:: Friday, August 02, 2002 ::

Degrees of blog separation. Here's an experiment in the connectedness of the blogosphere. It's a variation on that Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon party game. Pick a blog at random (perhaps from Blogger's "fresh blogs" column, and for your sake it should have plenty of hyperlinks [not one of those linkless, self-indulgent journals]) and see how many random blog links you can go through before you return to your own blog. I decided to try the grand experiment myself this morning. Into the labyrinth I go...

  • I begin my quest with Dappled Things, which I found on Blogger. Perhaps fortuitously or ominously, Dappled Things contains links aplenty on the subject of Catholicism (which seems to be a favorite topic among bloggers of all stripes), and a blogroll chock full of Catholic bloggers. A good sign, but perhaps a bit too easy. I recognize several of them, so I choose one I do not, but one whose name I like: Doctor Weevil.

  • Dr. Weevil has a huge blogroll. (And his blog owns 56.25 percent of him. Take the quiz.) Scrolling down the list of unfamiliar blogs, I spot one that rings a bell: Mark Byron. Bingo! And click...

  • Right there on Mark Byron's neatly alphabetized blogroll, nestled between Bene Diction and Chris Burgwald, is yours truly. Mission accomplished.

    Let's recap:

    From Dappled Things to Doctor Weevil: one degree of separation.

    From Doctor Weevil to Mark Byron: a second degree of separation.

    From Mark Byron to bloggedy blog: a third degree of separation.

    Sing with me: It's a small blogosphere after all...

    Why not try this little experiment for yourself? Let me know the results.

    By the way, Mark Byron's edifier-du-jour for today is worth a read. And...

    18.75 %

    My weblog owns 18.75 % of me.
    Does your weblog own you?

    :: Andrew 08:22 + ::
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