Friday, August 11, 2006
Time Gentlemen Please
At those blogging conference things I've been attending these past few months, there have been a plethora of interesting blog statistics. One crowd-pleaser is always when people blog. Lots of nice time series data and graphs showing there are a lot of people blogging late into the night. The inevitable questions concern the lining up of blog post times from different parts of the world, alignment of timezones with providers etc. There's never a question about fibbing.
Having recently begun our own personal blog, Amanda and I have discovered the joys of flexible blogging. You want to post every day, but you find yourself with a lot to say late one evening. Why not make one post now, then write another, set the timestamp forward a few hours, and lo and behold at the appointed time it shall appear. Get in late, why not knock up a quick post, set the time back to the day before and your readers next morning will never know. Don't want to get caught blogging at work? Then set all your posts to 5:01pm.
Now there is noise in all data, and I'm not saying that this is a big problem in such temporal analyses. However, I feel it should at least be discussed, it may be a phenomenon in itself.