Know the Bloggers: Technorati State of the Blogosphere
Technorati will be releasing its State of the Blogosphere 2009 report in five consecutive daily segments this year. The first segment, out today, reveals who the bloggers are - the answers hopefully won’t surprise you. Reading through the report, I got the sense that while one could certainly categorize bloggers in the specific way Technorati did, there is a lot of room for variance here – hopefully there will be some more serious discussion as the rest of the report unfolds.
Hobbyists: Representing 72% of the blogosphere, hobbyists say that they blog for fun and don’t make any money from their blogging. Hobbyists say they blog to express their “personal musings” (53%). 71% update at least weekly, while 22% update daily. 76% blog to speak their minds, their main success metric is personal satisfaction (76%).
Part-Timers: The next largest group, part-timers (15%) say they “blog to supplement their income, but don’t consider it a full time job.” 75% of them blog to share their expertise, while 72% blog to attract new clients for their business. 61% say that they measure the success of their blog by the unique pageviews they attract, 60% say they also value personal satisfaction.
Self-Employeds: At 9% of respondents, self-employeds "blog full time for their own company or organization," and 10% do report blogging 40 hours per week or more. 22% say that their blog is their company, while 70% say they own a company and blog about their business. Self-employeds also value page views (63%) over personal satisfaction (53%) as a success metric, and 53% are blogging more than when they started. Finally, in a demographic (bloggers) awash with Twitter users, self-employeds are the Tweetiest of them all — 88% say they use the service.
Pros: Representing just 4% of respondents, pros say they “blog full-time for a company or organization” — though actually very few of them actually report spending a full 40 hours per week blogging. 46% are blogging more than they did when they started. 70% blog to share expertise; 53% blog to attract new clients for the business they work for. Accordingly, pageviews are the most important success metric for pros, valued by 69%, compared to 53% for personal satisfaction.
I’d like to take a second to speak to those that consider themselves pro bloggers – if you’re blogging for personal satisfaction and not pageviews or, pardon my capitalist mindset, revenue – then you’re a hobbyist. Let’s hope the rest of the report is more revealing of the state of the blogosphere.