I was bouncing around the triple W (triple W?) today not paying too much attention about where I was going or how I was getting there when I came across a cnet article titled; Blogging declines among teens, young adults. The title alone was enough to make me head to the article and give it a read. And one thing stood out for me above all the rest. Here’s the excerpt (I’ll even bold it for ya’):
In 2006, 28 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 and young adults ages 18 to 29 were bloggers, according to survey results released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. By the fall of 2009, however, these numbers dropped to 14 percent of teens and 15 percent of young adults. During the same period, the percentage of online adults over 30 who are blogging rose from 7 percent in 2006 to 11 percent in 2009.
See? Us old(er) folks are gaining while the younger crowd head elsewhere. According to the article, that “elsewhere” is Facebook and MySpace but they don’t seem to care for Twitter. I have to give them some credit for that anyway.
You see, somewhere back in my distant blogging past I remember a plethora of complaints opinions from the older blogging crowd about the quality of the content written by the (much) younger crowd. Like the entire lack of it. I even remember some wishing they’d just go away.
Of course some of the older crowd has always been wishing they’d just go away since the very first child on this planet hit 13.
Now I’m not saying I was one of those who thought that bloggers who were in their teens and early twenties should just go away. I’m more of an equal blogging opportunity type of guy when it comes to things like that so I really didn’t have a problem with the (much) younger blogging crowd. As long as they stayed on Blogger it was fine with me.
Besides, I figured that if a youngster could manage to setup his/her own DYI WordPress blog then they deserved to be there quality content or no.
There were always exceptions to the rule of course but they were pretty much few and far between.
So there it is folks. The elders, who are often left behind in every other way shape and form these days (and the other days as well), are actually gaining on the younger set in the art of blogging. At this rate I figure we’ll have the house majority by 2012, yes?