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Arrington is right… SO iS the NYT

And the same rule applies to bloggers… before letting the effusive praise flow, tell us whether you got the product as a freebie, loaner or early test drive system with some kind of exclusivity attached. Transparent is transparent and Michael was right to call it.

BTW… two big stories on blogging from today’s NYT… one with a monster photo of Brian from Gizmodo. The more interesting piece on blogging was buried over in the Style section and looked at blogs staying alive and blogs dying.

Not all fallow blogs die from lack of reader interest. Some bloggers find themselves too busy — what with, say, homework and swim practice, or perhaps even housework and parenting. Others graduate to more immediate formats, like Twitter and Facebook. And a few — gasp — actually decide to reclaim some smidgen of personal privacy…

… 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.” He added, “There’s a joke within the blogging community that most blogs have an audience of one.”

9 Responses

  1. By Chas Edwards on June 7th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    As I was reading the NYT piece in the style section, I was struck by the tone — “blogging is largely a failure, a joke” — set against the statistic that there are more than 7 million active blogs. Sure, most of them aren’t successful business ventures, but they must be succeeding for their authors (and perhaps readers) on some level. Seven million mini success stories ain’t bad.

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    • By Cherry on January 31st, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Loved that bit about the Ritz cakrrecs guy. Nice touch. But especially liked how you coach people to discuss symptoms rather than jumping to the conclusion that they have “insomnia” right away. Seems like a helpful way to explore what’s really happening in order to find a solution for better sleep and better health. I’m learning alot from your articles!

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      • By Douglas on March 6th, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I read a lot of blogs as well. About 120 or so. Some blogs I read daily, most of them I save for weekend raneidg at my leisure. I comment mostly on those who I feel a connection with and if I feel like I have something useful to comment. I may also comment if someone comments on my blog. I need to go through my reader again to remove the ones that I’m not interested in anymore. I read some Mommy blogs (and actually I’m also more interested in the Mommy than the baby), I love photography blogs (I read these at work – am not going to exceed my band worth with all those photo downloads), some current affairs blogs – I quite enjoy some of those ones on Mail & Guardian, and lifestyle type blogs. I’ve recently started with simpler living/decluttering type blogs as well. I wish that I could comment on every blog that I read but I simply don’t have the time. Can you share with me some of the blogs in your “those who get me” category? And the simpler living ones?xx

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