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“Just the Facts, Ma’am”

The Council Blogs was abuzz today with great blog posts! Looking for facts on the popularity of blogging we stumbled across Technorati’s The State of the Blogosphere. Here are some of the more interesting statistics. You can read the full list by clicking here.

* More than 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002
* 77% of Internet users read blogs according to Universal McCann
* Two-thirds of Bloggers are male (c%u2019mon ladies, start Blogging!)
* More than half are married and more than half are parents
* 60% are 18-44 * 75% have college degrees and 40% have graduate degrees
* One in four has an annual household income of $100K
* Around half of Bloggers are working on at least their second blog
* 68% have been blogging for two years or more
* 86% have been blogging for at least a year
* 70% of all respondents say that personal satisfaction is a way they measure the success of their blog
* 72% say they blog in order to share their expertise.
* 61% say they blog in order to supplement their income.
* 53% of professional Bloggers are interested in attracting new clients from blogging.
* 72% of those who are self-employed and blogging are interested in attracting new clients.
* 57% say that their future plans include blogging even more (including 74% of 18-24 year olds).
* Part-Timers, Pros, and Self-Employed Bloggers are blogging as much as or more than ever (73%, 76% and 80%, respectively), while Hobbyists are blogging somewhat less.
* 15% of Bloggers spend 10 or more hours each week blogging.
* One in five Bloggers report updating on a daily basis.
* The most common rate of updating is 2-3 times per week. 
 

Power of Group (Social) Brainstorming

At the last Council Blogs we took a chapter from the Breakfast Blogging Club in Oakland CA (land of warm weather). To help plan the topics for 2011 we went through the brainstorming exercise. We added the power of the group by sharing our 4 minute brainstorm with each other. We found that by sharing the ideas with each other we DOUBLED, yes, DOUBLED the ideas we had individually. Other thoughts that surfaced, “Stay Focussed” and “Have Idea sounds.” Someone’s email announcment sound is the “Jetson doorbell”. That’s a stimulus for some people.