The technology that has enabled self-publishing has altered the way we communicate. This technology has brought conversations to the forefront, humanized organizations and given voices to the unheard.
Last month, the Pew Internet & American Life Project posted some statistics from a report called Bloggers. The press release, titled Blogging is bringing new voices to the online world, highlights some of the key findings of the survey:
54 percent of bloggers say that they have never published their writing or media creations anywhere else; 44 percent say they have published elsewhere.
54 percent of bloggers are under the age of 30.
Women and men have statistical parity in the blogosphere, with women representing 46 percent of bloggers and men 54 percent.
76 percent of bloggers say a reason they blog is to document their personal experiences and share them with others.
64 percent of bloggers say a reason they blog is to share practical knowledge or skills with others.
When asked to choose one main subject, 37 percent of bloggers say that the primary topic of their blog is “my life and experiences.”
Other topics ran distantly behind: 11 percent of bloggers focus on politics and government; 7 percent focus on entertainment; 6 percent focus on sports; 5 percent focus on general news and current events; 5 percent focus on business; 4 percent on technology; 2 percent on religion, spirituality or faith; and additional smaller groups who focus on a specific hobby, a health problem or illness, or other topics.
And this is what BlogTalkRadio has done for people. We have given them voices. This social radio network has allowed people to share their lives and experiences through internet talk radio. From Katrina survivors to sports fanatics to political pundits to new media mavens to paranormal purveyors to businesses. These are their lives. These are their experiences. We give them voices.
Actual voices. It’s internet talk radio!