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So Who Blogs to Be Cool, Anyway?

Nicholas Carter: “Blogging: a great pastime for the elderly“:

Did you see that new Pew study that came out yesterday? It put a big fat exclamation point on what a lot of us have come to realize recently: blogging is now the uncoolest thing you can do on the Internet. It’s even uncooler than editing Wikipedia articles or having a Second Life avatar. In 2006, 28% of teens were blogging. Now, just three years later, the percentage has tumbled to 14%. Among twentysomethings, the percentage who write blogs has fallen from 24% to 15%. Writing comments on blogs is also down sharply among the young. It’s only geezers – those over 30 – who are doing more blogging than they used to.

I am such a blogger.

Update: This comment from Norman Geras requires reading and re-reading:

[Reading] tends to be more fun when the writing that you’re reading shows evidence of some reading by the writer. If there’s reading in the writing, reading can be riotous. It can be rolling-in-the-aisles rantabulous; rosy, red, rudely robust and rollicking. It can reap and rebel and renew; roam and refresh; react and reflect, recollect, reconnect. Writing without reading can be rotten – really really rotten.



  1. I’d like to think that drop in blogging is due to the winnowing out of the folks who just babble about their lives. Serious biblioblogging, however, seems to be in a very healthy state. Viva blogging!


  2. I’ve really enjoyed the fact that the people who mostly wanted to chit-chat now have their own forum. It makes it simpler for both sets of needs, y’know.

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF


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