Blog it! ToledoWritten by Lisa Renee Ward | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With the release of the latest survey on blogging by Pew Internet & American Life Project it gives us a chance take a more in depth look into blogging. According to the Pew Study; eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs – a significant increase since the fall of 2005. Technorati claims there are over 49 million blogs, which would include blogs by those outside of the US and those who are not adults.
The Pew study states when bloggers were asked to choose one main topic, 37% of bloggers cite “my life and experiences” with politics and government second with 11% of bloggers stating that was the primary focus of their blogs.
Curious about which local bloggers get top ranking from sites such as Technorati and how we fit into the research from Pew? Technorati gives rankings based on how many people link to a blog, the more links the higher the “authority”. Here are the top five for our area as of Sunday, July 23rd:
Visit this blog HistoryMike
Visit this blog Liberal Common Sense
Visit this blog Glass City Jungle
Visit this blog The Futon Report
Visit this blog Pixie’s Temple
As for the whole State of Ohio, there are quite a few blogs with high rankings on a number of different topics. This Garden is Illegal is as you can guess a blog about Gardening. The author lives in Cleveland, Ohio and focuses mainly on her garden as well as providing pictures, some of which make me inspired as to what I can create in my own yard.
Better Living: Thoughts From Mark Daniels is another top ranked blog in Ohio. Mark focuses on some current events as well as religion. He is a pastor at Friendship Lutheran Church.
A Cuban in Ohio is the life and adventures of Arod, from movie reviews to family moments like a brand new baby son with other posts in between it’s a great blog to visit. His blog is also one with high authority for our State.
Indie music fans will like The Catbird Seat where upcoming releases, reviews and lots of other information on the independent music scene can be found. The creator Ryan Catbird is also an Ohioan.
I found the Pew research interesting, as it confirms not only are more people reading blogs but blogging and despite most of the attention given to political blogs those of us that write them are not in the majority when it comes to blogging. When she’s not out looking for blogs or delving into research about blogs, Lisa Renee can be found on her blog, Glass City Jungle and if you have a blog you’d like her to know about? Email her at email@example.com.