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What Brings Users to Blogs?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the skewed-sample-populations dept.

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Billosaur writes "The Center for Citizen Media Blog has an interesting overview of the Collaborative News Survey 'Hype versus Reality', detailing the results of a study done by Hsing Wei from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on why users are attracted to collaborative news, commenting and blogging sites. Among the conclusions of the study are that people who use these sites are 'mostly young and male, especially those who visit technology-related sites, looking for 'a fix of unique, informative fun,' and 'filling in the blanks' left by traditional news sources. Or is it just because it beats working?"

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143 comments

Because. You can always find an audience. (4, Funny)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739331)

Dark and lonely on a summer's night.

Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord.

Watchdog barking. Do he bite?

Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord.

Slip in his window. Break his neck.

Then his house I start to wreck.

Got no reason. What the heck?

Kill my landlord. Kill my landlord.

C-I-L my land lord!

-Tyrone Green

Re:Because. You can always find an audience. (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739347)

Well - if that doesn't prove the point....

detailed analysis (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739402)

some detailed analysis and insight into this matter shows that....

continued at my blog [insert random blog].. please visit for the remaining (insightful) post

kthnx

Serves the desire to be important (1, Flamebait)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739420)

You set up a blog and write about yourself etc and feel important when people respond. Podcasters are pretty much the same. It's that whole 15 minutes of fame thing, only longer and more visual.

Bloggers & podcasters get seriously up themselves and eachother about this.

Re:Serves the desire to be important (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739636)

Wow, you're so keen to rag on bloggers that you didn't even notice that the article is about what makes people read them, not write them. You've got a real chip on your shoulder.

Who Responds? (2, Insightful)

mrxak (727974) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739827)

The only people who respond to my blog want to sell me drugs or porn.

Re:Because. You can always find an audience. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739922)

If I wanted your opinion, I'd beat it out of you!

Re:Because. You can always find an audience. (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740320)

Credit where it's due-- It's Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live. "Prose and Cons." I think it was his debut.

Re:Because. You can always find an audience. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15740392)

Read the original: "Crime and Punishment" by F. Dostoyevsky

Visiting Slashdot... (3, Insightful)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739352)

sure beats working! Plus I think a lot of people are attracted to sites that allow commenting because they like to argue.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739359)

No they don't.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (4, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739390)

Yes, they do. I remember a group who said they didn't. They were called NAZIS!

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739417)

I invoke Malda's law.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

SP33doh (930735) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739752)

I envoke rule #34
xD

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740085)

gb2/4ch

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

SP33doh (930735) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740262)

i was hearing talk about nazis and rules being envoked, i had to do it, sorry.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (3, Funny)

Kesch (943326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739413)

Oh, sorry, I thought this was the forum for arguments.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

rockchops (866057) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739507)

This isn't an argument! This is just arbitrary contradiction!

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

Kesch (943326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739630)

Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.

Stupid git!! (2, Funny)

MarkByers (770551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739548)

Oh, sorry, I thought this was the forum for arguments.

I'm sorry, but this is abuse. You want room 12A, Just along the corridor.

Stupid git!!

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (0, Redundant)

AndyG314 (760442) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739640)

No this is the forum for abuse...

"You must be new here..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15740206)

Oh, sorry, I thought this was the forum for arguments.

"You must be new here..."

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739500)

No they don't.

You have no idea - they sure do. Retard.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

spuke4000 (587845) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739664)

Arguing online is like competing in the special olympics. Even in you win you're still retarded.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739380)

Oh, yeah? Wanna make summ'n of it?!?

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739605)

People also like the positive strokes of having others agree with them and/or mod them up, especially when the other is intelligent, well-informed, etc. (or you can convince yourself they are).

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

morcego (260031) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739717)

sure beats working


Only if you are not required by your company to do it.
Here, company policy requires reading slashdot at least once a day.
And no, I'm not joking.

Re:Visiting Slashdot... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740025)

Not just argue - which I do have to admit that I like to do - but I feel compelled to share my two cents. That's the best thing about the blogging phenomenon - lots of mainstream news outlets have taken to providing comments sections on occasional stories. I'd like to see them provide it on all of them, which incidentally is the best way to stop bloggers from reposting your content and getting all your page views. If the discussion is on your page, people will come to comment.

Make your voice heard. (4, Insightful)

darcling (987237) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739368)

On a "big news site" they give you the information. Period.

If they're wrong (in your opinion) or leave out important facts - too bad, they don't care about you. In a blog/comment arena you can interface directly with the author and flesh out the details, inaccuracies, or corroborate their work.

Community = Good.

Re:Make your voice heard. (3, Funny)

scrow (620374) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739411)

I also think: Boobs = Good, and it also fits with your reasoning. With boobs you can flesh out the details, innacuracies (different size of left vs right) and if your lucky you may collaborate with them as well.

Re:Make your voice heard. (2, Funny)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739524)

Really? I come to /. for the dupes.

Re:Make your voice heard. (1)

JazzLad (935151) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740067)

you must be in heaven every visit

-
karma=bad
I care=no

It had to be done... (1)

rk (6314) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740115)

I come to /. for the dupes.

Re:Make your voice heard. (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739735)

NAZI's were a community, skin head are a community.
Communities are just a thing that can be manipulated by people with an agenda.

Re:Make your voice heard. (1)

FooBarWidget (556006) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739781)

No, there are plenty of blogs out there which don't allow comments.

Re:Make your voice heard. (0)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739901)

For christ's sake.

I am SICK of hearing about blogs being a news source. SICK SICK SICK.

It is not going to happen. Sorry. There will never be some golden age where an Internet fucking diary is the world's favourite news source. The idea, in my mind, is fundamentally retarded in so many different ways. I would really love to hear some decent reasons as to why the filtering of CNN through some 20-year-old's head like some shitty drip coffee (a.k.a. "the media of the people") is better than the BBC, who are at least law bound to be as impartial as possible, because as far as I'm concerned there aren't any.

Digg (1)

Wedge1212 (591767) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739371)

people submitting bloggs on dig...duh :)

Or more generally... (1)

elhaf (755704) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740300)

a link [blogspot.com]

Some people speak merely to hear themselves talk (5, Interesting)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739372)

You know, the kind of person that keeps on talking without really even thinking about what they are actually saying. It is my belief that the same kind of logic can apply to a digital format. Friends do not let friends blog.

Re:Some people speak merely to hear themselves tal (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739388)

Amen!

Re:Some people speak merely to hear themselves tal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739553)

You know, the kind of person that keeps on talking without really even thinking about what they are actually saying. It is my belief that the same kind of logic can apply to a digital format.

Wow, with provocative, radical insights like that, you should be writing for Wired! Digital, you say?

Re:Some people speak merely to hear themselves tal (4, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739797)

Say what you want about blogging, but I've found it very useful to keep friends and family in touch with what I am doing. The fact that some people have found my blog content applicable to their interests says that others may find the content to be interesting. It has resulted invitations for me to speak at seminars, or ask me to consult or even to purchase pictures presented on my blog. Most times I've turned these offers down because of time constraints, but on some occasions I have accepted or granted permissions to reproduce articles/images.

All in all I would say that the benefits of keeping a blog have exceeded the costs and if you maintain that friends do not let friends blog, then perhaps you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. I for one would not want to keep company with folks that prevent one from succeeding, but would rather have friends that encourage success.

Re:Some people speak merely to hear themselves tal (1)

solafide (845228) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739836)

Indeed, I use my blog to keep family and friends apprised of the latest events in my life, so they can make sure I'm all right. Sure beats email or telephones. Friends encourage friends to blog.

Blogs? (1)

sanosuke001 (640243) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739393)

I really don't like Blogs. The word sound childish and lame, and I don't care at all about what others say; especially if it is about themselves.

Posting it on Slashdot!!! (0, Offtopic)

Kris Warkentin (15136) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739403)

http://www.cruftysite.com/blog [cruftysite.com]

Thank you very much, I'm here all week.

Re:Posting it on Slashdot!!! (1)

Kris Warkentin (15136) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739445)

God, you're such a karma whore....people like you are ruining Slashdot for everyone.....

Re:Posting it on Slashdot!!! (1)

Kris Warkentin (15136) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739459)

I am not!

Slashdot (3, Insightful)

PaulMorel (962396) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739406)

Slashdot brings users to blogs.

After all, who needs reliable news outlets when you can get all your news pre-filtered by people just like you?

Interesting Study (2, Insightful)

Moqui (940533) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739410)

I would have guessed that more bloggers were female than male. That has been my experience, as a good number of my female friends have blogs, post on other blogs, or generally surf blogs, outnumbering my male friends.

However, it could be that they are classifying blogs differently, ie. tech journals as blogs, or personal blogs, when they do their study.

Re:Interesting Study (1)

Kesch (943326) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739437)

It's probably cause blogs function a lot like diaries for most people, but they don't feel as silly.

Re:Interesting Study (1)

DarkDragonVKQ (881472) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739532)

I think it's more just the effect of socialization on males and females. Females are socialized to be caring. Males are socialized to.."fill in the blank here". Naturally on a blog where you confess your feelings or talk about whatever females would be more likely to respond with something nurturing and make you go "aww I have friends". While guys will go "crying? being said? weak.." Of course this doesn't fit in the emo, metrosexual, etc..etc.. But I haven't looked into any psychological or sociological journals about them yet.

It's about the commenting (5, Interesting)

c0d3h4x0r (604141) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739415)

My suspicion is that most users of sites like Slashdot are attracted to the site not because of original news content but because it offers a competitive forum and an opportunity for basking in the public spotlight. Young males eat that shit up. Give them a chance to post comments to hopefully accumulate good reviews and karma, thus establishing on online reputation, and they'll go for it. Not really that different than MMORPGs, if you think about it.

Re:It's about the commenting (1)

darcling (987237) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739458)

Mod up is slightly sexually arousing...

To be labeled "Insightful" is just plain tittilating : )

-young, male, geek

Re:It's about the commenting (1)

MrSquirrel (976630) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739466)

*MrSquirrel challenges you to a duel*
I cast... magic missile!

Re:It's about the commenting (2, Insightful)

FreakyAntelope (827365) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739606)

I think you have the right idea about that, but you're looking at it the wrong way. I don't read slashdot, or any other blogs, so that I can post to inflate my own ego, and I don't think the majority of Slashdoters do either. Rather, I go to slashdot because it (usually) has interesting content and, more importantly, *other people* comment on it. I don't usually comment on things I don't know much about, and it's wonderful to be able to read an article and then compare it to other people's knowlage and opinions. It's often hard to tell how biased an article might be, or what it's significance is in a broder context, but having (usually) intellegent discussion and comments on it makes the articles much more useful and stimulating.

            - Toby

Re:It's about the commenting (1)

MS_is_the_best (126922) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739711)

Young males eat that shit up. Give them a chance to post comments to hopefully accumulate good reviews and karma
Wow, excellent and interesting post. +1 karma for you.

Comments AND story selection (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739840)

I agree, I'm one amongst many who read slashdot for the comments. Slashdot is no ordinary blog especially because of its comment moderation engine.

I launched slashgeo.org 9 months ago. Since we don't have enough participating users yet (even after over 1 million hits), geospatial professionals don't come to see us for the comments, but also for the story selection done by the "editors". Of course you can browse RSS feeds, but it's less time consuming when a bunch of folks decides for you what's worthed to be shared. Reading /. ensures I don't miss anything important in the tech world. This system is imperfect, but it's the best we have so far.

Isn't it simple? (4, Funny)

harmonica (29841) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739418)

What I like about the blogs I read:
  • Good, original content.
  • Certain language skills.
  • Regular updates.
  • A sense of humour.

And for everything else there's Slashdot. ;-)

Re:Isn't it simple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739796)

So do you have any recomendations?

No seriously I'm not kidding, most blogs I have read that were linked from Slashdot have a ton of short linkbacks and a general me too feel about them.

Lot's of things. (1)

Rendo (918276) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739430)

For starters, people don't give a shit about people they know, in fact, if I told anyone I was writing this, they'd tell me to shut up and kick my genitals. However on the internet, where everyone congregates to, to avoid society, people do care since their internet personality is what they really want to be. So these people write down their feelings, and since they usually don't tell their "friends" they have other friends that do care and put their input on whether or not Susan is cute and he should get enough courage to ask him out.

Quite frankly, a blog is a persons personal diary and it allows a lot of people to view it and not have the ramifications there would be if you'd say, read your sisters diary. People are so enchanted by this, and that's what brings people to blogs...

I hate blogs though. There's no fun in reading my sisters diary since it's online now.... Oh well...

Re:Lot's of things. (1)

SteveDob (449830) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739707)

> they'd tell me to shut up and kick my genitals

I've got to ask, as I can't tell whether you meant
a) they'd tell me to shut up, and then they would kick my genitals OR
b) they'd tell me "shut up, and kick my genitals"

Just curious, not judging anyone.

obvious really (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739432)

google brings me to blogs

My milkshake... (0)

isa-kuruption (317695) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739433)

My milkshake brings all the boys to my blog... and they're like, it's better than yours, damn right it's better than yours!

Re:My milkshake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739482)

kuruption likes anal sex with young boys on his milkshake

Young males (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739460)

Young males go to blogs for free beer and free sex, finding neither.

There are some good points here...... (3, Funny)

8127972 (73495) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739464)

..... I think I'll quote them in my blog.

Depends on which blog (3, Funny)

Kohath (38547) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739477)

It depends on which blog you mean. I know what brings people to Roland Piquepaille's blog.

Free Beer ! All the tits hanging out ! ToGa ToGa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739485)

What else would you go to a blog for?

The Only Blog (1)

Rogue Eve (831308) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739511)

Slashdot's the only blog I read because without it how would I know incredibly important things like why young males are more likely to read blogs?! or the Netflix paradox of abundance!

Celebrities and such (1)

kanzels (975208) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739522)

Everybody wants to tell others about his success, happyness or important achievements and internet is the best place for that.

Reminds me of.. (1)

bruno.fatia (989391) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739523)

me. I like slashdot mostly because there is always somebody to dig the news for you ;) Ok thats lazy, but think about the hard part as reading the slashdotters comment and we'll see!

Adding your two cents (3, Interesting)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739567)

I think it is the adding your own thoughts and having (semi)intelligent discussions on the news at hand. It is to the point now that I get a little angry when I read an inflamatory news article on CNN or the likes and can't add my two cents. I like the interactivity to sites like Slashdot, Digg, etc. Even though 99% of the time it ends in a flame fest or some lame latin ipso facto logic argument crap with some pseudo-intellectual in his mom's basement.

What brings users to blogs? (0, Offtopic)

10100111001 (931992) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739588)

One way that some unscrupulous people bring users to their blogs is through shameless self-promotion.

BTW, my blog is at http://www.u4ya.ca/blog/ [u4ya.ca] .

beats working (3, Interesting)

militaunt (988730) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739595)

i'm 'systems support engineer' for a huge call center at one of the largest online travel booking companies... and i swear, i spend 6 out of 9 hours every day refreshing slashdot and drudge report. oh and irc'ing. sure beats working, not that i have any work to do in the first place. not til they send me for training for the phone switches and all that jazz.

speaking of beating working... it's time to go home. an hour early, since there's nothing to do and i'm hungry. i love taking a 90 hour paycheck for 10-15 hours of work.

Re:beats working (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739609)

90 hr paycheck for sys support eng? What is that, like $25,000 / year?

Re:beats working (1)

militaunt (988730) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739651)

90 hours 3 times a month? yeah, 25k is about right.... *chuckle* my pay goes up every time the company spends 5 or 10 grand to send me to some cert training crap. anyway... home calls.

Re:beats working (2, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739721)

i love taking a 90 hour paycheck for 10-15 hours of work.

That's why they pay you at 1/10 rate.

KFG

Re:beats working (2, Insightful)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740034)

Wow, it must be nice to waste your day away and get paid for it. You must feel a sense of accomplishment after a hard day's non-work. And no, I don't have a job, but I sure as hell wouldn't enjoy spending my days at home surfing the web or reading sites like Slashdot (I spend about 30 minutes a day here). I never understand why people brag about being paid to waste time at work. Now, it'd make more sense to me if they were bragging about having nothing official to do at work and spending that time working on open-source software or some other personal project (what I spend my time doing).

Why people read blogs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739598)

I've never been a fan of blogs. Too many are just pointless blurbs about someone's life or regurgitated quotes from Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. So many blogs go unread and the authors genuinely don't realize it. Some bloggers are also stuck-up self-proclaimed professionals who author pieces on "why so-and-so is doomed" or "why so-and-so is right," though most such posts lack any sort of evidence or logic.

If I want intelligent commentary, I'll read the 5 score posts on Slashdot. (And I seriously enjoy reading them everyday.)

Slashdot is better than a blog (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739601)

It forces you to come up with something insightful, witty or at least remotely funny to some arbitrary subject, not something you can pick. That's too easy.

And it serves exactly the same purpose: The need to SAY something and have people read it, write lengthy diatribes about something nobody really cares about but still, people will read it.

And unlike conventional blogs, I know people read that junk I write. They mod me down.

Re:Slashdot is better than a blog (1)

TroopaCabra (787941) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740091)

I just read the :junk you wrote". Not everything can be wrapped up in a nutshell as so many try to do. I like the articles sometimes and don't post much at all. I don't need to be heard or get a rating from anyone. ....umm....what were you saying?

Simple (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739614)

Blogs are an easy place to find people who agree with you.

Re:Simple (2, Interesting)

killjoe (766577) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739850)

But maybe that's a good thing. One thing I appreaciated during the current hostilities in the middle east is hearing the arab perpective. If it wasn't for blogs I would not have any chance at all to hear those voices. Same with the iraqi bloggers. I for one really appreciate that ordinary people can report to us what is happening around them. We all know by now not to rely on any government or large news organization to deliver the truth or the whole story. That's not to say the bloggers don't have their spin either but it's refreshing to hear that spin rather then the spin of the rich and powerful.

Re:Simple (1)

SPQR_Julian (967179) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739890)

Or disagree with you, as the situation may be. ;)

Re:Simple (1)

unboring (697886) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739923)

No, they aren't.

Two Words: (1)

cakefart (979626) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739633)

Fart Jokes

What are blogs for? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739676)

for the writer there may be good intentions or just self-importance.
 
Normally I think anyone who reads them without being directly related to the subject matter is just people who want an opinion but can't form their own. Maybe it's like the Discovery Channel Syndrom: you think that watching a half hour program (or reading some random blog) makes you qaulified to give your opinion on any random subject.

Blogs make us feel like someone out there cares... (1)

theocguy85 (989625) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739677)

But they don't! Not really.

I remember the daze... (4, Insightful)

happy_place (632005) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739729)

I remember when folks got online to share information about challenging technological problems... they exchanged code... and shared configuration tips... wanted to hear what other folks were doing... back in the daze of Usenet, you could find all sorts of folks from experts to beginners, and there was no deep psychological basis for those who stuck around to help... we were just glad to have them online... a bunch of nerds... Nowadays, we'd probably call these guys sickos needed to substitute their lack of self-esteem... blah blah blah... Could it be that some folks still do that? --Ray

Re:I remember the daze... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740231)

Could it be that some folks still do that?

Absolutely. They're just web-based now.

I certainly wouldn't consider blogs that type of place, but industry-specific portas seem to be where it's at right now.

There are a couple decent ones in my industry - translation and interpretation. I'm sure that it's this way for the majority of industries where its workers at least feel that they work at a professional level, if not truly represented as such.

why visit a blog? (2, Insightful)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739736)

1: because it covers a topic that interests me.

2: Because it's run/written by someone I know personally or respect.

Those reasons are, although (2) is evolved a bit, the exact same reasons why I would read a newspaper, a book, or a leaflet.

The medium has changed, and analysts feel they need to redefine the same old impulses using new terminology. People don't change that fast. They barely change at all. All that changes is the world they live in.

People like a constant supply of new 'content'. Not everyone requires that it be high quality, the key is 'interesting'.

When I was a teenager this was supplied by hunting through second hand bookshops for old sci-fi books. Now teenagers search the web for interesting stuff to view. It's *exactly* the same thing, with less dust.

Daily Kos statistics (4, Informative)

coyote-san (38515) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739792)

I don't recall the exact details, but Daily Kos has been fighting that "young and male [and uninformed]" meme for some time. In the last survey the age profile was fairly flat, with a modest peak in the 40s (iirc), but with strong response well into the 60s and 70s. Young males, ironically, were underrepresented given their relative abundance and their prime candidacy for bearing the weight of current GOP misadventures on their draft-age shoulders.

The other political blogs I'm on seem to have the same skew, if they report it at all. Technical blogs skew younger, but IIRC even slashdot has a sizeable over-30 and over-40 crowd.

Easy, Mainstream News is Useless Propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15739809)

Of course Im talking about 'political' blogs on the whole here..

Sure I read mainstream newsites, but not for the real news anymore.
Blogs provide a great dynamic way for alternative opinions whereby other readers & the authors can interact & leave comments/links which allows for the creation of human like search engine for linking information.

Kudos and charts (1)

lelitsch (31136) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739856)

First of all, kudos to the author. I haven't checked the numbers or the references, but it looks like a very well researched masters thesis. Certainly a lot better than the normal *expert* analysis.
One minor gripe, though: Why can't anyone--not even Harvard--teach social scientists that if you rank averages from responses that range from 1 (agree strongly) to 7 (disagree strongly) by "best", 1 should be on the freaking top of the charts?
Or even better, teach them to put the x-axes on the neutral answer and have the bars go above and below.

like minded (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739908)

Because you can find people who are passionate about the same things you are passionate about.

My theories (3, Insightful)

gettingbraver (987276) | more than 7 years ago | (#15739932)

1) Some who blog are very good writers and enjoy writing.

2) Some think they are good writers (and aren't) and enjoy writing.

3) Some like to read and can differentiate between 1 and 2.

4) Some who like to read can't differentiate between 1 and 2.

5) Some enjoy the interraction.

6) Some like to get obnoxious and argue with everyone. See 2.

7) Some can learn something.

8) Some think they know everything. See 6.

The Dilbert Blog (1)

orangeacid (909831) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740150)

All blogs should be like the Dilbert Blog [typepad.com] , aka the personal blog of Scott Adams. It has everything that a blog needs, as outlined by a poster above. But I mostly like it because its damn funny, and offers a somewhat detached and alternative outlook on life.

I fucking hate blogs! :D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15740240)

I fucking hate blogs! :D

Google Analytics shows that (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 7 years ago | (#15740314)

50.50% of my readers came to read the blog
49.19% came for History of the Word Fuck
(source [sigg3.net] )

Nuff said?
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