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Sifry’s State of the Blogsphere: Strong

Robert Scoble, of Microsoft Scobleizer blogging fame, just told me that David Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere: On Blogosphere Growth is out for April 2006. This is part one, so stay tuned for more.

The State of the Blogosphere is strong.

…The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago.

New blog creation continues to grow. Technorati currently tracks over 75,000 new weblogs created every day, which means that on average, a new weblog is created every second of every day – and 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created. That’s an increase both absolute and relative terms over just 3 months ago, when only 50.5% or 13.7 million blogs were active. In other words, even though there’s a reasonable amount of tire-kicking going on, blogging continues to grow as a habitual activity.

In addition to that, about 3.9 million bloggers update their blogs at least weekly.

…Daily Posting Volume tracked by Technorati is now over 1.2 Million posts per day, which is about 50,000 posts per hour.

I’ve recently posted a few articles referencing others who say that blogging is dead and a dying fad, even though I don’t personally think so, and so I was thrilled with Sifry’s report about the blogosphere doubling in size every 6 months.

Along with an estimate of a new blog created every second of every day, the growing trend is that “19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created”. That is a statistic I’m thrilled about. People are now finding motivation to keep on blogging after creating a blog which means that the novelty factor has worn off a bit and now people are thinking longer and harder about what they want to do with their blogs, thus blogging longer. Excellent.

Thanks, Scoble for the update. It’s hard keeping up with things as I’m traveling long, hard miles on the road, so that was a great tip!

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