbled onto my little blog and took it seriously enough to evaluate it against Web sites with hordes of employees, such as TV Guide, E!Online, and Zap2it.
Tube Talk Girl