Most Blogs Now Abandoned

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The statistics are always changing but the number of blogs in existence in the US is about 20 million from the most recent I know.  They are easy to make and can be very personalized and pretty and most importantly encourage internet use and investment in internet-related equipment.  The fact remains the need for the content of most blogs is smaller than most folks can imagine.  However, a focused blog will always have an audience though may not be nor grow large.  I consider blogging a great way to develop one's ability since it is a dynamic medium.  The technical aspects can easily be overcome since blog is a mass market tool and has to be accessible by large portions of the population.  The creative aspects are not mastered by simply starting a blog.  That requires some inspiration, training and discipline.  I think most blogs fail in the last part and end up forgotten.

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from T Slashdot by ScuttleMonkey
The Narrative Fallacy writes "Douglas Quenqua reports in the NY Times that according to a 2008 survey only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days meaning that "95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled." Richard Jalichandra, chief executive of Technorati, said that at any given time there are 7 million to 10 million active blogs on the Internet, but it's probably between 50,000 and 100,000 blogs that are generating most of the page views. "There's a joke within the blogging community that most blogs have an audience of one." Many people who think blogging is a fast path to financial independence also find themselves discouraged. "I did some Craigslist postings to advertise it, and I very quickly got an audience of about 50,000 viewers a month," says Matt Goodman, an advertising executive in Atlanta who had no trouble attracting an audience to his site, Things My Dog Ate, leading to some small advertising deals. "I think I made about $20 from readers clicking on the ads.""

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