Hello TK and Squashies' mom here. Squashies told me that some of you kitties were interested in the research we were doing together about the Cat Blog world. She asked if I would explain our methodology.
The way we started was simple: we looked for the longest blogging kitties we could find and then clicked on their earliest posts' commentor's links to see when each of the commentors started. It sounds simple enough right?
There are 3 major problems with this approach- a) large social groups tend to clusters in to like-minded subsets, so getting a true picture of the whole kitty blog world requires more than one “Origin Blog”, b) getting caught in the web of crossing links can be daunting; c) reading blogs in the order they were written is a lot of fun… and tremendously distracting.
Quite a few of you have volunteered to help out with the project, so what I would like to propose is that we make Tuesday our Tracking post day. We will publish what we have to date in that post and anyone that has anything to add they can post in the comments. Your data will be added on the following Tuesday. This also allows us to archive the research we do. I'm not sure how we should present our data so if anyone has ideas, I would love some advice. I'd like to keep it relatively simple to start, but chosing a final format may dictate the data we collect. For instance the most detailed format would be to do a relationship chart. (Like the one that was popularized by The L Word.) This would require all origin-blog searches be documented individually, and all commenters recorded. This is probably more work than anyone has time for, and would quickly burn-out out researchers, which would mean we would end up with nothing at all. (But wouldn't that be cool!)
Anyone that would like to help add a new line (origin-blog,) can volunteer to search a specific blog, you can even if you want to start with your own blog. We’ll add/update your selected blog as an origin-blog in the list below with an asterisk before the name and the name of the researcher after the blog and start date. This should mitigate redundant searches.
I have three requests:
1) If everyone can make sure that they have an Archive button somewhere in their sidebar, it would make researching your blog a lot easier. If we can't find your 'first post' you can't be counted!
2) If we want this to be accurate we MUST have a link (documented proof) that supports any claim we make. Even if that link is just to someone else’s blog post for which the blogger in question has commented.
3) If you see an error, omission (especially older blogs) we want to know!
So here is what I have so far-
Max October 26, 2003
Jasper McKitten October 25, 2004
William of Mass Destruction December 28, 2004
Skeezix March 15, 2005 (whose very first comment was from some dude named EE, saying that Skeezix was ugly. So hey, EE- how do you like him now!?! You're gone and he's an icon. )
Eponine's Cowboy July 1, 2005
Sanjee July 3, 2005 (later merged with Boni to form HOT (M) BC)
Little Cat Feet July 7, 2005
Oreo July 19, 2005
Manx Mnews (Abby) August 15, 2005
Boni October 11, 2005 (Later merged with Sanjee to form HOT (M) BC)
Derby November 3, 2005
Crews' Views November 7, 2005
Dolce December 19, 2005
The Big Piney Woods Cats December 20, 2005
Meezer Tails January 2, 2006
Chey and Gemini January 11, 2006
Fat Eric January 24, 2006
Kismet April 15, 2006
HOT (M) BC June 15, 2006 (Also see Sanjee and Boni)
Luxor June 29, 2006
Rocky July 6, 2006
DaisyMae Maus July 10, 2006
Emma July 13, 2006
Eric and Flynn July 20, 2006
Darling Millie August 5, 2006
Rosie and Cheeto August 10, 2006
Junior and Orion September 14, 2006
Purrchance to Dream September 18, 2006
Jeter Harris October 14, 2006
Kattonics Cats December 5, 2006
Daisy December 18, 2006
Karen Jo (Herman blog starts November 20, 2009 but Karen Jo commented on Karsota Castle Feburary 3, 2007)