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why do I blog??

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You end up writing about yourself, since you are a relatively fixed point in this constant interaction with the ideas and facts of the exterior world. And in this sense, the historic form closest to blogs is the diary. But with this difference: a diary is almost always a private matter. Its raw honesty, its dedication to marking life as it happens and remembering life as it was, makes it a terrestrial log. A few diaries are meant to be read by others, of course, just as correspondence could be—but usually posthumously, or as a way to compile facts for a more considered autobiographical rendering. But a blog, unlike a diary, is instantly public. It transforms this most personal and retrospective of forms into a painfully public and immediate one. It combines the confessional genre with the log form and exposes the author in a manner no author has ever been exposed before.

[Why I Blog by Andrew Sullivan, November 2008 Atlantic]


Jenny Shank writes that “Blogs are great vehicles for unedited self-expression, as are newsy Christmas letters, and even self-published nonfiction books on overly specific topics, such as the mating habits of Red-winged Blackbirds in Northern Colorado, about which I know a little.”

What am I doing here?

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Blogging through the ages . . .

There’s not a lot of research about seniors and blogging, partly because the phenomenon appears to be fairly new and partly because blogger demographics are hard to pin down. (Who knows whether that 75-year-old blogger is actually a 20-year-old college student?) What data there are suggest that most bloggers are teenagers and young adults: According to Web-use research company Perseus Development Corp., more than 90 percent of blogs are created by people under 30. Which stands to reason. Who else has enough time on their hands to sit around blogging?

Oh, yeah. Seniors. Retirees. Empty-nesters.

From a 2005 study:

“Only 0.3 percent of the Internet’s estimated 53.4 million bloggers are age 50 or older according to a recent study by Perseus, a Web survey firm …”.

So – I ask the question:  What am I doing here??

Is Social Media just for young folks?

2009 – The Guardian reported that Facebook and other social media sites are being overrun by older users… “the surest way to kill a youth trend.” And sure enough, younger users are heading for the exits:

Although their love of being online shows no sign of abating, the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds who have a profile on a social networking site has dropped for the first time – from 55% at the start of last year to 50% this year. In contrast, 46% of 25- to 34-year-olds are now regularly checking up on sites such as Facebook compared with 40% last year.