The writer of the Sunday Post Web Watch column (interesting side note: he also covers radio for the paper) looks at some evidence that makes him wonder if maybe blogs are over.
There’s been some recent chatter about whether we’re entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we’re only in the late morning. Noon, at the latest.
Writing in Slate, Daniel Gross wonders if the blogosphere may be teetering on its own 1999 — the year before the tech bubble burst. A recent Gallup poll titled “Blog Readership Bogged Down” showed that only 9 percent of those polled said they regularly read blogs, while 66 percent said they never read them.
The same Gallup poll found “the growth in the number of U.S. blog readers was somewhere between nil and negative” last year.
On the other hand, I wonder how many blog writers and readers stay home to answer Gallup polls.
In the rest of the column he does some speculating about the connection between blog writers and age, the usual stuff about younger people being the more likely creators/consumers. He also tries to make a very strange connection between the mainstreaming of blogging and consumer acceptance of “gizmos” like TiVo and iPods.
The whole thing’s a rambling mess with little news and no answers. About the only thing he gets right is this observation:
But there’s a survey Web Watch would really like to see: Not how many people are blogging, or what kinds of people are blogging, but why they’re blogging. And how that has changed, or will change, as the blogosphere matures.
I’d like to see that as well.
If you would like to weigh in on this topic, he invites bloggers to email their “insightful answers” for possible publication in a future column.