Latest survey of US bloggers makes interesting reading

The latest report on blogging from the Pew Internet and Amercian Life Project resulted from a representative phone survey. To quote from the summary:

A telephone survey of a nationally-representative sample of bloggers has found that blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world. Some 54% of bloggers say that they have never published their writing or media creations anywhere else; 44% say they have published elsewhere. While generally youthful, these writers otherwise represent a broad demographic spectrum of people who cite a variety of topics and motives for their blogging. Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs a significant increase since the fall of 2005.

I find it surprising that blog authors still only account for 8% of all internet users. On the other hand the 39% that read blogs far exceeds my guess. Overall this encourages me to continue blogging and to spur others around me to do so.


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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