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.