Making the Future Female


Firstly let me thank Leopard for her brilliant blog CRATES AND RIBBONS and nominating DOG Sharon for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD. As with other similar blogging awards the rules are fairly simple – thank the nominator, answer some personal questions and nominate other blogs.

In this case the winner has to thank the nominating blogger, post the award graphic, nominate 15 blogs, share 7 things about themselves and comment on the blogs nominated.

I had a cuppa and thought about this: 15 blogs – and those blog owners nominate 15 more and so on. This is termed a geometric progression (I think) 🙂

I then wondered how many WordPress blogs actually existed.

According to Forbes “WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. Those run through its cloud-hosted service, which lets anybody create a free website online, attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month.”

So assuming each blogger takes 2 days to accept the award and nominate another 15 the numbers go like this:

DAY 1    – 1 x 15 = 15 blogs nominated

DAY 3    – 15 x 15 = 225 blogs nominated

DAY 5    – 15 x 225 = 3,373 blogs nominated

DAY 7    – 15 x 3,373 = 50,625 blogs nominated

DAY 9    – 15 x 50,625 = 259, 375 blogs nominated

DAY 11  – 15 x 259, 375 = 3,890,025 blogs nominated

DAY 13  – 15 x 3,890,025 = 58,350,375 blogs nominated

DAY 15  – 15 x 58,350,375 = 875,255,625 blogs nominated

DAY 17  – 15 x 875,255,625 = 13,128,834,375 blogs nominated

DAY 19  – 15 x 13,128,834,375 = 196,932,515,625 blogs nominated

DAY 21  – 15 x 196,932,515,625 = 2,953,987,734,375 blogs nominated

DAY 23  – 15 x 2,953,987,734,375 = 44.309,816,015,625 blogs nominated

Therefore if everybody nominated for the ironically named ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD nominated another 15 blogs (and they didn’t keep nominating the same blogs) all the approx 60 million blogs would be receive the award in13 days.

By day 17 the numbers of awards would equal twice the population of the Earth and by day 23 would equal about Global GDP in pounds sterling.

So what am I to do? I would argue that if an award is to mean anything, then everybody can’t win it in less than 3 weeks. I’m quite happy to reveal 7 things.

So readers – please make some suggestions – what do you think is the best course of action?

16 responses

  1. I’ve taken the same approach- and I don’t want trophies either. I only want awards that come with envelopes filled with money, like the Nobel prize 😀

    September 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    • Nice one mate – I’ve got some envelopes but they’re empty…

      September 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  2. Dear Dave,

    I got fed up with refusing them so I made my own award, and I’ll only accept funny awards given by the people who created them. As predicted, the novelty of creating an award to give me lasted about a fortnight before it all went quiet. They’ve rarely been mentioned to me since. 🙂

    Love Dotty xxx

    September 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    • Dearest Omniscient Dotty

      Your wise words touched something deep inside me and caused a reaction that, as yet, I cannot fully describe.
      I had thought of creating special, unique awards, but as might be expected. you had already done so.
      My main concern in this matter was to not offend the nice fellow blogger that nominated me.
      I will go away (not very far) and cogitate on this matter.

      Thanks as always, and I beg to remain, madam, your grateful and somewhat awestruck servant.

      D xx

      September 13, 2012 at 5:58 am

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  4. Totally with you. I’ve gotten quite a few, and each time I feel conflicted. In almost (not all) every case, I knew the person nominating was sincere and not just looking for me to list her blog on my (busier?) page. The first time I got one, I was gullible enough to think it was actually unique and I’d somehow really won something. But in most cases, as much as I don’t want to offend the fellow blogger who nominated me, and as much as I think it’s nice that they appreciate my blog, I feel cynical about the whole process. Admittedly, I wouldn’t turn down Freshly Pressed. I got it when I was first blogging, and while I thought that the post was a good, thought provoking one, I have written better since and wish some of those were the ones people had read. Rambling on here, to say that this is very clever and hits the nail right on the head. 🙂

    September 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    • Nice to make your acquaintance – loved your fly-porn and will follow your blog – with regard to the awards – great minds think alike 😉 Dave

      September 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      • I figured I could slip in some porn, if I stuck with flies. Sex sells. 😉

        September 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  5. Hello Dave! I see it as less of an award, and more of a token of personal recognition and appreciation. I guess an analogy could be the exchange of Christmas gifts (or gifts on any other occasion). Giving someone a present is a way of saying, “You’re special to me,” and if I were to receive a gift from Person A, the fact of my having already received one from Persons B, C and D doesn’t make A’s gift any less meaningful. Similarly, my knowledge that almost everyone else has received Christmas presents from others doesn’t diminish my pleasure at receiving my own.

    I think the term ‘award’ is misleading in this instance though. Maybe it should be called a “Lovely Blog Ribbon” instead. =)

    September 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • Agreed and I was really pleased to receive it from you! But I checked who responded to your nominations and remembered what happened when I was nominated for the Liebster Award – hardly anybody else did the stuff. I spent quite sometime googling the awards and couldn’t find where they came from. That’s when I started doing rough calculations and realised big numbers were involved. As I said on my post – my only reservations re. looking at it critically was that I didn’t want to appear ungrateful to my erudite nominator 🙂

      September 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

      • Haha don’t worry, I don’t think you’re being ungrateful! 🙂

        September 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

  6. I do think it should be called something else other than an ‘award’ though, because it sounds bigger than it is. When I was first nominated I was all excited, thinking, “I’m going to be famous!!!” Lol.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    • I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I felt the same when I was ‘awarded’ the Liebster thingy. Great minds etc…

      September 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    • I’m trying to think of a way round this – if I was rich I’d just give a real prize, but sadly I’m not… 🙂

      September 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

  7. I Knew something sounded off but I thought I would just participate anyway! haha! Would love to show off my rock paper scissors skills with you anytime!!

    September 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • Sorry if I blew it – I’ve had a couple of these and did all the stuff the first time, but not many folk responded. Once I’d done some maths it became obvious that very soon everybody would have been nominated. Hence the post 😉
      I like the 7 random things bit anyway, and I wish I was rich enough to really give prizes out. Because most people want to remain anonymous there’s no way of passing any real prizes about.
      So how can we play R/P/S online? Maybe we could post a blog called R/P/S then make our guess simultaneously? What say you? 🙂

      September 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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