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Why Are So Many Blogging Today?

Why So Many Blogging Today?

People are blogging more than ever before. Have you ever wondered why that is? In 2012 there were over 100 MILLION blogs. (updated via Cendrine) Wow, imagine we are one of 100+ million? Does that scare you? It shouldn’t. That number is even higher this year according to Cendrine it is around 44 million for WordPress alone and 59 million on Tumblr. Many of the blogs still online may be stagnant. Have you visited a blog recently to find they have NOT posted in months or even years? I find that more with FREE versions like blogger and some Tumblr blogs.

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Reasons for Many Blogging Today

  • To Make Money – Many people start out blogging to make money. Often many are surprised they do not make any money for months and quit blogging. Others try to do different things with their blogs until they do eventually start to make money.

 

  • To Help Businesses Succeed Online – Many businesses realize they need blogging to aid their marketing efforts and be found online. It’s a great way to get to know their customer base yet only 60% of businesses now blog.

 

  • Hobby – Some people start blogging as a hobby. That is how this blog Inspire to Thrive was born. I wanted to share info with a few friends who had websites and were calling me for more information. Check out the latest info now on SEO – this is BIG! Has your site been affected today with this algorithm change?

     

 

  • To Find Another Job – Many people today are looking for work. Blogging is a way to show future employers what you can offer them. It can lead to a whole other career for some. Imagine what a future employer can learn about you from your blog? It can show off more than a resume can or even what a cover letter could tell.

 

  • To Have A Personal Journal – Many blogging like to share their personal journal. I remember Candice once said she blogged about her kids so when they grew up they would be able to read all about it. I wish I had started that years ago.

 

  • To Spread Awareness – Many blogging today started to so for their cause.  Many of you know Bren who now is saving dogs and cats from kill shelters with her Homeless in Delaware site. It is amazing to see how she has built upon her first blog. A cause can really fire up a blogger!

 

When Did You Really Become A Blogger?

The day I realized I became a blogger was just yesterday. I never have really considered myself one prior to this day. I felt more like a sharer. Sharing info that I learned working online. Yesterday I was doing work at my day job and glanced at the wordcount of a word document. “Oh my God”  I thought, it wasn’t anything that needed to be counted (it was my vacation coverage coming soon) but my blogging instincts kicked in. Have you really become a blogger yet?

 If you are in the 40% of businesses that are not yet blogging, check out this infograph below as to why you should consider blogging today. 

 

Blogging: An Option to Reach a Wider Audience and Create Brand Awareness

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

What are your reassons for blogging today and does the number of bloggers scare you at all? Let me know how Google’s latest change has affected you too! 

 

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123 Responses to Why Are So Many Blogging Today?

  • Sudipto
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    says:

    Hey Lisa,
    Nice post and I really enjoyed this post while reading. Yes, many people start blogging to make money but it quiet tough to make money through blogging as it requires lots of hardwork, consistency and patience. For this, we have to start blogging as a hobby and just try to share information which we have to other.
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  • Angela McCall
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    Hey Lisa,

    You already know my story.

    Way back then they didn’t even call this blogging but something like a “live diary” or livejournal. I blog then just mainly for fun and that’s because I love writing. But most of the things I talk about were random things. From sharing a recipe to telling my frustrations to sharing photos of my pets to whatever I feel like sharing that day…

    Now it’s really more precise and niche driven. Rather than me talking so many different things it’s more FOCUS mainly just business. More on the professinal side and serious on making passive income. It’s still fun tho coz I love writing but now I need to do more research and make sure I know what I’m talking about so I don’t look foolish in front of my followers LOL.

    Anyway, we need to write killer contents in order to stand out amoung 100 million bloggers!

    Angela

  • Rohan Mod
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    The only reason is money. At least in india and for some people it is a great way for exposure.
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  • Shemul
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    I am blogging mostly for my hobby for 2 years, then I got serious and now trying to make some money from it. At least to run my site.
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  • Sue Price
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    Hi Lisa

    I love the infograph I must get into using them.

    I still do not think of myself as a blogger and yet I blog on my Sue J Price blog once a week and my Empower blog about 4 times a week. I think it is because I did not set out to be a blogger.

    I started blogging because I wanted to build my Network Marketing company online. I was told I need a “home”.

    I know several people who blog for fun and about hobbies and things they are interested in,

    Yes there are lot of blogs and a lot of ways we can use them. For me I love it is an outlet to use our voice.

    Awesome post Lisa

    Sue

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    • Lisa
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      Thank you Susan. I didn’t think of myself as one either. I started it because of my online store and then really enjoyed blogging. I think those that do it for fun stay in it longer. If the only reason is to make money they will probably tire out before making any. It sounds like you started like me as well. By accident, sometimes unnplanned things are the best, aren’t they Susan? Have a great rest of the week!
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  • Vineet Saxena
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    Wow,
    Why am I blogging?

    1. I love blogging about my niche.
    2. I love to communicate and network with awesome bloggers and humans like you.
    3. I have made so many friends from all the corners of the world.
    4. I am able to support myself financially due to this hobby of mine.
    So why wouldn’t I blog? 😀 😮 😆
    Thanks for this awesome topic Lisa. Completely refreshed me.
    Regards,
    Vineet Saxena
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  • Corina Ramos
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    I know I’ve seen this already but I don’t mind taking another look at this infographic. :). I’m off to read your latest post :).

    I haven’t been on social media to see if you’re back or still on vacation, either way I hope you’re doing great! Miss ya online girlfriend!
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  • Dee Ann Rice
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    Lisa,

    I have seen several infographics lately that tell about blogging and how many people are doing it.

    I love those infographics. It is really amazing isn’t it just how many blogs there are when 25 years ago they virtually did not exist.

    I am blogging to make money or at least that is what I say. I love meeting all of the other bloggers and I love working online.

    I have been blogging for about 2 1/2 years now and love it.

    I am with you though. There are a lot of blogs out there that are dormant. This is especially true in some niches.

    Thanks for the great infographic.

    Dee Ann
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  • Hi

    I understand your reluctance to call yourself a blogger. Other people seem to think I’m an expert when in reality I feel like I just got started. I got into blogging for the business but found myself enjoying it but I really want to blog about things I want, like a hobby.

    Either way, I recognize the importance for business so that’s what I do. It helps that I like it. :)

    Thanks for sharing the infograph.

    Barbara
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  • interesting post lisa. blogging depends upon their nature. Nowadays most bloggers are blogging only to make money. That’s the main reason for stagnant of blogs.
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    • Lisa
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      Raaja, interesting point about those blogs being stagnant. They must have been disappointed and gave up too soon. I’d love to do a survey to see how many years it really takes to start making $100/mo to $1000/mo. from blogging. Thanks for coming by and have a great day and rest of the week.
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  • Khaja Moin
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    Most of them are blogging today for making money this what I think. Directly or indirectly.
    I too started blog to make money but soon I realized that am in love with blogging, so I update those things which make me happy. Not which makes Google happy.

    ~@Khajamoin1
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  • drakes says:

    Well, those really are very big numbers Lisa. Money is the most influential factor why so many people are trying their luck in blogging, though blogging isn’t really about luck but the hard work & dedication. Out of these several millions of blog only few are sticking with this business sincerely. Promoting business is the another factor why people are joining this field as all of us know that coming time is of online business, so all the businesses are making their mark online right now with some great blogs & effectively promoting its product online by sharing it on social networks. Anyways Nice article Lisa.
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  • Samfrank says:

    I started my blog 7 months ago and have loved every second of it. The friends I have made are amazing and I’ve found a true love for social media and everything it has to offer.

    As far as monetization, I haven’t figured out how I’m going to pull it off yet but I have a number of other ideas for blogs and have even started running Twitter accounts for a couple of businesses. It was a great time to get involved and I can’t wait to see what is yet to come!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I became a blogger because I was an affiliate marketer with niche blogs, but blogging that way, quickly bored me to death, because while I love writing, there was no passion with my topics.

    I started really enjoying blogging when I started to write valuable content about what I know and love most.
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Sylviane, interesting. It sure does help if you love what you are blogging about. It keeps you going and it shows through in your posts. Do you still have those niche sites by the way? Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment, have a great day Sylviane.
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  • My Inner Chick says:

    –I believe blogging has become SO popular is because it’s an awesome platform to yell, scream, give your opinion, and have your own space w/out editors, judgers, or inhibitors.

    I mean, people have LOTS to say. Blogging appears to be a safe place to say it.

    I started blogging to mourn, cry, tell my sister’s story…

    but it turned into much more…

    Great post. X

    • Lisa
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      Hi Inner Chick, yes another good point! Giving our opinions without judgement. I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. Most bloggers who stick with it find out it turns into much more, I know I sure did, and was surprised. Thanks for sharing and have a great day and rest of the week ahead.
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  • Liz McGee says:

    There sure are a lot of blogs, no kidding! But even with all the new blogs that come online every week, thousands of them die off.

    Personally I’m a business blogger and my goal is to earn an income with my blog. It doesn’t really scare me that there are so many other bloggers out there. I like the idea of more bloggers because they are my market. They’re the ones I serve.

    Blogging for money is probably one of the biggest reasons for creating a blog. But those blogs are also some of the first blogs to die.

    Blogs can be very profitable but they take time. I don’t know anyone who created a blog and replaced their income within a few weeks. It takes a lot longer than that can be discouraging.

    Google’s changes have affected many of my pages. Some of them have dropped in ranking, however I’ve been focusing a lot on social marketing so I’ve gained some positives there. I really don’t worry too much about Google anymore. The beauty of social marketing and socialization online is that we don’t have to depend on Google as much, we can work at capturing our own traffic and it doesn’t matter what changes Google makes they can’t take that away from us.

    Good post Lisa :-)
    Liz

    • Lisa
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      Hi Liz, I wonder which happens more, new ones or old ones dying off? Great point – you are in the right market then. I would gather it takes a good 3-5 years to really make some money at it, like any other small business, right? I’ve had that happen too with Google especially on my retail sites, down most of year and then last update did wonders for them. Bing is great and growing too and social sure helps us when Google has us down in the dumps. I was saying thank goodness for Pinterest as it was a main driver of traffic a few months back. It’s still great for traffic too. Thank you for coming by and commenting Liz, have an awesome day ahead.
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  • Kumar Gauraw
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    Hello Lisa,
    Awesome infographics with excellent content as usual. Thank you!
    As many people do. it was a hobby to begin with and then I got serious about blogging as I became serious about my personal branding.
    However, once I got serious, I really became serious and then it became a good source of a little side income which continues to grow with each day passing.

    And just like new people being born everyday is what keeps world going, new blogs coming out everyday is what keeps the internet fresh and interesting. I am excited about the growth happening over the web and that brings us a tremendous opportunity to make a difference. I am sure you will agree about that :smile:
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    • Lisa
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      Thank you Kumar. Nice to know from comments you inspired someone else to blog, love reading about that! It is exciting to see the web growing and more opportunities available to all. So getting serious with your blog really generated some income for you? Interesting. What do you mean by serious? Thanks Kumar and have a great day.
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  • Lisa Magoulas
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    Hi Lisa,
    I started blogging just to share some of my personal information. I have now included products on my site, but really haven’t generated an income. Right now I’m just trying to build my audience more than anything. It’s fun and the key is to be consistent. Thanks for this info. Lisa
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  • Adesanmi Adedotun
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    Hi Lisa,

    Limited number of bloggers started blogging for the sake of fun why the larger percentage did blog for the sake of making money which is however the end product of blogging. Many quit not quite long when they started but the fact remain why are you bloggng? For money or passion? This is what differentiate a successful blogger from ordinary blogger.
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Adesanmi, Great point on which differentiates the successful blogger from the ordinary one. Passion keeps the blogger blogging much longer than trying to make money. It’s much harder to make money than most believe when they start out. It takes time, patience and commitment along with a passion. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day ahead.
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  • William Butler
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    Hi Lisa,

    I was encouraged a year ago to start blogging by my friend Kumar Gauraw. As a life coach and writer, I strive to be a great humanitarian. I love to add value to others and live out my motto: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

    I love the fact that there are so many people blogging. I have much to learn, and it’s connecting with others such as yourself, and finding out who they are as a person and what their interests are, that makes it so fascinating.

    I’ve also noticed a recent increase in the use of infographics as a popular tool to create an instant visual in people’s minds. That’s great for the black & white analytical thinkers as well as the creative/expressive types. I’m a hybrid, so I really love it. Thanks for a great post!

    Have an awesome week!
    ~ Bill
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Bill, another nice reason to start – a friend encouraged you. A great addition to the list here. I love connecting with others too and teaching and learning. I always seem to learn when I do a post that teaches, amazes me. Love it! I really like the infographics too. Thanks for coming by Bill and have a great rest of the week.
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  • Donna Merrill
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    Hi Lisa!

    I started blogging because of my clients a few years back. I seen the economic wave of the future going downward. Many of my clients were being down-sized, or were living their lives in fear that they couldn’t get a job or would be fired. At that time, I was writing personal development stuff on my blog and spreading the word to ease the tension of the economic changes.

    Then I stepped into network marketing and found it so interesting that I wanted my clients to have a “back door plan” in case they wanted to do marketing part time to ease their tension.

    Long story short: many of them are on line today with their own businesses. They still come to me for marketing advice but they are growing like wildfire.

    I must say this post came at a timely basis for me because my 82 year old mom is pondering the idea of blogging. She is outlining with pen and pad the “good old days” I think that personal journal of hers would be a great read! So just about everyone is blogging these days, even the over 80 crowd!

    -Donna

    PS That inforgraphic is AWESOME!!!
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    • Lisa
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      What a great reason to start blogging Donna. Oh how nice many are online with their own businesses because of your blog. I haven’t seen many bloggers over 80 so that would be really cool and please share if she does post. Love to get my mom and uncle blogging. I’m glad you liked the infographic – it inspired me to post on this topic. Thanks for your input and added reasons for blogging Donna, have a wonderful day ahead.
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  • Chadrack
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    Hi Lisa,

    Indeed there are different reasons for many blogging. For me it was for the fun and money! I actually wanted a system for making money online while doing what I really love to do, share my knowledge with others. So far, this has been great and though the money aspect is not as big as I expected for now, I’m still enjoying myself doing what I love!
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  • Kita says:

    I started blogging to have a journal and get things off my chest. I still have my personal blog but I am doing the magazine as a way to get some money and to bring something more to people. Great breakdown

    • Lisa
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      Thanks Kita, I have to get back to your magazine and check it out, I liked it. I used to see your stuff on FB but with the changes there I haven’t. I’m finding the only posts of mine that show up more are just text posts… how are you managing with both now? Thanks for coming by and have a great day.
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  • Adam Dukes
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    I have been blogging for 3+ years, but have taken a much more serious approach to it over the last 6 months/. I blog to help small businesses owners use the power of the Internet for their business. After reading thousands of ebooks, gazillions of blog posts and bought hundreds of courses it was time to put my expertise in my blog.

    I am finding the blogging community to be a fun one and have “met” some great people. It is a lot of fun and somewhat addicting :)
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  • Silviu
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    Hi Lisa,

    Your post is serious and full of data and the infographic looks very nice. However, it is also cute and funny. You realized you are a blogger … yesterday? :)

    Well, the trend is normal and still raising. Yes, thousands of blogs come into existence every day but also thousands die. Many bloggers think they will make mountains of gold and jump into blogging with enthusiasm. Then, they realize the amount of work involved and quit.

    The situation is no better in the business world (as you correctly noticed). That’s because a blog is a supplementary task added to the long to do list of a business owner.

    I want to emphasize one particular reason for so many failures: the speed of change. The technology changes so rapidly that it is very hard to keep up. You need to learn a lot. This needs time. When to find out the time to learn about blogging, if you are so pressed by your clients? Also, this need a supplementary capital to invest apart from your brick and mortar business. Many business owners don’t have the money or are reluctant to invest.

    Have a wonderful day
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    • Lisa
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      Yes, odd isn’t it Silviu? I just hit me with looking at that word doument’s word count. I never really considered myself one til then. I wonder which trend is faster, new blogs or old blogs ones dying? You are right about the changes and time to learn and the time to implment them. It can be overwhelming for many to keep up. Thanks for your input and have a great day Silviu.
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  • Mark Ford
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    Hi Lisa

    My blog is there purely as a marketing tool.

    I curate articles that my target market will find useful.

    It’s helped me build a big following on Twitter which helps generate lots of leads.

  • Mark McKnight says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I became a blogger to build some relationships online in my niche. I want to start creating products from my own knowledge to sell and make money and I find that you need a blog in order to have a base for people to find out more about you. Your own blog in a great place to build relationships with people through email, comments, social media, etc.

    • Lisa
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      Hi Mark, yes I agree. It’s a BASE, or a HUB. You can channel them through social network but they have a place that they can go to learn about you, your business or product. Thank you for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Have a great rest of the week Mark.
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  • Tim Bonner
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    Hi Lisa

    I started blogging because I followed a course about setting up your own product online.

    Blogging was something that was covered but not in any great detail and I felt like I was doing the doggy paddle for the first few months.

    I don’t make much money from my main blog. I see it more now as a way to help others, to engage with other bloggers and to build brand and trust.

    It may never make money but I’m trying my best to put things in place so that it might – building a mailing list being one of them. I’m still not comfortable with sending loads of marketing emails though like some of the internet marketers whose list I’m on!

    I have started to make some money on my niche site but I’m sure Google will try and put a spanner in the works at some point! The latest update hasn’t affected my main site but I’m still seeing very erratic traffic on my niche site – loads more expected and then hardly any at all.

    Do I consider myself a blogger? Yes, part time. The rest of the time I’m still a stay at home dad!
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    • Lisa
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      So did the blog come before the product Tim? I’m with you on the emails Tim. Too many and I unsubscribe FAST. You really have a plate full there Tim with full time dad and blogger. Thanks for coming by with your input on this one. Have a great rest of the week Tim.
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  • Chasing Joy
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    I started blogging for hobby. I think I “became a blogger” when my cousin emailed me after a few weeks without a new post from me asking “what’s up with thr blog” then I realized people were expecting ro hear from me.

    Im not sure how the google changes are effecting me.

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  • Babanature says:

    Hello Lisa,
    Ahhh… Really, we have a lot of blogs nowadays and many many new blogs are coming out every seconds of the day. But hey, i am not feeling threatened at all because the online world is just so big to fit all :).
    I started blogging because i know i can help people that needs my help. i never started the blogging thing because of money but the passion i had, started paying me.

    The Google update affected my main blog but favored my 2 other blog, which i feel its still a good thing. :).
    Thanks for this lovely post and do have a nice week start..
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  • Emmanuel
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    Hello Madam Lisa,
    That was interesting and thought provoking post. The infographics accompanying the post says it all.

    Those were interesting revelations!
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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Lisa,

    It’s interesting that you mention word count as a signal that one has become a blogger. I’m sure it wasn’t always that way, at least that’s how it was for me. I used to struggle to get up a measly 300-400 word article. Great insights. It’s important for new bloggers to realize is that blogging is more about the money. It’s about the person you become in the process. :)

    • Lisa
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      Hi Adam, same with me in the beginning. Gosh I had some under 300 words – ouch. I’ve updated them or deleted them in the processs of updating the site. It really does change us in some ways, doesn’t it? I find it helps me communicate better with customers in my day job too. I write better emails,etc. Thanks for coming by and welcome to Inspire to Thrive.
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  • Jeevan Jacob John
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    Hey Lisa,

    I started blogging as a hobby, it still is. I try to maintain it as a hobby (I have seen a lot of bloggers saying that hobby blogging isn’t serious. I disagree. We follow our hobbies because we enjoy them. And, it is important to enjoy blogging).

    I am awed by the number of blogs out there, but like you mentioned, majority of the blogs are either dead or just spam (I am glad that is the case, or the competition would have been fiercer).

    As for making money, I never wanted to do that. But, now I do. My goals are different (well, my long terms goals are the same..back when I started blogging I really didn’t think how this could help me to achieve my long term goal of building a company). Now, I have a plan. Blogging will be my ‘first’ venture – and from there on, I expand 😉 Hopefully everything will go according to plan 😀

    • Lisa
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      I agree with you there Jeevan, there are many serious hobbyists out there right? It certainly is very important to enjoy blogging because you will be spending lots of time doing so. I can’t wait to see your new blog and plan Jeevan. Sounds like you are on the right track. Have a great day and new week ahead.
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  • Adrienne
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    Hey Lisa,

    I think when most of us started out we probably never considered ourselves to be a blogger. I mean I blog and I never did either just like I still don’t consider myself to be a writer. Boy have people really gotten on me for saying both of those over these past few years.

    I guess it’s because I came into blogging using it more as a tool to put me in front of more people so although I definitely was here to make money it wasn’t necessarily through my blog.

    The statistics though continue to amaze me at just how many people are blogging today. Now I’m sure that as many blogs that are created each new day there are just as many that are abandoned. I was even surprised that some of my guest bloggers and I’ve only had them not quite two years now, three have stopped blogging.

    I think it’s a fabulous outlet and anyone who does have a blog should consider ourselves as bloggers. At least we should now and girl, I check my word count all the time now. That’s just too funny.

    Thanks for the infographic Lisa, I love looking at these stats.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Adrienne, interesting point – we probably compare ourselves to the likes of Seth Godin, etc. You are surely a blogger and writer Adrienne and you have a natural flare for it! I’ve actually updated the stats as Cendrine pointed out they are larger. Though I don’t consider all Tumblr blogs to be blogs – many are more like another Twitter account. (Micro-blogging, big difference from 140 characters to 700+ words etc). That’s what made me laugh when I checked a word count on a document that it didn’t matter for. It was as OMG moment. I hope this week sheds light onto your issue on your last post. Good luck!
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  • Churchill Madyavanhu
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    For me blogging is a learning tool. I learn from the stuff that I read (which I do a lot) and writing them down is just a way of consolidating the knowledge. I have been learning like that ever since I started school, so for me blogging just replaced pen and paper. It has also become a way for me to honing my writing skills, which I had been ignoring for almost 15 years until I started blogging.

    Of course, that’s in addition to some of the reasons that you mentioned in your post.
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    • Lisa
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      Interesting Churchhill that it overtook your pencil and pen. I find too now that when I write with a pen or pencil it seems odd and is no longer second nature as it once was. I wonder how the young kids today will find it in the future. Great point that blogging is a learning tool. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day.
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  • Tom Jamieson
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    Hi Lisa – I know what you are saying here. I have come across a lot of blogs that have become stagnant. As far as my own blogging, like you I started blogging to share and disseminate information. I still don’t make any money at it, but hopefully that will change one day. I’m still waiting to see if there will be a substantial impact from the recent algo update, but it doesn’t seem to be too much. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Tom, yes so far I haven’t noticed any changes in past week but past month has been a positive effect for my blogs and websites. I will be closely monitoring this week too. I’ve made little money at it and realize it takes time before that happens. I hope you have a nice week ahead Tom. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment.
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  • Donna
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    I used to think I was a blogger, but I’ve lost focus and I started to feel like all the blogging, tweeting and facebooking was consuming too much of my life. Any ideas for getting back on track?

  • Ed King
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    Good Morning Lisa,

    I started to blog when I really had no clue and started it as a personal space to show my photography work. I had some time where I went on and off with activity and really didn’t understand the value of my own personal space. I’ve always been active on social media and I soon realized as a photographer it was a great source of inspiration the real client was still using search to find a photographer for either prints or business photographer services. The one thing I try not to send is mixed signals but honestly enjoy sharing information about SEO, blogging and other business related information, with my background starting in sales and marketing it has been in my blood to long not to add it to the value of my photography.

    Enjoy the weekend

    Ed
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Ed, Oh yes blogs are great for our own space online. As you know a social network can go down but you have control to keep our blog online (as long as your server doesn’t go down). That’s good that you found ways to expand upon your photography blog with your background too Ed. I’ve been seeing more of your blog now that you are on Triberr (or part of the same tribes as me.) Thanks for coming by and for your input Ed. I did have a great weekend now that it’s almost over and I’m sorry I didn’t see you at Allie’s, you must have left when I came in :) Have a great week ahead!
      Lisa recently posted…Why Are So Many Blogging Today? My Profile

  • Hello Lisa,

    Great post!

    You may want to edit your numbers. There were much more than 31 million blogs in 2012. The actual number was closer to 180 million.
    Cendrine Marrouat recently posted…What the Web Looked Like Before GoogleMy Profile

  • Harleena Singh
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    Hi Lisa,

    Interesting topic of discussion :)

    I liked the infographic that said it all so well. Just like you, I took blogging as a hobby initially and later it turned into a way to help others through my post and the experiences I shared. I wouldn’t call it a full time profession, because that is my writing, – but yes, it takes care of my writing and sharpens those skills, which helps in the long run. More so, to be able to be home with my kids and see them grow, is something I wanted to do foremost, and being home blogging was a great way to do that.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted…How Social Media Can Rock CausesMy Profile

  • Ray says:

    I started back in the good old static html days long before WordPress and other CMS systems even existed. As various CMS systems came about and evolved I used a number of different systems. The main part of my site is not WordPress. It is more article/tutorial based for another platform. I started that because people were constantly asking in a forum related to it how to do this or that. Week after week the same questions came up. So I figured I would start writing how to tutorials that people frequently asked about. That’s how my site originally came about.

    A couple of years ago I added the WordPress blog part to expand and write about other techie ideas and things. I still consider myself more of an article/tutorial writer than a blogger. It has been a challenge trying to do both though. I do enjoy both I just wish I had more free time than what I do.
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Ray, wow – how many years ago was that? My first websites were not wordpress too, there are the retail sites. Not sure I would use WordPress for them. Sounds like you started blogging for same reason as me. I think we all wish for more time when we are blogging, don’t we Ray? There is so much too it, between writing, technical stuff, sharing and using social networks. It is never ending. Have a great day ahead there Ray.
      Lisa recently posted…Why Are So Many Blogging Today? My Profile

      • Ray says:

        A lot of people back then would use free hosting services like angelfire, geocities, and a variety of others. They were nothing compared to some of the more popular free services today, but it did allow us to learn the basics without having to spend a lot of money. You could still create some nice sites, but it was a learning process for most people because it was all new to everyone. At the time paid hosting was expensive, limited in space and features, etc. Domain names were really expensive too. If you wanted your own domain name you had to shell out a lot more than you would today. At the time you could only get a domain name from one company. It was $35 per year with a minimum 2 years. So you had to spend $70 just to get a domain name alone.

        That was 15-18 ish years ago (guessing) when I took an interest and got started.
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        • Lisa
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          Thank you Ray for sheding some light onto what it was like years ago. Good to know! Those free sites like Blogger (as I started with) are good for learn the basics, excellent point. I didn’t realize the costs were higher too. Thanks for the info Ray. Sounds like you got in on the ground floor.
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  • Pramod
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    The main reason why i started blogging is to get as many visitors as i can to my blog . I’ve plans to develop softwares/apps and market it through my blog .Once my blog starts receiving huge traffic then I’ll focus more on the development side . Thanks for sharing the info and Penguin Update .Lets hope that our blogs doesn’t get Affected by Penguin .

    -Pramod
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  • Reginald
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    Hey Lisa

    Let me see. I blog because I love blogging. At times, earning a little does sounds nice honestly speaking. But the truth it, I enjoy writing and blogging. Just a simple passion that I hope could one day be my main job :)
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Great infograph! Really shows how blogging is becoming more and more important.

    I started blogging very recently as part of my IM business but I knew I wouldn’t be making any money from it straight away. My main intention was and still is to share what I’ve learnt and how I got about my business and most of all connect with others and form relationships. I was dreading this whole blogging thing at first – will I have anything interesting to say? Will anyone actually want to read my posts? What if my writing is rubbish? But as I got started it turned out that I actually love it! And I have definitely met some amazing people through it as well.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post :)

    Laura
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    • Lisa
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      Laura, that is the best part about blogging – the wonderful people you meet from all over the world. Something I did not know when I first started either. I wondered the same thing, will anyone read my posts and will it help anyone? I used to dread the technical stuff and c-panel for self hosted WordPress but as each year goes on I get less anxious about it and find a way to learn more things all the time. Another benefit – will improve our minds with all the learning we have to do to keep us with our blogs. Thanks for coming by Laura and I hope you have a wonderful day ahead.
      Lisa recently posted…Why Are So Many Blogging Today? My Profile

  • Bren
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    Great post Lisa! As you stated, people blog for many reasons and some of those niches are HUGE and can be quite intimidating. When I first started blogging, it was to document my journey with my first pit bull PLUS to help share awareness on bully breeds in general. It’s evolved over the years and I’m fairly happy with where it stands at this point. Homeless in Delaware is growing as well. You can’t imagine the number of people who have contacted me from my own shelter telling me how great it is, especially to see our babies being shared all over the web! My Tumblr version of HID is more successful traffic wise and I’m thinking of just continuing on with it. For mass sharing of animals, the microblogging platform makes it so much easier. Thanks for the shoutout btw! :mrgreen:
    Bren recently posted…A Time for Desensitizing and Re-Establishing TrustMy Profile

  • Carol B
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    Great info graph! I started out with full intent on being a blogger. It was my way of honing skills to reenter the job market, as well as share some of my favorite passions. I’m almost two years in, and still doing it! And I even landed a job directly because of my blog. So although my personal blog doesn’t make money, it enabled me to get a job that does!
    Happy weekend!
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  • Atish Ranjan says:

    I started blogging as passion but it also now turned into a business for me but still Passion is there. More people are being attracted towards blogging because its interesting and also they think they will start making money as like other bloggers without knowing the fact that how much hard work that blogger did in the past to achieve all.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted…How I came to Blogging – A Complete StoryMy Profile

  • Corina Ramos
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    That’s a cool infographic! And that sure is a lot of bloggers…just the other day I found out my 16-year-old daughter is a blogger. She’s had a free Tumblr account for a while now. The number of bloggers is kind of intimidating. We have to be on top of our game and be both informative and creative with our blog and content.

    It feels weird describing ourselves as a “blogger” doesn’t it? The day I realized that for myself was kind of weird too….an exciting weird. :)

    I’m blogging for two reasons, to share what I know about making money from home and of course to make money myself. I’m nowhere near making money like seasoned bloggers but I ‘m lovin’ this ride!

    Thanks for sharing this with us Lisa! Hope you’re having a great weekend! :)
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Corina, yes, I liked that one too. Teenagers love Tumblr, keep an eye on her there. It’s great that they are starting young though. Yes – very weird indeed. Me too, not making the money here like I’d like but enjoying the ride which keeps it going, right? You are welcome and so far a good weekend. Went to an animal appreciation day with neice and my great newphew who is 6. Was a lot of fun :) I hope you are enjoying your weekend too!
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  • Pam says:

    It was hobby related at first. Now it’s writing practice for a book I’m stewing over. Regardless, it’s FUN! :)

  • Jen
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    I don’t remember the exact time I started blogging, other than I was going through a rough spot. Mine is more of a personal journal, but I would like to *try* to make money just so I can pay for hosting, possibly professional design, etc.
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  • I started blogging in 2007 as an extension of my online personality on many entertainment and health related forums. I talked about health/fitness with PCOS and loved keeping up with entertainment. I once had a lot of momentum but it varies greatly. I now keep a personal blog with commentary about travel, reviews, and expat life.
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  • Great post, Lisa! That is too funny about you noting the word count. 😀

    On my “main” site, I blog because I like to, which pretty much means I blog when I want to. Although, I will say that I feel as though my blogging there is reaching its purpose point, if you know what I mean. I barely know what I mean, so if you know what I mean, please feel free to share your insights. 😉

    On my business site, I blog specifically to impart information, and with an eye to teach/guide/assist.

    I had no idea there was a Penguin update until I read this post. I don’t know that it’s affected me, so I’m guessing it hasn’t. Maybe? 😯

    Have a great weekend! :-)
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    • Lisa
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      Hi Ellen, Thank you :) I used the Textagram for that quote – thanks to Kim Castleberry. I do know what you mean, you have a focus now where before you floundered (been there, done that). I like the teaching part of blogging and/or sharing. Yes, another update, hoping it’s good. Have more to research. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend Ellen.
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  • Adam
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    Lisa, great post and to be honest I’ve been blogging for a long time, but I only really started to feel like a blogger within the last few months which is probably odd considering that I blog about blogging.

    Penguin 2.1 – wonder how this will play out … I hope it helps Google’s results make sense. I noticed for a particular keyword I was getting beaten by a 4-5 page site with a load of dirty links. Ouch haha.
    Adam recently posted…How to Instantly Make Blogger Outreach and PR Work for YouMy Profile

    • Lisa
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      Hi Adam, nice to see you here from Twitter – love how that Twitter works, don’t you? How many years have you been blogging Adam? I can’t believe I’ve been at this over 3 now. And missed the anniversary. I wonder too. Will be checking sites in the coming days for sure and the good analytics. Hoping for the best. Any idea why yours beaten down?
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  • Enstine Muki
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    says:

    As it becomes increasingly easy to create a blog, I think many will jump on board these coming years. Truth though is some people don’t really have a reason for blogging. I personally blog to generate income and grow my online community. That has been working for me for the past 1 year of blogging.

    Hmmm! Am I a blogger? Well, what do you think about me Lisa? Am I really a blogger?
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  • Okto
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    Hi Lisa,

    I think hobby is the biggest reason why so many blogging today. Besides it’s easy to make blog today where many guidance available.

    Thanks
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