Posted by: sharonlis768 | November 14, 2007

Blogs in Obscurity

So as I continue to think about blogging, I caught an article in the Chicago Tribune today “Welcome to obscurity: Blogs and the real world” (11/13/07).  Seems a Tribune reporter had a Q&A e-mail exchange with an exec from Technorati.  This search engine is now keeping track of 109.2 million blogs which means there is “one blog for every 23 people with Internet access (based on the May 2007 estimate by eMarketer that more than 1 billion people use the Web).”  The Technorati vp said most blogs are “only marginally active (about one post a month)” and that “about 25 percent of active bloggers (…posting… at least once a week) actually maintain more than one blog.”  What surprises me about all this blogging is that according to Technorati over 99 percent of blogs get no hits over the course of the year.  “The vast majority of blogs exist in a state of total or near-total obscurity.”  It seems there are a lot of lonely bloggers out there.



  1. I wonder how many folks use blogs like they would a diary- not entirely expecting others to read it but maybe getting a little charge out of the fact that it is, after all, public. Others, of course, blog so infrequently that their potential readers eventually give up checking in on them. And others, of course, are creating content that simply (and sadly) interests nobody.

    But, wow, 29% of blogs not getting a single hit. What a bummer.

  2. What great information, thanks for sharing with the class/world!

  3. You need to have someone who is a hot, bigtime blogger link to a post in your blog to get hits. I think Urbanagora got mentioned in some big lawyer blog and on Postcards from the Bleeding Edge and maybe even Vox Dei

    I don’t get any response to either of my blogs most of the time.

    (If you want to see a bunch of bloggers playing around check out the “I’m the Annoyed Librarian” meme that is bouncing around the different hip librarian’s sites.)

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