The Washington Post
has an article about a former copywriter who is now a New York City cabdriver. Of course she blogs
about her experiences and it is quite interesting. She receives about 140,000 page hits a day, which is about 440 times more traffic than this blog averages.
Also in today's Post, there is an article
which reports that there are over 30 million blogs. I know that sounds like a lot, but the world's population reached 6.5 billion people
yesterday. Also, Daniel Gross
wonders if the blog bubble has burst. A recent Gallup poll titled "Blog Readership Bogged Down" showed that only 9 percent of those polled said they regularly read blogs, while 66 percent said they never read them. The same poll reported zero growth in blog readership.
It is interesting because in the last year many media outlets have started to incorporate blogs into their website. It seems that every columnist is required or encouraged to start blogging. The Washington Post
links blogs which quote its articles. Slate.com
does an almost daily blog update. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
was the first Indiana paper that I noticed to pay attention to local blogs. The local alternative paper Nuvo
has recently encouraged its writers to blog as well even though Steve Hammer has had a blog
for some time. The Star has had its community panelists for sometime, but only recently has it featured bloggers David Lindquist-music critic
; David Hutchens-IU basketball coverage
; Dan McFeely - bariatric surgery
; and Raygan Swan -- I have no idea
. I imagine this is happening in newspapers all across the country as there are only a handful of newspaper companies anyway. In spite of all of these "old media" attempts to incorporate blogs into their newspapers, it is surprising that blog readership is still stagnant.