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[Call_&_Response_#_14: Who's_Wearing_Chains?]

Greetings, Chainsers.

Roth's post earlier today about how fast we come up in google searches having to to with notre amour had me taking a closer look at our site stats than I have in a long time, and I gotta tell you, the info is pretty interesting. My dears, I thought you might be interested to know that WTC's readership is larger than I imagined, and growing steadily.

Who knew that when that flatulent blowhard whore Gabriel Miller and I launched WTC we would carve out such a solid niche in the small pond known as the NINternet! I was surprised to see that even though we had a quiet patch during my computer debacle, traffic did not slow down a bit. In fact, throughout our short and storied tenure, our numbers have grown steadily, and show no sign of slowing down at all!


You can click on the graph above for a larger version, and on it, you can see our quarterly growth in page loads, unique visitors, and repeat visitors from inception to the first quarter of 2006. I'll only add that numbers for the current quarter are on track to continue the trend. Amazing, no? I mean it's not like we're pulling in the MILLIONS that some sites no doubt boast, but I'd say we can honestly report that 100's of people read WTC everyday; WAY MORE than we ever expected.

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of our readership is American, but we also have regular readers with hundreds of visits logged from places like Italy, Germany, Spain, The Czech Republic, France, Great Britian, Switzerland, and Estonia (?!). We have regular and repeat visitors from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and Japan.

Our readers arrive at WTC in a variety of ways. We get your requisite perverts, and etc., but revealingly, the number one search term that brings surfers to WTC is some variation on "Red Robe Pic", which is funny, because that picture, though linked to from WTC, is not actually hosted by this website. We also get loads of people searching for info about Trent Reznor's girlfriend, though, funnily enough, that is the only topic that is banned from any discussion whatsoever on this website, and we don't show up that high in the google results. I guess those folks who are out for that kind of info are willing to do a little digging. Whatevs.

Diggers? We got NOTHIN' for you here.

We get the occasional link-overs from places where better, cleverer men than we are roundly excoriating our sorry asses -- places like ETS and The Spiral, as well as the occasional blog link, too; but one of the coolest little tidbits of info our stats reveal is that the majority of people arrive at WTC by typing the URL into their browsers on purpose. Awesome.

Anyway, my question for you today, people, is WHO THE HELL ARE YOU? We've got a handful of regular commenters, but obviously, there are LOADS of lurkers. Here's what I hope: this one time only, even if you are a lurker, and don't want to join into our wacky discussions of all things Trent Reznor, please just drop us a little message to tell us where you are! It's not necessary to enter anything into the e-mail and web address lines of our comment feature, so feel free to be anonymous, but dudes! Where are you? How long have you been reading WTC?

What's the haps?!

And, hey, everyone? Thanks for reading and commenting. I know the haters are out there, and that Gabriel is an asshole, but I think we rule.

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Hi there! I'm a regular (daily?) reader from Japan (although I'm not Japanese). I have been reading for about 6 months, I think - time goes so quickly!!

I love reading your site, but I stay quiet because I don't have the gift of the gab and do not wish to bore you to oblivion!

Great site and keep up the good work!!

Posted by: mishina | Jun 6, 2006 4:23:02 AM

Cool! Thanks for stopping by, Mishina, and thanks for reading! If you ever feel the urge to come out and play with us, I can assure you that we will welcome you with open arms.

Hey, regular commenters, just for the heck of it, tell us where you are, too.

Of course, as everone knows, I am in... er... PARIS. Yeah.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 6, 2006 5:43:39 AM

Have any of you checked out Jeordie's third eye in the current photo slot?

All I'm saying is that I'm not sure how cogent the message is when you start putting your Hindu symbolism right next to your military insignia.

It's a free-for-all!

Posted by: Jane | Jun 6, 2006 6:06:17 AM

Maybe they're going for some post-apocalyptic science fiction look. I mean, have you seen Josh Freese lately? [Live: Beyond_Thunderdome_2006]

Anyway, as you may know, I'm posting from the Chicagoland area. I'm really bored at my workplace, so I'm responsible for a lot of hits.

Posted by: maise | Jun 6, 2006 7:37:26 AM


Well, I'm quite the avid reader of your site, right here in Canada.Like Mishnia I have been reading for quite a few months as well.
I guess I shy out abit, as I haven't really commented here. But I do love your site none the less and I think Dierdre is awesome. :)

Keep up the great work..

Posted by: Nisha | Jun 6, 2006 7:42:14 AM

Hi guys! I'm in Louisiana, and discovered WTC about 3 weeks ago while digging for Trent pics. After searching for many, many months for a good NIN site, I came across this one. Damn, was I happy. I've been pouring over (lurking around) WTC ever since I found it.

I just came back from the NIN show in Houston on Sunday. I'm a bit on the shy side too, but if you want to know any details of the show, I am more than happy to share my experience. I just want to say, I think you guys are the shit & thanks for WTC - I love it.

Posted by: Melissa | Jun 6, 2006 8:09:57 AM

Hi to all the first-time posters!

Yes, Melissa, please dish all the dirt on the Houston performance!!!

Posted by: maise | Jun 6, 2006 8:19:58 AM

Itwas just luck that I found your site. I'm from Austria and your the only good site in the NINternet. Cause ETS guys real suck!!!
Keep on bitchin'

Posted by: Lisi | Jun 6, 2006 8:21:23 AM

Hi everybody. I'm lurking since last October. Found you thanks to ETS and am still glad I did.

Your site is pure entertainment. Rock on!

Best wishes from "Kugelsack"-country

Posted by: jenn | Jun 6, 2006 8:46:26 AM

Can I just tell you all how totally stoked we are to hear from you? Welcome, welcome, welcome! And thanks for all the love, man.

Melissa, we NEED to know EVERYTHING about the Houston show. Bring it on!!

Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 6, 2006 9:00:57 AM

Hi WTC-ers, I'm Canadian and I've been lurking here for a few months. The photo essays are by far my favorite part of the site. I laughed so hard when Dierdre rhapsodized about TR's pornographically sexxxy teeth and gently feathered fe-mullet of yore that I almost peed myself...so good work!

Posted by: Margo | Jun 6, 2006 9:16:04 AM

I've been lurking for a couple months, and have de-lurked a few times. I'm in St. Joseph, Missouri, which is about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. I don't remember how I stumbled across the site now, but it's one of my daily checks when I'm at work. I've been working on coming out of my shell to post more, so we shall see!

Posted by: Layla | Jun 6, 2006 10:14:26 AM

I never got into NIN before With Teeth. Why? I don't know. I saw NIN for the first time in March. It was a memorable experience. I became enamored with TR. I checked out sites like ETS but it was a bit serious and heavy for me. I have to admit, I got sucked into WTC by the red robe picture. It was so deliciously disturbing. I really like the satire and the fact that no one takes themselves to seriously. I also like the bookclub. Just finished Go Ask Orge yesterday. I am from NY and am 31.

Posted by: Lavender | Jun 6, 2006 10:29:19 AM

Wow...we got people from all over. This is great! I have no idea how I stumbled across all this craziness but I haven’t been able to look away since then. I’m down in south-east Iowa here, otherwise known as the Naval_Lint_Capital_of_the_World. I swear if watching paint dry ever becomes a sport we could have some Olympic contenders right here in my home town. Wouldn't that make all the rednecks proud!

Jane & Maise- Don’t forget about Alessandro getting all weird with his style too. With that little stripe across his eyes, he’s just a spandex outfit away from being some sort of super hero sidekick. Maybe his alter ego name could be The Keyboard Krusader or some shit like that.

Hey Layla ~ you going to the Dresden Dolls show next month in KC?

Posted by: Iris | Jun 6, 2006 11:38:25 AM

I'm from the Detroit area, very south of 8 Mile. International readers rock my socks.

Posted by: emerald527 | Jun 6, 2006 12:28:39 PM

I'm from sunny Sheffield in the UK, famous for 2 things I think - making steel and a film called The Full Monty.

I found your site about a week ago by googling yummy trent images and found the pics that brought me here and it's a wicked place to be :)

Perfect Drug video was on MTV2 here earlier and I swear to God I almost KILLED my mum for turning the TV off!!!!!!( (it was coz we had to go out but even so!!)

Posted by: Giftedsbytch | Jun 6, 2006 12:33:31 PM

Dude, how could you ever forget DEF LEPPARD? HOW?? Back in the 80's, when I was a teeanger, I lived in North Yorkshire for 9 months, and I once went to see Midge Ure in Sheffield. All I can tell you is this: my first words, getting off the train were "OMG! THIS IS THE HOME OF DEF LEPPARD!!!!"

I swear, I almost kissed the soil.

FYI, I'm your man in the Czech Republic.

Posted by: Jane | Jun 6, 2006 12:39:53 PM

would it fill you with irefull jealousy then if i told you i knew their first(ish) guitarist (who left JUST before they hit the big) in fact he moved in across the road from me.
and yeah, my bad for forgetting *that* band but I got distracted by the hilariously bad pics of Trent.
i hold a special place in my heart for the first time i saw the Closer vid - tied up, bare chest, blind fold and just a smattering of come here, do what you want, you'll never break me and the really wanting to try *sigh*

Posted by: Giftedsbytch | Jun 6, 2006 12:53:53 PM

...Gypsy sittin' lookin' pret-tay
A broken rose with laughing eyes,
You're a mys-tray, always runnin' wild
Like a child without a ho-ome.

I'm sorry but it's true,
You're bringin' on the heartache
Takin' all the best of me
Oh can't you see?
You're bingin' on the heartaaaaaa-aaaache...

Seriously, Joe Elliot? SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DIAMOND.

Posted by: Jane | Jun 6, 2006 1:02:57 PM

Oh dammit, now I have that song stuck in my head. I was always more fond of "Photograph," myself. Or "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Posted by: maise | Jun 6, 2006 1:33:29 PM

"Rock of Ages", bitches.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jun 6, 2006 1:55:27 PM

Oh, I get hysterical, hysteria
Oh can you feel it, do you believe it?
It's such a magical mysteria
When you get that feelin', better start believin'
'Cos it's a miracle, oh say you will, ooh babe
Hysteria when you're near

Does he really say "mysteria?"

Posted by: maise | Jun 6, 2006 2:06:49 PM


(I think he really, really does say mysteria. Really!)

Posted by: Jane | Jun 6, 2006 3:21:14 PM

While we're on the subject, I had the recent misfortune of seeing the All-American Rejects limp and stumble their way through "Photograph" on some VH1-sponsored awards show. I'm not a fan of either band, but even I felt the pain of the Leppard fans who were no doubt cringing.

Posted by: emerald527 | Jun 6, 2006 5:35:21 PM

Don't be so silly, Emerald. Leppard fans don't cringe! They are immune to cringing!

Posted by: Jane | Jun 6, 2006 9:30:31 PM

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