How widespread is the infection of the story virus?
It has definitely gone farther than I thought it would.
I wish I was a scientist, a statistician, adept at graphic arts, something, so I can say something other than, "Wow! It's pretty cool how it's spreading!".
It was interesting when it first started, in that some people were tagged multiple times by different story threads, probably due to the blogominisphere I travel in. There are a relatively small number of people that read my blog and whose blogs I read, so it's not a surprise we sometimes tagged each other more than once. But now, the virus has definitely leapt out of that blogominisphere and into other blogominispheres, one's I have never been exposed to.
This seems to be a pretty robust meme. When someone gets tagged and then contributes a piece of story to a particular thread, the contributor has a self-interest in propagating the story with their addition -- and they want to see it thrive. In some ways, this meme really does function as a virus, as an organism that seeks to propagate itself.
Again, I wish I was a scientist or something, I'd probably have a lot cooler things to say, and more interesting parallels to draw.
I'm going to try my best to graphically represent how the various threads have traveled thus far, but if the virus continues to spread, it might be difficult.
If anyone has any recommendations as to how to represent the story virus (I was thinking of a family tree kinda diagram), please recommend one.
Thanks to everyone who has been infected. I'm making an effort to follow all the strains!
P.S. I think in coining the term "blogominisphere" I believe I have ratcheted up the obnoxiousness of the word "blog", something I did not think was possible.