Blog Report July 20, 2006Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
I had recently wondered how many well-intended writers started blogs then abandoned them. Today, in the PEW report on blogging, I received an answer. In the details of the analysis of 7,012 users, about 29 percent stopped working on their blog within seven months of telling an interviewer they were actively maintaining one.
The statistics are interesting. Bloggers are split evenly between male and female, and only 11 percent of blogs focus on government or politics. I subscribe to about that many political blogs but I read them first. What is interesting is that even though the blogs are public and anyone may read them (if they can be found), most bloggers consider blogging a private act.
The main reasons for keeping a blog are creative expression and sharing personal experiences. Years from now, social scientists are going to crawl through blogs, probably using advanced search tools, to discover what we were like just as we dig through ancient middens, or garbage heaps, to learn what the ancients were like. I hope our progeny can tell the difference between fact and opinion because I know there are plenty of writers in the blogosphere who cannot.
Bloggers, according to the study, are avid consumers and creators of online content and are also heavy users of the internet in general. Bloggers often utilize community and readership-enhancing features available on their blogs. Oh, and bloggers tend to cite their sources and acknowledge links to other blogs. Source: Lenhart, Amanda and Susannah Fox. Bloggers. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project, July 19, 2006.