Today is July 1. Happy Canada Day, and happy June 2016 blog project postmortem day!
I always wondered how people find blogs that they like, and how the friendship chain of blogging goes. Because I am a huge nerd, I launched an experiment: follow 6 new blogs a day, every day, for June 2016. I started off with six randomly chosen blogs, and saw how far I could go in making connections and new blog friends. I kept a flow chart, or “family tree” of how I found each blog – usually clicking through commenters or the blogger’s blogroll.
I had a few self-imposed rules:
Rule #1: Only follow friends of bloggers who have replied to my comment and/or followed me back.
Rule #2: Only follow blogs that have updated within the past month.
Rule #3: Only follow blogs that are on topics that I would conceivably enjoy reading about. I have a wide range of interests so it isn’t hard. As long as it wasn’t just photos with no words, long and lugubrious poetry, or something that I found questionable, it was OK by me.
Rule #4: Try to vary between male/female bloggers, geographical locations, interests, age of blogs, and age of bloggers. Some bloggers I followed were just starting out, others had been around for a while. I could follow 180 post-a-day mommy blogs, and nothing against mommy bloggers, but there’s only so much mom talk I can relate to.
Rule #5: Try to follow people who I’d be friends with in real life. I have friends from all walks of life, so this was not hard, but I’ve read a few blogs in the past by people who I just felt were…a little off, in a bad way, and who posted some very questionable things, in different directions.
Here are the results, and the 6 family trees. I started with:
2 – I Accidently Ate The Whole Thing
3 – Amrita Kinne
4 – Divya Deepak Rao
Three of the families ended up having quite a lineage, and the other three kinda flamed out, when I wasn’t getting a response from any of the “family” members, so I focused my efforts elsewhere.
The three smaller families:
Family 4: Divya Deepak Rao
I didn’t end up getting any further bites, so I kind of gave up on that one pretty early on.
Family 2: I Accidently Ate The Whole Thing
Again, not a huge measure of success with this family, although I did try.
Family 6: Big and Pinky Toes
This family kind of ended a little prematurely, but at least the tree looks cute and even.
Next, the three BIG families (which all ended up being the odd numbers):
Family 1: Aishwarya Sivakumar
- Highheeled Papergirl
- Studious Brad
- The Syntax of Things
- The Turtle Way
- Susie Kelly
This blog family tree somehow ended in a lot of blogs about runners and running.
Now, for the two biggest ones:
Family 3: Amrita Kinne
- The Clumsy Koi Carp
- What Sandra Thinks
- Riddle from the Middle
- Sarah Brentyn
- My Life as Izrael
- Bloggity Ramblings
- Life as Mon
- Harvesting Hecate
- Kids Crumbs and Crackers
- Word Dreams
- Writing and Alcohol (my 1400th follower)
- Booky Glover
- The Wanderfull Life
This family took on a lot of different directions, including two paths that led to a series of African bloggers, oddly enough.
And finally, Family 5: The Analyzed Life AKA the Mega Family
- Madhavi Singh
- Ali En Deutschland
- Little Miss Mishap
- Have a Lemonade Day
- Style Summit Africa
- Kaffeinated Conversations
- Awesome Engers
- Amitav Chowdhury
- Nderi Sarah
- Illuminated Literation
- Yuuta Audrey
- Alpha Whiskey Foxtrot
- Accidentally Single
- The Darker Berrie
- The Well-Dressed Geek
- Nicole Sundays
- Sand Salt Moon
- Good Beautiful and True
- Julia Von Bohem
- Luke’s Insights
- Flavor Me This
- Learns and Laughs
- Marcia Strykowski
- The Shimmer Within Her
- Writing and Reading as Hobbies
- Dandelion Fuzz
- Part Time Monster
- Gray Days and Coffee
- Anabel’s Blog
- Ali Stegert
- Readers and More
- Zezee with Books
- Angelica Kidd
- Mom Goes On
- Me in the Middle
I enjoyed meandering down this path the most, and ended up finding blogs about travel, cuisine, writing, education, art, and an array of different countries and cities.
If you’re in this post, say hey and find your own place in the family tree.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as my other posts (and as much as I enjoyed this nerdy project), and come back and visit often, and link your friends. Another great effect was the increased traffic: I had my busiest month this year, with around 2500 visits, and am halfway to 1500 subscribers!
Now, for my next blogging experiment…it might have to wait until August or September because I have way too much work to do on my prelims.
129 thoughts on “June 2016 Blog Project Postmortem”
Wow! Amazing job !
You were held in my spam for awhile 😦
Funny to find the Laziest Turtle on Earth and Sea among the tree where you encountered so many running bloggers 🙂 .
Looking forward to find out what will be your next project .
This is awesome! Sorry for the delay in responding but I just found your comment in my spam folder along with someone else. Wonder why that happened. Anyway, good job! It was fun to read this.
What a great idea… A little like paying forward… Will have a go on a smaller scale when I have a little more time x barbara
I LOVE THIS! Oh, I’d love to try this. It’s interesting and you get to find lots of new blogs. Brilliant idea :).
Omg! I’m totally blown away. You must have a lot of time on your hands. lol
I went over your other posts… interesting!
You have a new fan… just gave you a “follow”
Thanks for following Belle! Thanks also for the nice comment.
NP, Jacob. 🙂
wow, dedicated this one…I periodically go through a few hours worth of blog -to-blog-to-blog reading… and then if I don’t follow or save a post I like I end up forgetting where I read it… I suppose I could take a lesson from you here LOL
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What a cool experiment! It’s so excellent to see these connections visually mapped out!
🙂 I’m doing another one again this month so stay tuned!
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