One Blog Created Every Second

Technorati reports that a new blog is being created every second, with the total number of blogs doubling every five months.

One blog created ‘every second’ (BBC)

The blogosphere is continuing to grow, with a weblog created every second, according to blog trackers Technorati. In its latest State of the Blogosphere report, it said the number of blogs it was tracking now stood at more than 14.2m blogs, up from 7.8m in March. It suggests, on average, the number of blogs is doubling every five months.

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Free blogging services such as those provided by MSN Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, AOL Journals, WordPress and Movable Type were also growing quickly, said the report.

Thirteen percent of all blogs that Technorati tracks are updated weekly or more, said the report, and 55% of all new bloggers are still posting three months after they started.

It also pointed to the growth in moblogs, blogs to which people with camera phones automatically send pictures and text.

The sheer numbers are incredible but not necessarily meaningful; some substantial number of these are likely spam blogs designed to garner high Google rankings for various commercial keywords. That the sites actually get updated and continue in operation for three months is more impressive although, again, the numbers are likely skewed by the rise of the spam blogs.

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Comments

  1. Mark says:

    By the time it took me to read that post, 20 blogs were created!

  2. Kenny says:

    well, I know for sure mine is into a spam blog.

  3. Kenny says:

    not a spam blog, mine is more political

  4. Michael says:

    Like I said on another blog, 95% of them are NEVER updated.

    In fact, I started about ten blogs before I ever settled on one I wanted to keep going at. Technorati’s results are meaningless, in my opinion.

  5. I have three blogs – my main one is updated frequently, another one is in an obscure technical field and updated once a week, and my third one is actually a “home page” for my consulting business.

    Blogging sites offer you essentially a free web page, so I saved a few bucks and put my shingle out using the service and put the web address on my business cards. I am a one-man consulting company, so my clients don’t or care if my home page is my_business_name.blogspot.com.

    I wonder how many of these blogs are not blogs (diaries, updated, etc.), but sinply web pages for other purposes.

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