What is your personal blogging style by Dr Shock MD PhD is a refreshing take on a contentious issue. He has brought to the notice of the science bloggers of actual hard research which takes a look at blogging styles. If you are interested in reading about the original paper or want a link to it, I suggest you scamper over to his page now and check out his article for yourself.
As far as I am concerned, this research has one MAJOR flaw: it collected the bloggers from MySpace. Now that is a bunch of selection bias right there. It is a very well known fact that MySpace is not really the hos spot for bloggers right now. In fgact, it has been dying very rapidly over the last 3-4 years as Facebook rises to ascendancy. Now, because FB doesn’t really have a blogging platform (not one which is robust and well-maintained, anyways), it has never really been a player in this field. The major competitors have been WordPress (.com AND .org) and Blogger by Google. If the researchers had to take blogs up for study, they could have done it in a much more controlled and orderly fashion if they had done any of the following:
- Chosen active bloggers using blogrings or blogrolls of nucleus bloggers
- If they had to take bloggers from one particular setting using wordpress.com tags or blogger categories would have been a great idea
- Using independent bloggers as the starting point around which to crystallize the search
MySpace definitely is not the place to search for bloggers. Anyways. Read Dr. Shock’s take on it in the link above.
Do you still have a MySpace account?