Doorbakken kan altijd nog
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Arjan, I bumped into your blog before via google, was looking for something, and today I bumped into your blog again, and again via google looking for information on Dutch bloggers. Oorsponkelijk ben ik geen Nederlander, maar nu wel. Ik woon nu al 4 jaar in Nederland, spreek de taal (op het zakelijk niveau is mijn wens), ken de mensen en de maatschappij, enzovoort... nou even schakelen in het engels...
Before anything else, I find your blog interesting and relevant to some of my interests.
I scanned through your thesis and I find the different types of “content blogs” quite amusing as I can perhaps identify myself to a number of them.
Having or maintaining a blog, which is probably a more fitted term because anyone can anyway create a blog in minutes but maintaining it would be an all different discussion, and reading blogs, in a recent survey (I work for an ict international research bedrijf – not as a researcher though) are mainly done by the (a) younger generation and (b) higher income brackets. Although this is an international survey, the results do resemble with your Dutch bloggers market thesis findings, albeit, you did not include blog readers.
As to journalism, I personally think the struggle to distinguish bloggers as the newly raved online journalists will continue. It is just so because journalists also have to protect themselves. I knew of a bitter writer who looks down on bloggers that write journalistic topics. I can in some ways understand as bitter writer’s perspective and standards are based on degree, experience and credentials earned, whereas, bloggers like everyone else do not have those and can easily publish their own opinion, be read and rally a following --- this of course if you are really that talented.
In addition, bloggers blogging about journalistic topics (I do this from time to time), I agree will depend first on their educational background, and of course, their interests, their line of work-business, if they are comfortable with writing (many highly educated individuals too do not like to write but like to read), privacy (some do not even like to be anoniem), and of course, if they are paid to do it. I’ve investigated a number of blog networks that pay bloggers to discuss a topic, but realized that the amount of effort put into it is not really worthwhile looking at the money earned – but they can be a real good part time alternative to highly-educated stay at home mothers, students, and even the ones sitting on their butts on uitkering!
Anyway, so much has been said and in fact there is more to be said. I will keep your blog in my list and will visit from time to time.
Dutched Pinay (ip:126.96.36.199) 12 October 2006 - 15:27 uur