Well, maybe… maybe not.
After 8-1/2 years of existence, ElvisBlog has really good SEO (search engine optimization). So lots of folks with a product or program or website or whatever concerning Elvis will Google search and find the site. Then, they send an e-mail hoping I will share their great (fill in the blank) with the blog’s readers. Usually, I can’t help because ElvisBlog is about providing interesting articles, not free advertising.
The only exception is when I can build an interesting blog article around the project. The best example of this is the Circle G Foundation which is trying to save Elvis’ old horse ranch in Mississippi. There was such a full history and so many photos available, I got three blog articles out of it – here, here, and here. Hopefully, they did some good.
For some reason, the past week has seen a rush of these requests. While none work for a stand-alone blog article, here’s a little information from five of them.
I’ve been getting e-mails from these folks for some time. I don’t know how I got on their list, but if their latest topic interests me, I click on the link and read it on their website. A recent post is titled June 1982: Graceland Opens to the Public. It’s a nice little interview with Graceland’s director of public relations, Kevin Kern. Click here to read it.
While you are there, you might want to type Elvis in the search box. There are sixteen other features that are about completely about Elvis or at least mention him.
Do You Remember asked me to share the Graceland article on ElvisBlog, and suggested I share an ElvisBlog article on their site. I might just do that. Every little bit helps that SEO.
I keep up with six or seven auctions that have a history of offering Elvis items, but I have never heard of Mercum. However, they do have a dozen photos of Elvis during his Army days provided by old buddy Rex Mansfield. Also included is a set of eleven Army slides, copies of Elvis’ induction and discharge papers, and a few other items. To view them all, click here. Scroll down to the Elvis items.
Long live the King:
This request came in from freelance photographer Mike Dvorak, who is doing a project on Elvis Tribute Artists and the fans who love them. He is trying to raise $28,000 to finance his project titled Long Live the King. Click here to see a short video about his concept and several still photos of ETAs he has already photographed. Note to Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog. You won’t like any of these guys, except maybe the fellow above. I know you will love that fur coat over the jumpsuit.
Paul Fraser Collectibles:
This English company recently produced a short guide on collecting Elvis memorabilia. If you prefer to consider big-ticket Elvis collectibles at a fixed price, rather than auction bidding, this guide may be just what you need. Be warned, there does seem to be fair amount of hype.
This came in as a Comment on ElvisBlog’s recent series of Random Thoughts on Encore’s month of Elvis movies in May. I guess I’ll approve it for posting, but the writer (signed only as Leb) kind of dissed me. He said, “My main comment concerning your review is the lack of information concerning HOW Encore broadcasted these films. Encore uses what is known as Pan n Scan. In other words, they redirect the film which you are watching. Doesn’t this matter to you?”
Actually, no it doesn’t. I’ll let others worry about defending the visions and intentions of film makers. I just want to watch Elvis movies.
Next, Leb said, “Most of Elvis’ quality Hollywood output (and cultural influence and popular music for that matter) ended with Liverpool in 1964.” Well, he’s right about the quality of Elvis’ movies after 1964, but no way Elvis’ cultural influence ended then. And Elvis had thirty-nine Top 40 hits (including two #1s) after 1964.
The last thing Leb said didn’t sit well with me at all. “I am including a URL for your consideration. I hope you enjoy it and it wakes you up.”
Sorry, I’m afraid you wasted your time on me.
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