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Blogs: 99% of the web or just 90%?

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6:10 pm on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've actually read one or two blogs. Tried hard to read the red text on purple background before I gave up. And yeah, I'm a geezer. But TV news (always the best source of facts about the web) suggests that the internet is now all about Blogs...at least 90% about Blogs.

How much time do YOU spend reading blogs? At about .0001%, I have some catching up to do

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Apparently 0.00% of WW members read blogs. :)
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I don't read blogs unless they happen to contain a specific piece of information that I'm looking for.
11:37 am on Oct 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Make that 0.01%.
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I will read a blog, provided it contains information that I need and assuming it doesn't have some hideous color scheme. (Even then I'll read it, if the information is good enough AND I can quickly change the colors with the Web Developer extension.)

All told, I may spend around 0.5% of my browsing time on blogs. I should mention that there is one tech blog that is so good that I read every new article that gets posted, which is infrequently. Other than that, a blog pretty much has to come up in the SERPS or be strongly recommended for me to actually read it.

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Good blogs are few and far between. I read 5 or 6 daily, of about 1,000 odd that probably exist in my sectors.

Often the opinion/conjecture blogged by an industry insider can be more useful than "official" or "broker" data submitted by a company as a press release.

I've also started many a good thread on some of my forums by referencing an opinion of a respected blogger. That ensuing discussion makes for good content creation, and often a link from the blog in question, which means traffic.

So the good blogs do have their value to the webmaster.

TJ

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About 5% of my 'web time' is spent on blogs...but I have found that time to be increasing as I have found better blogs to read (makes sense I guess...)

To me, the blog space is just a microcosm of the web. Some extremely useful information awash in a sea of misplaced opinions, unsubstantiated information, and SPAM.

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Blogs are written by people who find writing a website too tough. >;->
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I just tried using Google's Blog search and found tons of worthless spam sites.

Even the ones with content seem to know little about typography. Does anyone read their boilerplate of illegible rambling thoughts?

I wonder how much traffic even the better ones get?

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I don't read blogs - as such - but I use the technology on websites I develop for people.

It (no guesses which one) provides a free and well documented user interface allowing them to publish their own content (such as "this week's news"). I just wrap my template around their codes.... I also need to help them with uploading images etc...

The point is - they're not blogs (as such) - but they count towards the 0.09% of the web that this article is referring to. May be they meant Wiki's too?

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I read lots of blogs, not necessarily for work, but for enjoyment. I read two or three for work, the rest are entertainment, political, pet related, or just full of interesting tidbits about friends' lives.
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I wonder how much traffic even the better ones get?

The same level as the better websites.

Several leading bloggers I know make a living doing it.

Blogs are written by people who find writing a website too tough. >;->

Or perhaps not so much "tough" but "can't be bothered to learn HTML". Some people just want to write. Engadget is a good example of that type of blog. When you just want to throw up some words onto a page and not think about it, blog software is great.

It's just another form of Content Management System really.

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Blogs are written by people who find writing a website too tough. >;->

That is what I have thought until recently. I have no problem adding content the old fashioned way - but lately I get asked a lot why I dont have a blog as well.

The short answer has been the same as ronin's, but the real truth is that I am slow to embrace fads that become trends.

My question is this: do certain types of information seem more credible in blog-form as opposed to an html web page? Is the trendiness of blogs really changing the perception of how news, info and editorial opinion is to be delivered? Does a blog imply "freshness" vs a static web page?

If I dive into the blogsphere, it will be to deliver opinion, news and regionl statistical info. I'm leaning toward blogging it first, then archiving as webpages.

2nd question: Will having a stand alone blog be a greater benefit SEO-wise than just adding a blog to my flagship website?

 

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