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Blogging Survey Results: Years Blogging

Blogging survey results, as promised! Even though we didn’t quite get to the magic 1,000 mark once junk entries were taken into account, I am going to start rolling out my survey results. Hopefully I will be able to get through them before my vacation so I can incorporate any feedback required to make them useful.

Todays result is how long people have been blogging and there were 911 useful entries once I had trimmed out junk and made each entry numeric. When people gave me a range, such as 2002-2003, I took the earliest year.

Year Started Blogging Result

year started blogging

How Many Years Blogging

years blogging

Table of Results

Years blogging results

< 5 757
5 – 10 142
> 10 12

Detailed results by year

What year did you start blogging? Years Count %
2008 0 139 15.25795829
2007 1 256 28.10098793
2006 2 159 17.45334797
2005 3 135 14.81888035
2004 4 68 7.464324918
2003 5 48 5.268935236
2002 6 36 3.951701427
2001 7 27 2.96377607
2000 8 10 1.097694841
1999 9 11 1.207464325
1998 10 10 1.097694841
1997 11 5 0.54884742
1996 12 2 0.219538968
1995 13 1 0.109769484
1994 14 3 0.329308452
1993 15 1 0.109769484

Summary

As you can see, the vast majority of people started blogging in the last few years. I am not entirely surprised, but with 17% or so saying you have been blogging more than 5 years, I wonder how many others started and quit?

Table of contents for Global Blogging Survey Results

  1. Blogging Survey Results: Years Blogging
  2. Blogging Survey Results: Demographics of Bloggers
  3. Blogging Survey Results: Why People Blog
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  1. Chris,

    I’ve been waiting for these results. Very cool.

    BOY, does it make me want to see 2008 completed. I hope you’ll ask again in a year! The curve on the graph is so perfect, you can tell that if 2008 doesn’t reach 375 or so, the astronomical rise is over, as the pundits say it is.

    Good work.

    Regards,

    Kelly

  2. Chris,

    I’ve been waiting for these results. Very cool.

    BOY, does it make me want to see 2008 completed. I hope you’ll ask again in a year! The curve on the graph is so perfect, you can tell that if 2008 doesn’t reach 375 or so, the astronomical rise is over, as the pundits say it is.

    Good work.

    Regards,

    Kelly

  3. A nice result for the new bloggers. They need not worry about the existing competition because, all of these bloggers began just 2 or 3 years ago and so every body are in the process of learning. so majority of these blogs can be ‘work in progress’.
    A great analysis indeed!

  4. A nice result for the new bloggers. They need not worry about the existing competition because, all of these bloggers began just 2 or 3 years ago and so every body are in the process of learning. so majority of these blogs can be ‘work in progress’.
    A great analysis indeed!

  5. Trying again, using a different computer and a Panera Bread connection:

    I have several friends who started blogs in 2006. None of them are blogging today. The amount work to get conversations going and reach people just did them in and they threw in the towel.

    I think it will become harder and harder to start up blogs and draw in readers because there’s only so much time in the day that people can devote to reading blogs and many of them already have hundreds of favorites marked out. It will be difficult for newbies to be added to those readers.

    Those who have a passion for writing, the willingness to stick it out and the ability to draw in readers– those are the blogs that are going to be around five/ten years from now.

  6. Trying again, using a different computer and a Panera Bread connection:

    I have several friends who started blogs in 2006. None of them are blogging today. The amount work to get conversations going and reach people just did them in and they threw in the towel.

    I think it will become harder and harder to start up blogs and draw in readers because there’s only so much time in the day that people can devote to reading blogs and many of them already have hundreds of favorites marked out. It will be difficult for newbies to be added to those readers.

    Those who have a passion for writing, the willingness to stick it out and the ability to draw in readers– those are the blogs that are going to be around five/ten years from now.

  7. I was a little surprised by the number who started in 2008, considering only 1/2 of this year is over. Hypothetically, we could double this amt as a projection of 2008, which would be 278, which would surpass each previous year.

    I think some of the people who have stopped blogging may have tried it as a ‘get rich’ thing and when they didn’t make money they dropped out. As @DeafMom stated, it is hard to get and retain readers and I agree with her that it will only get harder in the future.

    @Chris Who won the prize? Me Me Me!

    Vicky H

  8. I was a little surprised by the number who started in 2008, considering only 1/2 of this year is over. Hypothetically, we could double this amt as a projection of 2008, which would be 278, which would surpass each previous year.

    I think some of the people who have stopped blogging may have tried it as a ‘get rich’ thing and when they didn’t make money they dropped out. As @DeafMom stated, it is hard to get and retain readers and I agree with her that it will only get harder in the future.

    @Chris Who won the prize? Me Me Me!

    Vicky H

  9. As a new blogger, I am not so surprised to see how many other new bloggers responded to the survey. I have been blogging for almost a year now (Talking Books Librarian) and am loving every minute of it. Also, I am thrilled to hear I won a book. Thanks for the survey, and thanks for the contest!

  10. As a new blogger, I am not so surprised to see how many other new bloggers responded to the survey. I have been blogging for almost a year now (Talking Books Librarian) and am loving every minute of it. Also, I am thrilled to hear I won a book. Thanks for the survey, and thanks for the contest!

  11. I just celebrated my first blogging birthday on June 1 and I am surprised when I find out that some of my favorite blogger have been blogging such a short time, some of them just a few months longer than me. I guess it is like any new business, most fail within the first three years. Blogging seems to have a shorter period of time. Interesting survey. Thanks.

  12. I just celebrated my first blogging birthday on June 1 and I am surprised when I find out that some of my favorite blogger have been blogging such a short time, some of them just a few months longer than me. I guess it is like any new business, most fail within the first three years. Blogging seems to have a shorter period of time. Interesting survey. Thanks.

  13. Interesting. Perhaps it’s because a large part of your audience is new bloggers looking for help and advice that resulted in 2007 being the year that most who took the survey started blogging. I would have thought the numbers would have been highest in 2005 or 2006, since that was when blogging seemed to become really mainstream.

  14. Interesting. Perhaps it’s because a large part of your audience is new bloggers looking for help and advice that resulted in 2007 being the year that most who took the survey started blogging. I would have thought the numbers would have been highest in 2005 or 2006, since that was when blogging seemed to become really mainstream.

  15. I have been blogging a few years. And quite a few of those that started along with me has stopped.

    One should also be aware of all the blogs started with the purpose of copying other blogs in various ways.

  16. I have been blogging a few years. And quite a few of those that started along with me has stopped.

    One should also be aware of all the blogs started with the purpose of copying other blogs in various ways.

  17. Chris, the statistics are not surprising given both pop culture and the target audience for your blog. But perhaps a more intriguing stat would be to correlate blogging longevity versus Internet longevity.

    For instance, I started blogging in late-2004 on livejournal and migrated to the blogger API in 2007, with more intensity over the past six months. But I’ve been online since the early 1980s via Prodigy and CompuServe and the days of 300-baud modems.

    Judging from questions I occasionally see on Blogger’s help forums, I’ll hazard a guess that few new bloggers (like me) have been online as long as me.

  18. I started on the blogging bandwagon back in January 2006 with a personal blog but didn’t really keep up with it until 2007 when I started my personal finance blog where my passion about achieving financial freedom was able to sustain me further than my first blog.

    But the roots of “blogging” for me was in 1996 when Singapore liberalised the internet service provider market and I signed up for my first internet account with Cyberway internet and created my own “homepage”. That homepage also died a natural death from 1997 to 2006 so there was 9 years in the “wilderness” before I found my voice on the net again. πŸ˜‰

    Interesting and real results, the world needs MORE bloggers.

  19. Chris, the statistics are not surprising given both pop culture and the target audience for your blog. But perhaps a more intriguing stat would be to correlate blogging longevity versus Internet longevity.

    For instance, I started blogging in late-2004 on livejournal and migrated to the blogger API in 2007, with more intensity over the past six months. But I’ve been online since the early 1980s via Prodigy and CompuServe and the days of 300-baud modems.

    Judging from questions I occasionally see on Blogger’s help forums, I’ll hazard a guess that few new bloggers (like me) have been online as long as me.

  20. I started on the blogging bandwagon back in January 2006 with a personal blog but didn’t really keep up with it until 2007 when I started my personal finance blog where my passion about achieving financial freedom was able to sustain me further than my first blog.

    But the roots of “blogging” for me was in 1996 when Singapore liberalised the internet service provider market and I signed up for my first internet account with Cyberway internet and created my own “homepage”. That homepage also died a natural death from 1997 to 2006 so there was 9 years in the “wilderness” before I found my voice on the net again. πŸ˜‰

    Interesting and real results, the world needs MORE bloggers.

  21. Yes, I’d like to see:

    1. People who started a blog, quit, deleted it and let the domain expire.
    2. People who started a blog and it has been sitting for at least 1 year with no updates.

  22. Yes, I’d like to see:

    1. People who started a blog, quit, deleted it and let the domain expire.
    2. People who started a blog and it has been sitting for at least 1 year with no updates.

  23. @Kelly – Hopefully it will be an annual thing, I do want to see how the numbers change πŸ™‚

    @Ashok – I think the biggest factor seems to be sticking with it, perhaps the successful bloggers are more stubborn than talented πŸ˜‰

    @Karen – There are also more alternatives to provide an outlet, such as Twitter

    @Vicky – The prize winners are on the /survey page, better luck next time πŸ™‚

    @Talking Books – Congrats and thanks for taking part πŸ™‚

    @Patricia – Yeah I guess it is like anything but on “internet time” (haven’t used that buzzword phrase in years!)

    @Adam – Yes, you could be right in that my traffic could have a large number of beginners, but I also think what people said above about most people giving up is a factor

    @Daniel – Totally, there will be many who start up hoping to emulate John Chow or Darren then give up when the cash doesn’t appear

    @Ari – In my talks with other bloggers it seems many who joined early on gave up, either burned out, as the medium changed to be away from their ideals, or because they moved back offline. Would be an interesting question for sure.

    @Panzer – I think many people could empathize with your wilderness years πŸ™‚

    @Bill – Yes, I did a poll before and there were loads of people who “registered domain as a good idea then sat on it” πŸ™‚

  24. @Kelly – Hopefully it will be an annual thing, I do want to see how the numbers change πŸ™‚

    @Ashok – I think the biggest factor seems to be sticking with it, perhaps the successful bloggers are more stubborn than talented πŸ˜‰

    @Karen – There are also more alternatives to provide an outlet, such as Twitter

    @Vicky – The prize winners are on the /survey page, better luck next time πŸ™‚

    @Talking Books – Congrats and thanks for taking part πŸ™‚

    @Patricia – Yeah I guess it is like anything but on “internet time” (haven’t used that buzzword phrase in years!)

    @Adam – Yes, you could be right in that my traffic could have a large number of beginners, but I also think what people said above about most people giving up is a factor

    @Daniel – Totally, there will be many who start up hoping to emulate John Chow or Darren then give up when the cash doesn’t appear

    @Ari – In my talks with other bloggers it seems many who joined early on gave up, either burned out, as the medium changed to be away from their ideals, or because they moved back offline. Would be an interesting question for sure.

    @Panzer – I think many people could empathize with your wilderness years πŸ™‚

    @Bill – Yes, I did a poll before and there were loads of people who “registered domain as a good idea then sat on it” πŸ™‚

  25. Good points made about people who start blogging and then give up. I know I did that a few times before I really got into it, so that probably is a big factor.

  26. Good points made about people who start blogging and then give up. I know I did that a few times before I really got into it, so that probably is a big factor.

  27. @Chris I was only teasing and glad I didn’t win.

    I actually already have a copy of your most fabulous book, so it would be indeed a shame if I had won.

  28. @Chris I was only teasing and glad I didn’t win.

    I actually already have a copy of your most fabulous book, so it would be indeed a shame if I had won.

  29. Did blogging as we know it actually exists > 10 years ago?

  30. Did blogging as we know it actually exists > 10 years ago?

  31. Pinyo, the answer depends on your perspective. If “blogging as we know it” refers to search engine optimization and writing about topics for the sole purpose of making money, then, no, it’s a fairly recent phenomenon.

    But if you consider a “blog” is an abbreviation of “web log,” online diaries have existed for 15+ years, dating to CompuServe forums, Prodigy bulletin board systems, and the like which I commented on earlier in this thread.

  32. Pinyo, the answer depends on your perspective. If “blogging as we know it” refers to search engine optimization and writing about topics for the sole purpose of making money, then, no, it’s a fairly recent phenomenon.

    But if you consider a “blog” is an abbreviation of “web log,” online diaries have existed for 15+ years, dating to CompuServe forums, Prodigy bulletin board systems, and the like which I commented on earlier in this thread.

  33. This was a tricky survey question to answer: my response was based on the year that I started up my very first little Blogger blog, but I hovered over it for a while because – depending on how we’re defining ‘blogging’ – it might be fair to say that an earlier website was effectively a blog in that it was updated almost daily and had an attendant forum to allow conversation in lieu of the ability to have comments. On the other hand, back then I wasn’t even aware that ‘blogging’ existed!

  34. This was a tricky survey question to answer: my response was based on the year that I started up my very first little Blogger blog, but I hovered over it for a while because – depending on how we’re defining ‘blogging’ – it might be fair to say that an earlier website was effectively a blog in that it was updated almost daily and had an attendant forum to allow conversation in lieu of the ability to have comments. On the other hand, back then I wasn’t even aware that ‘blogging’ existed!

  35. Interesting survey:
    (a) didn’t know that blogging has such a long history
    (b) data showing the surge in recent years is quite expected though; however, I wonder how many blogs are being updated regularly.

  36. Interesting survey:
    (a) didn’t know that blogging has such a long history
    (b) data showing the surge in recent years is quite expected though; however, I wonder how many blogs are being updated regularly.