Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Talk about competition: Facts on blogging

Many of us find the readership of our blogs to be disappointing. Maybe we should look at the statistics on blogging.

According to WordPress (http://en.wordpress.com/stats/):
* Bloggers produced >36 million new blog posts each month and >63 million comments each month in 2013.
* Over 391 million people viewed more than 14 billion pages of blogs each month in 2013.
* 60% of blogs are in English.

According to my math that means (if everything is even), each of my or your blogs should get about 2 (i.e. 73/36) comments and about 10 (i.e. 391/36) views. Of course, everything isn’t even; the readership of blogs is skewed. My calculations are nonsense, but they make me feel better. Do they make you feel better?

Jeff Bullas published some interesting statistics on blogging in 2012 (http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/08/02/blogging-statistics-facts-and-figures-in-2012-infographic/):
* 81% of bloggers never make more than $100 from blogging.
* 2% spend 1-2 hours blogging per day and make >$150,00 from their blogging from exotic locations.

My only comment is: How do the 2% do it? I really should be studying those elite bloggers.

Maybe it's time to get back to serious writing. My next medical thriller will be published in the next two weeks.  

In Ignore the Pain, epidemiologist Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to participate in a survey of children’s health in Bolivia. Soon someone from her past is chasing her through the Witches’ Market of La Paz, and she fears her new colleagues are controlled by the coca industry of Bolivia.