It seems there was an article in the NY Times about the alleged decline of blogging. To be honest, I didn’t click through to the article. I don’t feel like I need to. I’ve been seeing articles declaring that blogging is out for several years. But here is what I find interesting:
They observe that there was a 2% drop in blogging last year for 18-33 year olds.
What they don’t say in that headline – and this is where the “amused or annoyed” comes in – is that blogs by 34-45 year olds increased by 6%, by 46-55, by 5%, and 65-73 year olds, 2%.
Anyone who looks at these numbers and concludes that blogging is in decline is obviously very bad at math. What these stats say to me is that blogging is actually healthier than ever and will continue to be around for a long time. Things that are popular with teens and twenty-somethings are often dropped when the next new thing comes along. That’s why those who are trying to sell new things (and the media that their advertising supports) like young people. When we older (over 35) people find something we like we tend to stick with it longer. We are open to new things but it’s a little harder to convince us to drop something that works for us and take up something new.
Anyway, was blogging ever really a youth fad? It first became popular right after 9/11 when a lot of people – mostly adults, including many respected professionals – started blogs to share news and opinions. Later special interest and “my-ordinary-life” blogs started becoming increasingly popular. Now, granted, I don’t pay much attention to what kids are into but I don’t remember a time when “everybody” had to have a blog, in the same way that now “everybody” is on Facebook, or whatever the the kids are into these days.