Old gits of the blogosphere unite

Over the last week we (here, here and here) have delivered the local printed media to a probably undeserved(?) and premature grave; unfortunately (for us self-important bloggers anyroads) it’s not the blogs which are going to be filling the info-gap in the years ahead if, as per usual, Europe falls in line behind the US example:

Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people — particularly the younger generation.

The Internet and American Life Project at the Pew Research Center found that from 2006 to 2009, blogging among children ages 12 to 17 fell by half; now 14 percent of children those ages who use the Internet have blogs. Among 18-to-33-year-olds, the project said in a report last year, blogging dropped two percentage points in 2010 from two years earlier.

I don’t know about you, but the fact that less teenagers are sharing their worldview with us online is not necessarily a blow, it’s the drop in interest in that next age-group which is perhaps the more pertinent.

Is blogging becoming a middle-aged pursuit then? Apparently so:

While the younger generation is losing interest in blogging, people approaching middle age and older are sticking with it. Among 34-to-45-year-olds who use the Internet, the percentage who blog increased six points, to 16 percent, in 2010 from two years earlier, the Pew survey found. Blogging by 46-to-55-year-olds increased five percentage points, to 11 percent, while blogging among 65-to-73-year-olds rose two percentage points, to 8 percent.

I’m going to take a punt here and guess that the majority of Slugger writers and commenters fall into that 34 plus demographic. Which is great. If trends continue that means,  a bit like the politicians in the real world, we can look forward to continuing our enthralling  “internal debate” and thus ignoring and dismissing the angst-ridden rants of those obviously less mature and politically aware than ourselves.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Ive engaged with Politics.ie quite a lot recently. The thing that struck me about reading their message board was how young they appeared to be. And their own exit poll of “how did you vote?” seemed out of touch with the wider sweep of Society (hmmm that seems familiar).
    They themselves seemed to be commenting on it. That the Greens and SF were over-represented.
    There is a danger that having fought thru the late 19th century and early 20th century for universal suffrage that an uber-voter will emerge, or a kind of two tier voters.

    I think Blogging has become “old”. I am much more at ease with “message boards” and I tend to write a Journal rather than Blog. I am more at ease with a handful of readers than appeasing (or preferably antagonising) the Blogosphere.

  • As an old gentleman of leisure I’ve linked my Slugger, NALIL blog and Facebook ‘exchanges’. My blog is more of a journal; I switched off the comment zone to reduce the risk of litigation.

    For me, the more interesting part of Slugger is the comment zone. The latter provides a great outlet for whistleblowers – Slugger bloggers take note, if you haven’t already done so.

    Facebook has given me the opportunity to network with a diverse range of folks; I can also set up a conversation with folks who might not interact with each other, at least not in public.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    I cant imagine anything worse than a diverse range of folks ;).

  • Secret Squirrel

    I’m hopeful that I’ll be allowed to say without fear of a flame war (and neither of you two gents above are in any way being singled out) we can all do a bit better.
    A first time poster’s query sat unanswered for 33 hours.

  • SS, what can one say to someone who uses a squirrel nom-de-plume but – nuts 😉

    fjh, a diverse range of folks fits in with my motto: variety is the spice of life. And there’s nothing quite like a little bit of spice 😉

    My Facebook wall is a veritable social commentary – some of the younger ones use the language of troopers 🙂

  • Secret Squirrel

    Right enough sir. 🙂

  • “The latter provides a great outlet for whistleblowers – Slugger bloggers take note, if you haven’t already done so.”


    I have done a bit of attempted whistle-blowing on the NIHRC in particuliar on my own blog.

    Despite doing my very best re following up and confirming hunches with real data, something can go wrong legally and so I am always dubious about posting it up the findings either here or on Open Unionism where I also contribute.

    It seems a bit off putting someone else in the potential firing line just for the sake of a wider readership.

  • Reading about the sale of the Huffington post, it could be people may be a lot less willing about contributing/blogging or commenting on blogs like slugger if they feel the sites owners are gaining financial advantage from their contributions.

    Not sure if slugger pays it bloggers but the Huff post certainly did not, yet its owner sold the site without a backward glance at its regulars who made it what it was.

    Maybe it is time sites like Slugger were turned into co-operatives, (he says with a straight face)

    As to facebook, I use it sparingly, I feel it is overrated and will go the way of my space etc. I have to agree with FJH, I liked the forums best, but the best of them have become a shadow of themselves as folks deserted them for facebook.

    Unlike a newspaper, which most of us stick with for life, it seems we tire of blogs/forums etc and move on.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    There is something generational about the Internet……AOL, Yahoo Groups/Chat, MySpace (which I tried for a couple of years) before moving to my current Internet “home”.
    Facebook……I just dont get….I have three accounts (maybe even more) for family, wider friends and (I suppose) networking.
    Ive tried Twitter about a year ago and reactivated it…..but its not my style.
    Writing a journal of events does not have to be as “responsible” as a Blog.

  • oneill, if Ministers, senior public officials and people of influence are acting against the wider public interest then IMO its important that their activities are brought to public attention. Care needs to be taken in the presentation of such information.

  • Secret Squirrel

    Nevin, what can one say to someone who plasters his personal data all over his website but – nuts.
    Now we’re even you’ll agree. 🙂

  • SS, apparently I’m unique so any attempt at disguise would be – nuts. Perhaps Mick F feels the same way 🙂

  • fjh, I mainly just use Twitter for promotion.

  • Secret Squirrel

    I couldn’t care less if you were a clone with 100 sisters rudeboy, You were unnecessarily rude to me and I returned the compliment. Now lets both stop this childish exchange and show a little respect to others.

    Putting your personal data all over your website is a nutty idea.

  • “You were unnecessarily rude to me”

    Er, I made a light-hearted joke – as indicated by the emoticon.

  • Secret Squirrel

    If that was the case you would have said so at 9.15pm

    You behaved like a big girl crying in the playground and stated
    perhaps Mick F feels the same way

    You’re pathetic. Now as I’ve said, lets stop this childish exchange and show a little respect for others.

  • “you would have said so at 9.15pm”

    But you didn’t start greetin till 9:30, SS. Up until that point it was merely an exchange of banter, perfectly adult. Nite.

  • Secret Squirrel