For kicks and grins, I analyzed my participation on Newsvine in 2014.
I wrote 75 articles and seeded 10 more, each of them generating about fifty comments. Many thanks to those of you who read the articles and responded with earnest, thoughtful and insightful comments, whether I agreed with them or not. The 2014 articles covered a wide range of topics including economics, history, law, sports, gun control, business, the arts and foreign policy.
I know what some of you are thinking. Something's missing.
Given the heated discussions that typically occur regarding race here on the Vine, some of you are thinking that race is my primary preoccupation and I could not have posted articles about much else. Wrong. No doubt I did write and seed articles related to race. There is plenty to say about race as some people continue to say and do racist things while others support such acts with silence, deflection, denial and obfuscation. Sometimes there is plenty to repeat about race in response to the mendacious assertions of the pridefully ignorant and morbidly obtuse. In spite of these realities, race was the subject of only about 14% of the articles I seeded or wrote last year. Perhaps because 2014 was an election year, politics was far and away my most frequent topic, comprising about 42% of my articles and seeds. Even if one puts the three or four political topics that involved race into the race category, race is still a distant second.
While I've written and seeded far more about politics than race, the articles about race generate about 95 comments each, more than twice as much action from Viners than the political articles. But guess what subject the Newsvine community debated about more than race - at least in the articles I wrote.
Yup. At least according to my column, we obsess about no subject more than we obsess about ourselves. Geez, talk about a bunch of narcissists (/s). The four Newsvine-related articles I wrote generated on average 127 comments, driven largely by an article on Newsvine nations that seem to be established for the sole purpose of trolling. With well over three hundred comments, it generated the most vine activity of anything I wrote or seeded in 2014. On the other end of the spectrum, Viners were least responsive to articles about sports (five comments on average), though such a response may be somewhat self fulfilling as I wrote only two articles about sports subjects, one of which was quite narrow in scope.
Checking out last year's activity was an interesting exercise though I doubt the information will ultimately impact what I decide to post about going forward.