1) Who are you and what is your website about?
I’m raincoaster; I’ve been blogging professionally under that name since 2002, on my own sites and for other blog networks. I remember Perez Hilton before he was PEREZ FREAKING HILTON (you know, back when he was a nice kid?). Lolebrity.net aims to do for celebrities what ICanHasCheezburger did for cats; it seems every day there’s at least one celebrity image that just screams out for snark, and I’m in the business of dishing it out. Sometimes I aim a little higher, like with my John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe “Quoth Anything” pic, but generally it’s just one fun/snarky/easy-to-digest image a day.
2) How many visits do you get each day?
It varies. Our first day, we got around 1700, thanks to a direct link from Gawker. Then Google kicked me to the curb and it stayed in the 100-150 range for a long time. Earlier this week, Google momentarily rediscovered my topless Helen Mirren post and BAM! Right up to 700 again. For. One. Day. Now the world has lost interest in Helen, it seems, and we’re back to our steady 250-300 a day and slowly climbing.
3) What has been the most explosive post on your blog and why?
Definitely the Helen Mirren post. I photoshopped it so it’s technically SFW, with little @ sign pasties and everything, but search engines can’t seem to make up their minds about whether it’s okay for Safe Search. It’s in, it’s out, and as goes the Helen Mirren post, so goes the rest of the blog, because they may come for the boobies, but they stay for the Clint Eastwood and the Katy Perry. If that post gets banned from Safe Search, so does the rest of the blog and poof, there go the hits.
4) What is the craziest/most interesting exchange you’ve seen in your blog comments and why?
Well, there are very few comments on Lolebrity, except for the pervs looking for more Miley Cyrus boobs, but on another of my sites I did once get into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and when it comes to the dialogue on the existence of fairies in Devonshire, well, I’ve got a corner on the market, with over 2000 comments on that particular raincoaster.com post.
5) What is the best article for a new reader on your blog to see?
I’m very proud of the Ian McKellen anti-homophobia post. McKellen himself posted it to Twitter, which gave me quite the fangirl rush. The man is carved of solid awesome, and to see him promoting my work was an honour. You can get very jaded, doing celebrity blogging, and lolpix are not normally considered socially relevant or meaningful. Every now and again I can make a political or social point with this, possibly the most anti-intellectual medium of all, and it feels good.