Saturday, February 16, 2008

Homosexual Males Prefer The Color Blue

Color preferences according to gender and sexual orientation
The present study was undertaken to verify findings surrounding sex differences in color preferences, and to extend this realm of inquiry by looking for possible differences in color preferences associated with sexual orientation.
Based on a large sample of North American college students, significant gender differences were found, with the main difference being a greater preference for shades of blue by males than by females.Females, on the other hand, tended to be more evenly divided than males between preferring both green and blue. Regarding sexual orientation, we found no significant differences between heterosexuals and homosexual/bisexuals of either gender. In other words, male and female homosexuals/bisexuals exhibited essentially the same configuration of color preferences as did their heterosexual counterparts.This is the final post to test my hypothesis that blog postings that have "homosexual" or "gay" in the title bar have more page hits and receive a higher influence rating than posts that do not. Last week, Busplunge was rated as the 14th most influential political blog in Missouri at Missouri Blognetnews.

I am beginning to doubt the reliability of this rating system when the Busplunge, which chronicles the rants and raves of an old crank, ranks higher on Missouri's Most Influential Political blogs than several serious political blogs.

I first noticed this when I did a post on 10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong and our influence rating jumped from #11 to #2.

About a week and a half later, a blog post from the Busplunge got picked up by Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, one of the nation's leading political blogs. Busplunge received over 2500 page visits from that link on Sullivan's blog. Our political influence rating that week dropped.

I would have thought that a post picked up by a national blog and that garnered that many hits in two days would have been ranked more influential than a sarcastic post on gay marriage.

So, to test my theory, this past week the Bus posted almost a post a day that had "homosexual" or "gay" as a subject matter. Here's an example, here's another one, and this one's three.

The ratings for this week just came in: Busplunge jumped 7 spaces and is rated as the #7 Most Influential Political Blog In Missouri.

Go figure.


Branson Missouri said...

Your story reminds me of a diddy I read in a book called the "Third Chimpanzee". The author Jared Diamond went on to win a Pulitzer for a book titled "Guns Germs and Steel" which was based off of one chapter of the previously mentioned book.

A latin magazine called Viva targeted to women decided to experiment with posting nude men.

Female readership rapidly declined while Male readership increased dramatically.....

I have a few theories on your ranking situation they involve

1. Regional vs. National attitudes - Are they Different?

2. Controversy - Always increases traffic

3. Perhaps you're recording an upswing in straight bloggers

Anonymous said...

bols blue

blue balls?


The Lorax said...

Shit. Now I have to change my color scheme.