How do blogs become popular?  

waggypolly 73F
7449 posts
7/28/2005 7:25 pm

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How do blogs become popular?

Wondering why some blogs take off and others don’t, I scrolled down the most popular list until I came to 320 blogs* with 5 comments each (I seemed to be getting towards the less popular end of the list ‒ it was a long way down). 89 of these are new this month and will take off. So I studied only those blogs started in February and March which collected a total overall of exactly 5 comments. What did I find out?

Of 32 writers, 21 posted only once and most of the remainder twice. So they gave up blogging, even though a majority still received comments as recently as June or July. (The detailed stats are in small print below.) I wondered why they gave up blogging.

I looked at age, sex titled or untitled, type of content, and date of recent views. I couldn’t find anything to suggest why these blogs hadn’t taken off. Half the bloggers were over 35 and half under; the sex ratios seemed pretty normal for the site; almost half had named their blog. All were being viewed up to the present. No clues here.

What about the topics? 12 personal introductions; 5 expressions of sexual frustration; 5 attempts to meet certain sorts of people; 4 journals started; also comments on the Friendly Site, questions posed, poetry contributed. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

The standard of the writing? Nothing unusual here and none were written outstandingly badly.

Some of the reasons people quit are outside the site. Things happen, like “reuniting with long-term significant other” or maybe “theft of laptop”: but surly not in all 32 cases.

Then I started looking at the patterns of interaction. First I noticed I recognised very few of the people posting comments: but that is another subjective measure. Then I looked at the “Recent Posts by Blogger” window and AHA! These people have done very little commenting indeed. Twenty five out of thirty two had posted 0 or 1 comment each. Only two managed more than 3 (and one of them was targeting a particular beautiful and very well-known blogger). Here it is. This blog site runs on the comments more than on the posts. Those of us that love blogging frequently comment on how important the interaction is to us. Here is the proof.

Comments received
5 32 100%
Number of posts
1 21 65%
2 8 25%
4 3 10%
<35 16 50%
>35 16 50%
F 19 60%
M 11 34%
C 2 6%
Yes 14 44%
No 18 56%
Introductions 12 38%
Frustration 5 16%
Wanting to meet 6 19%
Journals 4 12%
Site comments 2 6%
Questions 2 6%
Poetry 1 3%
Comments posted on other blogs
none 13 41%
one 12 38%
two 3 9%
three 2 6%
six 1 3%
eight 1 3%

* (plus 14 which had been pulled)

This is Polly, still Wagging
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paintmeblue 63M

7/29/2005 12:11 am

Interesting, and a good conclusion. I spend far more time reading blogs, and occasionally commenting, than writing. If you don't read other blogs, I don't see how you can presume that anyone would read yours. If you don't want to engage in the community experience, then 2 blog entries is probably the limit I guess.

Valpin3 63M

7/29/2005 9:02 am

This is Very interesting indeed. Nice job!
I was wondering why I have very few comments on my postings.
Sooooooo….. Thanks waggypolly. Now, I know I am not the only one.

Have a nice week-end.

rm_unlistedone 67M
2718 posts
7/29/2005 9:25 am

And I certainly wouldn't have known as many folks as I now do, all due to comments. My blog doesn't get that many hits. I'll check it, then I'll read everyone elses. I always stop in here.
Interesting work there Polly. This took some time to work out. Poetry that low, huh? Oh well, it's my life and I'm sticking to it. Thanks for your hard work, Polly.

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
7/29/2005 1:11 pm

polly so true,there are so many newbies that if they don't comment how will people find them,thats how i found you and most of the others on my ever increasing watched list of posts,blogs etc

I'm a

i'm here to stay

expatbrit49 64M

7/29/2005 1:43 pm

Is this going to be on the test?

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

interested13563 54M
2557 posts
7/29/2005 9:42 pm

Polly, you are amazing. You have had the patience to
collect the data and do the statistical analysis.
Thank you. This is very informative.

rm_unlistedone 67M
2718 posts
7/29/2005 11:53 pm

Polly, I knocked at the door first, but no one answered. It looked like such a friendly place to be, I just came on in. It seems you never lock your door or windows. It's such a nice place to be, so I keep coming back. LOL!

476 posts
7/30/2005 12:35 am

Wow, this is great stuff, and serendipitous too.

I was thinking yesterday that there were several people that visit my blog pretty regularly, you being one of them, and several ofthe regular visitors are also in the most popular list. It srtuck me that it seemslikely that a largepart of the success is due to gettingout andvisitingbolgs that are being red by more people. More exposure for your blog when you post to popular blogs.

What I'm wondering now is how they manage to visit so many other blogs. Do you guys work? I mean at anything other than this?

Thanks for the stats.


redswallow777 49M
6811 posts
7/30/2005 12:48 pm

Yep, Bossierboy the folks that are the most popular and stay that way do a lot of work on here both writing and reading blogs. I am happy I do not fall in that category or I would have to live in this computer room. But.....I am always amazed at how I can kill an hour or two just leaving comments on my favorite blogs.

Thanks Polly for the statistical analysis and the summary.....surely your employer should give you some credit for this research work.

DukeAbbaddon 43M
280 posts
7/30/2005 1:08 pm

simple ! sexy fems with stories are a winner !

well a lot of stories are crap and we never go back but some are soso horny or charming !

Theflinkychick 107F

7/30/2005 2:37 pm

I bet they have to work, have to pay for the internet access... but I am guessing they don't sleep!

I know I am not sleeping as much now that the blog bug bit!

Not all who wander are lost.

rm_unlistedone 67M
2718 posts
7/31/2005 12:19 am

I will Polly... though I have to confess, not all my best writing is done in my underwear. I have shorts, and pants, sweatpants, (no speedo's!) and even pj's. (Though if you prefer, I'll wear only underwear when I visit your blog. LOL!)

AmberSolaire 43M

7/31/2005 10:36 am

As you know I am a great advocate of research,reasearch,reasearch being a Brit in Blairland.Keep up the good work, Im off to spread my comments onto the winds of Blogland to attract new readers.Of course I always love it when you stop by waggy.

Rides of into the blog on his well researched Battlecat.

rockwriter58 58M
1389 posts
8/5/2005 9:28 am

polly... Excellent research... I think what you've discovered is that linking popularity to comments made commentary the coin of the realm here. If you are willing to spend your coins on others... more commerce comes back to you. Of course, as [blog asianlady4love] notes... some have found a way to inflate the value of their currency. I'm with Katey... get rid of the popularity list or at least remove the count of self-commentary on blogs.


rm_unlistedone 67M
2718 posts
8/6/2005 7:42 am

Polly, are they looking into a way that will show the owner of the blog an entry into a post that is on like page 2 of the 20 or so pages of their blog? If you are interested in what someone has written, you might not catch that post for a while... if at all.
Thanks for your work on all this. You're a pretty neat lady! (He said while wearing shorts.)

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