Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Mathmatical Navelgazing: 2013 In Blogging
As a part of my "Oh my god, it's not 2013 anymore, what the hell" review, I decided to go through and determine what it is I've felt compelled to write about all year by categorizing and graphing the content from this blog.
To do this, I divided my posts into fourteen general categories. The categories included:
Beauty Bullshit posts: These posts explained the lack of science behind inflated product claims.
Example post- Beauty Bullshit: Fat Girl Slim
Beauty Myths posts: These posts were similar to Beauty Bullshit posts, but they looked at claims that were not being promoted by specific products or companies. Rather, they were simply crappy claims being passed around as fact.
Example post- Beauty Myths: Should You Be Worried About Mineral Oil?
Comparisons: These posts put products to the test, determining their efficacy in head-to-head comparisons.
Example post- Mega-Comparison: Eyeshadow Primers
Drugstore Dupes to the Test: These posts looked at alleged "dupes", comparing them to their more expensive counterparts.
Example post- Drugstore Dupes to the Test: Smashbox Photo-Finish Primer vs. Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel
History Posts: These posts looked at the history of cosmetics.
Example post- Chic Antique: the Braids of the Vestal Virgins
How Does it Work? Posts: These posts looked at products that actually do work and explained the mechanism.
Example post- How Does it Work? Deodorant and Anti-Antiperspirant
Math Posts: These included calculations of value.
Example post- Birchbox vs. Ipsy: A One-Year Analysis by the Numbers
Miscellaneous Posts: If I couldn't categorize it elsewhere, I stuck it here.
Example post- Why I Don't Plan on Buying Anything from Michelle Phan's Em Cosmetics
My Experiments: These included my various empirical-esque projects.
Example post- What Is Living on Robyn's Makeup Brushes: A Horror Story
Random Sample Grab Bag Posts: My perfume reviews.
Example post- Random Sample Grab Bag: Perfume Reviews Part 4
Example post- Review: Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Dusty Rose, Metallic Emerald, and Comex Gold
Science (Misc.) Posts: Any science-related post that didn't get stuck elsewhere was categorized here.
Example post- The Environmental Ominousness of Polyethylene Cleansers
Subscription Box Reviews: Reviews of Birchbox, Ipsy, Wantable, and Julep.
Example post- Wantable December 2013 Review
Tutorials: Also self-explanatory
Example post- Terrible Tutorials: How to Cover Your Acne and Scarring
Obviously, some of these categories overlap, but I went ahead and used my best judgement in categorization.
Sorted by month, my data looks like this:
Amalgamated and put into graph form, you get this:
I can also further consolidate this data by adding together Beauty Bullshits + Beauty Myths + How Does It Work? Posts + Math + My Experiments + Miscellaneous Science into one big category called "Empiricism". Comparisons + Drugstore Dupes to the Test can become "Comparisons (all)". Random Sample Grab Bags + Reviews + Subscription Box Reviews becomes "Reviews (all)". Finally, History + Miscellaneous + Tutorials becomes "Misc. (all)" After that, you get something like this:
With 267 total posts in 2013, I averaged a post every 1.37 days, which isn't awful, even if it falls short of my "one post per day" goal.
Cheers to 2014!
P.S. Although you are always welcome to leave content suggestions in the comment section, this post would be a particularly relevant time to do so.
P.P.S. One of my 2014 blogging resolutions is to set up an email account associated with this blog so that y'all have more ways to contact me.
Posted by Robyn at 12:41 PM