July 16, 2007 Slashdot is reporting on a WSJ news story that blogging turns 10 years old around now. We’re a little less certain on the origination of the blog, as is Wikipedia, but given that nobody is certain and it wasn’t very long ago that the first blog started, it’s perhaps a time to reflect on this phenomena. By 2005, blogging became so popular that estimates ranged upwards to 60 million blogs. But blogs go out of date if they’re not regularly updated and one of the most interesting recent analyses of the blogosphere from BusinessWeek signifies that the number of live blogs is beginning to plateau at around the 16 million mark. Though new blogs are being launched every minute, there are just as many falling dormant. Witness David Sifry’s musings on the subject here.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon