Thoughts about ‘Survey: Majority of Blogs are Personal’

  1. Duh.
  2. Obviously focused on American bloggers, but it’s safe to assume many of the details, like the reason why people blog, are the same worldwide.
  3. On a similar article titled “Report exposes real deal about bloggers“, it says that “While 74 percent of Internet users are white, only 60 percent of bloggers are white.”, and goes on to quote a Gartner research analyst: “Blogs have given those who perhaps don’t feel that their issues, thoughts or opinions are addressed in the mainstream media, an outlet to express themselves in some way.”. That’s funny, because one of the reasons I’m blogging about this very same article is that as a Filipino blogger, but still a blogger, I feel my opinion was not expressed as well. Therefore, this is a blogpost about a blog article about bloggers who are excluded from mainstream media by a blogger who has been excluded from mainstream media! Kewl!
  4. Politics is a major issue amongst American bloggers (they really should say AMERICAN bloggers as opposed to bloggers as a whole). I do not think this applies in the Philippines, because truth is, the majority here is just fed up. Everyday we are bombarded with political news, all of which I’m sure are important. The problem is it happens so often that it becomes white noise, and we’ve fairly lost interest and have become sadly desensitized. There is not a single day I do not think of our government and its leaders, but writing about it in my blog is akin to telling a bad or corny joke. No One is going to pay attention to you, and frankly, I’m far too exasperated to do so as well. I know this goes against a recent article concerning a German foundation’s request for people to ‘blog for democracy’, but truth to tell, reporting and opinionating on politics, important as it is, is boring and frustrating. This doesn’t mean all hope is lost however. Humor offers a compelling means of outcry too, which is the reason I took notice of the ‘secretary of injustice’, in a recent post. It’s not dissimilar to how Jon Stewart does so via satire on his CNN show (and fortunately the antics of GW Bush gives him tons of material). I hope that Secretaryofinjustice keeps it up.
  5. The report goes on to say how 84 percent consider blogging as a hobby, and not necessarily something they’d spend a great deal of time on. There are other parts that mention how blogging is more likely popular to keep in touch with friends and family. This is precisely why, I have to admit, I wonder why some people hype that that blogging is The Great Event they like to think it is. I’ve always felt most bloggers do not understand all the hype. They just like to write stuff about their daily lives, period. As I blog this, I do not necessarily feel I am out to save the human race, or am waving a flag for the Philippines, or causing great improvements to my life or others, or anything like that. I just want to show details about my life, my thoughts and opinions, a few comments here and there, and then go about my daily life afterwards. Having said that, I do not necessarily think that everyone who’s so excited about it is completely wrong, or being silly. If they feel that way, that’s ok, and maybe they do see something I do not. As for me I just feel it’s OA.
  6. Another incident I noticed, is the idea amongst journalists and writers, who had been writing previous to the blogging phonemenon, that their jobs are at risk. On the contrary, I believe that there had never been a need for good writers and journalists now than ever. Take for instance, my daily routine. To get in the mood for work, I read up on news and other blogs, take a piece of that and this (as I have done in this blogpost, for example), and come up with my own opinion, which I then post on this blog. If it weren’t for the news, I’d have very little to write about. Forced to, I might write about our noisy neighbors, or the grocery bill I had to pay. All fascinating to myself I’m sure, but not really what I wanna talk about. I want to talk about tech, movies, sports, etc., and the only way to know of these is via paid, professional news writers who write without bias, opinion or comment (or at least that’s what they’re supposed to do). Without them, my blog and millions of others, would be subject to hearsay, gossip, obfuscation, plain untruths, or just boring.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts about ‘Survey: Majority of Blogs are Personal’

  1. good point on #6 – pro writers as the filters for the rest of the world, since we non-writers can’t observe the events firsthand.

  2. ‘filters’ only in the sense of determining what is newsworthy or not, I hope. Just plain good old reporting what they see and hear is fine for the most part. Opinionating and commenting would then be left for the rest of us, bloggers or otherwise.

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