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11 Reasons Why People Blog

June 7, 2010

Overnight I had a comment left on my blog by Howard, which caught my attention more than normal as I thought that he was giving blogs a bagging, as he wrote that “Blogs are a VERY old idea” and with it a link to a post titled Why Do You Blog Poll Results

40, 000 Year Old Blog Discovered In Australia“.

The article was about the ancient practice of  rock engraving also known as ‘Petroglyphs’ which are the ancient practice of scraping and chipping a pictogram on rocks to tell a story.

The essence of his blog is that the primal human drive to

  • Tell a story
  • State opinions
  • Sell wares

has not changed, as the platform to deliver the tale is not just a rock but some magical technology called the Internet which can spread a multimedia rich story around the world in milliseconds. This drive to share and sell will not be going away anytime soon, just the means to do so will continue to morph and evolve.

In February I wanted to find out from my readers on why ‘they’ blog and I must say I am surprised by the results. As part of the post I included a poll which asked people to vote. It included a list of 11 reasons, which I had developed after doing research about all the reasons that I could find for the blogging primal drive.

377 people voted so far with the results shown below.

Why Do You Blog Poll Results

The results are very close with “Sharing with others‘  coming out ahead of  ‘Write about your passion‘ with ‘Business‘ third and ‘Self expression‘ 4th and in 5th place ‘Put forward new ideas‘.

The surprising result is that only 2.9% blogged for money. So maybe we are not all greedy capitalists but just frustrated amatuer writers who now have a platform and soapbox to tell our story about our passion… which I think makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and a little more positive about the human race.

What do you think?

Note: If you still want to vote, visit the poll and place your vote.. here

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 9:46 pm

    I think that is an interesting concept. People do like to socialize and express their opinions. Perhaps we are not an anti-social society but have simply evolved into a society that chooses to utilize technology in order to do so. Great post!

  2. June 8, 2010 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the post! I would agree and say that not only are we not anti-social, but perhaps uber-social. Technology has allowed everyone to stay in contact and re-connect with individuals in such a way that privacy has become an issue (whether everyone recognizes it as an issue or not).

  3. June 9, 2010 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the mention Jeff. Pleased to meet with folks in Toronto interested in cost effective social media marketing campaigns.


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