The Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Conference
at San Antonio, April 7-10, 2004 is having a panel on blogging. They want papers analyzing some aspect of the culture of blogging or presenting critical and informative personal narratives about blogging and are open to submission from non academics. Contact Joseph R. Chaney of the English department at Indiana University South Bend. (574) 237-4870. Fax: (574) 237-4538.
A Perseus study on blog authorship patterns says:
"66.0% of surveyed blogs had not been updated in two months, representing 2.72 million blogs that have been either permanently or temporarily abandoned. ... 1.09 million blogs were one-day wonders, with no postings on subsequent days. The average duration of the remaining 1.63 million abandoned blogs was 126 days (almost four months). A surprising 132,000 blogs were abandoned after being maintained a year or more;"
"Blogs are updated much less often than generally thought. Active blogs were updated on average every 14 days. Only 106,579 of the hosted blogs were updated on average at least once a week. Fewer than 50,000 were updated daily;"
"the typical blog is written by a teenage girl who uses it twice a month to update her friends and classmates on happenings in her life."
New Hillsdale blogs: Erin Mac, Lee Nunn, Brandon Thornton, and Dave Frank.
The Collegian ran an article on blogging - how to and 'dale students and alumn.