Kicking Off the State of the Blogging Universe Survey and Series

blogosphereIt’s been 18 months since the last time we did a blog series about blogging (31 Days to Build a Better Blog). And while I wouldn’t say there have been any earth-shattering changes to rock the blogosphere since then, there have been some significant gradual shifts that have changed the blogging landscape.

  • On the one hand, Facebook and Twitter continue to grow rapidly and the number of people who use social media far exceeds the number of people blogging or even reading blogs.
  • Yet, as more people use social media it provides additional opportunities to share blog posts with them.
  • However, as more and more people share more and more content with each other, it’s become more difficult for bloggers to consistently engaged with people.

So, blogging still on the rise or is it on the decline?

Is blogging still an effective tool for making connections, communicating and marketing?

Before we address those questions, I’d like to help us all get a better idea of the state of the blogosphere by conducting a survey.

Then for the next 4 weeks we’ll tackle topics like why blogging is harder than ever, whether you should start blogging, continue blogging or quit blogging, my top 4 blogging tips, and the best blogging platform. We’ll examine blogging success stories. And we’ll wrap things up by analyzing the survey results on December 21.

Please take 5 minutes and complete this State of the Blogging Universe Survey

Then please share a link to the survey on Facebook and Twitter. The more people that complete the survey, the better the results we’ll all get from it.

To provide a little added incentive, if you share this post on any social network – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon, Digg, whatever – go ahead and introduce yourself in a comment below and include a link to any website, blog or social media profile you’d like others to know about.

Posts in the State of the Blogging Universe Series (added when published)

  1. This post
  2. What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Blogs?
  3. 10 Reasons Blogs Fail
  4. Is Blogging Still Worth It?
  5. What’s the Best Blogging Platform?
  6. How to Choose the Best Blog Hosting for Your Blog
  7. The Best Blogging Tips
  8. Blog Tip #1: Focus on Your Passion
  9. Blog Tip #2: Plan for Consistency
  10. Blog Tip #3: Engage with Your Readers
  11. Blog Tip #4: Lead Your Niche
  12. 5 Insights from the State of the Blogging Universe Survey

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

19 Responses to “Kicking Off the State of the Blogging Universe Survey and Series”

  1. Thanks for the email! I saw your original tweet about it, then got distracted. Anyway, I completed your survey, I hope it'll be helpful.

  2. Tweeted this post. I'm curious to learn the results.

    My own blog went into a one-year hiatus of near silence. It felt like God sat on me, until I could learn peace at doing nothing other than experiencing his love. But now I'm back! http://www.blogoneanother.com/

    • PaulSteinbrueck Dec 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Jon, thanks for sharing that. Because consistency and engagement matter's so much, I think it's really tough to step away even if we sense God calling us to do that. That's a topic that would make for a great blog post.

  3. I continue to blog and still am having good readership on a weekly basis <a href="http://(http://untothehills.net,” target=”_blank”>(http://untothehills.net, but am now interfacing more and more with both twitter and my Facebook. I believe blogging will continue to be relevant but it will need to interact with the social media sites (like Linkden or Facebook) to keep its readership up.

  4. Wanda Simpson Dec 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I love the bloggers I follow. I have witnessed such passion and creativity. I have registered a name, written my home page, but haven't moved forward with the writing. Procrastination must stop! I help with my church's website and maintain their FB and Twitter accounts. Take a look! https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouseFMC

  5. Completed the survey, for some reason my interest in blogging has tapered. I must be too busy. This has got to stop. Thanks Paul for always being interested.

  6. PaulSteinbrueck Dec 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Thanks Ohakosim!

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