Today we celebrate the 1000th Post of WTIT Tape Radio: The Blog. I’m your host today, Judd Corizan. I host the blog Sunday Stealing. Today I get to ask questions of Bud Weiser, the author of the blog and co-founder of WTIT. My questions are in bold.
When was the WTIT Tape Radio Blog started?
Our first post was on February 15, 2006. It was the date the WTIT.net site was launched. My son James (the rocker who plays in the band So Long Davey) designed the site. I had set the parameters, but he pretty much did it all. I wanted a site that the WTIT DJs past and present could go to and celebrate our Tape Radio Station. I didn’t think anyone else would ever see the site or hear of WTIT. Here is a bit of trivia: I didn’t write the first post, James did.
Why did you start the WTIT Blog?
The truth is that I didn’t. I didn’t even know it existed when the first post welcoming the world to the blog was posted. When I first viewed the site, I asked James, “What the fuck is the WTIT Blog?” He said that it would give me a way to communicate on the site on a regular basis. I had no idea that I would become a blog addict. I thought I’d share a few tales of growing up with a Tape Radio Station studio in your home. It wasn’t until a few readers found me that I realized the impact a blog can have. We’ve had some 160,000 visitors to this blog. I’m not sure that 160 people have ever actually listened to WTIT.
How did you get the readership going?
I found a blog I really liked. It was a rather whimsical humor blog penned by Gale Martin. Through Gale, I *met* a lot of bloggers. Gale hasn’t posted in years, but I get an email from her every now and then. At the time everyone wanted to win the Bestest Blog of the Day award that was hosted on a site run by Bobby Griffin. Although I have Mimi Lenox to thank for the blog actually getting the award. She picked it out and wrote the review. It was when Bobby closed that site The Rising Blogger was born.
And that’s where I came in. Who’s idea was it?
I can’t say. It was Mimi’s or mine. We thought it would be a novel idea to award a post not a blog. We also thought we might generate some traffic to this blog and Mimi Writes.
Did it work?
It worked as an award site. People appreciated the award and all but it didn’t generate anything beyond that. It got to be like a job. So when another blogger offered to take it over, we said “cool.” It would go on and our work was done with it. Besides, I had another idea.
Sunday Stealing. Right?
I had been stealing memes for a long time on Sundays. A few people each week would steal them from me. So with the Rising Blogger over with as far as my participation went, we syndicated Sunday Stealing. We are now the most played meme in the blogosphere. A few weeks ago we had over 80 people play Stealing. It’s ironic. Sunday Stealing gave this blog the exposure we had hoped with The Rising Blogger. But that wasn’t why we did we started the syndication. We just thought it might be fun to get a few more players to join us on Sundays. Besides it gave you something to do once your hosting the other blog was done.
Besides the now infamous Google warning? I don’t think I’ve accomplished anything. I’ve written comedy for 40 years. And if you heard my radio show, the real one (not WTIT), then you knew about my warped sense of the world. But the blog keeps reaching more people. I find it amazing. But as far as an accomplishment? I’ve made friends. A lot of friends that I never could have got to know anywhere else. I wanted to use this post to thank and link to everyone I’ve met. But then I realized that I’d inevitably leave someone out. It was almost a good idea.
Speaking of the warning, why do all the swearing in the first place?
It’s ironic. In real life I don’t swear a lot. But in the written word, I love the emphasis. If I speak of a meme and say, “I hate this fucker” it’s funnier than “I hate this sucker”. I have no idea why, but it is. I just didn’t want to become Howard Stern. I can speak a lot about sex and swear but there is a huge difference.
Howard acts like a 13 year-old boy who everyday is reading his first Playboy magazine. I think my satire is about honest issues men and women have. His audience is 90% male. He preaches to the choir. My audience is 90% women. It’s been said that it is because I say what their husbands or boyfriends are thinking. But couples play a dance of sorts. I’m too old to be anything but myself. I think I keep it real, dawg.
Congrats on your 1000th. Thanks.
Thank you Judd, for hosting the Rising Blogger and now Sunday Stealing and for all your help.
Exactly. You do a good interview for an avatar. Later, dude!
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