Heh, sucked in -- I'm not talking about visitors and page views, but about blogging habits and beliefs. Here's a study that crikey.com.au got from the Pew Internet Project (US) and that I got from them, interleaved with meme-type answers to see how typical I am.
8% of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog
Hmm ... I keep two and contribute to a third. Overkill, I think.
39% of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs
Rabidly, and to the detriment of other things, like housework.
60% of bloggers are white (compared with 74% of all internet users); 11% are African American (compared with 9% of internet users); 19% are English-speaking Hispanic (compared with 11%); 10% identify as some other race (compared with 6%)
Yep, Anglo-Celtic white bread through and through.
54% of bloggers are male
I'm in the 46%. That's a heartening figure, though; I would have expected it to be lower.
54% of bloggers are under the age of 30; 30% are between 30 and 50 years old; 14% of bloggers fall in the 50 to 64 age group; 2% are 65 or older
Hmm, in the 14%.
51% of bloggers reside in suburban areas
46% blog under their own name
At my other blog, yes.
54% of bloggers say that they have never published their writing or media creations anywhere else; 44% say they have published elsewhere
Sigh, in the minority again.
34% of bloggers consider their blog a form of journalism; 65% of bloggers do not
With the majority here. I think of it (at least the way I do it) as a form of communication, a form of meditation, a form of mental/writerly exercise, and a form of play. But I think that for bloggers to aspire to the condition of journalism shows a lack of imagination. It's a shocking waste of the medium and its potential.
57% of bloggers include links to original sources either “sometimes” or “often”.
Often -- I do believe it's usually a breach of copyright not to.
56% of bloggers spend extra time trying to verify facts they want to include in a post either “sometimes” or “often”.
Always. Extensive academic training means I think God will strike me dead if I don't fact-check.
79% of bloggers have a broadband connection at home (compared with 62% of all internet users)
Yep -- the phone bill is now about a third of what it used to be.
84% of bloggers go online daily
Yes, it's like caffeine. If I go without, I start to twitch.
95% of bloggers get news from the internet and 71% say they do so on a typical day.
Not all my news - a typical day also includes radio, TV and papers.
55% of bloggers get news from email newsletters or list-servs and 34% do so on a typical day (compared with 48% of broadband users)
Yep. Crikey, New Matilda, Age, NY Times, Washington Post.
15% of bloggers report money as a reason for their blog-keeping, and just 7% call making money a major reason
Hahahahahahaha ... I am losing money, by blogging when I should be working.
13% of bloggers have more than 100 hits a day, though a handful in this group has much larger traffic level.
Only on a good day.
87% of bloggers allow comments on their blog.
'A blog without comments isn't a blog, it's a website.' I'd link to the original source if I could remember who said it.
9% of bloggers have had their blog mentioned by the news media.
35% believe that their readers are mostly people they have never met.
Maybe not in person, but I think my regular readers (all three of them) know me much better than many of the people I 'know' socially.