And TVWriter™s Most Popular Feature is…

by Larry Brody

So there I was this morning, excited because our TVWriter™ site stats showed that we’re gaining visitors daily, constantly reaching new highs.

“Way to go, Brode,” I said to myself. “The revamp’s a big success. Looks like we’re doing it right.”

Then I took a closer look at the numbers. Here’s what I saw:

The post that had put us over the top was this one, and the “Got ya!” is the post isn’t really what did it. It was people searching for and then clicking on the pic above. One-third of our visitors have been coming here just to look at Brad Pitt’s bod.

Let me say that number again: $#@! one – $#@! third!

We love all our visitors, don’t get me wrong, but this is, you know, a site about television writing in particular and the television biz in general. And I was kind of hoping that our enhanced traffic had, well, something to do with the topic.

Oh, LB, so young, so pure, so delusional…

Don’t worry. I won’t let this get to me. TVWriter™ will continue to present the most information about TV writing and the TV biz we can in the most entertaining way it can. But I’m thinking that now that I have this new insight into what attracts eyeballs there must be some way to make it work even better for us.

Maybe we should insert this pic into every article. What do you think? In a corner, like this:

Look, ma! Brad Pitt! In Fight Club! Half nekkid!

Nah. There’s something about this that’s just not quite right.

Still. Increased traffic = increased potential for actually attracting advertising which means that we could eventually make the site and its classes and contests better than over. Should ethics get in the way of that? Isn’t there some virtue – just a little – to the idea that “the end justifies the means?”

Hmm…

Aha! I’ve got it!

If Brad packs ’em in, what’ll Angelina do?

Author: LB

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world with a career going back to the late ’60s, Larry Brody has written and produced hundreds of hours of American and worldwide television and is a consultant to production companies and networks in the U.S. and abroad . Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys, Writers Guild Awards, and the Humanitas Award.

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