I've been doing the same! The results have been great. It has turned up some great articles a few pages in that apparently went unnoticed. I formed a subjective hunch that longer-form articles from publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and WIRED end up lower in search rankings than shorter ones from Buzzfeed and USA Today. My guess was shorter attention spans ==> people choose the short articles ==> Google prioritizes them.
However, people with data write that I should rethink:
Welcome to Cake, soulcruzer. 🙂 I'll be interested to hear what you learn with your experiment.