The Videojug blogging survey results are out - here's a sample of stats with my comments in italics:
Top Five Reasons For Starting A Blog:
Most people start their blog to either showcase their talent, to educate and help others, as a hobby, for corporate reasons, or purely for the monetary benefit. Madame Arcati was conceived in Barcelona, one of the world wombs of creativity, when its creator sought a new identity for the salvation of sanity. The notion of writing in drag appealed, and the prospect of limited liberation excited. A chicken stuck in a journalistic battery suddenly felt free range.
Bloggers Don’t Enjoy Press Releases:
Recommendations and press releases only consist of 3% of content that bloggers choose to feature. The majority (65.4%) still blog about their personal choice. Madame Arcati deletes most press releases on sight, unread. Spam and other fraud attempts are showcased on my delightful satellite blog, Spam2Arcati.
Sponsored Blog Posts Are Hugely Popular:
The majority (56.5%) stated they would accept payment for a blog entry with the minimum payment ranging from $2 to $1000 per post. Madame Arcati is appalled by this whorish tendency and deplores the use of the US dollar currency.
Bloggers Love Leisure, Food & Drink and Education:
Leisure and Hobbies (29.2%), Food and Drink (17.8%) and Education 17.9%) are the most common blog category subjects. Personally I love breathing, excreting and getting up in the morning. Eating, fucking and listening are also popular with me as are getting dressed and looking for melanoma spots. Oh and I adore the MJ History remix.
Blogs: No Cost, No Profit:
70% of bloggers spend less than $50 running their blog, however a massive 55% don’t have any advertising on their blog. My running costs are zero if I factor out indirect spends such as on my email sub, electricity and my rate-per-hour as a writer whore. The best thing about a blog is beating a team of salaried cunties on a newspaper or magazine - I can't think of one publication that has yet developed a readable blog. This is primarily because a salaried hack confuses blogging with cutting and pasting compromised and self-edited pieces from another medium: free expression is stifled, a pose of writing down detectable. Most journalists are half-educated propagandists who can only assume positions created in thought-moulds by an editor or a proprietor. Even a hypnotist would have their work cut out trying to discover what a hack really thinks about anything.