February 25, 2006

Blogiversary II

Well, here it is, my second blogiversary. It was two years ago today that I wrote my first blog post. There have been a few starts and stops along the way, most recently all of last fall. But here I am at it again.

One year ago today I wrote a blog post about the word blogiversary, tabulating the number of ghits for the various possible spellings. It seems like this would be a good opportunity to update the results, so here are last year’s and this year’s results:

20052006
blogiversary37,000184,000
blogaversary3,85015,500
bloggiversary74214,600
blogoversary66328,600
blogversary53112,300
bloggaversary100310
bloggoversary2363
total42,909255,373

The first thing to notice about these numbers is the overall increase of instances of the word, a total increase of about 495.2%. And indeed the number of instances of each individual spellings has increased. The other obvious thing to notice here is that the spellilng blogoversary has vaulted from 4th position into second in terms of frequency. A second table listing percentage frequencies is illustrative:

20052006
blogiversary86.23%72.05%
blogaversary8.97%6.07%
bloggiversary1.73%5.72%
blogoversary1.55%11.20%
blogversary1.24%4.82%
bloggaversary0.23%0.12%
bloggoversary0.05%0.02%

Interestingly, as these percentage statistics make clear, although blogiversary is still by far the most common spelling, the percentage has dropped off significantly. Similarly, blogaversary, which was the second most common spelling, drops in percentage and rank to the 3rd spot. The two least common spellings bloggaversary and bloggoversary, though increasing in total number of occurrences, drop in terms of percentage frequency. As a corollary of these percentage drop-offs, as I already mentioned, blogoversary has a dramatic percentage increase, thus ranking as the second most common spelling, and the seemingly less likely spellings bloggiversary and blogversary also increase their percentage frequencies.

So, what can we gather from all this? While one tends to expect spellings to become more regularized, clearly the spellings for this words are still in a state of flux. Predictably, the two statistically insignificant spellings, bloggaversary and bloggoversary, are even more so. Blogiversary is still the clear favourite, and the similarly formed bloggiversary, also taking its vowel from anniversary and its doubled vowel like from forms such as blogging and blogger, makes a significant increase. Blogoversary, possibly influenced by the term blogosphere, makes the most significant increase. The simplified formation, blogversary, also increases in percentage frequency. However, both spellings with the a stem vowel decrease in percentage frequency.

It would be interersting to see a year from now how these numbers change…

Posted by Mark at February 25, 2006 03:06 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Happy… uh… anniversary of your blog! (I think I’ll just avoid the issue entirely!). Keep it up!

Posted by: Aven at February 25, 2006 03:42 PM

Happy Blogiversary! No matter how it’s spelled on that list, it “pings” my internal spellchecker as wrong.

As for your latest post, the origin of Olympic sports vocabulary,…..in a word, cool. (So very descriptive). I love that lutz and salchow are named for their originators. No idea about the curling terms, here in semi-tropic San Francisco East Bay, I’d never even heard of curling until recently.

Posted by: Carrie K at February 28, 2006 12:10 PM