On days like today, I am discouraged.
FlavortownUSA.com is a website devoted to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It is the most successful fan site for the show on the internet. Yes, even more popular than mine, haha. ;) It has higher traffic even than guyfieri.com! Webmaster Rick Graner is The Online Go-To Man when it comes to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Rankings by Alexa.com (lower ranking = higher traffic)
FlavortownUSA - Global 437,615
United States - 131,826
GuyFieri.com - Global 642,083
United States - 192,343
When Rick heard that Guy would be shooting episodes for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in his hometown Minneapolis area, Rick went on a quest for a picture, a snapshot with his iPhone on location. Read about it here, blog.flavortownusa.com.
When I read that he was unable to catch up on location, I wrote to a few contacts I have developed over the years. Most were simply unanswered; one jacked me around with false information, resulting in a missed opportunity.
I understand that security has been tightened around the TripleD shoots and locations. But if senators, football stars, radio hosts and food writers who didn't even like Guy Fieri can get in, why can't the show's most devoted online voice get in?
It does make one wonder what the hell one is doing. Rick's upbeat about it. I'm working to get there.
I was told by Guy Fieri's staff, "As for interviews, it is now fairly rare that we accommodate them during a DDD shoot." and "Guy's shooting schedule is jam packed while he is filming DDD. Its impossible for him to accommodate any interview requests while he is on the road."
Just tryin' to work it all out how "impossible" is a relative term.