Monday, August 4, 2014

My Blog Turned Nine Years Old

Sunday was my Ninth Blogaversary!

Hard to believe. I've really been doing this for NINE freaking years?

Every year at this time, I like to reflect on my take on the blogging world as a whole. As you can imagine, blogging has changed a whole lot since I started back in 2005. My blog looked VERY different back then. In fact, blogging was a whole lot different too.

And with technology and social media being what it is, changes continue to occur at light speed.

So I've gathered data from some of the largest blogging surveys and other sources (i.e. Pew Research), to give you a quick glance on what's going on with the blogging world.

1) You will continue to see the increase in micro-blogging. Blog post length will continue to shrink. Twitter is alive and well, and Instagram usage climbs daily, it seems. People don't have time to write. Teen and Millennials typically start a trend in the social media world, and eventually everyone else follows. Classic example: Facebook.

2) There are more than 152 million blogs on the internet right now. However, the number of new blogs has steadily declined. The number of "dead" blogs has increased as well. Essentially, casual bloggers are dying off. I see this is a good thing. Blogs with staying power have remained robust and relevant.

3) Anyone remember what YouTube was like in 2005? It sucked. The quality was horrible, and the videos uploaded were amateurish at best. Look at YouTube now. Quality is pretty darn amazing. Blogs continue to follow this pattern (tied into #2).

4) Blog reading hits a peak between 7-10 am. It gradually declines as the day goes on. I find this interesting. Are people slacking off first thing in the morning? Or are blogs so integrated with sales and marketing? Or both?

5) You like stats? Here are some cool ones:
- 72% of all internet users are active in social media
- 89% of social media users are aged 18-29
- 72% of social media junkies are 30-49 years old
- 93% of marketers use social media for business
- 54% of bloggers post at least weekly
- 42% of bloggers never guest post
- 60% of blogs in the world are in English
- 20% of active blogs have been blogging for at least 6 years

So what's the state of blogging today? Blogging continues to evolve. It's seen as a powerful platform for businesses, and private blogging is seen as just another strand in the world wide web of social media.

Every year, it seems people keep asking: Is blogging dead? Nope. It ain't dead. It's just...different.

With all the "noise" out there, though, I think bloggers have to continue to provide something new and fresh to keep things interesting. Be honest, how many blog posts do you actually read word-for-word before you comment? Many people skim. It's just the new reality, and I'm cool with that.

Next year will be my 10th Blogaversary, and I hope to do something really special in 2015 (God willing). As long as awesome people like YOU keep coming here to read, I will continue to blog.

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess guest posting is more for those of us marketing something.
Congratulations on nine years of blogging.
I usually read everything, despite the fact I'm a slow reader.
And it has changed, even in the almost five years I've been blogging. But not dead by any stretch.

Samuel Bledsoe said...

I read your whole blog before I commented, but I just like the stats. What's the difference between a social media user and a junkie? Why are junkies older? Were the people polled only above the age of 18?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on the nine years! I still enjoy reading blogs and writing my own, although I'm cutting back on social media and posting for the summer. Burn-out does exist!

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Dana said...

Happy blogoversary! Nine years—how great!

DEZMOND said...

congrats on the blogaversary :)
It's interesting how people mostly read blogs in the morning, I've even switched my posting time because of that, so I post in the European early evening which is yours morning :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on 9 years! I hit 9 years last April. (Yes, and I completely missed it. I hope I remember next year when it hits 10 years.) If morning is the most popular, I imagine the middle of the night is the least.

Pat Dilloway said...

7-10am eh? I do like to check blogs first thing in the morning. Happy blogaversary!

Julie Flanders said...

Wow, I had no idea you've been blogging that long. Congrats! And thanks for sharing the interesting stats.

Kevin Hunsperger said...

Congrats my friend. Great info here. Keep up the good work.

Lexa Cain said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Nine years is really impressive! I've seen your new book Death Knocks around the blogosphere - it looks awesome! :)

Cherie Reich said...

Happy Blogversary! Nine years is a long time to blog.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy blogoversary!
Nine years is quite an accomplishment. It's proof that blogging is alive!
Must say those stats are interesting!

Congrats also on the new book. It's been all over Blogland recently!
Writer In Transit

Morgan said...

Amazing, Jay!!!! Huge congrats on those 9 years!!!! I loved all the stats you posted. Really fun and fascinating. Funny that Diane Wolfe just hit 9 years too!

mooderino said...

Wow, 9 years! Pretty impressive.


Jenna Howard said...

Holy cow. I've been reading you for nine years? No way. I'm not this old. Happy blogiversary!

Loni Townsend said...

Happy Blogaversary! I think a lot of people start blogs because they're told by someone who heard something about blogging. Or maybe they actually want to say something. It's cool when it's the latter, because they usually fall into the robust and relevant #2.

Keep it up and see you in year 10!

Miranda Hardy said...

Woo hoo! 9 years and going strong.

Christine Rains said...

Happy blogaversary! Nine years is awesome. I've been blogging for nearly ten, but not on the same blog. I agree that it will continue to evolve. I'm excited to see what will come!

G. B. Miller said...

Congrats on 9 years! I'm two-thirds of the way there with my blogging (combined 6 blogs, 4 niche and 2 regular). To me, it's kind of sad to see dead/abandoned blogs as the ones I used to read/follow were really good.

Father Nature's Corner

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome stats. I'm in the 20% Yay! I've seen blogging change so much too, and it's insane. That's part of the human condition though, right? Constantly changing.

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