Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Blogging Phenomena

A new craze...

5 years ago, if someone told you to check out their blog, you would have no clue what they were talking about. But today, it’s a common invitation.
If you’re somewhat new to the blogging world like me, you might have the erroneous idea that blogging is for Mormon mothers or young, recently married women who “are too mature for facebook.”
This post is to clue you (and me) into a rapidly increasing phenomenon that isn’t going out of style in the near future. Strap in, web surfers, it looks like blogs are the new magazine.

Blogging Statistics

Wrap your mind around a couple of these statistics:

In early 2010, Technorati.com reported that in 2009, there were 133,000,000 blogs.
Two-Thirds of bloggers are male
If you are an internet user, there is a 77% chance you read blogs
60% of blog users are between 18-44
75% have college degrees and 40% have graduate degrees
More than half are married and have children
For a more complete list, click here
But here’s the most tragic blogging statistic, Lady Gaga is the most popular blog post subject. (Interesting side note, on January 25, 2011, Jack Lalanne was number 2? Haven’t heard of him? Neither had I, check him out. I wanna be like him when I’m 97!)

Why Blogging?

Now that you’re converted to blogism like I am, you might be asking why blogs? 61% say that they blog to supplement their income. Blogs can be a big time
money maker. Perez Hilton for example is worth more than $32 Million. And sorry, I’m not even going to dignify a link to his site. Many entrepreneurs are finding ways to make their blogs interesting enough and create enough advertising revenue to make a full time job for themselves.
Also, people here “in the bubble” blog as pseudo missionary work. Two examples of this are C. Jane and Stephanie and here is an article proving it can be effective, check it out- pretty interesting.

Where do you fit in? Why do you read or write blogs?

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