This year Blogger is celebrating it's Sweet Sixteen? Happy Sweet 16th to Blogger. Google doodle? If so it will be posted here at a later time. As of March 2015, Blogger ranks 93 on Alexa Internet, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com).
Do you think that blogging is like sex? If so why?
Many who write blogs, do it for the love and the passion they have. Be it for sharing experiences, ideas, etc. True blogging (like true love) is something you simply cannot fake.
Another aspect that comes to mind is gender bias. Do men have different perspectives about blogging than women? Are men more likely to equate blogging to having sex? Are women more likely to equate it to passion or love?
Would you write a blog that would deceive your readers? Would you have sex and deceive your partner or fake an orgasm?
Obviously, it's better to refrain from writing blogs (having sex) if doing so out of desperation, which ultimately leads to shallow blogs (cheap, superficial, unfulfilled sex and relationships).
On the positive note, the more one blogs the more one improves just as the more one loves the more meaningful relationships. So the next time you begin writing your blog post, think of all the love and passion you bring.
You might come up with quite a few surprises for yourself and your readers. Go ahead "blog your brains out." #BlogYourBrainsOut
Below is a listing of some interesting postings I've found so far on this topic (note practically all are written by men):
- Why blogging is like sex, Ted Vieira, http://imageperceptions.com/why-is-blogging-like-sex/
- Is blogging like sex, Spiralbount http://spiralbound.net/blog/2007/06/15/is-blogging-like-sex/
- Why blogging is like sex, The Web Citizen http://www.thewebcitizen.com/2012/04/16/2-reasons-why-blogging-is-like-sex/
- Is blogging like sex, Ouriel Ohayon http://ouriel.typepad.com/myblog/2007/01/is_blogging_lik.html
- Blogging is like sex INFOGRAPHIC (see photo above right) by by GenY Medium on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/93801604709047523/
- Why Do 95% of Bloggers Give Up, by Mike A Chim, http://feveredmutterings.com/95-percent-bloggers-give-up
Bloggers main objectives are to write blogs that engage readers. This is the most difficult as it takes creativity, passion, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, writing to become popular or rich and famous compromises a writer's potential. The best blogers are those who write and post to share stories, thoughts, opinions, passions, expertise and perspectives.
The number of bloggers in the U.S. has increased over the past 7 years (2007 to 2014), yet writers who have primary sources of income from blogs are still relatively few in relation to the overall U.S. blogging population. Wolfgangjaegel.com reported an increase of 31% more bloggers in the past three years.
According to "Rise of Blogger" http://wolfgangjaegel.com/rise-of-the-bloggers-blogging-statistics-2014/ "In the past 5 years, blogging has SKYROCKETED and created a living for millions and is an integral part of businesses today."
However, although bloggers with primary source of incomes from blogging increased nearly 450% in the past 5 years -- to 8% (2.48 million) from less than a quarter of 1% (.02% or 452,000 bloggers) in 2007 -- the representation is very insignificant compared to the remaining 28,520,000 bloggers who are unable to earn a minimal income from blogging.
International Telecommunications UnionTotal worldwide reports that global internet users have increased nearly 3% over the past 3 years -- from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 7.1 billion in 2013 with the largest worldwide subscriptions from Mobile broadband representing a 161% 3 year increase -- from 11.3% in 2010 to 29.5% in 2013. Not surprising, mobile is here to stay.
China still ranks 1st at 42.3% penetration (568,192,066 users vs 538 million users the prior year) of the 7.1 billion world internet users and India the same rank of 3rd at 12.6% penetration (151,598,994 vs 137 million users the prior year). USA has also remained 2nd with 254,295,536 users and 81% penetration.
Below please find a brief Web to Web 2.0 timeline of newsworthy milestones which purport to provide a basic historical and informational chronology from a marketing perspective of the internet:
• 1994 – In January, Jerry Yang and David Filo create "Jerry's Guide to the WWW" while studying at Stanford University and rename it Yahoo in April
• 1995 – Yahoo is incorporated in March
• 1995 – Amazon is launched
• 1995 – Search engines are launched
• 1999 – Although bookmarking was around earlier, bookmarking became popular in businesses and mainstream during this period
• 2000 – Sites are optimized for search engines that were being catalogued on the Web
• 1996 to 1999 – Search engines are launched with pay per click programs, Open Text in 1996 and GoTo.com in 1998
• 1997 – The first blog goes online, known as “weblog” originally used as a niche for geeks; Weblog was coined in December 1997 by Jorn Barger
• 1997 – The phrase “search engine optimization” is mostly likely coined during this period, according to Danny Sullivan of The New York Times
• 1998 – Google is founded by Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin and files for incorporation in California on September 7th
• 1999 – The first version of RSS feed is created in March by Romanathan V. Guha for use on the My.Netscape.com portal (RSS 0.9)
• 1999 – Blogger is launched on August 23rd by Pyra Labs. Evan Williams and Megan Hourihan of Pyra Labs, originally created this software with the intention of being an in-house application to integrate project management, contact management and task lists. Blogger becomes available to the public in August but does not become mainstream until later on.
• 2000 – Google reaches the first billion-URL index and earns the reputation of being the largest search engine in the world; Adwords program is launched offering internet pay per click programs; Yahoo selects Google as it's default search results provider
• 2001 – GoTo.com changes their name to Overture (purchased by Yahoo later)
• 2001 – According to MediaPost on August 9, 2001, Jupiter research predicted spending on digital marketing US ad spending would reach $19 billion by 2006
• 2001 – Wikipedia is available but is not yet mainstream
• 2001 – Danny Sullivan of The New York Times coins the term “Search Engine Marketing”
• 2002 – Search Engine Marketing US advertising spending reaches approximately $1.3 billion
• 2002 – Blogger is completely rewritten at Prya Labs for licensure for other countries, with Globo company of Brazil becoming the first licensee recipient
• 2002 – Blogs gain momentum
• 2002 – Consumer Reports WebWatch files a report about the controversy and issues on search engine paid advertising
• 2002 - Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issues communications about the importance of paid advertising on search engines in response to a complaint from Consumer Advocacy Group, affiliated with Ralph Nader
• 2003 – Google purchases Blogger from Pyra Labs in February, the terms were undisclosed.
• 2003 – Yahoo purchases the Overture pay per click (PPC) program and offers paid online advertising
• 2003 – Del.icio.us, initially known as a passive bookmark function launches; Later on del.icio.us becomes very popular with the launch of Friendster (2007); Users are able to let other users see what they are bookmarking; Social bookmarking gained popularity with the launch of del.icio.us.
• 2003 – The second US 3G (3rd generation cellular wireless) Verizon Wireless network operation launches; The first US Monet Mobile Wireless launched and shut down shortly afterwards; Japan, May 2001 and Korea, May 2002, were the first 2 countries to launch 3G operation networks
• 2003 - The Can Spam Act is signed into law on December 16th by President George W. Bush to regulate commercial email and is enforced by the FTC
• 2004 - Yahoo launches its own web-crawling algorithm in February, using its own site index phasing out Google's search results system it has used since May 2000
• 2004 -Google launches Gmail; In April Amazon partnered with Google using it' search results system
• 2004 - The first Annual Advertising Week Conference begins in September in New York City
• 2004 - Web 2.0 O’Reilly Conference is held on October 5 – 7, 2004 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA. Although about16 years into Web 0.0 and 5 years into Web 2.0, we still do not know where it is going; Transformational elements are unknown as Web-Web2.0 are still new and the industry has no idea of what infrastructures will go away. Many innovations with no ads, no subscription feeds, free to the end user, are floating on venture capital. Big issue is these innovations lack business models and it is predicted that many of these web innovations probably will not survive unless purchased, merged, with a larger company, etc.
- Wikipedia and Blogs become mainstream; Momentum is largely attributable to the announcement of Web 2.0
- February 2004 Flickr (image tag base navigation becomes available)
- February 2004 - it is estimated that Facebook has over 10 billion photos from over 125 million users by the end of 2004 (Facebook & Flickr become the biggest privacy disasters)
• 2005 – In December, Microsoft and the Outlook team announce they are using the RSS feed icon which was first used in the Mozilla Firefox Browser
• 2006 – Google acquires YouTube, an internet video sharing service. Check out Gloria's latest YouTube videos here and subscribe as many more will follow.
- Blogs, wikis, RSS, bookmarking, image tagging, multimedia, search, etc.
• 2008 – The Dow's biggest one-day drop on September 29, 2008 of 778 points (surpassing the first trading day loss after 9/11), after the rejection of the House bailout plan; According to CNN Money, this drop represents an approximate value loss of $1.2 trillion
- SimpleLife Wordpress plugin to add to your lifestream as a widget or webpage
- RSS Stream Wordpress plugin
• 2009 - Advertising Week celebrates it's fifth annual event September 21st - 25th at the Nokia Theatre in New York City
--- ShoutingBlogger.com "What Is Google Blogger (Blogspot) and "What Are Its Pros and Cons"
--- Wolfgangjaegel, "Rise of the Bloggers - Blogging Statistics 2014"
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Happy Sweet 16th to Blogger is part of the "evergreen marketing insighter" series by Gloria Buono-Daly. This post has been updated from the original post published in August 2009. Copyright (C) 2009.