How Blaringly Horny Are You … Really??

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Recent 2020 studies inform us that 40% of the global population don’t read blogs! “Oh my – Gasp Shock Horrors!!” Yet, 60% of all internet users do read blogs and on a regular if not daily basis! “Golly Jeepers Creepers do they really??”

The highest age demograph percentage of creating and activating bloggers [as in make an actual blog] is between the ages of 21 and 35 with a figure of 54%! Those aged below are around the 20% mark and those of the ages of 36 – above 50 hold a combined 26%.

The average age of those reading blogs is 38 – 45. The top three countries with the most blogs being created is … Japan followed by Brazil and then Canada! There are around 31 million bloggers in the USA!

The top five most popular blog genres are … Fashion, Food, Travel, Music, and Lifestyle … with the secondary popular five being Fitness, DIY, Sports, Finance and Politics! Who knew?

Interesting facts ……. yet we still hear cries of those saying blogging is dead!

The most popular read is 7 minutes long – write a post no longer than 7 minutes and you will reap the rewards of endless traffic blaring their horns at you all day every day!

The average blog post in so far as word count according to Google is just under 1500 words and longer word count posts receive bigger hits! Blog posts that include images have more views than those that do not have images! Once upon a time readers wanted plain text and short content but now they want longer content and more pictures!

Each year nearly 2 billion blog posts are created! 2 Billion!!!

Business blogs have huge traffic despite business blogs being reported as a waste of time! By the end of this year it is being forecast that there will be well above 600 million blogs worldwide!!

Nearly 4000 people start a blog every day – not a ‘blog post’ but an actual blog! The most popular term for thinking about creating a blog as a search in Google is “How do l start a blog?” Which is searched for monthly to the tune of 120,000 hits!

WordPress has nearly 80 million blogs and holds second position to the likes of Tumblr in first place with just under 500 million blogs this year!

In comparison to the later 90’s this is astonishing! Why?? Because in the late 90’s there were less than 50 blogs worldwide!

Long worded post titles are now very popular – which is funny because originally this post’s title was ‘If you didn’t already have one, would you have one now and why? The average post takes roughly 3-4 hours to create. [Although considerably longer at times l have noticed with the Block Editor!!]

Just over 40% of readers don’t actually read content irrelevant to whether it is long or short content – they tend to skim. I have noticed that quite a bit myself with readers who comment on posts and l wonder, why did you ask it ‘that’ way’ – did you not read the post?

15% of readers who comment don’t form a response of their own but generate one through reading other comments. The average reading time on a post these days is around 18 – 35 seconds and yet …. the 7 minute read is worked out on the configuration of the average adult reading over 250 words a minute therefore making the average post between 1700 – 1900 words.

50% of bloggers who create posts of between 1700- 2000 words receive up to 50% more hits than those who write posts of less than 500 words!

Most readers like to be entertained and or to learn first and foremost ! Our society craves data, information, trends, talking points – in fact our society craves more digital input than it can physically and mentally cope with and or knows what to do with every day!!

Now all fascinating stuff indeed – but this is a 24 Hour Blog question … so what is it? Well it’s two fold really –

If you did not maintain a blog of your own today would you read blogs and more importantly why and which genres would you read?

With all the information above concerning blog traffic and numbers and hopefully you’ll have seen why the post is titled as it is but ……..

How Blaringly Horny Are You For Blog Traffic … Really??

[As in – how important or how motivated are you for increasing your traffic flow to your blog content and why?]

Let me know below – Thanks – Rory

43 thoughts on “How Blaringly Horny Are You … Really??

  1. I’ve had a blog for 15 years so I can’t answer the question about would I read blogs…it’s been a 15 year habit. as for what kind of blogs I read – personal ones. I like personal stories, I like knowing about someone’s life – and if perchance the person is funny, well now – Laughing is my very most favorite thing to do.

    1. Hey Grace, thanks for commenting ………. so despite it being a 15 year habit – you would ‘still read blogs’ if you weren’t maintaining a blog of your own?’

      1. It’s a way to keep up with my friends I’ve made through blogging, if I had never blogged and met them then I would probably not read blogs because there would be no point to it…If I stop blogging at this point I would still read my friend’s blogs.

        1. A good detailed and honest answer Grace – thank you – by the way tomorrow morning you are one the guest stars for Sunnyunnyday and the music is courtesy of Sandy Nelson – cracking drummer 🙂

  2. I’m surprised fashion blogs are so popular; I would have thought Instagram would be the place to be for that kind of thing.

    I wonder how much of the average word count is influenced by business blogs and professional bloggers doing long-form content because it’s good for SEO.

    I doubt that I’d read blogs if I wasn’t blogging myself, because there wouldn’t be the same mutual interaction and sense of community.

    1. Hey Ashley – well of course l think Google especially likes the concept of SEO on long content as there is more to for the spders to bite into so to speak – but you are also a LC writer as indeed am l.

      The reason l believe IG isn’t used as much for Fashion Blogs is because of the need for longer content to support fashion – but l also believe that with some of these it is more ‘Lifestyle Fashion’.

      I can relate whole heartedly to the last part of your comment.

        1. Hey Ashley – My average stats display me as 500 – 600 words per post – but we both know that many a time l also write longer posts – but WP tells me my averages are x, y and z or from 2017 – 2020 – it is more a case of 352, 275, 573 and 2020 578. Fascinating facts but also l can see a pattern – l don’t use any additional plug-ins for figures just WP .

          I write both short and long content posts and although l know l am a verbal windbag – because of my question posts and Hello posts and so on which are much shorter they balance out my longer posts.

          Admittedly l am writing way less this year than last year – in 2019 l wrote 3,687 posts and so far this year 813 – big huge drop.

          But like you with yours l am also content with my new style of content production 🙂

  3. I found blogs when I went searching for information about families with an autistic child, and autistic adults writing about their lives. I was looking for help, answers, other people who had similar experiences.

    I dont know if I would seek out blogs specifically if I wasn’t blogging. I sorta fell into it, met some folks and stuck around for the social aspect. It’s only been the last 5 months or so that I’ve posted with any regularity.

    So, Mr Powers, or shall I call you Austin? I’m not all that “Horny”. If people find my blog and get something from it, that’s great. But I’m not actively promoting it.
    I’d rather have REAL readers than “skim and like”rs… ya know?

    1. I think we would all prefer real readers, but Angie we all have skim andlikers whatever we do. The reality of any of our figures is roughly 10-15% actual connection.

      5000 followers is still 10-15% connectivity so 750 of those 5000 are regulars on a daily, weekly or monthly time slot. The actual daily figure of connection of say that imagined 5000 qty is around 6-7%.

      You and l maintain what they class as ‘personal ‘ blogs and in terms of popularity as figures would dictate would be we are out of say the top 20 genres around the 17 mark – therefore for us to continually maintain and sustain 10-15% connection is excellent.

        1. Exactly – the factual facts are based on averages – on expectations – on speculations – on data – but many a time what they don’t include is community – they are facts about facts and not facts about people.

          There are many variations to blogs – there are cultural differences to blogs and their bloggers alike – there are likers – readers – commenters – skimmers – writers – authors – tweeters and twitchers – trolls and bots – the list is endless of what makes up for a community of people who happen to read posts.

          These facts display 31 million bloggers in the States but they don’t show 10,000 bloggers in India – this means that instantly culturally there is a difference to blogging in India than there is in the States as an example – this is reflective at times when you start to study the figures.

          It’s all fascinating content – but unlike 20 years ago when blogging was huge in so far as readership and interaction – 20 years later and there are more readers but less interactions because of the sheer volume of data .

          People want to make money from their blogs and that is actually harder than many might believe today than it was a decade of yesterday’s ago.

          Short content writers are pitted against long content writers – reality against creative – business against lifestyle – the fact of the matter is simpler – people will read what they want and skim the rest – if it holds their interests – they read and if only bits of the article do – they skim – and if nothing does then that is an 18 second glance and then they move on.

          It’s all fascinating 🙂

          1. I’ve found that different people follow different bits of my daily posts. But mine is almost like a Soap Opera… they have their preferred “story lines” and characters.
            I’m honestly surprised that people are still interested after 150 something days.

  4. I’ve had blogs since 2004, so it’s not a fad for me. Traffic and stats aren’t that important because I don’t monetize and it doesn’t seem to matter how many visitors I get… no one buys my books!

    1. I was very focused in 2018 on figures, by 2019 l started to pull back and in 2020 l am way back from where l was and am now on the same contunence of my starting year in 2017.

      I am not interested in monetizing this blog although this is a commercial platform blog … but when l get some proper breathing space l want to examine more closely a certain part of your answer Paula – l have not forgotten and Lisa has been working on something to do with it for you 🙂

  5. I almost missed reading this post because of the title because it did not seem “family friendly”.
    I was pleasantly surprised by the actual content. It is a gem of a post about blogging

    As for your question , who doesn’t want more traffic?

    You say longer posts do better and so do Google and the Yoast plug in. When I first launched my blog , my posts used to be 600 to 700 words but hardly anyone read them. I found that my traffic increased once I started posting shorter posts, 200 to 300 words and sometimes even less.
    How do you explain this?

    1. Hey Tanya 🙂

      200- 300 worded posts ok, 1700 – 2000 worded posts ok, 500 – 750 worded posts … ok. Which is better?

      Well Google will tell you longer worded posts are better for SEO – search engine optimisation – l know you know this also as well as ROI – Return on Investment. Terms that are very important, like keywords, hashtags, titles and images – but these are all statistics.

      Two things stats don’t include in configurations are – people and time – they never include community either.

      They don’t always include cultural differences as in what may work for England will not always work for the States or even India or even Australia and or New Zealand … and that list goes on.

      Then we have Likers, Readers, Skimmers and Commenters – ………

      Then we have people with monetized blogs and those who are purely creative with no monetary gain nor interest.

      We have bloggers who think more followers is bigger traffic and those who who think less followers is bigger ……

      As l answered Victor and his valid point about Time and the availability of Time – it comes down to Time – everything usually does.

      A Blogger could create a post of 300 words and receive 50 likes but only 6 genuine and unique comments whilst another could create a post of 750 words with 30 likes and receive 12 unique comments and another again could write a stonker post of 2000 words and receive 19 likes and have 12 – 15 unique comments.

      A blogger could have 2500 followers, 5000 followers, 12000 followers they are still going to share a universal % of interaction from their followers which is between 10 – 15% overall % and 6 – 7% Daily %

      Points l am making is with the sheer volume of content now being produced daily by bloggers across the globe there is now more input and digital data available to readers than ever before – more they can cope with. So – many readers hit like these days over commenting, or they skim read – whatever the size post being read and written about …………. it comes down to one thing and one thing only ………

      Content – is the content interesting, entertaining or educational? Will it keep me hooked, make me cry and or make me laugh? Can l relate to the content to my own life? Will the content make me feel positive, motivated – or remind me l am not alone in this huge world ………… it’s always that Tanya – it’s not how many words are used to create it ……….. it is always if the reader wants to read it whatever the length 🙂

  6. As usual King Rory’s blog always have some thing new. Its a interesting topic and so many informations in the post.
    My blog is only 3 years old and i started it to save most of my pictures as well show it to my friends in general. I never even saw how many added me or followed its just a number i always notice my friends and few closely connected bloggers visited my web page regularly. I read some of the blogs regularly and yours is one as well. I will post a comment only if i find it necessary. Every individual have own choices and interests i believe and it depends on the time they shared with their blog and others. Looking forward to read more interesting topics from you in the coming days. Have a nice Sunday Rory. 👌⚘🙏🌻

    1. Hey Victor – good to see you and also wishing you a lovely Sunday.

      I think your comment is spot on and it also mentions something else which is something many stats do not …….Time. It’s what Time and Available Time people have and this reflects in their reading and commenting behaviour – good point. Many thanks 🙂

  7. The social media side of blogging worries me all the time. How do people cope with 1000s followers, and presumably having to follow 1000s in return – or it wouldn’t be fair, would it? I struggle to keep up with what six different people in my life are doing at any time.

    No, I’m not horny for it. I do my bit and hope it’s okay.

    1. Hey Ian 🙂

      Thanks for commenting – l don’t think it is possible to comfortably respond to 1000’s of following bloggers and there are actualities in so far as what we can respond to easily. I find that by getting to know my regulars and sticking by them the best way – but even with that there are times when l still struggle to keep up with 75 writers on a monthly basis 🙂

      1. My pleasure. 🙂

        I was thinking back to when I was on Blogger, for some years before WP. As far as I remember, there wasn’t any of this follower/following lark. We discovered like-minded bloggers – this was far easier to do than on WP – and you could set up a widget in your blog’s sidebar and hyperlink to those. The usual number was less than 20, a nice size social group. You could see what they were up to, not bombard them with your own rubbish, and it gave new visitors to your blog a visual recommendation to other bloggers similar to you. Isn’t that a better system?

        1. I can see some merit to the system for some platforms but it wouldn’t suit all and more so in today’s social community media world.

          I remember similar systems in the likes of Forums l used to manage.

          But ultimately – follow you, follow me followings always come back to an individual’s preference.

          People don’t have to have large followings, they don’t have to follow back everyone that follows them – l think it comes back to what a writer or a blogger actually wants for their blog? Then they can bespoke or custom their settings to reflect that 🙂

          1. In theory maybe, but how much of an individual’s preference is heavily influenced by the social media they find themselves in and the host’s commercial agenda?
            It isn’t much different to society where the media tends to dumb it down in order to increase the herd for profit.
            I think most bloggers will start following without giving it much thought because that’s how they see, or are told, what blogging is about: building statistics, increasing traffic ad infinitum.

            But you are right. We can still subvert the system if we wish. 🙂

            1. Well, l think that is reflective on many things as a comment Ian.

              Everyone is an indivudual and we each have the capabilities of thinking for ourselves – peer and social media pressure is seen more on the likes of other platforms and not so much blogging where upon you are creating your thoughts and writing with deliberation to be read.

              Blogging isn’t just about stats and traffic to everyone, it’s about people and community and of course there will always be those hyperfocused on stats …………. whilst blogging is social media l would say it is more on an intelligent social community media as opposed to the likes of FB and Twitter which is more for the herd mentality 🙂

              Again, each to their own, is the true beauty of individuality 🙂

  8. I started blogging as part of my recovery from PTSD. I had no desire or thought of people following me. My friends from a writing class I took recommended blogging as a way to write daily and get out your thoughts. I took up the challenge assuming I would stop after the one year of looking for gratitude in my life. Once I really started reading and following other blogs I was overjoyed with the vast different types of blogs that interested me. I feel a connection to many of the people I respond to. I learn so much from so many. I never thought about liking blogs without reading them. That is not who I am. (It kind of feels like cheating.) I tend to write short comments, if any as I usually feel the blog speaks so well for itself.
    After taking time off to take care of my Annie, I was shocked to see I reached the 200 park of followers. It feels kind of strange.
    But as you say, how many are not real people following because they like what I write.
    I write for myself. I enjoy the comments people leave. Even a “hey I liked that.”
    I enjoy the different backgrounds, locations, thought processes, etc. the blogging world provides.
    I did not read many blogs before I started blogging two years ago. Occasionally a blog by some scientists I admired.
    I love this community and now that I am retired I have more time to read more people. If wordPress would just stop screwing with the platform I would be happy.
    I often am unable to like pages. And sometimes I cannot comment.
    Sometimes it won’t save or publish my posts. It is very frustrating to say the least.
    Thanks for all the thought provoking questions and comments.

    1. Hey Lauren, sorry for the later reply, been a strange surreal day and l am still catching up on comments 🙂

      Thank you for such an insightful answer – l really enjoyed reading it or should l say ‘Hey l liked this!” Because l did – many thanks 🙂

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