Seventy Thousand New Blogs a Day

Technorati claims today in The New York Times 70,000 new blogs are started a day. Technorati logs, in real time, activity on 20 million blogs. A hot blog entry can forge 20 new links an hour. Some blogs during the Patrick J. Fitzgerald press conference were logging 200 new comments in 90 minutes. The competition for comments is growing more intense at the rate of 2.1 million new blogs a month!

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  • Here’s one comment of the 70,000 I will write today.

  • Excellent, tajuki! :lol: I hope your fingers hold up!

  • 20,000 of those are mine :D

  • You’re a little behind there, Robin! Let’s get cracking! :mrgreen: :!:

  • I know…damn day job.

  • If there’s anyone who can post 2.1 million comments a month, Robin, it’s you!! :)

  • Even with millions of new blogs appearing at a furious pace, I find that some of my posts can make it to the top of search engine results. It’s amazing to think about considering all of the sources that might post on any given topic on any particular day.
    Blogging promises to change society in ways that we can’t even imagine because it democratizes the flow of information. Anyone can open a blog and post. Many can blog for minimal cost.
    It’s amazing to think of the wealth of information that can be had today as compared with the late 1980s or even mid-1990s. If photocopiers changed the former Soviet Bloc, just think what blogs could do for some of the places yearning to be free today!
    Unfortunately, governments have started to block blog access in many parts of the world, including Saudia Arabia and China.
    The world is changing and blogs will lead the way.

  • You’re too kind David. Off to post some more.

  • Chris — I agree with you blogging can change the world and I really love blogging because it brings back — on both sides — reading and writing: The Word is verifiably back and all-powerful in a blog! There are certain tricks you can employ to get a high spider ranking a search return and I am happy to hear you get early placement in search returns! The only problem with blogging is a lack of cross-verification and journalistic standards. Too often bloggers rely only upon their own opinions without backing up their claims with already established sources that can be counter-checked for accuracy. There a lot of really bad disinformation out there posing as a legitimate blog-of-record and when that happens — without a kind of Wiki or community checks and balances — the myth becomes the truth and the lie becomes the persecution.
    Robin — Come back soon! :wink:

  • But how many of these blogs will be updated on a regular basis?

  • Joe — Excellent point! I think most blogs die within a month. A blog is dead to me if there isn’t at least a new post every seven days or so — the best blogs update with Passion and Magnitude at least once a day and sometimes twice!

  • Well, blogging has been a little frustrating for me this morning because WordPress.com had a major problem this morning, and I lost posts and comments made over the weekend! :evil:

  • Carla!
    That’s interesting! Ever since the “server move” over the weekend WordPress.com has been slow as all heck! It sounds like they lost everything and had to do a server restore. I posted two comments on a tech blog over the weekend and this morning when I went back to check for a response my messages were gone — I thought they had been deleted by the site admin which made me a little raw — but now I feel better after reading your misery. Thanks, Carla! :lol:

  • Hey Carla!
    I just checked my missing messages from the tech blog — and they’re magically back! Looks like WordPress.com are restoring incremental backups. Your old messages and comments may be on their way back!

  • Yes, I went to get lunch and came back and there mine were too!
    And about that 70,000 new blogs a day… WOW! :shock:
    I keep telling my writer friends that they should jump on board, some are more interested than others.

  • YAY!
    I’m glad you’re all back. That’s a terrible thing to have happen — especially since you can’t backup your own junque on WordPress.com they better have a pretty good restore strategy in place.
    After losing all my messages and comments in a server mishap in March I now copy and save all my posts and important comments in offline Word .DOC files.
    I was late to the blogging table. I started a year ago writing a post every day and I wish I’d started a couple of years earlier.
    I didn’t get the immediacy and the urgency of the blog platform but I do now. I suppose it was good to let things shake out a bit, though. I planned to start a Movable Type blog but my web host at the time outlawed that software because of server security issues and they recommended WordPress instead. I’m glad I started and stayed with WordPress.
    In WordPress 1.6 standalone (you’re using the multi-user version right now on WordPress.com) you will be able to import blogs from Blogger, via RSS feed, Movable Type, Textpattern and GreyMatter all with a couple of keystrokes. Pulling all your pre-existing content right into a WordPress 1.6 blog is pretty cool stuff! I hope that ability will come to WordPress.com, too.

  • I’m not quite as concerned about that right now. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had been using this journal-writing software to write blog entries.
    When I was on Blogger, I could write my post and send it through this software as long as I was connected to the Internet, of course. That I don’t have with WordPress, but I had been still writing my entries, copying them and then pasting them in the post box in my WP Admin.
    But, as I’m prone to do, I got lazy and hadn’t been doing that. Then this happened. :oops:
    Guess I learned my lesson!
    Perhaps one of these days I’ll actually do my own site using WordPress, but I’m quite content right now with a WordPress.com blog! :)

  • Carla —
    If I were starting my blog today I would absolutely start on WordPress.com and stay there. Even in Beta they’re still hard to beat. With this announcement:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/10/23/domain-mapping/
    You can even “look like” you’re a standalone WordPress blog with a unique URL and you won’t have to worry about interacting with the server or installations.
    Plugins are coming. Buttons and images are available now. You can read it all here:
    http://faq.wordpress.com

  • hmmmm… I’ll do that.
    Thank ye! :D

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