At ChicagoBoyz, they’ve theorized that — as their title suggests — “Blogging is for old people.” Their readership poll seems to confirm their suspicions, and I find that interesting.

So I’ll put their questions to you guys as well:

So, is blogging the new TV news, something that mainly older people engage in as either writers or readers? Are older people more likely to blog and comment on blogs because they have free time? Or is reader/writer age an irrelevant variable?

And to gain a sense of my readership, I’ll include the following poll:

Thanks for playing!

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8 Responses to Hmmm…

  1. My sense of it is that Twitter and Facebook are for the younger generation. They’d rather post Notes on FB or witticisms in their timeline than put together a blog post.

    The cynic in me also thinks that blogging is too akin to writing, with some of the more normal grammatical rules and expectations.

  2. majormaddog says:

    Never too old to rock and roll!

  3. nightfly says:

    This seems like the sort of poll that will skew older by definition… if you poll any hip new social platform ten years after its initial explosion, you’ll find that it skews older. Younger folks are hitting Twitter and such. You could probably do a similar poll about cell phones – they’re “for old people” now because the younger kids text each other 24/7, barely coming up for air in some cases.

    In ten years Twitter and texting will be for old people, because the Spawn’s peer group will have invented direct brainwave transfer, and they’ll be thinking at each other all day long.

  4. Severian says:

    I’d guess that’s probably right-ish. Sounds truthy, anyway.

    To read a blog post requires a bit of concentration. To write one requires concentration and a grasp of English composition. Both of these things are sorely lacking in the younger generation(s), from what I’ve seen. They’re much more into Twitter, it seems, which baffles me — I don’t think even La Rochefoucauld could’ve said anything worth saying in 160 characters (or whatever it is) or less.

    [Though it does make for some good dorky fun imagining what his might’ve looked like. @SunKingXIV: dude versailles wtf? peasants gonna diss ur heirs lol].

  5. Jeff says:

    The people who deride blogging as uncool or passé often seem genuinely annoyed that anyone still does it. “Everyone’s on Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter,” they insist, demonstrating the gatekeeper impulse that all this new technology was supposed to squelch.

    Still, even if it’s not trendy anymore, blogging isn’t comparable to TV news, because the evening news is archaic and largely irrelevant, whereas new writers and readers continue to enter the blogstream. If age is relevant, then it may not be because “older” people have more free time, but because they have deeper thoughts, more to say, and, perhaps, a desire for the sort of intellectual community that used to be harder to cultivate after one’s twenties.

  6. J. Otto Pohl says:

    Of course blogging is for us old folks. Okay, I am actually only middle aged, but still I am not young any more. I think a lot serious or academic blogging (not necessarily the same thing) actually gained popularity as a substitute for things like list serves and usenet more than it is for television. But, after it devoured these already existing audiences it was unable to expand much. The other blog audiences better fit into later technologies such as facebook and twitter. However, for serious discussion of issues on the internet it hard to beat blogging.

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