Did you ever wonder what spurred on the the webmasters of some of your favorite fan sites to spend hours on end in front of the computer bringing you a fun site to visit?In Soapdom's Site of the Month, you'll have the opportunity to find out!
Site of the Month, August 2003
Brent Kellogg, Webmaster
With irreverent articles such as: "Please release me -- let me go!" - which ponders if Bobby Marcino is running a stripper club or a general store; or how, with its low tuition rates and speed courses, Genoa City University caters to underachievers (those fine soap leaders of tomorrow!), YRNEWS.COM - GENOA CITY NEWS is an off-the-cuff look at storylines and characters of the Young and the Restless -- reporting on the news of Genoa City as if it were a real town.
Whatever your mood, this gem of a site is sure to lighten it while making you think. I recently sat down (virtually) with the man behind the curtain, webmaster Brent Kellogg, and turned the spotlight on him. I found a warm and gracious man with a wonderful sense of humor, which shines throughout his site and his answers to the following questions.
Soapdom: What inspired you to create this site?
Kellogg: The site was created as a natural progression of the Genoa City News (GCN) from it's newsletter format which was a supplement to its original bulletin board posting on the old Prodigy service.
Prodigy was an alternative to the more expensive CompuServe in the late 70s long before the Internet as we know it now. Prodigy had bulletin boards where subscribers could discuss their hobbies and one board was setup to discuss The Young and The Restless.
I noticed that many were asking "what happened on today's Y&R?" and other than brief replies there was no in-depth report. I started taking notes while watching Y&R and started providing a comprehensive recap. The more I wrote the more I noticed the very bizarre things the people in Genoa City say and do and began including my comments in the report. As time went on I began assigning nicknames to some of the characters. Cricket became the "Bug" because I found her so creepy and Paul Williams, the private detective, became "Clueless" because he rarely solves a case.
The more I watched Y&R the more outraged I became. Women telling their lovers "we come from different worlds" and the always "what are you doing here?" whenever anyone came upon anyone drove me up the wall. "Why do these people say the same thing over and over," I asked myself.
As time went along, the Genoa City News became a full-fledged irreverent look at Y&R. Readers loved that finally, somebody was telling it like it is no holds barred. Because there was so much support and is to this day, I've continued to do what I do.
Additionally, the GCN now has others writers who also see the absurdity and love to write about it to the delight of our readers.
Soapdom: It's a great site, but looks like a lot of work. How much time do you put into it?
Kellogg: I am up each morning at 5 working to update the GCN and do this throughout the day until 5 in the evening.
Soapdom: Is this a labor of love, or do you anticipate earning revenue from it.
Kellogg: Primarily, the GCN is a labor of love, but we do earn some revenue to cover operating expenses. When revenue is insufficient to cover costs, our readers routinely donate funds to keep it running. Nobody connected with the GCN is paid for their services.
Soapdom: How long has your site been running?
Kellogg: My memory is fuzzy on that one, but I think it was 1982 when the first GCN website was hosted by CompuServe.
Soapdom: What is your favorite thing about the site?
Kellogg: The format. As a former radio news director I love reporting and writing news.
Soapdom: What is your least favorite thing about the site?
Kellogg: Lack of commercial sponsors and the fact none of the talented writers are paid for their work.
Soapdom: If you had your wish, what would you like to see happen with your site?
Kellogg: I would like to see commercial sponsors placing their product ads with us so that the staff can get paid. The GCN reaches over 100-thousand unique readers each weekday. These are mostly well-educated women with money to spend.
Soapdom: Do you have any comments you'd like to share with either the actors your site honors, or the show your site honors?
Kellogg: Three words for the producers and writers at Y&R: Continuity. Credibility. Realism.
Soapdom: Do you have any anecdotal story to share with us about something that happened to you as a result of running this site?
Soapdom: Other than being asked to appear on local talk shows about soap operas and even had a "live" remote broadcast from my home, nothing extraordinary has happened as a result of running the GCN except for all the readers I've met who have become like members of the family.
Thank you, Brent, for taking time to chat with us.
I urge all Soapdom.com readers, whether they watch Y & R or not, to check out YRNEWS.COM at least once. Even though the articles are written with Y & R in mind, I found myself thinking of similar situations on other soaps and nodding my head. I promise you, if you have had a bad day, this site will lift your mood!
Congratulations Brent Kellogg and the contributors of YRNEWS.com for being selected as a Soapdom.com Site of the Month!
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