So I had this moment the other day, when I realised it’s less than 5 months till I turn thirty, and I know nothing. Well nothing but most people standards.
I’ve never travelled, (unless you count school trips to Indonesia), and I have never climbed the corporate ladder, (unless you count getting to management level in McDonalds. And Domino’s, but it’s hardly worth bragging about). I have no idea how the professional world works at all, or what the rules are. I’ve never had to learn anything about office politics, or buy clothes from Cue (which is such a pity), and I’ve never worked in an office.
Like I said, I don’t know anything.
Now before you get all inspirational with me, don’t worry, this is not a woe is me post. And yes I’m a mum and that’s worthwhile, obviously, but I’m just talking about the fact that I have nothing at all to put on a CV, should any future employers want to give me money.
Which would be nice.
Now I’m kind of geeky. Ok, fully geeky. I think I would happily be a professional student learning everything about everything. When I become interested by something, I kind of throw myself in to it to the possible detriment of everything else. (Hence why I don’t often read books: no self control). So instead of becoming completely absorbed by the fact that I’ve apparently wasted the last 29 years doing nothing, and that my one major goal before thirty is to publish my book, which is becoming increasingly more expensive by the moment (on account of my ‘editing’ meaning I’m actually adding a whole lot more), I tried to think of one good thing that an employer might be impressed by.
And that’s IBOT.
Now also because I’m incredibly geeky, for the last three months I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet based on who is linking and how often I am commenting. It’s like Big Brother always watching you, only blog style. And using the information from my spreadsheet, I have compiled some rather interesting IBOT facts, which lucky for you, I feel like sharing. 🙂
So here you go: everything you ever wanted to know about IBOT.
- The first IBOT was on July 26 2011, and it had 12 linkers. Among them was current regular With Some Grace
- on April 17th of this year, #TeamIBOT was born to help spread the comment love for the growing number of readers.
- #TeamIBOT all have set columns they read from. A Parenting Life is column one, Bossy Mummy column two, Little Bento Blog is column three, Family of Killers is column four and RedCliffe Style is column five. After doing their set posts, they often go and read extra just for the love of it, and we can’t forget Denyse who fills in for everybody and generally just floats around being awesome.
- #TeamIBOT are linky-etiquette nazi’s. Invariably every week one of us will get frustrated by linkers who refuse to play nicely, and these ladies are more strict than I am. 😉 So you have been warned: you don’t want to tick them off!
- #TeamIBOT are fiercely territorial. When I suggested adding new members they all said they would gladly read more, and we could reassess when we hit 100 regular links. So if you want in on the team, better start sharing 🙂
- If every blogger who had ever linked between the 24th of July and today, all linked on the same post on the same day, we would have 189 links on that day.
- I make it my personal goal to visit each linker at least every fortnight, if not every week. This is why some weeks you won’t get a comment from me. I read, on average (according to my spreadsheet), 68 IBOT posts per week. And yes, I did the math. 😀
- Since July, the most regular linkers are (In alphabetical order), The Bumpiest Path, Cass Can Sew, Cup of Tea and a Blog, Handmade Tears and Triumphs, Home Life Simplified, Little Bento Blog, Mummyhood 101, Musing and Mayhem, Redcliffe Style, Sugar Bird Art, The Surprise Beginning, The Useful Box, and With Some Grace. All of these linkers have missed at most two tuesdays in three months, but most haven’t missed any.
- IBOT gets approximately 1000 page views per post over a few days. This makes me happy, not because of the numbers, but because you’re all sharing the love.
- IBOT is predominantly Australian! Apart from Ai Sakura, A Happy Mum and Little Chuck’s Story, all the regular linkers are from Down Under. The last few weeks though, have seen a couple of our American friends, so who knows what will happen.
- And finally, if you were wondering how far its reach went, wonder no more!