39% of net users (about 57 million American adults) read blogs -- a
significant increase since the fall of 2005. And 8% of net users (about 12
million American adults) keep a blog.
Most US blogs are personal journals. Most bloggers do not consider their
blogging journalism. However, 57% of bloggers include links to original sources
either "sometimes" or "often." And 56% spend extra time trying to verify facts
they want to include in a post either "sometimes" or "often."
54% of bloggers are under 30.
US bloggers are evenly divided between men and women -- so anyone who
continues to ask "where are the women bloggers?" is probably not really looking.
(I'm sure this will be a huge topic of conversation at the upcoming BlogHer conference, which I'm attending.)
These were the most common primary blog topics cited:
"My life and experiences:" 37%
Politics and government: 11%
General news and current events: 5%
Religion, spirituality or faith: 2%
And from the report's press release:
The report, written by Senior Research Specialist Amanda Lenhart and Associate Director Susannah Fox, says that bloggers are avid consumers and creators of online content. They are also heavy users of the internet in general. Forty-four percent of bloggers have taken material they find online - like songs, text, or images - and remixed it into their own artistic creation. By comparison, just 18% of all internet users have done this. A whopping 77% of bloggers have shared something online that they created themselves, like their own artwork, photos, stories, or videos. By comparison, 26% of internet users have done this.
"Blogs are as individual as the people who keep them, but this survey shows that most bloggers are primarily interested in creative, personal expression," said Lenhart. "Blogs make it easy to document individual experiences, share practical knowledge, or just keep in touch with friends and family."
But I'm sure it's just one of those silly fads that those geeky pajama-wearing computer people get into. Right?
This kind of thing tends to happen after blogger conventions (in this case, the just concluded BloggerCon IV in San Francisco)... which is a nice segue to this reminder: the countdown to ConvergeSouth 2006 (Greensboro, NC, this October) is underway, and in true geek fashion, I can't wait...
This is my first post to the Lowcountry Blogs blog.
I've opted out of the postings lately, even over at Xark. To be honest, I was
feeling a little like I was standing at the edge of the ocean yelling into the
surf. Therapeutic, perhaps, but not very productive.
Because a post is not meant to be
a lecture or a book report or a diary entry, it's the start of a dialogue. When
there is no answer, there’s always a twinge of disappointment. This (and you know what I’m talking about) can spiral downwards into “I
must be boring. No one cares what I think. And ... I’m fat!” Feedback is good, for the most part, which is why I think this site is such a
gem. It allows connections beyond serendipity.
Blogging is an amazing thing. We start off shy and nervous, but eventually find
our voice. We meet other members of our tribe and, if we are looking, we can
see life from a completely different perspective. We share the trials and
tragedies, the little bits of happiness and great joys of friends whose paths
otherwise might have never crossed. I'm not sure under what circumstances I would have met Joan. Or find out that Heather and I
share a love of candy and, I suspect, a fondness for tiaras.
Even if we never become best buddies or do lunch or even meet face to face,
it's nice to know that nice people are out there. That our experiences as human
beings aren't lone forays into the wilderness. Other people have
been there, done that.
Lest the violins start playing, it’s not all candy and
crowns. Sometimes we learn that people are petty. Downright mean. Sometimes we thank our lucky stars that we won’t ever meet this
insulting, wrong-headed, no-count jerk. Sometimes we learn later that the
jerk does have a redeeming quality or two. It can happen.
And, great gawd, do we get to laugh! Even at ourselves.
Lowcountry Blogs is our attempt to keep up with the comings and goings of an active local blogging community. These days it's written primarily by Heather Solos of Moncks Corner Moments and administered by Dan Conover of Xark!. To have your site added to The Big Blogroll or the other lists here, e-mail us your URL, along with a one-sentence description of its focus, style, etc.
Heather's e-mail: Cantalyssa@aol.com; Dan's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, the first large gathering of Lowcountry bloggers met in Charleston at a harbor-front bar for the Inaugural Charleston Blog Party.
On the agenda: 1. Drinking; 2. Talking; 3. Posing for pictures with Windviel's incredibly cool Mustang.
Photos by Janet Edens Conover
Adam Boozer A local creative director's commentary on his new life in Charleston.
Afrogeek Mom and Dad Afrogeeks: Black people who love Buffy and Star Wars, who have their own folder at the comic book shop, who thought Living Color (the band, not the show) was the bomb, who always wanted to know where the black elves were in D&D. And now they have kids.
Agricola A politically oriented blog by a conservative Charleston native.
Ask Elsa The public editor at The P&C talks about fairness, ethics, and anything else readers want to know about their newspaper.
Audubon South Carolina A blog by "Swampy," a.k.a. Mark Musselman, the director of education at the Audubon Center of the Francis Beidler Forest. The blog has an environmental focus and documents whatever strikes his fancy during the work day.
Baxter sez... An eclectic general-interest blog by "a professional feminist" and a "white Christian Southern male."
Bessie Gantt's Journal A blog about raising triplets, which is just kind of amazing in its own right, when you consider that a mom could have time to blog while raising triplets.
Bill Hawkins The executive editor of The Post and Courier blogs at Charleston.net.
Eat A Charleston City Paper foodie blog by Jeff Allen.
Fantasy Mashup Fantasy football coverage, commentary, conversation and cartoons from Dan and Janet of Xark.
Feedback File A Charleston City Paper music blog by T. Ballard Lesemann.
Feminists for Colbert Women's and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston LOVES Stephen Colbert. Why? Not only is he a Charleston, SC native, but how great was his segment with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda
Smoke Free Action Network This is a news source for all people who want to make South Carolina smoke free. Many cities have already enacted legislation on this issue, now it's time for the whole state to go smoke free.
Tartelette aux USA Helene is a baker three days a week, a personal trainer three days a week, has a master's degree in history and is a French woman married to an American man. Guaranteed to make you hungry.
The Back Channel The Charleston City Paper's omniblog has morphed nicely into a daily feed of the latest posts from the outfit's growing stable of staff-written special topic blogs.
The Birds and Fishes As the Curator of Birds and Fishes out at Cypress Gardens, and a huge fan of it too, I decided there should be a site about the weekly world of animal care. I hope to educate, enlighten and maybe add a laugh to your day.
The Blogland of Earl Capps Various topics, but here's a blogger who not only writes about politics, he does some of his own reporting.
The Bushido Way An entertaining mix of politics, sports and some kind of special sauce. Big on baseball.
Educators for Jim Rex Talk education ideas with the campaign of a Democratic candidate for State Superintendant of Education.
POLITICSROCKS.COM A team blog based in Spartanburg devoted to politics, with an emphasis on state politics. The main writer is the son of a Democratic state senator. Team members also produce Sports Talk Rocks, a blog devoted to Palmetto State sports.