Blog Topics And Bloggers Motivations: State Of The Blogosphere 2008
What are bloggers blogging about and why? Though there a million and one reasons for people to blog, you may find yourself surprised to find out that most bloggers write passionately about their topics because they essentially want to share with others what they have themselves learned.
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In this second part of the Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008 report (Part 1), new statistical data highlight why blogs have become a significant part of the media landscape and what
makes blogging so compelling for so many people.
Find out whether bloggers write about multiple topics or about just a specific one and whether they prefer personal or professional topics. Are most bloggers sincere? What's their preferred writing style?
"More than half are now better known in their industry and one in five have been on TV or the radio because of their blog. Blogging has brought many unique opportunities to these bloggers that would not have been available in the pre-blog era."
If you are trying to find out why people blog and what do they like to blog about, here some interesting data for you to read:
The What and Why of Blogging
Why have blogs become a significant part of the media landscape so quickly? Just what is it that makes the medium of blogging so compelling? What are bloggers blogging about and why?
Most bloggers write about multiple topics, and both personal and professional topics are equally popular. Half of bloggers consider their style to be sincere, conversational, humorous and expert.
Although there is a perception of blogging as a means for writing a tell-all or gossiping, "snarky" and "confessional" fell to the bottom of the list of self-described styles among the bloggers that we surveyed.
Our survey of over 1000 bloggers reveals that both personal and professional topics are equally popular, with most bloggers covering multiple topics. Half of bloggers consider their style to be sincere, conversational, humorous, and expert in nature.
The majority of bloggers openly expose their identities on their blogs and recognize the positive impact that blogging has on their personal and professional lives. More than half are now better known in their industry and one in five have been on TV or the radio because of their blog. Blogging has brought many unique opportunities to these bloggers that would not have been available in the pre-blog era.
Blogging Topics Are Diverse
Both personal and professional topics are equally popular. Forty percent of bloggers consider their blogging topics outside of these categories. "Other" blog topics include: 2008 election, alternative energy, art, beauty, blogging, comics, communication, cooking / food, crafts, design, environment, internet / Web 2.0, Jamaica, and media / journalism.
Three-quarters of bloggers cover three or more topics. The average number of topics blogged about is five.
There were some global differences. Music is more popular and politics is less popular in Asia, while personal, lifestyle, and religious topics are less popular in Europe.
Sincere, Conversational, Expert and Humorous Are Top Blogging Styles
Blogging Style (% top 2 box agreement)
We asked bloggers how they would describe their blogging styles. Although there is a perception of blogging as a means for writing a tell-all or gossiping about others, snarky and confessional were at the bottom of the list in terms of blogging styles. Half of bloggers consider their style to be sincere, conversational, humorous, and expert in nature.
Some differences emerged across all segments. International bloggers tend to be less conversational and snarky.
Asian bloggers tend to be more motivational and confessional, while European bloggers are more confrontational.
Women tend to be more conversational in their blogging style, while men tend to be expert.
Finally, those under 34 are more confessional in their blogging style, while those over 35 are more expert in their style.
Fewer than one in five bloggers consider themselves snarky or confessional.
Self Expression and Sharing Expertise are the Top Reasons for Blogging
Why do you blog
Self expression and sharing expertise are the top reasons for blogging followed by networking and gaining entry into the traditional media world.
Career advancement and monetary reasons are cited by one in four bloggers as their motivations for blogging. "Other" reasons include: activism, book publicity, personal satisfaction, self promotion, share my passion, to become known as an expert, and our favorite: "to bake half-baked ideas."
Why do you blog?
Personal Satisfaction is the Key Success Metric for Three Out of Four Bloggers
How do you measure the success of your blog?
82% look to more than one means to measure the success of their blog, with the average blogger looking at four distinct metrics.
Personal satisfaction is by far the most popular measure of success, However, bloggers also track a variety of quantitative metrics ranging from revenue to number of subscribers or comments.
Personal Bloggers Aren't in it for the Money... But Wouldn't Mind Making Some Anyway
Personal Bloggers: Why I blog
One in Three Bloggers Are Concerned About Blog Readers Learning Their Identity
How important is it to you to conceal your real identity on your blog?
Two-thirds of bloggers openly expose their identities on their blogs, while one-third are concerned for their privacy. The biggest reasons center around family and friends being harassed or disapproval from friends, family, or employers on views expressed in the blog. There was a larger concern outside of the US, and we heard from many bloggers who for various reasons prefer to blog under their "online identity".
Other reasons why people do not want to expose identity on their blogs:
- Allows me to break news and post rumors I hear about without fear of receiving bad info
- Personal safety and privacy
- I have deep respect for my company. I would actually like to mention it on my blog, but I don't want to be seen as "representing" my company. So I avoid the topic as much as possible and have never mentioned it.
- I don't want people to associate my advice as something that is only applicable to an industry professional in my demographic. By being "Joe Everymanager" I hope to keep preconceptions low.
- Internet censorship in China
- I've chosen to blog as a character
Bloggers Recognize the Positive Impact of Blogging on their Lives
Impact of Blogging on Personal Life
The majority of bloggers recognize that blogging has increased their circle of friends, brought them closer to their circle of friends and family members, or has gotten them more engaged in their hobbies. Only a small minority have experienced a negative impact on their relationships as a result of their blog.
Most Professional and Corporate Bloggers Have Benefited Professionally
Impact of Blogging on Professional Life
The majority of corporate and professional bloggers have seen a positive impact as a result of their blog. Half are better known in their industry, and one in four have used their blog as a resume enhancement. Fewer than one in ten have seen a negative impact from blogging and one in three have yet to see an impact.
Blogging Has Opened Up Unique Opportunities
Have you been invited to any of the following as a result of your blog?
Blogging has brought many unique opportunities to these bloggers that otherwise would not have been available. One in four have been invited to participate in an event as a result of their blog, one in five have contributed to a print publication as a result of their blog, and almost as many have found themselves on TV and/or on the radio.
Have you been invited to any of the following as a result of your blog?
Blogging Has Benefits
Half of bloggers attend events (e.g., movies, conferences, sporting events) for their blog. Among those bloggers who attend events, one third do so for free.
One third of bloggers have received free products. The top categories include:
- DVD, music, books and video
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Technorati Team -
Originally written and prepared by the Technorati team and first published on September 23rd 2008 as "State of the Blogosphere / 2008 - The What and Why of Blogging". Reprinted here in full with author permission.
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