Called It

I am often wrong, but I am more often correct. As I am a very pessimistic sort of person, who routinely predicts dire and unpleasant things, this is more of a burden than a joy.

Just out of curiosity, I took a look at Alexa’s ratings for LoadingReadyRun.com, as that was one of the primary means by which the cast measured their impact and popularity, and the stats. for the site had been steadily growing when I grew tired of their increasing stale and repetitious routine.

Although noisy and chaotic in the short-term, the site’s statistics have been steadily going down for the past three months or so. Outside the ranks of their devoted fans, it would seem everyone else is getting bored too.

It will be interesting to see how things change further. If I remember to do so, I should check back in six months.

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9 Responses to “Called It”

  1. I’ve never heard of the show before. Is it really niche or am I just extremely out of it?

    • They’re best known for the “How to Talk Like a Pirate” video.

      I wrote a post mentioning them previously, and included links to some of their better stuff… and a little of their recent work. Try searching the site for “Loading Ready Run” and “LRR”.

      In regards to your question, probably neither. They’re not willing to actually do the things necessary to take their site from a time-consuming hobby to an actual job or even a well-known comedy generator. Canadian-style humor isn’t exactly niche, but they’ve become very comfortable in obscurity, and are making no attempts to grow beyond it.

  2. jameslrr Says:

    Oh Melendwyr, how we have missed you. It should be noted right off the bat that while “Alexa” is one of the few tools to rate a websites overall popularity it is by no means a accurate representation of how well a site does. As well the crew and I have never looked to Alexa as the end all be all of how are website is doing. In fact in the past several weeks we have been doing well with merchandise and this little thing called desert bus.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to slander your good name, but know this. We (LRR) very much enjoy doing what we do. We don’t do it for the money or the fame (both of which we seem to have a little bit of, which is pretty awesome) we do it cause its fun. We do it cause we have been friends for upwards of a decade and we enjoy hanging out and making videos. Do we care that we aren’t rich and famous because of it. Not in the slightest.

    Your use of the term “Time-consuming hobby” is so far beyond how we look at the site its not even worth spending more than one sentence on.

    • Uh-huh, uh-huh.

      Two questions:

      1. Where’s the LoadingReadyLive DVD? If I recall, it’s been more than a year since it was originally supposed to come out. Are you sure it wasn’t – nothing?

      2. Why do you think so many people view one or two of your best videos, then don’t become regular watchers? By the available statistics, and I don’t merely mean Alexa, LRR’s popularity has dropped since reaching its height roughly halfway between Season Three and Season Four – and that’s even taking into account the spikes from the few, wildly popular videos.

      There are the good years of SNL, and then the years of derivative, uninspired skits and “So you like the juice, eh?” It would seem LRR’s following a similar pattern – except it’s unlikely to be around in a decade, or to replace its tired writing staff, to rebound in the same way.

  3. jameslrr Says:

    1. The LoadingReadyLive DVD is something that i am pretty sure we have put to rest and we have made that pretty apparent. The footage we have is not of high enough quality that we would want to sell that to people. We have told people this. So chill out. We don’t do this shit because we have to. We do it cause we want to. If it takes a while for the DVD to come out then what the fuck ever. Season 4 DVD only just came out (later than it should have) and its selling really well.

    2. Again we do this because we like doing it. If our viewership wains then so be it. I think what we are doing with CommodoreHustle is something that a lot of people are enjoying and it seems to be bringing people to the site. We are providing upwards of 10,000 (if you count the numerous ways our videos are watched) people entertainment every week. That is something everyone of us is proud of. I can respect that you don’t enjoy the site as you once did. You were a well liked member of the forums and you did a lot for us when it comes to the Wiki, and we appreciated that. But I don’t see why you feel the need to sit back and write on your blog that you sense the demise of LRR. Cause the fact is we are going stronger than we ever have before and we are loving every minute of it.

  4. James, why are you here? Besides the obvious, that someone did a vanity search on Morgan and came across the LRR-critical post.

    If you’re making videos for fun, why should you care what anyone says about them? Why bother defending against critique if it’s all about enjoying yourself?

    The simple fact of the matter is that LRR’s videos became so bad that it was embarrassing for me to recommend the site to friends and family. The few that I had introduced LRR to early-on eventually stopped watching because they found the newer videos boring and unfunny. And when I watched them, I had to agree – most of them were real stinkers.

    On some level, you sense this. Which is why you feel the need to defend yourself and your comedy group against people saying they don’t like it.

    Somewhere, there are people who thought “so you like the juice” was a comedic meme worthy of SNL. There may even be people out there who liked that recurring skit. But it still stinks.

    LRR was going strong – several years ago. Now it’s just coasting on past success and a small group of loyal fans. What’s that smell? It’s stagnant comedy.

  5. jameslrr Says:

    You make mention of this so called critique. You are doing on such thing. You are simply stating you think we are unfunny and dying and you base this solely on your own individual opinion and some bullshit alexa rating stats. I 100% swear on my mothers grave I don’t think we have gone downhill. I think our videos continue to get better looking and better acted. Sure I can’t say that every video is the best thing in the world but I enjoy everyone of them. We have always said we make videos that WE think are funny. And if others feel the same then that’s cool. That has always been our thought process behind every video we make.

    The reason I here is actually because of this thing called a google alert. It saw you made mention of LoadingReadyRun and it gave me the link. I don’t really care what you say, its how you go about saying it. For years we have had this problem. A handful of people (like yourself) who make it vocally aware you are not enjoying our videos and give us no other feed back then “I just didn’t like it” or “It wasn’t funny” News flash man, that isn’t critique, that’s just unhelpful slander. That doesn’t make us better as a whole. By all means tell us you don’t like us, we can’t make everyone happy but don’t be so vocal about it if you aren’t willing to give any CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK!

    Again I was serious when I said feel free to email me and let me know of any suggestions you have for us. But when you attack us why wouldn’t I come here and try and defend myself.

  6. This conversation is quickly becoming as lame as the videos.

    If I want awful comedy, I could always watch a recent episode of “The Simpsons”.

  7. Oh come one. Even you can’t say we are worse than the new episodes of The Simpsons. I mean those are fucking balls bad.

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