July 04, 2005
From Cafes to Blogs -- French Blogging is Huge -- Does This Surprise Anyone?
I was told several months ago that I was a natural for blogging because —
- I am a New Yorker,
- I am a VC, and
- I am French
— therefore I have three orders of magnitude more opinions than most — and absolutely no inhibitions about sharing them with total strangers.
Hmmm … Well, the New Yorker part requires little proof these days — It is common knowledge to most Red State denizens, that media empires headquartered in New York are there largely to be the mouth piece for our overly-caffeinated opinions.
And then the blogging bug has been spreading like contagion lately among opinionated windbag VCs like myself.
But now I’m afraid I am three for three. This morning in my email inbox was a Business Week news alert which claims that blogging in France is huge — 4.9% of the french (or over 3 million) have their own blogs.
I suspect this makes the french number #1 for blogging market penetrance — although I haven’t been able to verify that yet. For some reason, I can’t find much data on “weblogs per capita”, “blogs per capita”, or BPC. Some dated analytics in the US below — a similar methodology could be applied globally on a country by country basis. Might be a fun weekend project which I could then post the results here.
But then who in the world would be surprised to find that “weblogs per capita” is highest in France? Not much point doing detailed analytics to prove the obvious.
Un autre demi-tasse, s’il vous plait.
- BusinessWeek: Let Them Eat Cake -- And Blog About It
- Blogcount.com: 1.6 million French Skyblogs
- Emergence Marketing: Blogging in France is huge
- GoodspeedUpdate.com Blogging Per Capita in U.S. cities
- GoodspeedUpdate.com On Cool Cities and Blogs
- Blogs Continue to Gain Traction
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