Sunday, December 9, 2007

Great Faith Race: Round 7 is a wonderfully diverse marketplace. Which led me to wonder how diverse it really is. Therefore, I decided to run an experiment called "The Great Faith Race." I took a sampling of major religions or religious figures and searched in the CafePress marketplace to see how many designs came up. Then I just sorted the results and am sharing them below. I ran this list the first time on April 30, 2007 and the second time on May 15, 2007 and the third time on June 10, 2007 and a forth time on July 8, 2007 and a fifth time on August 11, 2007 and the sixth time on September 23, 2007 and then again today, so I'll also include comparison data.


COMPARISON DATA: The comparison data is for data on 12/9/07 compared to 9/23/07 .

NEWLY ADDED: None. Feel free to add to our line-up by submitting a comment to this blog article.

NEWLY DELETED: None this round. We have 43 religious terms on the list presently. Perhaps in future rounds we will try to keep it at 50 and under. 50 sounds like a good amount to track, especially considering we don't get paid to do this. Not yet anyway. *evil laugh* Of course, we don't know anyone who would ever pay us for this.

OBSERVATIONS: Christian has moved above God in the ranks for most number of design tags at CafePress. Sikh leaps a small pack ahead of Isis in a short burst gain in the ranks. Dagon leap frogs Zeus. Confucianism moves up a respectable two notches. Vishnu lost a ton in the rankings; not just slower growth, but these multi-arms experienced an actual loss. Other losses were minimal. Bahai is our biggest percentage gainer, while Christian obviously has the largest number of additions since the last Great Faith Race round.

DISCLAIMERS: Although this appears to be very scientific in nature, this assumption should not be made. In other words, this is an unscientific study. Use this information, if at all, at your own risk. We make absolutely no warranties, expressed or implied, as to ... well ... anything. You get the drift.

Feel free to add your comments or observations. If I ever feel compelled to run "The Great Faith Race" again, did I miss any of your favorite religions or religious icons? Let us know!

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