- 7 years ago
Ladies I’ve been doing some research. This thread really made me wonder how often bee’s stop their recaps half way through or never begin their recaps at all. So, due to my curiosity, I have spent the last 3 nights combing Weddingbee and making myself a spreadsheet of married bee’s and their recapping consistencies or inconsistencies.
As I went through the archives I tallied how often a bee never began their recaps, had yet to start their recaps, are midst recapping, stopped writing their recaps half way through or completely finished their recaps. This was very subjective and based upon what my criteria were. I will explain my criteria and release my findings.
-Never began recapping: Either no recaps were written, 1 post was written or posts about the week before the wedding were written, which I didn’t really consider to be recapping the wedding. There was also a significant gap between the last post they wrote and the present, showing that they don’t plan to return to recap.
– Yet to start recapping: Bloggers who have recently been married within the last year, have continued to post, have stated they are waiting on their pro pics or that they do plan to start recaps soon, fall into this category.
– Midst recapping: A blogger who is currently recapping their wedding.
– Stopped recapping half way through: Bee’s who have begun recapping and have stopped after, say the ceremony, or who hint at the end of a post what to expect next but have not posted in 3 months or more, would have been considered to have stopped posting.
-Completely finished: A bee would have either signed off wishing us farewell or they would have posted about their reception or dancing and I felt they showed the majority of their wedding to us.
Something else to consider as well, is that recaps have advanced over the course of the Bee. When Mrs. Bee and the first generation of Bee’s were around, typically they made 3 or 4 posts with a multitude of photos to show you their day. Now, the Bee’s post a multitude of posts with a more concentrated theme to each post and they seem to be writing around 10 to 15 posts. Bee’s are also signing off in a way or letting the readers know when they have reached the end of their recaps. This research was also not to hurt any bee’s feeling or to judge them for why they may have taken a hiatus from the bee. It was more for a factual representation of how often life gets in the way for some and how blogging on the bee has changed over the course of the website.
2 bees ( Cream puff and Hummingbird) both left Weddingbee due to the EHarmony buyout.
The Link to Mrs. Radish leads you to Mrs. Ramen (This one is mostly for Mr. Bee)
On to the statistics…
There are 190 married bees.
84 of those bees finished their recaps
40 of those bees stopped half way through their recaps
32 of those bees never began their recaps
23 of those bees are in the middle of completing their recaps
11 of those bees have yet to start their recaps
The percentage break down…
21% stopped halfway
17% never began
12% are in the midst of recaps
6% have yet to start
I will say as an avid reader of the blog the fact that 38% of bees never finish writing their recaps is disheartening. The recaps are my favorite part of the blogging process and it is so wonderful to see so many beautiful real weddings grouped in one place. I found this to be amazingly fascinating and I hope a few other readers did too.