Do you blog?
This article examines new research that shows blogging is here to stay.
Like many social media tools, blogs have seen a steady increase in numbers and influence over the last several years.
Number of Blogs Grows
If people are adding nearly 3 million blogs per month, surely this is a tool worth understanding and maximizing. That is the conclusion Technorati reached in their 2011 State of the Blogosphere Report.
In this report, bloggers fall into one of five categories:
- Hobbyist—Someone who blogs for fun and doesn’t report any income from blogging (this represents 60% of the study).
- Professional Part-time—These people typically blog to supplement their income and blog about personal musings or technology (approximately 9% of respondents).
- Professional Full-time—These individuals make their living by blogging, but typically work freelance (approximately 9% of respondents).
- Corporate—Corporate bloggers blog full-time as part of their job or are contracted to blog full-time for a company (8% of respondents).
- Entrepreneur—Entrepreneurs blog for a company or organization they own (13% of respondents).
***Please note that Technorati’s data is heavily skewed by the presence of 60% hobbyist bloggers—people who blog as a way to express themselves or influence their community, but don’t seek to make money. I will focus on results from the 40% of bloggers who have a business objective with their blogging.
#1: Bloggers are young, educated and experienced
Bloggers come from all over the world and span the age range. But with that diversity come some commonalities worth noting. (Go here to see all the statistical comparisons made by Technorati.)
Nearly 60% of bloggers are between the ages of 25 and 44.