Thursday, February 14, 2019

Polls Preventing Trump from Shutting Down Government Again


Happy Valentines Day All.  One month ago I posted on how Trump's approval ratings have decreased while the 35 day government shutdown was going on from 42.5% in the Real Clear Politics Average on Dec 23 to 41% when it ended.  In the few weeks thereafter, his rating has improved back to a little above where it was before at 43.5%.

With the Feb 15 deadline looming for another shutdown President Trump has announce that he will sign the spending bill to avoid another shutdown.  To get his wall he will declare a national emergency.  While this may lead to a long court battle it may help Trump with his base (but no one else) as the shutdown didn't.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Look at My Blogosphere


Three weeks ago a member of a wrtiers group on Facebook posted this image asking "Who (in this group) is a blogger?"  The post received over 630 comments with 206 unique blogs listed.  I thought I would take a look at the blogs listed to see what kind of platforms that they used (Wordpress vs. Blogger) and what types of topics that they covered.  I also added the 24 blogs on my blogroll (on the right of this page) for a comparison.  I know this sample only scratches the surface of the blogosphere and is not representative of it but it is representative of what I see on the web.  You can see the sample of blogs and the topics I used to categorize them and can view them yourself here.


Host
Number
%
Wordpress
97
42.2
Other
79
34.3
Blogger
39
17.0
Wix
7
3.0
Facebook
2
0.9
Medium
2
0.9
Squarespace
2
0.9
Tumblr
2
0.9
Total
230
100.0
Margin of Error
6.8

I expected Wordpress to be the most popular host forI the sample of blogs and it was as can be seen in the table above with 42.2% listing it as the host.  The second most popular domain was "other" which included blogs with no host listed or with obscure hosts.  Blogger (which hosts this site) was a distant third at 17.7%.  This survey has a 6.8% margin of error.


Topic
Number
% of blogs
Author
51
22.2
Writing
46
20.0
Fiction
25
10.9
Travel
20
8.7
Politics
14
6.1
Poetry
14
6.1
Psychology
12
5.2
Business
11
4.8
Religion
10
4.3
Personal
10
4.3

I looked at each blog to determine which topic it covers and what it's general orientation is.  Some blogs were hard to categorize so I gave it the most generic term "Writing."  Aren't all blogs about writing you say?  These are blogs that (sort of like this one) goes from topic to topic wherever the author wants to go.  This was the second most common topic at 20 percent.  The ten most popular topics 

The most popular topic/orientation was Author at 22.2%.  This refers to bloggers who use their sites to promote their books.  The third most common topic was fiction at 10.9%.  These topics shouldn't be surprising given that they were sampled from a Facebook group for writers.  There was a wide variety of blogs that were easier to categorize with 84 other categories found.  One blog in this survey could have up to four categories.

It was very time consuming to survey each blog.  It took two weeks to put this simple analysis together.  I say this just to give you an idea of the difficult work of putting these analyses together.  If I missed anything please let me know.

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