500K! A Milestone and a Thank You

When I first started TDYLF in March of 2010, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I had hoped to create a holding cell for all of the synaptic goo that springs forth from my skull. That’s really all I had hoped to have, and so I started out with a ridiculously long URL–thedroidyourelookingfor.wordpress.com–and a clunky masthead, which laid atop a clunky design. It’s now almost two years later. The URL has changed (tdylf.com), the masthead has changed, the fonts have changed, and the background has gotten a recent renovation. Even the content has evolved through the 22 months. And now, I’ve reached a milestone that I never would’ve thought possible.

I sort of imagine that my synaptic goo looks a lot like Ethiopian food.

This article will bring me my 500,000th page view. That’s half a million hits for my little corner of the internet. And that is almost unfathomable to me. For that, I owe a humongous debt to each and every person who’s ever dipped into my synaptic goo (also, I apologize to everyone who just read that sentence, because ‘dipping into my synaptic goo’ sounds gross). I’m honored that all of you felt that whatever I wrote would be worth your time. Regardless of the content, half a million never would’ve been possible without my readers. Thank you.

Now also seems like as good a time as any to roll out some boring meta garbage to give you a peek at Oz behind the curtain. How the hell did I get to 500k? Brace yourself for humblebrags!

The ten most popular articles, along with their total page views:

  1. The Six Stages of Movie Geek Evolution 42,006
  2. 12 Great Moments in Movie History, Using Stick Figures, 27,582
  3. Seven TV Characters I Wish Dexter Morgan Would Murder 21,113
  4. The Movies That Have Influenced Edgar Wright Films 19,978
  5. Ten Movie Moms That Would Be Acceptable Substitutes for My Own 16,785
  6. Movie Charts 15,429
  7. The Six Best Moments on Mad Men 14,427
  8. Ten Fictional TV Businesses that I Wish Were Real 13,920
  9. 100 Things I Love About the Movies 13,043
  10. Eight Movies That Would be Better With Futurama Characters 11,612

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point something out about the first article on that list. The genesis of the idea came directly from the fantastic Beer and Whiskey Brothers blog. In retrospect, I wish I’d been much more original, and I regret that my version so closely mirrored theirs. In the very least, Jim and Don deserve a huge thank you for letting me borrow their idea and I’ve promised myself to be more original with my content ever since.

I’m also indebted to my friend and guest writer, Josh Katz, whose two-part series detailing his life in original motion picture soundtracks was some of the best writing this site has ever seen.

Total comments: 5,124

The five websites providing the most referral hits:

  1. imdb.com 194,537
  2. Facebook 11,145
  3. StumbleUpon  8,452
  4. Twitter 3,014
  5. Neatorama 1,467

As you can see, IMDb has been a tremendous part of reaching this milestone. To date, they’ve placed 19 of my articles on their daily Hit List. It flattered the hell out of me the first time it happened, and it still flatters me every time that it happens. I’m extremely grateful to them.

Total number of subscribers: 136
136 people want to receive notifications every time I write something. That pleases me to no end. Thank you to all of you.

Busiest day: October 19, 2010, with 24,885 hits

Five busiest months:

  1. May 2011 70,012
  2. November 2010 55,570
  3. October 2010 55,230
  4. April 2011 45,352
  5. March 2011 33,387

Here’s another little known fact. I was operational from March 2010 until the end of August 2010, but only updated sparingly. Even in September 2010, when I started updating several times per week, traffic was incredibly slow. I had made my first appearance on the Hit List in May 2010. Subtracting the traffic I received that first day on the Hit List, the total traffic in TDYLF’s first seven months of existence totaled 2,270 page views. Or put another way, I received 12 more hits TOTAL in seven months than my daily average in May 2011. Or another way to think of it–484,922 of my 500,000 page views have come since October 1, 2010.

I have inadvertently disappointed a lot of furries. Sorry for that, furries.

Search terms:
Last but not least, I always get a kick out of the search terms that people use to find TDYLF. The top search term has been “film six”, netting 1,620 views. There are a slew of phrases centered around “best French films” which lead people here. I’m a devotee of French cinema and if I can entertain or educate people seeking to find out more, that makes me very happy. I’ve gotten 4,325 hits from folks searching for several variations of “best french films”. A search of “coolest tattoos” has gotten me 971 more hits. More disturbing search terms that directed people to TDYLF: animal costume porn; mom son incest; national pornographic; rape movies; little house on the prairie porn; and the most bone-chilling one of all, penis amputation.

Thank you all once again for reading, and here’s to another half a million hits!


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32 responses to “500K! A Milestone and a Thank You

  1. Congratulations! 500k is a milestone to behold indeed! Not to mention making the IMDB Hit List 19 times! At what point do me and my fellow bloggers get to form a fan club and start criticizing other people for joining the bandwagon while we claim to be the only ‘true’ TDYLF fans?

    • A hipster following? That’d be hilarious. “I was reading TDYLF when he was regularly writing about samurai boobs”. Actually, “Samurai Boobs” would ideally be a part of the club name.

      • Well I was originally going to form one under the name “The Samurai Boobs You’re Looking For: A TDYLF Fan Club” but I worried the name would be too wordy and it’d be hard to recruit members for TSBYLFaTDYLFFC….

  2. owen

    Thank you for spending the time to write your consistently great blogs. You’ve been a large help in my development of my love in film which is something I couldn’t thank you enough. Keep up the smashing work!

  3. Congrats! I wish you many other 500Ks!!! How do you get on IMDb’s Hit List?
    I think your blog is original and you always come up with something interesting, funny, and unique in the blogoshere. This is manly why I come here everyday!

    • Thanks, Michael! They have a Hit List Submission forum where you can submit articles that you think they’d be interested in running. The link is directly below the Hit List.

  4. Wow. I mean… WOW!!! Congrats to you — and for good measure, I just poked around on your site a bit more, adding about a dozen to your total. You’re welcome.


    Onwards to 1 million, John!

    Now about that penis amputation search term…I guess that proves how complementary our sites are, as one of my most common search engine terms is “super glue penis.” I do not lie…

  5. How do you get referrals on IMDB? Do you post over there?

    • It’s been a mix of a few things. They have a Hit List Submission forum where you can submit articles that you think they’d be interested in running. The link is directly below the Hit List. But for awhile, I was fortunate enough that I’d get regular hits from their editors, seeking out content. It’s slowed down lately- I’m not even sure the last time I got incoming traffic from their editors (and maybe I’m still getting it but it’s not showing up? I have no idea). Basically, I’ll occasionally submit stuff on their board, and the rest was dumb luck.

  6. Dude! Congrats! That’s one hell of a milestone! Well deserved.

    We only have 429K hits to go…


  7. Congrats! You definitely have a great blog, sir. I think it was your post of fake Criterion covers that made me a fan, and I have been coming back ever since.

  8. Phil

    Congratulations! You consistently have one of the most creative and original blogs out there.

  9. I still remember when you told me you were starting a blog a while back, I think my expectations were quite a bit lower than half million, for sure. I remember the first time I searched google for your site and couldn’t find it, now tdylf search gets you here directly. I also remember the excitement of your first hit list, I think I told everyone I saw that day. Congratulations from one of the first, still my favorite – https://tdylf.com/2010/11/23/lessons-ive-learned-from-holiday-specials/ – anyone who reads this site that hasn’t read this one needs to now. Be forewarned, you will shot soda out your nose if you aren’t prepared. Thanks again man, good job.

  10. Dan

    Wow, that’s an awesome achievement. I was feeling pretty good about hitting 13,000 page views in the first nine months. That’s amazing.


    • If you want to join in on the fun, feel free to say that our two STL-based movie sites have combined for 514,000 page views.

      And you should feel good about 13k. My first seven months were incredibly slow.

  11. I really like Ethiopian food. I also enjoy fallopian food.

  12. Congratulations on 500K pageviews John! You deserve every single one of them, fantastic blog you got sir! And wow 19 times on the IMDb hit list!!! That’s very impressive 😀

  13. John, the least I can do is say thank you for having such a magnificent site and congrats on all the terrific, well-deserved attention it has received. I’ve been reading regularly since January 2011, and I’ve constantly been impressed and amused by the content you have been putting out there – so much so that it convinced me to start a blog of my own, and follow other blogs. I have now become significantly addicted to several sites across the movie blogosphere, and it never would’ve happened if not for TDYLF. You’ve also introduced me to many directors and cinema movements such as Ingmar Bergman and the French New Wave, respectively, that I would never have checked out normally. It’s unfathomable the effect you and your writing have had on my own cinematic experiences, and for that, thank you is simply not enough.

    Congratulations John, on being a sensational blogger, reviewer, graphic designer and person.

  14. Those are some impressive statistics. Congratulations!

  15. Wow, 500K is massive and well deserved, congrats man, this is a fine blog! I think at my current pace it will take close to a year for me to get there.

  16. rtm

    Woo hoo! 500K hits, well done man! I am not at all surprised by that given how excellent and original your posts are, you can’t find what you write/draw anywhere else in the blogosphere! Keep being the awesome blogger that you are John!

  17. Congratulations on your achievement! Awesome work.

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