Before I started this amazingly complex analysis (..... NOT!) I assumed, much like you would be forgiven for assuming, that I was really familiar with the majority (if not all) of the buzzes published by my favourite bees on Producer. After all, I spend many, many, many hours on beBee, partaking of the following pursuits, in descending numbers of hours:
- reading the buzzes of others;
- commenting on the buzzes of others;
- commenting on the comments of others;
- writing my own buzzes; and
- responding to comments by others on my buzzes.
Well, before I go any further, let me just remind you of the following old adage:
To ASSUME makes an ASS out of U and ME!
I have an estimated 20 or so favourite producers here on beBee, of which I can safely say there are about six, the long form buzzes of whom I am guaranteed to read, whenever I see them dangling invitingly on my 'wall'. This is generally with little regard to the enticing lead photo/picture, or the introductory sentence or two, both invariably set-up as 'hooks' to draw in readers. Whatever these guys (and gals) publish I read, because:
- I know I will enjoy what they have to say;
- I will learn something during the process (about the world around me and/or myself); and
- I will be stimulated to respond with an appropriate comment (and which, in my case, will often end with a limp 'dad joke').
Let's call these select small band of your higher order favourites, Fbees.
And so, scene set, players in the wings ..... Action!
(and by action I mean of course, analysis)
1. Line up say six of your favourite producers (the Fbees), hopefully producers who have been around for a while. In my case all, like myself, have been producing since the long form of buzz came to 'bee' on beBee, way back in April of this year.
2. Go to each one of your Fbee's pages in Producer in turn (this can easily be accomplished by looking up the name of each Fbee, going to his/her home page, then looking for their producer link beneath their mug shot (sorry, ladies, I mean provocatively attractive photographic image).
3. Now, for each Fbee, add up the total number of buzzes listed on their producer page and either type it in an electronic memo, Excel spreadsheet (for the mathematical formulae challenged), or your data recording app or software of choice; or, of course, you can just write it down on a piece of paper.
4. Next, go through the list of your Fbees' buzzes again (having doubtless been surprised at the large number of buzzes with which you are unfamiliar) and truthfully add up only those that you have previously read and have retained some degree of familiarity. You may need to keep your mind fixed firmly on the task in hand, at this stage, and resist the temptation to deviate from this arithmetical assignment by opening up and reading some of the buzzes you have missed.
5. Now here comes the difficult part for those of you who are mathematically challenged. For each of your Fbees, take the number derived in Item 4 above, divide it by the number derived in 3 above, and multiply the answer by 100. This will give you, for each bee, the percentage of their buzzes that you have read.
The results of my own analysis are produced in the table below, in order to better illustrate my conclusion, since I know that many of you will have drifted off by now, into a cloud of oblivion, brought on by an aversion to manipulating numbers.
So here we have it! The bottom line is that, for someone who spends an inordinate amount of time on beBee, I only read an average of 25% (or a quarter, to the numerically numb) of the hard work (flesh, blood and tears) produced by my Fbees (i.e. my super duper favourite bees).
This, of course, is not entirely by choice, but is due to the fact that I don't spend every waking hour on beBee and, while I am off-line, partaking of the fruits of our real-life world, new buzzes keep appearing and rolling down the wall, and our numbers keep increasing (this latter is a good thing). In addition, keeping an eye on select hives doesn't necessarily guarantee that you will see the product of any of your individual Fbee's hard work, as many of us producers choose to deposit our buzzes across a variety of hives, depending upon the subject of the day and therefore the hive of appropriate affinity.
Why not give this simple exercise a go and work out your own 'average familiarity percentage' for your own chosen Fbees?
If you want to read more on the problems of keeping up with an increasingly busy wall, then have a look at my metaphorical post on the 'cabs' and 'Porches' running down 'Wall Street' at the following link:
When not researching the weird or the wonderful, the comical or the cultured, the sinful or the serious, I chase my creative side, the results of which can be seen as selected photographs of my travels on my website at:
The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.
Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.