graph showing gender gap between male and female bloggersBloggers come from all walks of life.

In fact, many people enjoy blogging as it is nondiscriminatory.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, rich or poor, old or young, educated or not; the door to blogging is open.

However, it appears more men walk through the door to blogging than women.

Today’s Lesson

Technorati recently released their “State of the Blogosphere 2009” findings.

From a questionnaire to which 2900 bloggers responded, Technorati compiled an extremely comprehensive report which includes (but in not limited to) the following information with regard to bloggers and blogging:

  1. • Two-thirds are male
    • 60% are 18-44
    • The majority are more affluent and educated than the general population
    ~ 75% have college degrees…
    ~ One in three has an annual household income of $75K+…
    • More than half are married
    • More than half are parents…

  2. Listed below are other fascinating quotes from the report:

  3. One in five bloggers report updating on a daily basis. The most common rate of updating is 2-3 times per week.

  4. Bloggers use Twitter much more than does the general population.

  5. Contrary to blogging’s image as a circular firing gallery, bloggers are most likely to describe themselves as “sincere” (75%). Just 16% describe themselves as snarky.

  6. …Most bloggers who are making money from their blogs are generally doing so as entrepreneurs by hosting advertising on their own sites and by using their blogs to drive speaking engagements and traditional media assignments.

  7. …Only 2% of all respondents say that they don’t know how their blog was built. And a healthy 13% say that they built their blogs themselves from scratch….

  8. 63% of respondents say that blogging has led them to become more involved with things they’re passionate about as a result of blogging.

  9. The key driver of decreased blogging is an increase of work and family commitments, which is reported as a factor by 64% of those who are blogging less….

  10. Under “types of bloggers” those listed are:

  11. Hobbyists. Representing 72% of the respondents to this survey, hobbyists say that they blog for fun. They don’t make any money from their blogging – and only some would like to do so. More than any other group, though, Hobbyists say they blog to express their “personal musings” (53%)…. Because 76% blog to speak their minds, their main success metric is personal satisfaction (76%).

Hobbyists are followed by part time bloggers, self employed and then the pros.

Ten percent of the self employed stated they blog 40 hours a week (or more), whereas the

Pros. The smallest cohort, representing just 4% of respondents, pros say they “blog full-time for a company or organization” — though actually very few of them actually report spending a full 40 hours per week blogging.

This is just a sampling of what can be found in this great report. Not only does Technorati list more detailed information on the above topics, it goes on to discuss subjects such as average page views per month, how bloggers are changing the way they blog, how much money bloggers are earning, the future of blogging and much, much more.

Today’s Assignment

Based on the above data, how do you rank?

Did you see anything surprising in the data?

Do you suspect women may soon be closing the gap?

Raise you hand and let’s talk blogging.

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P.S. The complete State of the Blogosphere survey can be viewed at Technorati. Included in the survey are numerous other facts and figures plus interviews with well known bloggers such as Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post, and Seth Godin

Special thanks to Technorati and authors Jennifer McLean and Matt Sussman for compiling this thorough and valuable report.

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  1. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Great breakdown of the data.

    > Ten percent of the self employed stated they blog 40 hours a week
    That surprised me.

    I also thought the female percentage would be higher because of Mommy blogger’s, but I don’t know much about the scope of the audience for the survey.

    I like the fact that blogging is an arena where anybody can rise above.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you J.D.,

      I’m curious about the audience for this survey, as well. Ironically I was asked to participate, but ran out of time to complete the survey.

  2. Hi Barbara – This is fascinating info. Thanks for sharing it. When I have a moment I’ll read the whole thing. Its timing is serendipitous, because just today I was thinking about several points mentioned in the report. Like, is it my imagination that there seem to be so many blogs by men? (Guess not). Makes me wonder if the population of blog readers trends male too. And the point about bloggers using twitter more than the general population – I’ve been curious about that. Very few of my clients use twitter, and I’ve never jumped in myself. Not sure it would do much for me other than add another thing to keep up with. Plus I wonder how bloggers got by before twitter, considering it’s still in its infancy. The last thing that caught my eye – the profile of those who actually make money blogging, and that only 4% of bloggers are pros. Kind of puts it all into perspective.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patty,

      Yes. There is a lot of information in this study, and I just highlighted a very small portion. Re: Twitter. I reluctantly joined at the end of last year and find it’s one of those things you can participate in as much, or as little as you like. So far, it’s been a good investment of my time.

  3. I suspect women are blogging almost as much as men – they just don’t sign up for technorati as much.

    Other than that these stats don’t surprise me.
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    • CarlaNo Gravatar says:

      @Katinka – That’s probably true because I didn’t know about the survey until now. I signed up for Technorati, but haven’t used in a very long time due to social networking burn out!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Katinka,

      That’s true. If the women don’t sign up for Technorati, they won’t get included in the study. Also, I think there’s something like 15 million blogs being tracked by Technorati, so in actuality 2900 is a very small sampling.

  4. I do notice more male authored blogs than female. I also notice that the women out there blogging seem to do a better job of it – on average – than the men who maintain blogs. I wonder how much Adsense and affiliate marketing plays into this picture? Do you think that there may be more men looking to earn money from blogging than women?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kevin,

      I love what you said, “…women out there blogging seem to do a better job of it – on average…” You’re a guy after my own heart. 🙂

      In response to your question, I suspect more men hope to earn money from blogging than women. Some of that “Mars/Venus” may trickle into blogosphere, too.

  5. DaphneNo Gravatar says:

    Great summary of the data, Barbara, thank you. I was also surprised that men make up 2/3 of the blogging world. I assumed it was the other way around. I am definitely in the Hobbyist category, writing about my own things, not planning on making money blogging.

    I would love to see a breakdown of the gender balance in the types of blogs out there (political, self-help, mommy, etc.). It may be that the types of blogs I read are dominated by women, which is why my sense was skewed. I’m also curious about the gender breakdown of the readership of the blogs.

    Thanks for posting this!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Daphne,

      That’s true. It really does depend on the types of blogs we read that will determine if we think more women or men are blogging. Even when I look at the comments just on this post, they are dominated by the girls. Hmmm…

  6. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    “One in five bloggers report updating on a daily basis. The most common rate of updating is 2-3 times per week.” Wow. We all have a lot to say!

    Thank you for this great overview, Barbara!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Lori,

      That is a lot of posts being published, isn’t it? And in the survey it shows how some bloggers are posting multiple times each day. How they do that is beyond me.

  7. DotNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be interested in seeing more of a gender breakdown. I wonder if they have more. I’ve long suspected that male probloggers go about things in a different way than female probloggers do (or would), and there are probably other differences as well.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dot,

      Unfortunately in the survey they only show male and female. Then it gets broken down by age, income, etc.

      Yes, men probably do blog somewhat different women.

  8. Actually, I am surprised they say more men are blogging than women. Interesting. It seems like more women would be blogging instead. Hmmm…

    Loved reading the information here. 😀

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Michele,

      That is pretty interesting, isn’t it? I thought the percentages would be closer, but who knows how accurate the information is – as it is only from one source.

  9. Wow. This is really interesting. As you may or may not know, I studied gender so I’m very intrigued by this type of stuff. For whatever reason, I assumed that there were more female bloggers than males. Guess I was wrong about that one!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dani,

      No. I didn’t know you studied gender.

      Like I mentioned to Michele, this is just one survey, so I don’t think we can assume it’s totally accurate.

  10. I wonder if the data about women blogging isn’t a little misleading? Many younger women have been blogging for almost a decade on platforms like LiveJournal, and I suspect that those are not included in Technorati.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hayden,

      That’s true. If a blogger isn’t signed up for Technorati, they wouldn’t be invited to participate in the survey. I’d like to see someone else come up with a similar report – like Google.

  11. Wow this is good stuff. Leave it to you to do the hunting and bring home dinner!
    My first thought was there are ways I can increase my visibility by doing some of the things more and better than the majority.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Tess,

      You say the nicest things. 🙂 I like your thought process. There’s a lot we can learn from the information that is shared in the survey.

  12. I was surprised too. I assumed it was 50-50. Interesting.
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  13. Mrs. MicahNo Gravatar says:

    I think there may be more women with small blogs who aren’t being counted.

    But the number doesn’t really surprise me. I think that, as men often get an advantage from having wives who take care of the kids, food, house, etc, in their careers, many are also getting it in their blogs. Since my husband & I both work, no kids, we split things about 50/50. But from talking with many male bloggers, I get the impression that their wife does most/all of the cleaning, childcare, etc, leaving them with more time to pursue blogging.

    I’m not saying that all male bloggers are able to do so because the female partner has taken on the household tasks they might otherwise be doing, but this the impression I’m given by a segment (a successful segment, at that).
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mrs. Micah,

      You raise a good point. And add to that how some males feel they need to be the bread winner. If a wife thinks her husband can make some extra money online, all the better (especially if she has no interest in blogging).

      I know Darren’s wife (Problogger) gave him a time frame to either make money blogging or he would have to quit. And we know how that turned out.

  14. I think Katinka makes a good point, as echoed by Hayden — more men on Technorati, “Techno” being the key part there. I would imagine if a survey were done of Blogger blogs, the results would differ greatly than what we see here.

    I was not surprised about the Twitter stat as savvy bloggers know it’s a great tool for blog promotion. I need to get savvy! (er)
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    • CarlaNo Gravatar says:

      I’ve rarely seen a Blogger blog run by men. It happens, but most of the Blogger based blogs I’ve seen were by women. So I agree with Patricia that if the survey would passed around to the folks on Blogger and hosted blogs (many of those people are probably not on Technorati either) the results would probably be a little different.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jannie,

      Yes, more men seem to be “techies” than women so that may also be a part of it. Even when I watch videos from the blog conferences, the rooms seem to be dominated by males. I don’t know if that’s because the women are staying home taking care of the kids/jobs and can’t attend, or if there are that many more men that deeply involved in blogging.

      I agree with what both you and Carla are saying. If a survey were done on authors who have Blogger blogs, the results could be completely different.

  15. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Fascinating Barbara,
    I thought there would be more female bloggers than the percentage shows!
    I am sad to say that I did not build my blog myself…and the technology part is still overwhelming to me.

    I think the mainstream female magazine readers have not discovered reading on the blogs and SU….most of the women my age are still terrified to order off the internet – even books – let alone pay their bills and are thrilled at getting 82 million trees in the form of catalogs each Holiday season…As Friar said on Vered’s post – women need to stop buying these magazines…and keeping them going…
    Long time in coming – I think, by then men will be doing something else and women will be in the majority on blogs…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      That’s true. When we look at the female population that is older, many either aren’t on a computer, or if they are, may be terrified because they don’t understand it all.

      I love how you said, “[women] are thrilled at getting 82 million trees in the form of catalogs each Holiday season. You’re too funny. 😆

  16. Wilma HamNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm, I have no idea what to make of this information yet.
    What does it mean that more men than women blog?
    However it is interesting that of the famous bloggers you mention two are men and one is a women?
    If I think of famous bloggers most I know are men?!
    Hmm, still do not know what to make of this all?
    I will keep reading the comments and see what they reveal.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Wilma,

      How I see it is based on this survey, men are leading women in blogging. Not that their blogs are better than ours, but maybe they’re quicker to jump on the bandwagon. Plus, they may be more aggressive in getting their name out there, etc…

  17. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say most bloggers who are making (serious) money from their blogs are doing so, by selling e-books and webinars, to teach other bloggers how to make money from THEIR blogs.

    Charles Ponzi would be proud… 😉

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Friar,

      You could be close to being right. Do you think Charles would be blogging if he were alive today? Probably, hey? 🙂

  18. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    What a great report to see how bloggers are categorized.

    I would of thought that there would be more females but isn’t this a normal trend in the beginning? I truly believe that the females will overtake this category once they are informed about Technorati and close this gap!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      I agree. Women seem to be “catching on” to blogging. Oddly enough, the percentages were about the same in the 2008 survey, so it will be interesting to see how the blogging landscape looks in 2010. (according to Technorati).

  19. PeacefulWmn9No Gravatar says:

    Very interesting stats! Where do I rank?

    Part-time blogger — Self-employed freelance writer and editor (don’t always judge my editing skills by my writing–blush!!)
    Earn more from freelance writing than blogging
    Would blog even if I never earned a dime
    College — Check
    Married — Not any more
    Parent — Check
    Grandparent — Check (thought I’d throw that into the mix for fun)
    Over 75K — I wish lol
    Sincere — Double check
    18-44 — not for a while now lol
    Updates — dropped from 4-5 times a week to one or two, as I’ve added building two new websites to my agend
    Twitter — Yessum

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Karen,

      I love how you threw the grandparent category in. I could say check to that one, too.

      Like you, I did like the “sincere” part of the survey. I was actually surprised that some admitted they are “snarky”.

  20. elmotNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, these are valuable information! With a very formal researches about blogging, this infos from Technorati provides us with a good and understanding of the present situation of blogging.

    I think women may soon race up tightly with men in blogging, especially those stay-at-home moms.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Elmot,

      This is good information, isn’t it. And, if you have a chance to read the complete survey, it does include a lot more helpful information.

      I’m with you. I believe women will close the gap – if they haven’t already.

  21. ToddNo Gravatar says:

    Those are definitely interesting statistics. My only qualm with the data is that the results are somewhat skewed by those who responded to the survey itself.

    I wonder if the ratios would be different if “every” blogger on the planet took the survey. 🙂
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Todd,

      Yes, I’m sure the results would be A LOT different if every blogger participated. Plus, those who participated, how do we know they were being completely honest? Although the data may be somewhat skewed, it is fascinating, isn’t it?

  22. Alicia MergoNo Gravatar says:

    Those results are (to be honest) not really surprising. It is obvious that men are the main web users and main passionate blog owners. Some of them are of course trying to earn money from internet but the most of bloggers still are doing this because of their need of sharing thoughts with other people.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Alicia,

      It does seem like (some) men are more tech savvy, but I think women can be just as passionate about their blogs (and what they share). With that said though, I see more men admitting they want to make money online, whereas (some) women are content to write and/or use their blog as a stepping stone to a book deal, freelancing or some other type of “gig”.

  23. It doesn’t surprise me that so few bloggers actually make a living from blogging. The claims we hear about riches from blogging really are a few people with really good information distribution. 😉

    What doesn’t surprise me with is the affluence of bloggers. We tend to be upper-middle class folks and forget that we represent a infinitesimally small percentage of the world population…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Alex,

      That was a fascinating fact, wasn’t it? Those making a decent living at blogging are actually a small fraction of the bloggers. My guess is blogging instead leads to other opportunities in real life – just like what you’re doing.

      And yes, bloggers are only a small fraction of the world population. (for now, anyway)

  24. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. interesting topic .. I agree that men are probably into the gadgety things – therefore Technorati .. I may have joined but don’t use it – YET! I’d have thought the break down for men and women would depend on the category .. I guess there are more men working and used to using a computer, writing documents etc .. and therefore more able to put a blog together – be it a work blog, a sports blog, an own blog .. teachers and Mums, fashion and design, are definitely more likely to be women and knowledgeable..

    I intend to move across earn a living and become more professional .. learning steep curve! – but with everyone’s input we all learn so much.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      Yes, it does seem like the men are more into the gadgets and sites like Technorati which supposedly measures “success” of a blog. I joined shortly after I started blogging, but other than pinging them when I have a new post, I don’t know how to use the site. So much to learn, hey?

  25. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I love looking at stats. It’s always fun to crunch the numbers. This also reminds me of a favorite quip: There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics. Hehe.

    Can’t get too awful fired up about the numbers. I suspect the actual female/male ratio is much more level. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a mommy-blog. As well, a great percentage of the bloggers I interact with are of the female variety so I suspect there are a lot more female bloggers out there than indicated by this survey. It also could have something to do with the writing niche. Hmmm.

    Great stuff.

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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      I like your quip, “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”. That reminds me of how numbers can be manipulated.

      I’m with you. It does seem like there are a lot of female bloggers. I know you and I run in some of the same circles, so maybe the niche has something to do with it, as well.

  26. Hi Barbara,

    Interesting topic. I got interrupted reading your post and my initial thought was that women have so many things on their plate that perhaps that’s why you don’t find more women bloggers. I think I was thinking of how I procrastinate blogging when I am busy with other things… but then I read your commenters (amazing support you have there!) and I think they are probably on to something with who did the survey. Results do get skewed depending on how a survey is done and who does it.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Julie,

      That’s true. Us women do have a lot on our plates. And, we want to do it all. :), and do it good.

      Yes. The source of the survey has a lot to do with what numbers are gathered. With Technorati being such a “techie” sight, I’m guessing more males were participating.

  27. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!
    Well this is just fascinating – thanks for this interesting post. I’m as surprised as most there are more men out there – understand the Techno influence could have influenced the numbers. One thing I have noticed is my followers are mostly women, which is fine and great and no problem – just curiously predominantly female. Just recently I’ve tried to expand my own comments/following to include more “guy blogs” and it’s interesting in that they don’t reciprocate blog visits OR comments like the women do. I think my content is pretty generic. I’d like a balance but my efforts have been time consuming and not producing the desired effect with guy bloggers. It is what it is – I’m just wondering why?

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome SuZen,

      You’re the first blogger I know of who attempted that – to earnestly try to get more male commenters. I’ve looked at the ratio on this blog, and it appears to be about the opposite of the Technorati survey – about 1/3 males commenting and 2/3 females.

      And, like you mentioned, I see more females commenting on the blogs I frequent, too. However, if I visit a ‘techie” blog, then the ration changes and leans toward male commenters. Hmmmmm.

  28. Interesting. I would have guessed the gender stats to be the other way around. Not too many surprises with the rest of it though. Thanks for this. It looks like it would be worth a more detailed read.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Tom,

      Yes. The complete survey is definitely worth the read. Although the numbers may be somewhat skewed, it does give us a better perspective into the world of blogging/bloggers.

  29. Hi Barbara,

    Those are really cool statistics. I am really surprised to know that men blog more than women. Seems that I run into more blogs run by women than men.

    Point 7 really resonated with me. As a result of blogging, it made me aware of how passionate I was about spirituality and writing. As a result, it has changed my focus in terms of career.

    Blogging is awesome and I am so thankful to be a blogger. And I am thankful that it has introduced me to such amazing people such as yourself and others.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words Nadia,

      Point 7 hits home, doesn’t it? In the past (on this blog) we discussed how blogging can be therapeutic. There’s something to be said for publishing our words for the whole world to see, and getting feedback on them. I know you mentioned before it was your readers/commenters who steered you away from your original “niche”. Sometimes it seems like our readers know us better than we know ourselves.

      P.S. I wish you well on your new endeavor.

  30. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Well…this is really interesting to read! And fun to view and think about where I might fall in there. Like Nadia, #7 is something I can really relate to. Writing has made me more aware of where my passions lie, and what I connect more deeply with – and that’s been a wonderful thing!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Lance,

      I hear you. It’s like blogging has “hidden powers”. When we first start blogging we have no idea where it will lead us, and before we know it, we’re on a journey we never thought we’d take. It’s pretty awesome, isn’t it?

  31. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I am surprised to read that there are more male than female bloggers. I appear to know a lot more female bloggers than the proportion reported. Just look at your post for instance. There are so many comments by female bloggers before mine.

    Indeed, blogging and reading other people’s blogs have taught me a lot about myself!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      I hear what you’re saying. Like you, I see a lot of women bloggers, And, a lot of new ones popping up all the time. Maybe it’s the circles we run in, or else the survey is terribly skewed. All in all though, it does have very interesting findings.

      I agree. Blogging and reading what others write is like an education in life and self improvement.

  32. Hmmm, I have concerns with anything that Technorati spits out since my gut feeling is that the majority of users of Technorati tend to be male to begin with….hence any stats that come out of it are going to be biased towards male users.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Paula,

      That’s true. As I was looking at the “top 100” blogs on Technorati, most are authored by men or a team. Although the male/female figures might be off, it was interesting to read the other stats they compiled.

  33. Even if the samples are not enough to justify this finding, I must say that it’s still a reliable report. There are so many men inclined in blogging compared with women because:

    1. Men are more techie compared to women.
    2. Indeed, they love challenges than women. Since blogging becomes complicated if you really want to earn from it.
    3. They usually go for computer courses than women.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Francois,

      That is true. Men are more inclined to be techie, take computer courses and some appear to love those challenges. Fortunately we have women who don’t let the statistics stand in their way and they blog on….

      It will be interesting to see how things stack up for 2010.

  34. Hi Barbara – What an interesting post. I really thought when I saw the title of this post that there would be more women blogging than men. Possibly because in the “blog circles” I run in, there are more women. 🙂 But also, I thought that women might have a greater tendency to want to communicate and share what they are thinking and feeling. Although I guess it depends on what type of blog it is. I’m sure certain topics or types of blogs would attract more women or more men depending on what it it. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Amanda,

      That’s true. Depending on the blogging circles we run in, will determine how we see the stats. I thought the report would show more women in 2009 as in 2008 the percentage was almost identical. Hmmm.

  35. The surprising thing to me is women percentage. According to my knowledge women are more pron to share things and as blog is best sharing platform, they should use it more. I think majority of mummy bloggers are unaware of this fact otherwise they should win or at least get a fare percentage.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Arafat,

      That is surprising, isn’t it? But then, we need to consider who did the survey. If it were to be done by another site, we might see completely different results.

      I’ll have to poke around and see if anyone else is reporting similar information.

  36. janiceNo Gravatar says:

    A fascinating post, Barbara – thanks! I’ve always thought there were as many women blogging as men. I’d love to see Typepad, Blogger and WordPress sending a survey out to all the folk who use them. What a global picture that would give us.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Janice,

      That’s a great idea. Seeing results from surveys done all of the blogging platforms would undoubtedly show more accurate percentages.

  37. LoriNo Gravatar says:

    This post was really interesting! I’m surprised that women were in the minority – of course I come from both a military and then a science background, so I’m used to being outnumbered! (LOL)

    It’s also interesting that only 4% of respondents were “pros.”

    I can see how work and family obligations would decrease blogging involvement. I’m always amazed at people I know who raise families, work, and somehow find time to blog, too. I’m thinking they might need some sleep. 😉

    Thanks for this post, Barbara. It was intriguing! Have a great weekend!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Lori,

      So, you know what it’s like being in the minority. 🙂

      You’re right. Many bloggers are probably in need of a good night’s sleep with all they try to do. Hopefully the lack thereof is paying off either monetarily and/or emotionally.

      I hope you had a great weekend too.

  38. bermudabluezNo Gravatar says:

    Great post!! I am very surprised that the survey shows more men than women blog!! I thought for sure….it would turn out more women! Like you said though….it probably depends on who is signing up with Technorati.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Bermuda Bluez,

      Yes. Whenever we look at stats, we do need to consider who complied them and who responded.

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  40. Very good data you got here Barbara. I’m pretty sure the ladies will soon catch up. All is fair in the Internet.

  41. Mark PackNo Gravatar says:

    I’m very dubious about the gender breakdown figures. The survey includes the UK, but we know from more rigorous research (i.e. not self-selecting survey respondents) by the official Office of National Statistics that the majority of bloggers in the UK are female.

    So either the UK is very, very different from the global picture in this respect – and that’s not a point I’ve seen anyone notice or claim before – or Technorati’s figures aren’t accurate. Certainly there’s good grounds to doubt them.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for sharing the stats from the UK. It sounds like they used very reliable sources from which to gather the information.

      I’m guessing the ratio of male to female bloggers in the UK isn’t all that different than other parts of the world. I only wish there was a better way to provide accurate data for all.