As 2015 comes to an end, it’s difficult for me to resist a year-end countdown, so here you go – a recap of the My Rick Springfield Crush blog.
Since its first post in August 2014, this blog has had more than 7,000 hits (with more than 6,700 in 2015). More than 3,900 people visited the site from 64 countries – mainly from the United States.
The most views on one day? 222 (on Dec. 10, after “Light This Party Up” – the first single off of “Rocket Science” – was released.)
The majority of 2015 blog views – more than 2,100 – were the home page/archives.
As for individual posts, here are the top 10 posts of 2015:
10. Questions for RS Stripped Down Q & A
9. A new film: ‘Traces’ in 2016
8: A brief crossing of paths! (a post about when I met RS)
7. Rick Springfield fandom in the 1980s vs. today
5. Yes, it’s makeup (A True Detective-related post)
4. ‘We Connect’ and ‘Let Me In’ (Two “Rocket Science” songs)
3. Walkin’ In video, what a great gift!
2. 7 reasons to adore Rick Springfield even more after Syracuse trial
And the number one post for 2015 is… (drumroll here):
- A new look for Rick Springfield (A True Detective-related post)
I realize that most of these views are from people who randomly arrive at this blog during a “Rick Springfield” search (except for the two people that I know in real life who are only reading this because I’m writing it and not because of the subject – hi there), but it’s still pretty cool. When I first started this blog, I explained to a friend that I was doing it because I felt compelled to write it, to get my thoughts out of my head and make sure I don’t talk about it too much with the people around me. She asked me why I would do it so publicly, why not just write it in a journal?
Well, I have a stack of notebooks that I’ve written in over the years that were stored in boxes in the garage for years until I started this blog. I pulled them out to uncover any memories of my long-ago buried RS crush. Pages and pages and pages of scribbled words filling notebooks – documenting various experiences in my life and writing songs – that would have likely stayed in the boxes until I died and eventually been thrown into a big recycling bin to be transformed into paper towels.So that’s why I started this blog. So that maybe others like me who have a RS crush would read it and know that they are not alone in their addiction. And I guess I picked a good year to start the blog because although I wrote in a post back in June that I wasn’t sure how long I’d continue writing the blog because I wasn’t sure what else I could say, I’ve written more than 60 posts since then (today’s post marks #145.).
Perhaps I got a little carried away, but between his music, acting (TV and film) and touring, there was lots to cover. My “Rick Springfield Crush Revival” video that I made in February already seems so outdated because there are no references to “Ricki and the Flash,” “True Detective” or “Rocket Science.”
Also this year, I was fortunate to see RS in concert four times, and each concert had their special moments. In March, I saw him for the first time in about 15 years on what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday – with my best friend from high school, who I saw him in concert with in high school and in 1999. Plus I got to briefly meet him afterward and hand him a piece of paper with a link to this blog (not sure if he ever read it though).
Then in April I saw his “Stripped Down” show with my husband (who is now a fan and is reading his memoir, “Late, Late at Night“) and we both met him briefly after the show.
In October, I saw him at the state fair, where we scored third-row tickets and two of my sons got to sing “Don’t Talk to Strangers” with him. And then later that week, I saw him in Vegas, where I unfortunately had no interaction with him whatsoever, but I had a great time with my cousin and got to meet some “Rick Sistas.”
So yes, it’s been a good RS year. And in 2016, there’s Rocket Science (Feb. 19) and “Traces” (new movie – not sure when). And hopefully some more concerts.
Thanks for reading this! May you have a happy and healthy 2016 – the year of the “Human Touch”!
Here is the 1983 video of “Human Touch,” which is set in 2016: