The UrbanDictionary of the web, riddled with memes and trends and other gems of popular Internet culture, defines bloggers as “anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives.”
When blogging first gained popularity the late 1990s, the blogosphere was indeed treated like a public diary of sorts. By the early 2000s, however, a distinction was made between blogging and social networking. In 2002, blogs were embraced by the journalism industry and have since gained increasing notice and respect across the web.
On the other end of the spectrum, social networking sites have long since provided average Internet users with a forum to write about their day-to-day lives. Many platforms, such as Twitter and Tumblr, have striven to close the gap between blogging and networking in a medium dubbed “microblogging.” Although many Internet users maintain personal blogs filled with self-expression, it’s never been easier for professional writers to be recognized for regular contributions to blogs.
Research from 2010 shows that more teens and young adults have taken to the social networking scene, where they can update their friends and followers with their every move made over the course of a day. Meanwhile the percentage of adult bloggers over the age of 30 has risen by nearly 10% since 2006.
Many consider these trends, particularly among teens, to be a result of their access to an overwhelming number of platforms that serve the same purpose. Teens, particularly in cyberspace, have the tendency to jump on the latest craze, and as a result often wind up with memberships to dozens of sites they won’t visit more than once. While not always the case, adults typically benefit from stability in their web presence and are more likely to facilitate & contribute discussions relating to topics outside of their personal lives than the Internet youth.
Regardless of that fashion in which they are used, blogs are read regularly by 77% of active Internet users, and over one million posts are added to the blogosphere within a 24 hour period. Web curators and aggregators have begun to include blogs in their field of focus for these reasons.
In the Best of the Web Blogs Directory, for instance, Internet users can find consistently active, high quality blogs sorted into relevant categories based on content. In addition to timely and newsworthy blogs, the Blogs Directory even offers a home for those used for personal matters. With the ability to subscribe to the RSS feed of blogs directly from listings within the directory, navigating the blogosphere has never been easier.