Business Week’s new Blog – Blogspotting – is a great blog to follow. It’s informative (as with the post on Pew Internet research claiming that 9% of internet users now blog!), well written and every now and then outright funny.
Funny as when Stephen Baker discovers that now that he is blogging, his family is thinking that what he’s doing during weekends looks a lot like “work” (I am sure many bloggers go through this phase). Or funny as when he discovers that a new religion blog contains Google ads for meeting “sexy black people” (here). That is better than the one where Prison Pete’s blog (here) shows Google ads for correctional furnishings and pcs inmate phone systems.
I have been resisting to write about why people blog, because so many people do just that. But if it is true that 9% of the US Internet users blog – then that is getting mainstream folks to blog. And that raises the question – why do mainstream people blog?
Some probably like to have their “live” resume out there for everyone to see, some others are probably seeking to build a reputation amongst people whom they don’t know, some see it as part of doing business (e.g., PR professionals, writers, etc.) and many probably look at it as an experiment. When I was discussing this with my friend Pito, he suggested an interesting alternative reason. In this increasingly freelance economy, many are probably using blogs as their “virtual” water cooler. With no one else around to talk about your random brain squalls you post them on your blog and hope that some conversation emerges out of that. I like that!