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Blogging in the U. S.

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Below is an interchange between me and a reader of one of my blogs.

Comment: No one I talk to outside this place even knows what blogging is…

My Response: Depends on where you live your life offline, I guess. Tell you what, when I preach on Sundays and I mention something that I’ve read from a weblogger, the teenagers who come up for communion have a smile on their face.

It turns out that my interlocutor was correct in making his observation. A recent blog brought my attention to the results of a survey made by Pewinternet and the American Life Project. Here is the conclusion reached by Lee Raines:

By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere: 8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online; and 12% of internet users have posted comments or other material on blogs. Still, 62% of internet users do not know what a blog is.

Note that he is speaking of the American culture. In the Philippines, figures will be a lot smaller if the same survey was made here. Here is the PDF document showing some more interesting details (e.g. “A blogger would probably be male…” etc.).
Compared to the Americans in the U. S., Filipinos have a small number of the population who regularly use the internet.  It is no wonder that here, “blogging” is still quite a teen-age “thing”.

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