Recently, Travis Mitchell of Stepping in Faith interviewed me about my thoughts on blogs. Because of the length of these thoughts, I will offer them to you in several parts. Here is part 1:
What is blogging?
Put simply, blogging is online commentary. It is an interactive avenue for people to create their own content that provides another outlet for people to provide perspective.
Here are some statistics on blogs that may surprise you:
- 45.4 million blog sites currently exist (compared to 27 million in January 2006)
- The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
- It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
- On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
- About 55% of bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
- There are about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour
- The top blog language is not English but Japanese
What do you feel you have to offer to the blogsphere?
Time. Since I am still a student, I have the ability and willingness to consistently blog. Additionally, I function as a filter for my readers–sifting through the massive amount of content available on the web and prioritizing it for them. I do the work so that they don’t have to. I also bring authentic insights from a Christian worldview to help people think biblically about the issues that matter.
Are there different types of blogs?
With over 45 million blogs in existence, there is no question there are different types. Some are personal. Some are purposeful. Some are both. There is a spectrum of content creation for all blogs in the blogosphere which ranges from ‘linkers’ to ‘thinkers’. ‘Linkers’ are blogs that primarily draw attention to content produced by others by offering links to that material. On the other end of the spectrum, ‘thinkers’ are blogs that primarily generate their own original content. You will find that most blogs fit somewhere along the continuum as a hybrid that includes both linking and thinking.
How do you know if a blog is ‘successful’?
There are two primary means of evaluating the ‘success’ of a blog. First is readership–the number of visitors to a site indicates its popularity. Second is inbound links–the number of other information sources (blogs, websites, news articles, etc.) linking to your blog indicates its level of influence. In the blogosphere, more emphasis is placed on inbound links than readership as a measurement of blog success.