How big is it?

Dave Sifry updates his invaluable State of the Blogosphere. The summary:

# Technorati now tracks over 27.2 Million blogs
# The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months
# It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
# On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
# 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
# Spings (Spam Pings) can sometimes account for as much as 60% of the total daily pings Technorati receives
# Sophisticated spam management tools eliminate the spings and find that about 9% of new blogs are spam or machine generated
# Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour
# Over 81 Million posts with tags since January 2005, increasing by 400,000 per day

  • I started blogging about 2 1/2 months ago and I must say I am very addicted to it. I now read almost nothing but blogs and some news. The information I find on my chosen list is invaluable. I find that when the real workers of the world (in my case real software engineers) write about things it is a lot more detailed and correct than the average author/want-to-be coder. Blogs give me incite to whats happening now in developers lives, not 2 years ago. I am seeing instant trends versus waiting 5 months before it shows up in Dr. Dobbs. I have worked for a few companies and was the “go to” guy in all of them. I now blog what I am doing or reading and am amazed by the reception the posts have gotten from my small community.

    I hope I make it past the 3 month mark!

  • Amazing. And what’s more amazing is to think these 27.2 MM blogs. My blog gets on average 2000 hits a day and has about 1000 daily readers. And I consider myself a smallish blog. People like Andrew Sullivan, Daily Kos, etc. influence the masses. Crazy… They have readerships that rival the New York Times. It’s impressive…

  • This is interesting and rather sobering. I celebrated the first anniversary of my blog on February 3, 2006. I guess I’m ahead of the curve in terms of endurance, but still just a drop in a vast ocean.