Friday, December 15, 2006

Short head, Long Tail and Blogs

Fascinating breakdown of blogdom - from the people who know.

My part in this is to be moving from the low end somewhat higher. My use of blogs is in both self-expression and as well to cross-link and market my books - and extension of my self-expression.

I've come to find that I enjoy blogging as much as I like writing. And, not surprising, my writing has improved as I've continued to blog.

Of course, I have far too many things on my plate to work as professional blogging like the "short head" does. But blogging is a rapid way to keep content rolling. And I don't have even the time to claim all the blogs I've started.

Squidoo now has taken this week, which gives me more cross-linked items. Hopefully, this will bring more people to my blogs and to my stores. Meanwhile, they have very easy links to affiliate programs such as Amazon, eBay and others, like my CafePress site(s).

Read the linked report. Fascinating stuff.

Technorati Weblog: State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006: "In Summary:

* Technorati is now tracking more than 57 Million blogs.
* Spam-, splog- and sping-fighting efforts at Technorati are paying dividends in terms of the reduction of garbage in our indexes, even if it does seem to impact overall growth rates.
* Today, the blogosphere is doubling in size approximately every 230 days.
* About 100,000 new weblogs were created each day, again down slightly quarter-over-quarter but probably due in part to spam fighting efforts.
* About 4% of new splogs get past Technorati's filters, even if it is only for a few hours or days.
* There is a strong correlation between the aging and post frequency of blogs and their authority and Technorati ranking.
* The globalization of the blogosphere continues. Our data appears to show both English and Spanish languages are a more universal blog language than the other two most dominant language, Japanese and Chinese, which seem to be more regionally localized.
* Coincident with a rise in blog posts about escalating Middle East tensions throughout the summer and fall, Farsi has moved into the top 10 languages of the blogosphere, indicating that blogging continues to play a critical role in debates about the important issues of our times."

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