Monday, February 27, 2006

The future...

of blogging...interesting !

Here are some interesting excerpts...
If blogs are hard to pin down, so are bloggers. A common caricature beloved by editorialists is the pajama-clad navel-gazer who deems the minutiae of his or her life worthy of a world-wide audience -- and there are such bloggers. (Some of them are quite entertaining, too.) But there are other caricatures: the snarky soapbox blogger trying to parlay attitude into life as an author or talking head (and earn some money via text ads), or the political ranter digging up obscure dirt. When even the caricatures don't mesh, that's a warning sign about generalizations. The Chicago Tribune might have done well to check in with its very own stable of bloggers -- one of whom, Eric Zorn, swiftly dismantled his own colleagues' editorial the next day. Bloggers within the big-media tent should count as a breed in their own right, as should bloggers who strive to become the authoritative source on Niche X, corporate blogs with a rotating cast of authors, and all the other flavors of blogs and bloggers developing out there by fits and starts. That's a lot of camps, all with different goals, styles and strategies.

Blog measurement is another mess. The latest word from Dave Sifry, CEO of the blog search engine Technorati, is that there are some 28.4 million blogs and the blogosphere is doubling in size every 5.5 months. Eye-popping figures like that have been thrown around a lot recently, but folks making revolutionary claims about blogging won't like other Technorati numbers: Less than half of those blogs are still getting posts three months after their creation, and less than 10% -- just 2.7 million -- are updated at least weekly. That means of Technorati's blogs, more than 90% are either abandoned or updated too rarely to merit the name -- nothing kills reader interest or visits more quickly and thoroughly than a stale blog.

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