Is Blogging No Longer Hip?


According to a new study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, it appears that blogging is no longer “hip” – well at least not for the under-30 set.

There is some very interesting data coming out of this study including the following facts:

  • 1 in 10 internet users has their own blog.  This means there must be about 30 million blogs in the United States.
  • The percentage of users over the age of 30 who maintain a blog is now at 11 % (in 2009) while it was 7% in 2007.
  • The rapid rise of social media including Twitter and Facebook may explain why the appeal of blogging has declined for those under the age of 30.
  • Young folk have become accustomed to the “brevity” inherent with Twitter and status updates.  Over 50% of them now access the Internet via mobile device.
  • But a backlash with the 140-character limit may be growing: sites such as Tumblr and Posterous are becoming more popular for creating quick and easy blogs that offer more characters and more personalization options.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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