Grandma is blogging!
COLUMBUS, OH – (MARKET WIRE) – 2/12/08 – The art of blogging is no longer reserved for the college student with too much to say or the unemployed, self proclaimed “computer-nerd,” according to BIGresearch’s (http://www.bigresearch.com) most recent Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM 11) of 15,727 participants. 26% of all adults say they regularly or occasionally blog. Of those, 53.7% are male and almost half (44.7%) are married. 28.4% hold a professional or managerial position, while only one in 10 (10.4%) are students.
Bloggers tend to be younger, averaging 37.6 years old, compared to 44.8 for adults 18+. Ethnically, 69.7% of Bloggers are White/Caucasian (vs. 76.1%), 12.2% are African American/Black (vs. 11.4%) and 3.7% are Asian (vs. 2.0%). 20% of Bloggers are Hispanic, compared to 14.8% of adults 18+. In addition, Bloggers report a lower income ($55,819 vs. $56,811) and are better educated (14.3 years of education vs. 14.2).
In the blogosphere, political blogs are becoming increasingly common, especially in an election year. 24.6% of registered voters say they regularly or occasionally blog. 37.6% of Libertarians regularly/occasionally blog, followed by Democrats (26.9%), Independents (25.7%) and Republicans (22.9%).
“Bloggers are a diverse group and not who you would expect,” said Gary Drenik, President of BIGresearch. “This diversity provides political Bloggers with a forum to discuss issues or maybe be influenced by others, while Candidates have an opportunity to reach interested voters.”
Another point of interest from the analysis of the Blogger shows that they are using most forms of new media significantly more than the average market.
“It brings out the best in me,” said Boston-area blogger Millie Garfield, 80, who writes My Mom’s Blog. “My life would be dull without it.”
Three percent of online seniors have created a blog and 17 percent have read someone else’s blog, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Compare that to online 18- to 29-year- olds. Thirteen percent of them have created blogs and 32 percent have read someone else’s blog, according to the Pew data.
One of the interesting blogs I’ve encountered on the internet is Time Goes By written by Ronni Bennett.
Also, Elaine Frankonis’ blog Kalilily Time which she published after the Twin Towers were attacked, addresses issues which interest us all. I figure that Frankonis and I are about the same age – which proves that even elder grandmothers can blog.
I was quite moved when I read A Mother’s Last Best Lesson by Ronni Bennett.
A friend said to me that he believes it is the last, great lesson a parent teaches a child: how to die. Mom left me with an exceptional standard to live up to when my time comes, and she did it with a courage and dignity that I, to my shame, had never given her credit for.
The elderly have the insight of experience and wisdom to impart and reading blogs such as the ones by Elaine Frankonis and Ronni Bennett speak to me. These ladies write about things I know and some I have lived.
Hooray for the Elder Bloggers!
Who would have thought Me – this grandmother (born in New Mexico and married to a Southerner) – would now be living in Seguin, Texas – AND – blogging??!!
Posted on June 5, 2009, in Books and tagged blogs, BlogSpot, Elaine Frankonis, elderbloggers, grandmothers, New Mexico, Ronni Bennett, Seguin, Southerner, Texas, WordPress. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.