Four Year Blog-versary: another year of Metal

Today marks another year in the books for this website. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years but time really does fly by when you do something you enjoy. Needless to say, my hobby has grown over the last four years, and the music continues to pile up thanks to all the bands, labels, distribution companies and PR firms sending in so many CDs for review. Add those promos to the stuff I buy and it’s no wonder why I need more storage!

So what happened here in 2009?

I didn’t post as much. For some reason I just didn’t feel like posting. There were plenty of great albums, plenty of Metal news to discuss and plenty of purchases made for my collection…..but I didn’t feel like writing. Without actually counting I believe I posted about a third less than 2008. Hopefully this is something that I can fix this year because I enjoying discussing everything. One of the reasons for my lack of posts was that I took the time to sit and listen and not rush a lot of the albums I acquired. Another reason was that there are a ton of other websites & blogs doing the same thing and I felt that they did a better job.

I finally received a million hits! In July, HMA finally received it’s 1,000,000 visitor so thanks to everyone who has stopped by. I thought that I would get to a million earlier in the year but the lack of posts contributed to the lack of visitors. I started off 2009 well in January & February…..readership was blowing away the previous year but the I started to write less and site traffic went down 10,000+ each month. I don’t really care much about site stats and site traffic but WordPress allows you to track your traffic and I noticed a serious drop-off for 2009 by 140,000 readers. Either way, a lot of people still like to come to the site no matter what I post and it’s nice to know that my opinion may count for something. I’ve made a lot of friends online through this site, as well as a lot of contacts in the industry, so to all of you a big “thanks” for coming by a spending some time.

There were some popular posts this year and the top one was my WANTED post on Whitesnake’s LOVEHUNTER (1979) & STARKERS IN TOKYO (1997). The Van Halen “reunion” picture with David Lee Roth from Feb 2007 was 2nd, followed by my review of Lita Ford – OUT FOR BLOOD (1983), the first picture of Journey with new singer Arnel Pineda and my review of Legs Diamond – TOWN BAD GIRL (1990). The funny thing about these Top 5 posts is that only the Whitesnake post was from 2009, the Journey post was from January 2008 and the other three from 2007. The Top 5 viewed album reviews for 2009 were Lita Ford and Legs Diamond coming in #1 & #2 with Ozzy Osbourne – BLACK RAIN (2007) in the 3rd spot. Following those three were Whitesnake – s/t (1987) and AC/DC – HIGH VOLTAGE (1975) with Anvil – THIS IS THIRTEEN (2007) right behind. Lita, Legs Diamond and Ozzy all made the top album reviews for 2008 as well.

So what’s on deck for 2010? Not sure…..hopefully I will post more, that’s probably the thing I would like to do the most. Reviews of older/classic Metal records is definitely going to be a priority as is catching up on some of those 2009 albums I didn’t get a chance to review. January is always a catch up month for me so there are going to be some 2009 albums I missed out on being purchased and reviewed. I say the same thing every year but I’m going to try and keep up with the 2010 releases…..we’ll see what happens because I never do, there are just too many albums out there! I’ll still do playlists, Ebay Madness, Wanted, CD Scavenger Hunt and I am hoping for more concerts to come around so hopefully this year will be another good one.

So that’s about it for now. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by in 2009 and giving the site a look. Hopefully site traffic continues to grow again and people will comment on the posts. I’d also like to thank all the bands, labels and PR people again for sending in the promos last year, it was a great year for discovering new music.

Here’s to a great 2010! Cheers!

– Steve

Three Year Blog-versary: Still going…and going…and going…

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!

— Steve