Lee of Imagine Merida wrote a blog post that started a great discussion of blogs and bloggers in Merida. If you never read the comments on blog posts you often miss out on the best part. Some posts don’t generate comments, because, really what can you say sometimes besides “Yeah, I think so too” and you don’t want to say (or at least I don’t) “Why are you such an idiot?” . One thing that caught my eye was that Lee wrote,”Most blogs last under three years or so before running their course. Maybe that’s the case with some of the Mérida bloggers.’’ . Intrigued I did some google searches to find out what the average lifespan of a blog is. October 22,2007 is the day I made my first blog post, grandly titled “Great Plans and Ambitions”
There really isn’t a lot of information out there. I found this nugget:
From http://www.caslon.com.au/weblogp… “Several studies indicate that most blogs are abandoned soon after creation (with 60% to 80% abandoned within one month, depending on whose figures you choose to believe) and that few are regularly updated”
I even found the originator of the question, which yielded the above quote.
Wading through this post which concludes that it is an unanswerable question. Laughing when I saw this blurb result on my search
Blogging: Statistics and Demographicswww.caslon.com.au/weblogprofile1.htm
by B Arnold – 2006
The ‘average blog‘ thus has the lifespan of a fruitfly. One cruel reader of this page commented that the average blog also has the intelligence of a fly.
The conclusion that I reached is that most blogs that make it past the first month seem to last about 3 years. What is it about 3 years? I have anecdotal knowledge that 3 years is the make it or break it marker for the average ex-pat. That if they can make it for 3 years, they will be staying longer. Statistics of course, are variable depending on what you want them to say. To quote Mark Twain (I bet he would have loved blogging especially if he could have found a way to make it pay)
Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
– Autobiography of Mark Twain
Feeling like this is a thesis where I should be ending with the phrase in conclusion, I find, I really don’t have a conclusion, except that it seems that I have been blogging for quite awhile and I don’t see any reason that I will be stopping in the near future.
I have a favor to ask of you all, my faithful readers, please go to La Primera’s Facebook page for her business Never Tutu Many and like it. If you bought tutus that would be very cool too. I would take it as a personal favor to me, plus they are awfully cute and well made. It would be okay to tell her Theresa sent you.