Blogging feels a little redundant this week. HouseGoesHome has developed a life of its own. A post I wrote on Saturday, called HouseGoesHollywood: Princess Kate’s nude scandal, has hijacked my site. It’s received 5478 views so far, still going strong.
In normal circumstances I’d be thrilled with 5478 views. But I feel a bit empty about these ones. They’re not the result of me writing something witty or insightful or heartfelt. They’re purely because people are curious about royal nipples.
I’ve been waking to 500+ views every morning. I check my stats throughout the day and shake my head as they steadily rise. The viewers don’t hang around to read much else, they just pop in for a perv then pop straight back out again.
It’s strange to receive so many views for something so silly. Why do people care so much? Is it because they like seeing posh people with toffee accents getting caught out. Like Hugh Grant with the transvestite hooker?
And if my little blog has scored this much attention, imagine the traffic bigger news and gossip sites are receiving. According to Mamamia it’s the most-read news story on most news sites around the world this week.
A fellow blogger, Shambolic Living, had this sobering view on the subject (and me): “HouseGoesHome has a particularly unhealthy interest in the antics of the famous – you can take the woman out of the mags but you can’t take the mags out of the woman – I’m trying to not let that stand in the way of liking her. Yesterday she posted about the flashing of the regal titties and her page views leapt up. If they can do that for blog imagine what they do for magazine sales – if these royals keep on undressing it could just save the industry from extinction! Why are people so interested? I posted a comment at House saying I found the topic boring but supposed it was a fascination with watching others screw-up. Then realised I was probably just jealous of a woman who still had perky, attractive boobs worthy of being flaunted. The size F, droopy, sagging babies I possess could seriously impede my ability to walk if they weren’t hoisted and contained.”
Yes, I know, I’m part of the problem. I’m the one writing HouseGoesHollywood gossip posts each day. What did I expect? And I was once the editor of a celebrity magazine, Woman’s Day. Scandal has been my bread and butter for years.
But if it didn’t sell, I wouldn’t have been pedalling it.
And that’s the bigger issue that needs examining. Sure, there are moral questions to be asked about the photographer who took the photos of Princess Kate and the magazine editors who’ve chosen to run them. But they did it because there’s a public hunger. People are clammering to see those pics. What’s that all about?
Royal sauciness brings out the voyeur in humanity. It always has: Edward and Mrs Simpson, Fergie and her toe-sucking millionaire (shudder), Prince Charles wanting to be Camilla’s tampon (double shudder), Princess Diana everything … click through to UK Huffington Post if you want a few more …
As for all the hand-wringing from Buckingham Palace and the self-righteous British press, I’m liking Gawker‘s take on it: “All in all, though, isn’t this the classy way to have your privacy invaded? Instead of, you know, being surreptitiously photographed by a fellow nude billiards player“
PS I’ve discovered that when you Google “Princess Kate nude scandal” my blog is the SECOND thing that comes up. How did that happen? Does go some way to explaining why I’m Miss Popularity … Fluke choice of zeitgeist heading.