On January 30, 2005, the first blog devoted to Elvis made its debut. Five years and 800,000 hits later, ElvisBlog rolls on. There have been many changes, so it’s fun to go back and look at the first three articles that started things off. My original concept was for the weekly posts to contain 200 words or so, but today word counts of 800 to 1000 are common. For the first two years, there were no photos or pictures to illustrate the columns. Today, there are 8 or 10 in each, and many get picked up by Google Images and bring more new readers to ElvisBlog. Let’s look at those first three, very basic blog articles.
Elvis Jukebox Rankings – 1/30/05:
Back in 1989, on the 100th anniversary of the jukebox, the Amusement & Music Operators Association published a list of the top jukebox hits of all time. Elvis’ two-sided hit “Hound dog/Don’t Be Cruel” came in third. This premier ElvisBlog article racked up a grand total of six hits the entire first month of the blog’s history.
Riley Keough Presley? – 2/6/05:
When Elvis’ fifteen-year-old granddaughter started her modeling career in 2005, she was listed in press releases as Riley Keough Presley, not her given name of Danielle Riley Keough. I wondered if she might be using the Presley name to advance her career, but now, five years later, she is all over the press and the internet, and everyone refers to her as Riley Keough. She is to be congratulated for achieving quite a bit on her own. This ElvisBlog article ranked as the most popular for the next 54 weeks after it was posted.
Riley Keough in 2005
The Guitar that Rocked the World – 2/13/05:
I was so happy for Scotty Moore when I wrote this article. He was finally going to be honored with a TV special filmed at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London. Unfortunately, Scotty was far too trusting of the European producers of the project, and little turned out as promised. Instead of a TV special titled The Guitar That Changed the World, what resulted was a DVD titled A Tribute to the King. Click here to read more detail about what happened. Scotty Moore has now been the topic of seven ElvisBlog columns over the years. I really like this man.
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