50 Million Bloggers Can’t Be Wrong
The blogosphere—a half-clever term for the loose community of people who barf up their thoughts on the Internet—reached a milestone recently. According to Technorati’s most recent “State of the Blogosphere” report, there are now more than 50 million bloggers around the world.
The amount of blogs has shot up in the past couple of years, with the number doubling roughly every six months during that time span. In fact, an average of about 175,000 new blogs have been started up every day for a while now—about two per second. However, Technorati CEO David Sifry expects that growth will level off in the coming years.
Of course, there’s no reason the blog expansion has to slow down. You, gentle reader, can climb on board the Blog Express on the Information Superhighway any time you like if you haven’t already. As a card-carrying member of the MSM and, accordingly, a completely objective observer, let me offer a few pointers to my potential media colleagues before blasting-off into the blogosphere:
- U dont need 2 worry about grammer: Let’s face it, proper grammar is for those stuffy and grizzled writers and editors at tree-killing newspapers and magazines. This is the Internet, dude! No rulez! If you want to be a super kewl blogger, leave language fundamentals where they belong—in third-grade English classrooms.
- No missing links: If you want people to believe your arguments for or against something really important that impacts the general public—say, Mel Gibson’s nuanced geopolitical analyses after a few beers—be sure to link to another article or blog every third word.
- Your life is the most interesting thing ever: Perhaps you don’t think anyone would care about the tedious, prosaic vagaries of your day-to-day activities. But that’s where you’re wrong. People want—nay, pine for—your colorful rantings about the long commute to work in the morning or your frustrations with the opposite sex. Your opinions are sooo interesting, and you would be doing the world a disservice by keeping them to yourself.