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The state of the blogosphere according to Technorati: 2009 edition

Technorati has unveiled its annual report on the state of the blogging world. 2900 bloggers were surveyed. Half of the respondents were based in the U.S.A.

Details of the report will be disclosed over five days, according to the following subjects:

Day 1 – Who Are the Bloggers?

Day 2 – The What and Why of Blogging

Day 3 – The How of Blogging

Day 4 – Monetization And Revenue Generation: Brands in the Blogosphere

Day 5 – 2009 Trends: Political Impact of Blogging, Twitter Usage

A few revealing stats on this first day of the unveiling of the report:

• Two-thirds are male
• 60% are 18-44
• The majority are more affluent and educated than the general population
•  75% have college degrees
•  40% have graduate degrees
•  One in three has an annual household income of $75K+
•  One in four has an annual household income of $100K+
•  Professional and self-employed bloggers are more affluent: nearly half have an annual household income of $75,000 and one third topped the $100,000 level
• More than half are married
• More than half are parents
• Half are employed full time, however ¾ of professional bloggers are employed full time.
• 86% have been blogging for at least a year.
• About half of respondents have written blogs before the one the one they write now, as have 60% of the self-employed.
• 35 percent of all respondents have worked within the traditional media as a writer, reporter, producer, or on-air personality.

Yes, Virginia, it would indeed seem that it is possible to blog AND have a full life. Or a busy one, at least.

UPDATE: Day 2 of the report is now online. I’ll continue to add links above through the week, as results become available.

Douglas Institute : Making great use of social media

The Douglas is a world-class institute, affiliated with McGill University and the World Health Organisation, which treats people suffering from mental illness and offers them hope and cure. Its teams of specialists and researchers continually advance scientific knowledge, integrate it into patient care, and share it with the community to increase awareness and thereby eliminate stigma around mental illness.

The Douglas Institute has been quietly experimenting with social media in interesting ways. Marie-France Coutu and her team have created what I would consider to be an evolved online media kit, making use of YouTube, flickr, Google video and podcasting to provide media with a dynamic information package relating to Alzheimer’s disease. Launched in January, in support of Alzheimer Awareness Month, this social media press kit is a terrific example of how PR specialists and their internal or external clients can make great use of new communications platforms.

The Douglas has also launched a series of blogs and podcasts, with experts providing insight on mental health to the community.

According to the website, Douglas blogs must meet one of the following objectives :

  • Educate the public about mental health issues to demystify mental illness.
  • Share knowledge about mental health (in care, research or teaching) with workers and scientists in the health field.

I can’t wait to see where they go with this and I’m hoping the Douglas PR team will accept to share their key learnings at an upcoming 3e mardi Third Tuesday Montreal.