Blogs are wierd.
As I've said before, I get numerous google searches for "I Hate Oprah" because of a post I wrote off the top of my head almost 2 1/2 years ago in which I did not say I hated Oprah, but complained about her fans.
Last week, two interesting things happened in that regard. First, the "I hate Oprah" searches and views of that post skyrocketted. Second, a reporter from the Houston Chronicle contacted me for an interview regarding the post.
I believe the reporter, Corilyn Shropshire, is freelance. She said that the story might be in the Sunday (Dec. 16th) edition of the paper, or it might not. I'm kind of going to use this post as just a place holder for reference. If or when it is published, I will put a link to it here, but thought I would cut and past the whole email interview because I am always afraid in the minor amount of press I get that I will be taken out of context. So, just for kicks, here is the interview:
Hi Lisa, Sorry to keep bothering you, but I figured that if you received an email from my Houston Chronicle email address ( I’m in the office today) you might believe that I’m legitimately a reporter and feel compelled to agree to an interview. Again, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to discuss what prompted your Oprah posts ( James Frey?) two years ago and what the response and discussion was like for you. Were your commenters mainly Mommy bloggers like yourself? Do you think that there are others – who might fit the Oprah demographic as snuggly as you do – who dislike Oprah and her “minions” as you call them? ( great word by the way). After this, I promise to leave you in peace. But this topic – a story about the often unheard-of Oprah detractors, is timeless and a good one. Thanks so much! Please give me a ring. Best, Cori
Hi, Cori, Oh, the Oprah minions! I'm half afraid that if I do this interview they will come after me! That post was written over two years ago and was basically in response to the Brooke Shields/Tom Cruise couch jumping thing. It was comments I was getting from what I call couch "oprahologists", or people who diagnose other's mental state based on Oprah or Dr. Phill style psychology. The post is still the main google searched and most read post on my otherwise low key, low readership site. "I hate Oprah" are the search terms that I get constantly. Since the Barack Obama thing, the posts views have gone up dramatically based on those search terms. You may or may not have gathered that I am deaf. It would be better for you to email me your questions and I'll see if I can shoot off quick and coherent answers to them. I don't do well with phone interviews. If you want to do it that way, then I will check back in a few minutes and try to get it done in a timely manner. Do you have a specific deadline, timewise? If so, let me know. Thanks, Lisa
By the way, your missives on why you find Oprah and her fans irritating were a great read. I figured your blog would be pretty popular. Hopefully, after my story runs, this interview will have been worth your time.
I wonder if that means anything that – the "IHateOprah" search term has become increasingly popular since Oprah's been out stumping for Sen. Obama? Do you have any figures on the dramatic increase to your site? What do you make of the post views rising?
Can you briefly describe the response you received from your blog post – were there a flood of comments? It seems like it went on – for two years…