One in 70 million and counting

Ever wondered exactly just how many blogs there are in the internet? It’s one of those out-of-the-blue questions people find themselves wondering about while surfing the web or chatting with a friend online. It’s not really a question of great urgency, but it does make one wonder… just how many people get online to create these web blogs we see so much of?

According to Duncan Riley of the Blog Herald, the blogosphere population reached its 70 millionth mark in July 2005. At the time, the estimated ‘birth rate’ for blogs was roughly 175,000 new blogs per day, or two new blogs per second. As of 2008, the blog population was reported to have reached 112 million. With those figures in mind, we can only imagine just how much the blog population has grown in the past year. It scares me a little to think how much bigger the numbers will be a year or two (or five) from now.

One hundred twelve million blogs – all these created by individuals who want to share their opinions, their memories, their lives. Created by individuals who want to share themselves. Individuals who want to be one-of-a-kind, who want to be unique. But with the sheer amount of bloggers around, just how unique can we be until we find another person with the same qualities? Another blog with the same face? With the vast amount of data the internet contains (which I think transcends time and space, no matter what physicists say), how can we be sure that there isn’t someone else out there who’s typing the same words we are, in the same style in a similar looking blog with the same domain name? How can we be sure we’re unique?

People always want to be unique. From the brands we wear, to how we wear them and how we accessorize.  It’s as if we have this innate desire to be different from others… and it equates that we want our blogs to reflect that desire, since our blogs are like extensions of our selves. We want to have a unique style. A unique layout. Background picture. Avatar. What we want is to have a unique identity – online or offline, it doesn’t matter. We want to be different from others, but sometimes it feels impossible because there are a lot of other people who think the same, who feel same, who’ve experienced the same. It feels impossible to be original.

But we can be unique. We can be original. We have something in us that can’t be replicated by other people, deliberate or not. The way we analyze and present our thoughts is unique to us. The way we synthesize information and make sense of the world, the way we express our ideas, the way our brains process things – all those are unique. We don’t really have to try so hard to be different, we only just have to – as cliche as it sounds – be ourselves.

So it shouldn’t matter that there are 70 million blogs (and counting) around. There’s a way to stand out, without having to resort to atrocious means. There’s a way to get people to look, without having to post stories of stomping on a cat’s head, or verbally harassing our colleagues, or making use of those big pink sparkly text. There’s a way – and that’s to be yourself.

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  1. “There’s a way to get people to look, without having to post stories of stomping on a cat’s head, or verbally harassing our colleagues, or making use of those big pink sparkly text.”

    I agree. It seems that blogger/micro-blogger wars are becoming more of a common occurrence. I know some people who pick their fights via their Facebook, Twitter, Multiply, and Tumblr accounts. I simply do not understand the logic behind all the hostility. The internet is big enough for all of us.

    P.S. I love your photo dear. Oh so seductive! 😉

    http://commdegarcon.wordpress.com/

    • Oh, yes. Fandom fights, personal fights, even fights among people who don’t know each other and are fighting just for the sake of “kampihan” – annoying and illogical. But you’ve got to admit, when you’re not one of the people involved, it’s very entertaining to watch. >D Specially when they start with the names, lol.

      Saw your facebook primary. Damn!

  2. So you’re that European spy they were warning me about.

    So there is a chance for my blog to end up being interesting?:>
    True, true. Most of the time people even blog (read: make up stories) just to be seen and be “heard.” I’ve found it amusing to read a lot of “blog wars” in the past. Beats Mafia Wars anytime. 🙂

    • shh, don’t tell anyone I’m still here. I was supposed to go back months ago..

      It’s definitely going to be interesting. : D

      XDD yeah, it irks me sometimes that people have to do to that.. papansin much? but blog wars are definitely the most interesting.. >D

  3. Nice start! 🙂 I’m really not into blogging. So I had a hard time customizing my WordPress account. I cannot find something that would represent my identity and I have no idea on tweaking stuff. I ended up with a theme that’s fairly okay, for me. Anyway, we are contributors to those more than 70 million blogs — and I believe that we comprise the few who write blogs with sense. 😉 Hopefully, more people will blog not just for joining the bandwagon, but also for exercising the freedom of self-expression and creativity. 🙂

  4. Thanks! I’ve been around a long time, but customizing layouts hasn’t gotten easier for me at all.. owo WordPress is problematic for me because only a handful templates can be customized, and even then, we’d have to buy the upgrade to tweak the css. Kahit nga background lang eh. Annoying. Livejournal ‘customizability’ is still better. XD

    Oh, that was the main idea I wanted to talk about – not just blogging for the sake of having a blog and being able to say, “Blogger din ako, like the mainstream!” But I think it turned to something else. ;A;

    • Karen
    • June 16th, 2010

    70 million! You know what, maybe 100 of those 70 million blogs were mine (read: past tense). Okay, I’m exaggerating; maybe only 10 to 20 of those were mine. Hahaha! I fear that someday there won’t be enough space on the internet anymore. Would that be even possible?

    • XD Yeah, I wonder about that too, sometimes.. I mean, if the world can be overpopulated, the internet can, too, right? But I sincerely hope not. Otherwise the internet may become a pay-per-post service. ;A; And that would really be a disappointment since one of the biggest kicks we get from the net is that it’s for (semi)free.. XD

  5. True. We all would like to be unique or at times original in what we do and how other would perceive us. But it’s not more of a choice to fully personalize ourselves, our sites, our contents. It’s more of a talent, skill, and capability. Though we want to be one, we couldn’t since we don’t have the capacity of doing so. Some sites, like blogs, twitter, multiply, etc. needs skills to enable us to manipulate them fully and make it truly personal. Though these sites allow personalizing options, it is limited.

    • Exactly my problem with wordpress! You can’t even customize your background with any random skin! Haha, I just had to mention that somewhere, but yes, building oneself is more than just one person operating in a continuing cycle of editing oneself, but it is a mesh of all internal and external factors that contribute to one’s role taking.

      Haha, hangover sa thesis topic. Roles. Sorry. ❤

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