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I make every effort to separate my personal blogging endeavors from the very gracious opportunity I've been afforded with being allowed to manage the Blog Herding feature of Game Informer. If I did mix the two, it could quite easily be perceived as bragging and I certainly don't want to project that image. Also, I've found its generally standard practice not to mix business with pleasure. That being said, I decided a few weeks ago that when I reached a certain point with Blog Herding, I would post a personal blog that captures some of the statistical information because I think it's something the community would be interested in. Additionally, if any of the staff members happen to read it, which on occasion does happen, then they would see concrete evidence on what the user community is doing and more specifically, which members are doing it.

Now, before I get on with it, let me just say that, contrary to what you might think, I'm not perfect. No really, it's true. I'm not. So, if I have somehow messed the numbers up or left someone off the list, my apologies; but I will say that I keep a record of every blog posted since I started doing this, and you would be surprised at the interesting things that occur, sometimes days after a blog is posted that could skew the results. I've seen users do the opposite of "bumping" - and actually edit their blog and it show up at an older date (but I've seen several users bump their blogs too!); I've seen people change their names rather frequently, which always confuses me (and possibly some of these statistics); and I've even seen users delete their blogs all together. That being said, while it is possible I made an error, it's also possible there is some other underlying circumstances that resulted in you not being included or counted. I just wanted to throw that out there.

That being said, I am posting this Blog Herding Semi Annual Review to coincide with the posting of the weekly Blog Herding blog that just so happens to be the 26th consecutive episode of the feature. Yep, that's right. Blog Herding has been back for 26 weeks now and well, 26 weeks is half of 52 weeks (1 year), so it seemed appropriate to post this now and call it a semi-annual review.

Some of my long time readers and friends could probably tell you that even though I claim to hate statistics, I actually kind of love them. I think that comes from my affinity of Microsoft Exel. I love Microsoft Excel and have a handy dandy spreadsheet that records all the blog herding info week to week. Honestly, all I track is number of blogs posted, number of bloggers, and number of blogs selected for Blog Herding. There are a few other little data points I collect. For example, there is a sheet for the weekly quotes. I don't want to use the same game week to week and I certainly don't want to use the same quote, so having a spreadsheet makes it easy to see what games and quotes I've already used.  I track user reviews to a certain degree, but definitely not as detailed as the blogs. And then of course as I've already mention, I keep a week to week account of all the blogs posted during that time frame.

And now for the stats...drum roll please.

Start: 8/22/2011

Stop: 2/19/2012

Number of Blogs (during a 1 week period)

Most: 156

Least: 65

Average: 103

 

Number of Bloggers (during a 1 week period)

Most: 80

Least: 51

Average: 65

Number of Blogs Herded (during a 1 week period)

Most: 17 (twice)

Least: 7 (twice)

Average: 11

Total Number of Blogs, Bloggers and Blogs Herded (during the 26 week period)

Number of Blogs: 2668

Number of Bloggers: 1679

Number of Blogs Herded: 286

Percentage of blogs herded: 11%

 

Most Featured Reviewer (excluding User Review Herding)

Craigaleg

 

Top Reviewed Game Featured In Blog Herding blog (Review Section)

1. Uncharted 3 (4)

2. Skyrim (3)

3. Super Mario 3D Land (3)

 

Top Five Bloggers to be featured in Blog Herding (during the 26 week period)

1. thegodofwine7 (15)

2. Shootist2600 (14)

3. Oni no Tenshi (12)

4. Jack, The Quixotic Gamer (9)

5. Noobtubin8er (8)

 

Total Number of Bloggers Featured In Blog Herding

Totals: 117

And there you have it. A quick snapshot of our community blogging stats. Maybe you're surprised; maybe you're not. I'd have to say I'm kind of surprised with the results. Overall, I think Blog Herding has been going well and it seems to be received well by the community. Who could ask for more?

If you're interested in blogging and not quite sure where to start, might I point you to the following blog that might offer you some assistance?

And the final stat...a list of all the bloggers over the past 26 weeks who have been featured in Blog Herding. Your support and contribution is noted!

List of Bloggers Featured in Blog Herding

2D (Stranger)

3D Titan

Abertix24

alex720

Allen

Another Matthew

Anticitizen-One

Apozem

BioshockLegend

Birds are dumb

BlackHeartedWolf

blaze6106

BreadLoser

Bryan M. Stafford

Cameron Koch

Chris Mrkvicka

Cody Gilley

Craigaleg

Cru Hunter

DeadManWalking

Delancey

Derreck

Di5a5terp13ce

dkeller

Doctor Apozem

Drym Shyuan

DStubbs

Dustin G

Ed_B44

Elias

Elisha Muir

Euphoric Ennui

eyros2k

FamilyGuyGuy7

febtober swords

Forsberg

God of Irony

GoldvsSilver

GWNightmare

Hist

iDreamRunner

indiejones

insectopod

J. Swigart

Jack

Jack, The Quixotic Gamer

jacktheglueman

Jay the Gamer

JC

Jessie Scott

jimmy2tymez

John Jones

Jon Gregory aka JMan240

Jordan Ashton

KAGEHOSHI-

Knapptime

Lancehead

LittleBigDaddy

Logan Hess

luciablee

Marco Polo

markus1142

Masterassassin

Matt-boy

Matthew Fugere

metalmatchel

mohawkman5

mojomonkey12

Mray901

MyPersona

NoMercy85

Noobtubin8er

Oni no Tenshi

Picker of nits

Pizza Koopa

Rabid Chipmunk

RadiantChaos

Raizan

Rapid Chipmunk

Reptar7

Samurai Zero

SaoSauce

Scott

screamingllama135

ShadowDragyn

Shawn Gordon

Sheriff Warbuff

Shootist2600

SMACKEY

Stonecutters908

stormfront

-STRAFE-

Supersnake

Tactical Rash

TGM

thatfoxguy

The Fox

The Game Store Guy

The Handheld Tank

the mods

The Mysterious Stranger

The_Tamriel_Drunkard

The87thNemesis

thegodofwine7

ThrawnOmega

TOGNick

tonyadpx

trap_the_clap27

TurdFurgy

Undertaker Adrian

Valerie Figueroa

Vurtax

Wallrunner

Walnuts and Drillhands

Warbuff

wayoverdue

xghost777

 

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