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February 7, 2008

You Don’t Get To Be A Billionaire By Blogging

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ReadWriteWeb has a funny, although they didn’t intend it to be funny post up about billionaire bloggers. I had to chuckle a few times, check my pulse and then realize something. You don’t get to be a billionaire by blogging. While you can make good money blogging, billion dollar companies are generally hatched in the hard working factory, or by luck. You probably will see more and more billionaire bloggers but most of them will be billionaires who in their post prime begin blogging. Exceptions to this would be young billionaires like Mark Cuban.

And while the one part of me says this is nonsense. What’s a billion dollars anyhow? If it’s about the money I’d hang up the hat and walk away from the game. I blog because I want to change the world, and the pen is the only way to do that. If I want to make a billion dollars I’d have learned to play baseball, and inject myself with steroids.

What about bloggers who aren’t making a billion dollars but are changing the world? Where’s a list like that….

Jordon Cooper, Canada’s famous religious blogger works in a homeless shelter. Been an inspiration for years. Continues to be just by blogging.

The Homeless Guy, Kevin Barbieux is a Nashville,Tennessee blogger who lives in shelters and shares openly about attempting to transition out of homelessness.

Brownfemipower, a latin feminist attempting to make racial and cultural issues known to the world.

Ellen Lense, Sharing her story of Kenya in attempts to change the world.

What we need is more bloggers willing to change the world, and less billionaire bloggers.

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December 19, 2007

Blogging Continues To Grow Amongst Teens, With Girls Leading The Way

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A recent Pew Internet Internet Poll (pdf) conducted via interviews amongst over 900 parent-child pairs in the United States had some interesting findings when it comes to social media usage and content generation.  One of them was an extension of previously known data, as in 2004 19% of teens were engaged in blogging, whereas now that number is up to 28%.

But there is a split in terms of the sexes.  35% of all online teenage girls were blogging compared to 20% of online teenage boys.  Furthermore, nearly all of the growth since 2004 in blogging amongst teenager has really been due to interest amongst girls: older girls blog more than boys of the same age (38% vs 18%), but younger girls are also blogging more than older boys as well (32% vs. 18%).

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