The Blogging Iceberg

Apparently the blog-hosting services have made it so easy to create a blog that many tire-kickers feel no commitment to continuing the blog they initiate. In fact, 1.09 million blogs were one-day wonders, with no postings on subsequent days. The average duration of the remaining 1.63 million abandoned blogs was 126 days (almost four months). —The Blogging Iceberg (Perseus)

Predictably, Orlowski is all over this one, especially because the news broke during Harvard’s $500-a-head BloggerCon. Don’t miss the comparison between blogging and a dog licking its own genitals.

KairosNews points to Oliver Wrede’s reaction to the Perseus survey; Wrede notes that the survey was skewed towards the personal blog, and didn’t seem to include users of the power-user weblog tools such as MovableType.

My trawling of BlogDex reveals “Deflating the Blog Bubble,” which sensibly suggests that — gasp — blogs might not be the solution to all the world’s problems. (That article suggests that blogs are mostly of interest to upperclass white men, which is interesting in light of Orlowski’s assertion that most blogs are written by teenage girls.)