The Pew Internet & American Life project has a new study out today on the who and why of blogging. Press release here
. Full report in pdf format here
. Commentary by Slate
's Jack Shafer here
. A few highlights from the news release:
54% of bloggers say that they have never published their writing or media creations anywhere else; 44% say they have published elsewhere.
54% of bloggers are under the age of 30.
There is close to gender parity in the blogosphere: women are 46% of bloggers and men 54%.
76% of bloggers say they blog to document their personal experiences and share them with others.
64% of bloggers say a reason they blog is to share practical knowledge or skills with others.
37% of bloggers say that the primary topic of their blog is "my life and experiences."
Also, 34% of bloggers self-identify as journalists. There's an interesting chart on page 11 of the report with answers to questions about journalismesque behaviors (crediting sources, verifying facts, making corrections, getting permission to use copyrighted material, etc.)