Do New Year’s Resolutions Work? Data Suggests They Do!

My latest post on I enjoyed preparing it, and like its results very much. Happy New Year, everyone.

Data for Breakfast

Many people, especially in the Western Hemisphere, make New Year’s resolutions. Some of those resolutions are about blogging. Indeed, blogging is a great way to perform personal introspection, it’s a professional development aid, and a way to connect with like-minded people all over the internet. Do these resolutions work? Do blogs registered around the new year have higher chances of surviving longer than blogs registered at other times of the year?

Illustration: four statues contemplating own navels Omphaloskepsis — contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to introspection. Or you can start a blog.


Before answering these questions, we need to make several decisions. For example, do we want to include spammers in our analysis? Sure, one’s New Year’s resolution might be “spam more to get more money.” However, since most of us dislike spammers, and Automattic, the company that hosts, actively chases spammers, we will exclude them from this analysis.

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