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Old 10-08-2005, 08:28 PM   #1
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Question Do you have a blog

This could be an interesting topic and produce some useful information for Geek/Talk members and visitors.

It is difficult to come up with accurate information about blog users. The studies don't agree and their numbers vary widely.

It can be safely said that there are a lot of people reading blogs and that number is rising, whatever that number might be.

A study done by comScore says that the number of people visiting blogs is up 45 percent over a year ago.

The study also shows that about 30 percent of all Internet users in the United States read blogs. Of course some read them a lot more than others.

Another study done by Pew Research, and looking at different factors, found that 60 percent of Americans had no idea of what blogs are. That did include Internet users as well as people who aren't Internet users.

Blogs clearly at the present time are of more interest to some people than others but likely will change over time as more people become aware of them.

In general terms, the comScore study found that bloggers tend to be high income, younger, heavy Internet users.

Advertisers are starting to love the results blogs are giving them, as covered in this thread http://www.geekvillage.com/forums/sh...threadid=28904

It should also be added that some bloggers are also having some nice financial rewards.

Americal Online (AOL) recently bought Weblogs Inc for at least 25 million dollars as covered in this thread http://www.geekvillage.com/forums/sh...threadid=28975

Getting back to the comScore study, it found that some of the more popular blogs were blogs written by women, "hipster" lifestyle blogs, political blogs and blogs related to technology.

There are bloggers who have used their blogs to help bring attention to their websites and some have had very good luck doing this.

All of this brings several thoughts to mind. The answers could help some readers decide if they want to give blogs a try or possibly even make some changes in their blogging.

1. Do you have a blog or do you have plans to start a blog?

2. If you have a blog or blogs, what is your reason or reasons?

3. If you don't have a blog or plans to start one, why not?

4. If you have a blog or blogs are you pleased with them? If not, why aren't you?

I don't have a blog but I am working on starting a few that would cover several different topics.

They will deal with topics of interest to me, so they will be fun for me. I'll see if I can generate some income from them and also use them to attract more visitors to my web properties.

Now it is your turn to comment and provide some thoughts that could be beneficial to Geek/Talk readers.
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:00 AM   #2
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People can visit a blog without even knowing its a blog and people run blogs without knowing they are running blogs. So I can see how the numbers can be difficult to obtain. There are so many good pieces of blog software available that any site that offers news would be a good fit for blog software, even if they are not considered blogs.
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I am all blogged out, seems all those I "associate" with on the net have a blog or make daily visits to other people's blogs. Some I have been directed to have been very informative, but for the most part they seem to be daily ramblings like a diary that IMO should be kept private

I do not have a blog, nor do I plan on having one.
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I'm a little like Jan. I was excited about the blog scene a few years ago and I did actually operate one back then at AdvertisingWatch.com (now inactive), but have since lost interest.

There are a number of incredible blogs, but most seem to be either so vapid or so self-interested that they're of little value to most readers.

I read a quote recently in a tech journal that has really stuck with me as an apt description of how many on the outside now perceive the blog scene. It went something like "the blogosphere has become so self-reflective that it's at risk of self destruction." This does indeed seem to be the case in many quarters, where bloggers spend more time talking about blogging, about themselves and about their clique of like-minded bloggers than about original ideas, concepts and opinions or in presenting well researched information.

I no longer operate a blog because I prefer collaborative environments such as discussion forums that aren't designed to place the value of one person's opinion above those of any other. In these sort of naturally democratic and open environments, people's statements are increasingly evaluated based on their merit, not based on the perceived status of the author.

I do read a few blogs, but don't see these sites as blogs, as such. They simply seem to use blogging technology as a handy content management back-end through which to manage the presentation of quality information. There definitely are some intriguing and hilarious personal blogs around, but the vast majority don't interest me as a consumer or as a researcher.
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I agree that many of these blogs are much too personal which helps to make them boring. I really don't care what the person feed their dog for breakfast or how many phone calls they received while shopping.

There are some very helpful blogs. That is the group I am thinking about joining.

Some of the more respected bloggers are starting to get some attention and even make a living by blogging.
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Finding the right balance might be a tightrope effort, but if you're able to avoid too much self-reflection, while still infusing your unique personality into original articles that are of interest to a particular community, you should be able to elevate your blog above the clutter of diary-style publications.

In this market (web publishing, online marketing), there are a few very strong specialised blogs that have all found the right balance. They keep the exchange relatively personal, but know when to back off and to present information that is of use to the reader. Those that present topical industry news, views, debate and theory in a fun, casual and informative manner seem to be the most successful as far as semi-professional blogs go.

Knowing how much wisdom and knowledge you've ammassed over the years, I have no doubt that you'll be able to attract a loyal audience of web publishers, SEOs and Google philes in no time, as long as you continue to remember that your blog is for them, not you. Best of luck with it!!!
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