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10 people for dinner

Desperate readers will read EVERYTHING within reach. Having finished two novels on a recent flight, I perused the Southwest Airlines Spirit flight magazine (October, 2007 Vol. 16, #10, pp 90-95) and found Daniel Radosh‘ article "Everyone should blog."

I was unable to locate Radosh’ article online, but did read Tina’s blog about stumbling upon this article (much as I did) with a business perspective to blogging. (I’m glad I spent time thinking deeply about the article while on the plane because I don’t agree with everything in his blog.)

According to Radosh a "recent PEW internet survey found that only 13% of bloggers report having more than 100 readers daily; most have fewer than ten."

Lest you be discouraged, Radosh puts this into perspective "If you held a dinner party every night and talked to ten people at each one, you’d be Mr. or Ms. Popularity." Aha! I interpret this to mean the conversation is important and the statistics are not really that important a factor for judging impact. Don’t sweat small numbers of readers or commentors.

Another fact I found fascinating in the PEW internet survey involved blogging as the first foray to authorship. "Sixty-two percent of bloggers did not have a personal website before launching their blog and 54% of bloggers had not published their writing or media creations anywhere else, either online or offline."

If you have been passively reading blogs without making any comments, the time is now to begin writing. Start by posting a simple comment on someone’s blog that you read today. Just let them know you were at the dinner party. Then think about what you have to contribute to the edubiblioblogosphere.