October 07, 2003

Fragments: Odd Blog

If I feel just a wee bit out of the loop in the blogosphere, it's only because I am a statistical outlier way at the far side of what's "normal" for blogs and blogging. I've known this, deep down, but now I have the stats to support my suspicions from a White Paper called The Blogging Iceberg.

Consider the following points made in the article:

  • First is the amazing fact that there are 4.12 million hosted weblogs. This does not even include blogs using Moveable Type, Radio, Grey Matter and the like. The subtitle goes on to declare that "of 4.12 Million Hosted Weblogs, Most Little Seen, Quickly Abandoned".
  • The most dramatic finding was that 66.0% of surveyed blogs had not been updated in two months, representing 2.72 million blogs that have been either permanently or temporarily abandoned.
  • Blogs are updated much less often than generally thought. Active blogs were updated on average every 14 days. Only 106,579 of the hosted blogs were updated on average at least once a week. Fewer than 50,000 were updated daily.
  • "Even as MP3 sharing and instant messaging began with teenagers, teenagers have created the majority of blogs. Blogs are currently the province of the young, with 92.4% of blogs created by people under the age of 30." A whopping 0.4% of bloggers are 50-59.
  • Nanoaudiences are the logical outcome of continued growth in blogs.

Fragments: A little seen nanoblog barely showing in the icey parts of the berg above water, not quickly abandoned after fifteen months of life support; updated daily by a veritable Avuncular Ancient among children; a placid eddy in the backwaters of the expanding blogging universe sending soporific waves into the ethers; an incredible time sink that seems to be worth the effort because there are other great writers and wonderful people up here on the floe with me, sticking around to see if there will be a Titanic or an undiscovered civilized island ahead for this floating island of words.

Posted by fred1st at October 7, 2003 06:58 AM | TrackBack

You are a statistical outlier, indeed. Think of yourself not as a wee bit out of the loop, but as one of the few who are way out the top, in terms of original content.

When the hue and cry of blogging for instant gratification has died down, I think there will be a continuing flow of visitors in search of real communication and connectedness. Avuncular ancients have always enjoyed a certain popularity and they have traditionally chosen mountaintop retreats.

So, go with the flow...and keep on writing.

Posted by: David at October 7, 2003 08:59 AM

Thank God there are some islands of stability and mature thought among the great heaving sea of "teenblogs." I'd much rather read about Tsuga the Wonder Puppy, and your reflections on the importance of "place," than about some kid's latest crush or that new Coldplay CD.

Posted by: Curt at October 7, 2003 09:39 AM

Curt has made the point!
I have to admit I had never read a blog before coming to fragments. The only blog's I have read since then have been fragments' endorsed. I call it my fragments filter. I always read the comments to the post here even if I might not have a post myself. The same names keep reappearing over and over. So I feel like I am in a community of readers. When I describe fragments to a friend I rarely use the word blog because it brings to mind the kind of site Curt has been talking about. Be of good cheer Fred! If you ever slack off we will hold you accountable!

Posted by: Seth at October 7, 2003 10:17 AM

As one of the 50,000 who try (and usually succeed) to update daily, I can tell you Fred that we've chosen to blog for all the right reasons. In writing about "place" with you and others at Ecotone I've realized my own blog is another "room" in my life, a place to tell stories and enjoy images and conversations. I did start Eclectic Mind on a whim and I did abandon it for almost a year but last November 27th it became a vital part of my daily experience as a questing human, a would be writer, and an often confused caregiver. Almost a year later I can't imagine being without it. Or without sites like yours that brighten my mornings.

Posted by: Rana at October 7, 2003 11:47 AM

Apparently around 67% of blogs are abandoned. So? Anyone know how many novels are abandoned every year? I know I have two lying around somewhere.

Remember Sturgeon's Law? - '80% of everything is crud'. Why should weblogs be any different?

Keep writing Fred!

Posted by: Ian at October 7, 2003 11:58 AM

Dear Uncle Fred,

Your blog is the ultimate in high tech/high touch. It feeds my spirit and encourages me to write daily. I wholeheartedly agree with the comments preceding mine (eloquently expressed by other fellow travelers).

Take care,

Auntie Beth (What is the female equivalent of an avuncular ancient>)

Posted by: Beth at October 7, 2003 01:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words, dudes and dudettes. Makes your ol' Uncle Fred all warm and fuzzy inside. Or is that the week old tuna I had for lunch? You are appreciated. For true.

Posted by: fredf at October 7, 2003 07:28 PM

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