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Statistical Proof Of My Laziness…or My Evolution As A Mormon Blogger

Rusty - June 11, 2008

Warning: This post is the very definition of navel-gazing. If you’re looking for Quality Mormon Content™ you’ll find none here.

Four years ago I discovered the Bloggernacle and started this blog. I have been a regular participant in the community for years. I wrote a bunch of posts, invited some pretty great guest-bloggers, guest-blogged at T&S, initiated the Banner of Heaven exposé, designed some Bloggernacle/Mormon trading cards, started a few other blogs (some more successful than others), brought on some wonderful permabloggers and we’ve had loads of great conversations throughout.

Six weeks have passed since I’ve written anything and three months since I changed the header. Things have changed.

As we all know, when there’s a problem we must look inward to find the solution (or was it outward? I don’t remember). Ziff over at Zelophehad’s Daughters wrote a great series of posts (Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV) crunching numbers of some of the bigger Bloggernacle blogs. It’s interesting to compare them on a community scale, but it also made me curious about my own writing patterns. What could I discover in the numbers to be an excuse for my recent lack of writing?

So I counted the words and comments of each post and divided the statistics into four time periods, or “years”. (I wanted to call them “days” but that was already taken.) Also of note is that I didn’t count any of my two-dozen or so admin posts (introductions/farewells to guests or permas, announcements, admin issues, etc.). And remember, these are statistics for me, Rusty Clifton, not all of Nine Moons.

These numbers are the statistical proof that I’m now an official lazy-ass. This last year I’ve written fewer posts with fewer words per post (almost half of which were less than 100 words in length). In other words, I had a thought, wrote it down and put it out there with no exposition. It looks like I took a page from Firestorm Steve’s book in that it appears my words per post has little affect on my comments per post. Why am I so lazy? Well, I don’t want to blame it all on 9/11 but…

Now if only my permabloggers* had such a noble excuse.

*with the exception of Susan and Don


  1. My excuse isn’t quite as noble. I’ve just been busy caring for kittens born with feline AIDS. It’s the leading killer of domestic cats.

    Comment by Tom — June 12, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  2. I would say you’re not lazy –you just have a life. And a life outside of blog-land is not a bad thing, you know. ;)

    Comment by cheryl — June 12, 2008 @ 8:01 am

  3. No, I’m pretty sure Rusty still has no life.

    Comment by Tim J. — June 12, 2008 @ 8:07 am

  4. It’s ok to run out of things to blog about. Just keep piling on other permabloggers and no one will notice, ala BCC.

    Comment by Susan M — June 12, 2008 @ 8:49 am

  5. I think you will have PLENTY to write about once september rolls around! :) I love you, Russ!

    Comment by Angela — June 12, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  6. Rusty, I’m thrilled to see more charts full of numbers! There can never be too many of these in the bloggernacle.

    I think there’s a lot to be said for short posts. The marginal value of extra words beyond some point is pretty near zero (particularly if some rambler like me is writing the words). It’s probably more fun to have more posts even if they’re brief than longer but more intermittent posts. That’s a fact we have yet to come to grips with over at ZD. :)

    Comment by Ziff — June 12, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  7. This is why most movie series should never go past the trilogy. Anything beyond three (years, I guess) is just lazy thoughts thrown together to make more money (or comments, if you will)

    You might as well give up now before baby comes>:)

    Comment by Bret — June 12, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  8. Maybe you’re just getting more efficient?

    Susan — WATCH IT!!

    Comment by Steve Evans — June 13, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  9. Actually, Tom, my son and I are leading killers of domestic cats–at least the ones that stray around our neighborhood.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 13, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  10. Oh! It hurts!

    Comment by tracy m — June 13, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  11. I think blogging is a cyclical thing. You are more into it at some times than others. And that’s, ok, I guess.

    At least, that’s my excuse. In your case, you may be right: you’re just a lazy-ass.

    Comment by MCQ — June 15, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

  12. Cool site, love the info.

    Comment by Bill Bartmann — September 3, 2009 @ 9:40 am

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