Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Versatile Blogger

I was recently awarded the 'Versatile Blogger' award. I know! When I read the announcement I was instantly overcome by a rush of pride and disbelief - "My wit, charm, and unique spin on teaching math are getting acknowledged after just a few short months of blogging! I didn't know I was so awesome!" I read on to the award description and requirements for acceptance:
  • Thank the person who gave you this award. Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, tell 7 things about yourself.
  • Finally, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Award those 15 bloggers the Versatile Blogger Award.
According to my most casual research, the 'Versatile Blogger Award' appears to have originated this past September. According to  there are about 182 million public blogs in existence today. I have three questions:
  1. Assuming awardees all accept their award and complete the requirements in the space of one week, how long would it take to award ALL 182 million blogs? 
  2. How many people have a blogroll long enough to discriminate 15 award winners from it?
  3. Didn't you just award me a blogging award? If you don't already know 7 things about me, I probably should give the award back.
And my bubble has completely popped, leaving me with only one lingering question: "Why did it take so long - after 16 weeks of circling the globe, why was I not recognized sooner?" Mathematics can be seriously depressing sometimes.


  1. The answer to question #1 is 7 weeks. I used the formula for the sum of a geometric series and logarithms.

    Even if I say to myself, "Imagine that only 20% of award recipients actually respond and fulfill the requirements." Even then, I calculate that it would only take 15 weeks to reach 182 million blogs. Alas.

  2. ba ha ha ha ha - LOVE it!!! GREAT post!

    Runde's Room

  3. You are so-o-o-o very funny. Love how you make math practical for bloggers.