As I wrote this, Mitch Joel was saying there’s never been a better time to start your own blog. Technorati said in its State of the Blogosphere/2008 report that “blogging is not dead” and “blogs are here to stay.” The report also notes that bloggers have been at it a average of three years and are collectively creating close to a stunning one million posts every day.
I feel like saying, “So there.”
When I started blogging in January 2007, some indicators made me feel I was late to the game. True, I was, compared to the early adopters, but few of my friends beyond my communications colleagues have joined the bandwagon.
In 2007, the Gartner Group said they expected the total number of blogs to peak that year around 100 million. In 2008, Technorati’s report cited a study estimating that 184 million people have started a blog. It says “Blogs are pervasive and part of our daily lives.” Can’t you almost hear the buzz, like the background noise at a party?
So if you haven’t launched your blog yet, it’s not too late. Join the party. As Mitch says, “Don’t be fooled by the few that are looking at the next shiny object.”
Party balloons by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash.
Interesting post, Sue. I’m surprised to find myself thinking that perhaps I should start a blog for Escarpment Views. Although I already have waaaaay too much work to do for it, I’m finding that my quarterly editor’s letter is not soon enough or long enough for me to address all the things that are happening. Gulp. I didn’t think I wanted to start a blog, but maybe I’ll end up blogging because I have to.
Gloria, that would be awesome! It does take time, but you could limit it somewhat by setting certain days that you would post (say, twice a week. (For other readers who might not be familiar with Escarpment Views, find this great quarterly magazine at http://www.escarpmentviews.ca/.)