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The life expectancy of a blog

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.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

13 comments

  1. Theresa, just so you know, I am very glad you are still writing! I enjoy your blog very much. I’m always interested in what’s happening in Merida, and I believe if my husband and I could retire there our livestyles would be very similar to yours. I enjoy crafting and cooking just like you. I just read the post about Mr. Dog and it was so cute.

  2. Barb,so you have a snowbird blog! it flies north for the summer and goes into hibernation. Come the cooler weather it spreads it’s wings and soars…
    regards,
    Theresa

  3. When I attended my first Latin American Bloggers conference 2 years ago, I had just started my blog. One of the conference attendees told me that most blogs don’t last more than about 8 posts. I took that as a personal challenge. I’m quite proud of myself for having just over 100 posts.

    I really only blog when we’re in Mexico and it’s more of a diary for friends and family in Canada so I’m hoping to last more than 3 years.

  4. Mommy with Commuter Husband, I understand what you are saying. You like to have a specific focus for your blog. Having a tight focus makes it easier to write a post, none of that “what do I write about now?” angst. It’s like the remodeling diaries. Of course, you can always start another one.

    Sparks, I checked your profile, what an impressive list of blogs. If we average out your staying power with some of those one day wonder blogs what will we get? 3 years?

    regards,
    Theresa

  5. Started my Mexico web site in 2000 and started blogging in 2004, a few months before retirement and move south.

    Find the Blog receives much more interest when I’m traveling rather than day to day or progress on the house. Still a good way to stay in touch with a few important people

  6. I started blogging during 2008 when we lived in Mexico for a year. When the year ended, I honestly was not inspired to write about everyday life in USA. I did not think I had a unique perspective to share. Our family status has just changed to Commuter Family (husband commuting weekly) so I now have a viewpoint I think is worth recording and sharing. Plus it is like therapy for me 🙂

  7. Crazy Rita, in a way you are in to a new version of your blog! Maybe it will last 6 years! Happy blogaversery! (LOL spell check wants to make that happy biodiversity instead).

    Krisla, thank you! I am very proud of her for doing this and she makes really cute stuff!

    Steve, few reruns, but more vacations than John Stewart this year! I admire the fact that you blog almost every day when you can. You probably have generated enough content for your blog to be 21 in dog years. Please keep writing.

    Lee, now if only I can push some traffic to my daughter’s tutu page too! You’re an interesting writer I bet a lot of that traffic returns to read more.

    Leslie, I love the way you phrase that! Your cooking blog is so well done I hope it sticks around a long time.

    Ashley, Blogging is a great tool for that. You may find along the way that you love blogging. To be honest our renovation will probably never be finished so if I was blogging about that I would be assured of not needing to find something new.

    regards,
    Theresa

  8. I started my blog just over a year ago to document our restoration and renovation of our old farmhouse…and I have often wondered what I’ll do once it’s “done”. But, we haven’t even finished a single room yet so I don’t really need to worry about it, haha.

  9. I ended my blog just a few months after my 3rd year. But….there may be a spinoff in my near future. 🙂

  10. What I keep hearing is that bloggers start a site to document the building of a house, or the process of moving, and then they wonder what will become of the blog once that phase of their lives has concluded.

    Many of us want our blog to be purposeful, grounded in some kind of storyline that has a natural arc and resolution.

    It’s also up to the blogger to control the safety valves, not revealing more than is comfortable.

    PS — Wow, you know how to spike to traffic on another guy’s blog! Woah! Thank you!

  11. I am well into my fifth seasons. And .very few reruns.

  12. will go to the Tutu page, since I enjoy your blog so much.
    (plus, & have 5 granddaughters, all under age 4–well, 1 is 4–so, likely some future tutu wearers there 🙂 -kris

  13. Next month is my 3 year anniversary. I wonder if I will be cancelled?

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