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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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February 14, 2006

Blog links show something, but what?

Ok you know how you read something and it doesn't really register until you run across it later. Then pow it sinks in with a vengeance. That is what happened with the post from Bamblog's, Survey "Wie ich blogge?!" I had read the post last month but it didn't make it through the haze until today's marathon RSS reading, after I read Jan's comments to the Socnet listserv. These are very interesting stats

The online survey "Wie ich blogge?!" was conducted in October 2005, in cooperation with blog providers,,, and Six Apart Germany. Questions covered various aspects of blogging practices, from motivations and content over issues of anonymity and identity to reading habits, as well as basic sociodemographic information. A special part of the questionnaire aimed at ex-bloggers (e.g. asking for reasons for stopping to blog).

Sampling was in part based on an E-Mail invitation to registered users of (n=980) and (n=96), in part on self-selection through a link banner that circulated through the german-speaking blogosphere (n=4.171). 83,9 percent of respondents are active bloggers, 11,8 percent are "readers only", and 4,3 percent are ex-bloggers (who still read blogs, though). The majority comes from Germany (81,5%), Austria (9,6%) and Switzerland (5,5%). Due to the sampling process, the results will not be statistically representative for the german-speaking blogosphere, but will give a good explorative indication about the state of blogging within those countries.

Here is the heart of Jan's email (reprinted by permission of the author):

I agree that Blogroll links are not as well an indicator of actual blogging practices than links in postings and comments. Just to give an indication of blogrolling practices, here are a couple of findings from a large-scale (N=5.247) survey of the german-speaking blogosphere we've conducted in October 2005 (alas, not published in english yet; some more info:

55.2 percent of all blog authors have a blogroll. On average (median), they include 16 (10) blogs. Older weblogs (> 6 months) have larger blogrolls (avg 20, median 15) than younger ones (avg. 9, median 6).

34% state they modify their blogroll once a month or more often, 45.5 % a couple of times per year, 20.4 % even less regularly. Frequency of blogroll update correlates with age of weblog, with younger weblogs updating the blogroll more often. Both findings indicate that a blogroll gets build primarily in the beginning of one's blogging activitates, while authors build their networks within the blogosphere, but is a less reliable indicator for ties among "older" bloggers.

Where do the blogroll links point to (multiple answers possible)?

  • Weblogs I read regularly: 85,0 percent
  • Weblogs run by friends of mine 60,3 percent
  • Weblogs dealing with similar topics as my own 38,7 percent
  • Weblogs which link to my own weblog 25,6 percent

Posted by prolurkr at February 14, 2006 11:26 AM

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