Hypothesis: Bloggers will do anything to produce a post, particularly if it involves navel-gazing, shameless self-promotion, and sharing the love.
Methods: Rutabaga, The Mercenary Researcher, challenged ten bloggers to a game of Blog Tag (BT). These ten blogs were observed over a two-week period to determine whether the produced a post including the terms, “tag,” “tagging,” “damn, I’ve been tagged,” “tagnabit,” and other variations. Additional blogs were identified based on the ‘snowball effect’ (described elsewhere).
Findings: Findings are preliminary. At least one blogger, The Life of Kylie, followed through with the game of BT. In this formative stage of the research, one thing is clear: her post does indeed contain navel-gazing, shameless self-promotion, and sharing the love.
The Mercenary Researcher (Rutabaga, 2013) tagged The Life of Kylie in a game called, ‘Blog Tag’ (BT). BT should not be confused with a ‘blog tag,’ which is a key word or phrase used to identify the content of your blog post and enable search engines to index your post (Nelson, 2010).
According to Rutabaga, BT requires posting and following the BT rules, and, in this particular instance, answering eleven questions posed by the tagger using full American Psychological Association (APA) style.
This paper sets out to meet these requirements.
Blogging is best evaluated using a mixed design of qualitative and quantitative methods. Quantitative methods include counting the rules and the number of bloggers who follow the rules. The WordPress Reader was employed to count the number of blog posts tagged terms, “tag,” “tagging,” “damn, I’ve been tagged,” “tagnabit,” and other variations during a two-week period. “Pings” were counted, to identify how many additional bloggers were BT’ed and played BT.
Qualitative methods included the time-tested rubric known as a “gut reaction.” Comments were also scanned for “LOL”, “Ha!” and “Hee hee hee.”
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself.
3. Post eleven random facts about yourself.
4. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
5. Create eleven new questions.
6. Tag new people to answer them. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.
1. See above.
2. A photo of myself.
Figure 1: A portrait of the blogger
3. Eleven Random Facts:
1) I have an evil eye, 2) I have two other blogs, 3) One of those blogs is Top Secret, but not really, 4) The other one is for my health consulting work, 5) I majored in Psychology, 6) I wrote a thesis titled something like, ‘the mental lexicon and bi-morphemic verb homophones,’ 7) I’ve been married twice, 8) The second time around, we pretty much eloped, 9) I have a Master’s in Public Health, 10) I like hummus, 11) I have a crooked smile.
4. Answers to Rutabaga’s questions:
1) What is your favorite thing about a stentorian?
‘Stentorian’ is an adjective meaning ‘extremely loud,’ and its first known use was in 1605 (Merriam-Webster, 2013). My favorite thing about a stentorian is when he or she falls asleep for the night.
2) What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary?
See above. Many psychological tests include questions to measure subjects’ honesty, in order to assess the relative honesty of the rest of their answers (Kylie, 2013). I am compulsively honest.
3) Have you ever seen a documentary about swinging in the suburbs?
No, but I once watched a documentary about professional strippers. With my mother. When I was about 13.
4) Give me 15 words that rhyme with Aye – please list them alphabetically
Table 1. Words that Rhyme with Aye: Common Spellings and Exemplars
5) Do you like a special channel?
6) John Waters is to Hairspray as _________ is to Fargo?
The Cohen Brothers
7) Name two interesting things about St. Kitts & Nevis
My husband has been there, and to the other one, too.
8) Name a pet. No, I mean right now. Do it.
9) What can I say about this elixir?
Figure 2. ‘Dental Hygiene Dilemma’ by Frank Zappa
10) What is a Hobo Wine Toaster?
I don’t know, but the second result returned by Google is for The Mercenary Researcher, so you better come up with an answer, Rutabaga.
11) Do you like cheese?
I am a former cheese eater. As a (mostly) vegan, I avoid cheese. (James_64, 2008).
5. Eleven New Questions
1. Conditioner or Creme Rinse?
2. Amway or Mary Kay?
3. Breath mint or strip?
4. What is your greatest regret?
5. Peanut butter: crunchy or creamy?
6. Shaken or stirred?
7. Milk: soy, cow, almond, coconut, rice, or hemp?
8. When was the last time you played a real game of tag?
9. Why do you blog?
10. Your basic sock color: white, grey, or black?
11. Do you, or do you not, prefer the Oxford comma??????
6. Tag other Bloggers
Bloggers will, indeed, do anything for a post, including staying up until 1:07 a.m. to finish this silly game of tag.
James_64. (2008). Vegans: Why do you not eat cheese, milk, butter, eggs, honey etc.? Yahoo! Answers. URL http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080211083312AAp8dag
Kylie. (2013). I remember that from somewhere. Honest. I do. I learned it in college. The Life of Kylie. (Retrieved Feb. 19, 2013). URL https://thelifeofkylie.com/2013/02/19/tag
Merriam-Webster. (2013). Stentorian. Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (Retrieved Feb. 19, 2013). URL http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stentorian
Nelson, M. (2010).What is the difference between blog categories and blog tags? Blogging Basics 101. (Retrieved Feb. 19, 2013). URL http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/2010/02/what-is-the-difference-between-blog-categories-and-blog-tags
Rutabaga. (2013). Blog tag. I’m it! The Mercenary Researcher. (Retrieved Feb. 17, 2013). URL http://themercenaryresearcher.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/blog-tag-im-it