Blogs, Blogs, Everywhere
Could Web logs be headed for a slowdown - even when there's still 99 million of them that I haven't had a chance to read?
I remember first reading a while back that the number of blogs was set to peak sometime in the middle of 2007 but was reminded about it when I stumbled upon a short article while flipping through the latest issue of Macworld magazine.
Research by Gartner, according to the magazine, found that the number of blogs will top out at about 100 million this summer. But it also noted that some 200 million blogs are no longer being updated--many of them abandoned by their authors.
I know I'm guilty of doing that. I've started a number of blogs, only to forget about them after one or two entries. Mine have been in the form of recapping my own my personal adventures: a cross country move, our first East Coast winter, unusual experiences as a Metro commuter and so on. But who - aside from maybe my mom - really cares about all of that? Maybe if I'd found a blog to rant about global warming or the price of gas, readers would have flocked to my blog.
So what does it take for a blog to succeed? Is it the commitment of the author or the interest of the reader? Does it even matter if anyone else is reading?
Today's blogs are so much more than an online diary of one's inner-thoughts. There are people who are experimenting with music downloads or how-to video clips more to turn their blogs into a Web destination for readers interested in their topics. Some are using Web advertising programs to generate some income from their blogs or using tagwords to get the search engines to list the blog near the top of a search results page.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who are trying to keep their blogs private - only visible to a select network of friends and family members.
What's your take on the future of blogging? What makes a blog successful - or does success even matter? What does it take to get you to become a repeat visitor or share an entry with a friend?
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