|Wednesday, December 10, 2003|
Definitions of a Blog
Debbie Weil takes a crack at defining a blog. Must get my mum to read this - she's always wondering what on earth i'm saying when i tell her i'm busy blogging. Nothing very new here - just Keeping It Simple Silly!
"Well, I decided to take a crack at it. Here are my top 20 definitions of a blog. Take them with a grain of salt. Take them as a starting point to think about how you might use a blog as part of your Web site or communications strategy.
But donít write Weblogs off as a passing fad, even if you (or your company) are not blogging yet.
Whats your definition ?
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The PS Magazine has an article on blogging - Blog'n Culture. Talks of blogging as a form of meditation, a discipline that allows you to discover your creative self and find a voice, the power of one when you communicate through your blog, and its relevance in developing global communities. Also has some interesting stats - Phil have you seen this ?
Some excerpts :
"You only have to look around you to see that things are changing fast, and that new words are being included in the dictionary to go along with them. And so ìBloggingî has entered the language. What started in 1994, as little more than inspired writing of online diaries, has now become an online subculture encompassing tech blogs, teenage blogs, corporate blogs etc.; and you had better catch up."
Some statistics :
Blogcount estimates that there are roughly 2.4 million to 2.9 million active Weblogs as of June 2003. 1,579,653 Weblogs are Indexed, and 1,042,570 are Estimated to be Active. Nearly 1 millions blogs are created and abandoned after an average of 129 days by owners (commitment issues- I wonder?).
Of the 655,631 Weblogs currently indexed by the The National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITL) BlogCensus, the overwhelming majority are published in the English language.
According Jupiter Research. Interestingly, Jupiter also found that blogging is split evenly among the genders, with most (70 percent) bloggers having an online tenure of more than 5 years.
Majority of bloggers are young people (ave.20ís) while blog readers are older more. Interestingly, the subject matter and content vary per country. 62% of Polish blogers, for example, are women, while 76% in Persia are men.
1.63 million blogs abandoned after an average 126 days. Those who enjoy writing stick with blogs longer (abandoned blogs had shorter posts)
It has been predicted that "The number of hosted blogs created to exceed five million by the end of 2003 and to exceed ten million by the end of 2004".
· 2 percent of the online community has created a blog
· 60 percent of bloggers are dialling up (as apposed to broad band)
· 57 percent have a household income below $60,000 per year
· Blogging is split evenly among the genders
· 70 percent of bloggers having an online tenure of more than 5 years
About Blog readers:
Some blogging guruisms from a claimed Psychic :
"Because it is an easy, instant and gentle way to start a bit of your ëhomeworkí, and to realise there is a creative side to your mind- you just have to acknowledge it, and not judge it. To learn that by your commitment to maintain a blog you will be conditioning yourself, on a daily basis, to see that anything is possible, and that there is no limit to what you can develop. Effectively you will, in fact, be affirming all that to yourself. The daily blogging act could be your commitment to your own development."
"In my view, blogging is about finding your voice, allowing your soul a creative outlet; expressing yourself and getting heard. Itís about discovering that ëyou are not aloneí, others want to know what you have you say. Itís about communicating, intuitive stream of consciousness writing, not judging yourself or what you are capable of, building communities of like-minded people and about bridging barriers. It is about individual drops of rain that run into an ocean, the single dots which make up the Matrix. The power of One.
I believe that it is important to create communities online, where people can support each other and share experiences. We should use every means possible to assist people to link together. We live in a global village, often far from family and old friends, the Internet has the power to create virtual places where we can meet."
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