How Long You Have been Blogging?
I recently cam across an interesting poll at Problogger. The question asked in the poll was
How Long Have you Been Blogging?
At the time of writing this article 18066 people had responded to that question and the figures were. It has quite a large number of people and I think that sample size should be reasonably adequate.
I came across it when I was reading an article by David Risley titled Why Nobody Cares About Your Blog. I commented on this article and then I thought it would be nice to turn that comment into article for my own readers.
Here are the interesting facts. First the snap shot.
Here are the facts in simple text
- 4426 (24%) people did not have a blog
- 4114 (23%) had it for three months or less
- 1686 (9%) had the blog for 3-6 months
- 1029 (6%) people had their blog for 6-9 months
- 887 (5%)had it for around a year
- 1289 (7%) had for 1-1.5 years
- 1019 (6%) had it for 1.5 to 2 years
- 1317 (7%) had it for 2-3 years
- 782 (4%) for 3-4 years
- 494 (3%) for 4-5 years
- 1023 (6%) for 5 or more years
If you are like me who get difficulty in understanding data, this graph might help you
It is noteworthy that as the duration increases, the number of people decrease.Almost 50% people either do not have a blog or have a less than three months old blog. And th e number further declines sharply at one year.
Except for two peaks at 18 months and 36 months, the number of bloggers show a decline if we take blogs which are less than 5 years old.
That may mean two things
More people have come to blogging recently
Most of people leave blogging within a year and though further decline is slow, there are people who leave after that too.
I guess that both factors matter.
That also leads to another observation.
You face less competition (Though stiffer) as you grow old with your blog.
So here is what I suggest-
Say enough and stay enough
For a blog to survive you need to publish useful content on regular frequency for quite substantial period.
This should be good news to new bloggers and who are planning to start one.
Plan for the long game. Do not put a blog and hope that it would succeed within few weeks of putting it up. Continue writing useful content and continue promoting your content.
As you spend more time with your blog and interact with your readers, you would learn what your audience wants. You also get enough time to come over your weak points by learning within your niche.
Perseverance is the name of game.