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  • Hello… hello… anyone out there?

    by Sunny
    28th September, 2005 at 5:12 am    

    Us bloggers may just be talking to ourselves. The Media Guardian reports that more people know about “dogging” than “blogging”. Wtf? I didn’t know what dogging was.

    Far from blogging being the practice that acolytes predict will turn mainstream media on his head, seven out of 10 people don’t know what a blog is, says the survey, which also found more people are aware of “happy slapping” than podcasting.

    Meanwhile nearly 40% say they understood the expression “dogging” - the practice of watching people have sex in public places sensationalised by the tabloids with the help of Stan Collymore.

    Could it be just us bloggers that end up posting on each other’s entries? Hmmm. Well apparently half of all studies are crap too, I read in the Guardian (can’t find the link).

    So, erm, anyone got an interesting story on how they got into blogging or anyone here not have a blog?

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    1. Al-Hack — on 28th September, 2005 at 1:04 pm  

      Talking to yourself as always eh Sunny?

    2. Richard Smith — on 28th September, 2005 at 1:22 pm  

      According to The Register, it was a “survey of taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers “, which according to Reuters are “often seen as barometers of popular trends”.

      If that is the case, then our society is in much worse trouble than I thought. The fact that only 66% of these “barometers” have heard of Happy Slapping is particularly telling, given the amount of attention this phenomenon has recieved in the broadcast media.

      It seems that Bloggers aren’t reaching Sun and Sport readers. What a tragedy!

    3. Uncleji the media whore — on 28th September, 2005 at 1:27 pm  

      I’m not suprised about the study as blogging requires
      unlimited access to a computer, time, computer knowledge, self disciple blah blah

      I don’t have a blog, because i find it easier and just as useful to contribute in the comments section. Especially that if its a high profile blog like sepia you can get more kudos and more visibilty then attempting to blog badly and rarely.

    4. Al-Hack — on 28th September, 2005 at 1:42 pm  

      Richard - you have to wonder whether these people read the newspapers at all, because I’m sure the Sun has been providing plenty of coverage of ‘happy-slapping’. How can some people be so removed from others I find bizarre. Though admittedly I have had to explain to a lot of my cousins what blogging was :(

    5. Vladimir — on 28th September, 2005 at 2:13 pm  

      If anytrhing this survey tells us, it is that our duty as fans of blogs to spread the word! I have personally only recently in the past 6-8 months realised what blogs really are.

      The way we as individuals (or collectively) can publish our thoughts is a powerful form of media. I predict with the invention of blogs and other sources of information online by 2050 media empires such as one owned by a certain Australian now residing in America will significantly be less of a system where by the right wing can manipulate politics for their own benefit.

      Long live Blogs

    6. Richard Smith — on 28th September, 2005 at 2:55 pm  

      How can some people be so removed from others I find bizarre. Though admittedly I have had to explain to a lot of my cousins what blogging was.

      I was amazed that quite a few people at my Aikido club didn’t know what an iPod was when someone produced one. Quite how anyone can have missed seeing one is beyond me.

      It does seem that, for some people, if you can’t eat it, shag it or fight with it, then it just won’t register on the radar.

    7. Robert Sharp — on 28th September, 2005 at 5:12 pm  

      A lot of people don’t realise that a blog is a type of personal website. Call it a ‘website diary’ and the awareness among taxi drivers (or whoever) would presumably increase.

      More interesting is the fact that most people associate ‘blogging’ with sad “I-cannot-find-any-real-life-friends” geeks. I’ve just started a blog, and this attitude seems to be the prevalent attitude among my friends (real, virtual, and imaginary). As the number of political and issue blogs overtakes the number dedicated to (say) Star Trek, we should see this attitude wane.

    8. aye u 2 o matic — on 28th September, 2005 at 8:29 pm  

      I like to think im pretty computer savvy, hell i work with them everyday!…but i have to be honest i just discovered blogs..a month ago!..there are far tooo many to keep tabs on…most of talking the same stuff…

    9. Don — on 28th September, 2005 at 9:37 pm  

      Stumbled onto blogs a few months ago while looking for a good logical fallacy site via the incomparable and wound up on Butterflies and Wheels.

      There is a lot of ugly, irritating clutter out there but when you find a good blog, well, may I rhapsodise?

      I found that if you have a casual assumption, an unacknowledged prejudice or a sloppy argument then you will be called on it. Sometimes harshly. That sharpens the mind uncommonly.

      I found that there are countless people who look very coldly at what they are told and who question and dig and share.

      I found that people I thought of as ‘us’ could be jerks and people I characterised as ‘them’ could be civilized, thoughtful and worth learning from. (Religious American conservative? try

      I found that when you’d had that kind of day, you could unwind by mixing it with some well-informed hooligans ( Popinjays and Harry’s, if the cap fits…)

      And the information. Ask and it shall be given.

      My fellow bloggers, we are the future. And if we aren’t, it’s the future’s loss.

    10. leon — on 28th September, 2005 at 10:42 pm  

      Heh, bloggers aint the future, podcasters aint even the future; the future belongs to the videocasters….;)

    11. douglas — on 29th September, 2005 at 12:37 am  


      I was introduced to your blog through Harrys Place. In my continuing search for interesting blogs - and yours most certainly fits the bill - I have noticed names in the ‘Comments’ coming up that I have vaguely recognised from reading other, similar minded blogs.

      So, maybe we are just talking to each other.

      It seems to me that your blog is being read by more people, based solely on the range of names in the comments section. It can’t have been said to have taken off yet, but I predict it will!

      It is also worth noting that the blogsphere (I hate that word) can contain violent polemic unlike anything available to the general public since Swifts ‘A Solution to the Irish Question’. We need more of that, IMVHO, than the consensus that the MSM presents.

      Chicken Yoghurt had a brilliant post on where the UK was going that deserves to be fed into the home of every citizen. It is a shame that it probably won’t happen. It is a shame that some of your views are only ‘preaching to the choir’, but it is possible that more folk will read your stuff and be enervated by it. More power to you.


    12. Sunny — on 29th September, 2005 at 1:29 am  

      Hi Douglas, thanks for the vote of confidence and your point is duly noted. Yes, I suspect some of us check similar blogs and post with similar ideas, so maybe there is a limited pool.

      But I think every blog also brings with it a slightly unique audience…. unless of course you start a blog and tell no one about it.

      Almost all of those working with me on this are new to blogs (apart from Rohin I think) and we have told others new to blogs about this too. So I’m thinking, with the start of every new blog, more than one new person gets introduced to the blog world.

    13. Sajini — on 29th September, 2005 at 12:25 pm  

      Blogging is wicked fun - I’ve been using it four years to update people on how I’m doing.

      I got sick of writing the same emails to people I’d left behind to go to uni, ya see.

      One URL on their bookmarks, and they can see what I’m upto at their leisure. If a personal matter arises, we’ve always got email and the phone :D

    14. rizwand — on 29th September, 2005 at 2:49 pm  

      PP brought me to the world of blogging, and I am all the better for it !

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