World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts…

World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts

I was doing a random search on Google and came up with some interesting statistics.

If you type the following terms in Google, you’ll get their respective number of searches as –

Hinduism blogs – 904,000

Islam blogs – 15, 700, 000

Christianity blogs – 5, 430, 000

Sikhism blogs – 97, 200

Buddhism blogs – 1, 910, 000

Socialism blogs – 2, 600, 000

Poverty blogs – 11, 700, 000

Development blogs – 281, 000, 000

Human Rights blogs – 121, 000, 000

Art blogs – 252, 000, 000

Travel blogs – 175, 000, 000

Note – Since new entries keep on getting added to Google, by the time you search for these terms (if you so desire), these figures will rise.

Search figures for blogs are important because blogs are mostly personal spaces on the Internet where people get the right to express themselves freely – anonymously or under a pseudonym if they like. Of course there are professional blogs, but more often than not, blogs reflect the personal views of the blog-owners, even if they are built for professional purposes.

We should keep in mind that these search figures are based on the tags people use to describe their blogs, so that Google picks them up. There may be blogs falling in these categories, but they don’t have these tags, so they don’t figure here. Besides, many blogs are just created, but they are not used regularly. Hence, these figures are not exact, although the difference may not be in very large figures to change the ranking of these search terms within this list.

But why are these figures interesting? Because they seem to break many popular myths.

Socialism seems to attract many bloggers – this term has generated a search figure almost the half of the figure for Christianity. Amongst the religions, as expected, Islam has a vast number of bloggers. However, Christianity has a relatively small number. On the other hand, Buddhism attracts more bloggers than Hinduism – the latter has a very small number amongst the religions – more than only Sikhism.

This list also shows that for the blogging world, religion is really not an attractive topic for expression. Bloggers are more interested in secular topics. Development attracts the maximum number of bloggers, closely followed by art. This is indeed a happy surprise for me, a researcher in the field of art. I had not expected art to be so popular in the blogging world! 🙂

Poverty, another important secular topic, too claims a larger figure than all religions except Islam. Travel too has a large share – perhaps because of the very profitable travel industry.

So what does this show? That people in the blogging-world are more interested in modern, secular topics rather than debating over religion, many aspects of which may not have a place in the modern world? That bloggers are tremendously interested in developmental issues? That art and culture remain important for bloggers?

Or, is it that the people who are interested in these topics tend to come to the blogging world more often?

Is it also possible that people who have a more traditional or religious bent of mind are not all that blog-savvy, so they are not visible here?

I would certainly like to believe that this world is becoming more interested in the topics of today’s relevance than getting stuck with the traditional issues. I wish that could be true!

I invite the visitors to offer their food for thought on this.


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9 Responses to “World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts…”
  1. manchitra says:

    Good post as usual, good analysis you have done good research too. Topics focusing on current affairs are certainly better.

    I took a break for some time ,feel happy to be here.

  2. Archana says:

    Thanks, Chitra. I hope you had a nice travel. I’ll visit your blog.

  3. oby says:

    This is a very interesting statistic. In my world due to the blogs I visit, it seems that the whole world is caught up in religious debate and serious and pressing world issues. I don’t visit many blogs beyond those.

    I am very surprised that considering the number of Christians in the world that there are not more blogs dedicated to it. As for the Muslim ones I would be interested to know how that breaks down. Ie: people who happen to be Muslim that blog about anything including Islam, extremist websites, blogs dealing solely with Islam, blogs of Arab countries that are not pertaining to Islam per se but have some overlap. I am VERY surprised about the number of art blogs. We all love art but I never imagined it could be this much. I thought music might actually have a higher blog count.

    It is wonderful to see so many human rights blogs…the world has a heart! but at the same time indicates that there are many human rights violations going on in the world which is sad.

    I am thrilled to see that the world in general is not caught up in intense debates over which religion should rule the world or things of that nature. They are appreciating all the things that are of a fun and happy nature, things that add enrichment to our lives and texture to the fabric of the world in which we live.

    One thing that was not touched upon…it would be interesting to see where the most bloggers to these blogs come from. In the case of Islam it would be interesting to see it’s distribution in the world. The same with all the others you mentioned. It might give a snapshot into the things that people in those areas of the world place a high value on.

    One thing that I did not see, but which I would have thought would have a lot of participants is a blog about politics, which of course could be subdivided many times over.

    Thank you for reminding me that the entire world is not worried about religious debate and that there are many happy things in the world that people care about. A very bright spot for me.

  4. Archana says:

    Hi Oby,
    Thanks for your detailed comment.

    I just made a snap survey on Google. Some of the questions you have asked need a detailed research. But the kind of Islamic blogs I have visited, most of them seem to be not from the born Muslims – most of whom are quite comfortable with their religion, but from the neo-converts from the Western countries, who are zealously adhering to Islam, to the point of being fanatics. This is indeed a worrying trend, as Islam is the only religion that has an anamolously large number of blogs and Islam is calculated to be the fastest growing religion in the West. More often than not, it is these Western neo-converts who start a blog to preach to the world what the “correct Islam” should be and how the born Muslims are practising it wrongly and how the non-Muslims are straying on the sinful path. This is a matter of concern because it shows how the Saudi Wahhabism is changing the face of Islam to a cult of intolerance, violence and fanaticism across the world, especially in the West. This has to be controlled. In fact, I have never cross a blog from the born Muslims who write in this kind of tone. Then there are extremist websites, set up to engage in violent activities, but these activities are mostly carried out through email and facebook. But I have not seen the 1.5 Crores of Muslim blogs, so can’t say how many more types are there on the Internet.

    But it does seem that the adherents of other religions have better things to do than proclaim their faith on blogs. I think we too should engage with other blogs than the religion-related blogs where we meet only biased people who are not ready to listen to reason.

    Where do the most bloggers come from? All blogs don’t have traffic counters nor do they reveal their identity, but I see most traffic on my blogs from India, the US and UK. I have seen most of the Islamic blogs from the neo-converts in the US and from those who shifted to Arab countries. Another worrying thing for the US – the neo-converts from Islam are located mostly there and in Arab countries, but they and their families hold American passports.

    Of course, I haven’t yet got any fanatic Islamist on my blog from anywhere (thankfully). But the Indian blogs seem to be more interested in business, computer-related issues, human rights and art and culture. Religious fanaticism doesn’t reflect on a large scale on Indian blogs – either such traditional Indians are not blog-savvy, or the Indians who come to blogs are not orthodox religionists.

  5. oby says:

    Archana…

    Thanks and i do apologize if it seemed as if I was critiquing your work. Not at all. In fact, after I read it a second time I realized that I misunderstood your meaning…it isn’t that many blogs out there. The numbers represent blog searches. I would love to see where they come from…

  6. Archana Ji, very interesting information. Just see many times reality is in contrast to perception.

    It is good to see more people are interested in developmental topics. However , number of blogs on Islam are far too large number in comparison to other religions. Please further analyse & give your opinion on the same.

  7. Archana says:

    Oby,
    I didn’t think you are critiquing. Your questions show that you can be a very good researcher and an academic! They are very valid questions, only they require going into a large sample of blogs that Google catches and researching into the questions you have asked – an interesting topic for a research project 🙂 I wish I could take out time for it.

    May be you can do a little bit of this research and let us know about what you find – your findings may be completely different from this post’s findings!

    Vijayji,
    Thanks for your comment. I have made some remarks about Islamic blogs in my response to Oby above. Please read it. For more comments, again an indepth study of those blogs is required. I was not able to do that research because of lack of time. But we do know that Islam is the fastest growing religion today – especially in the West and the neo-converts in the West are quite zealous about their views and also try to preach to the world on blogs. These are Western people – both White and Black, who are converting to Islam and are becoming extremie followers after conversion. I have not seen that many blogs from born Muslims, except from the Ulemas perhaps – both men and women trained in Islamic theology in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

  8. Gewinnen says:

    hola
    i’m so thrilled that i found this blog. that posting was so nice. thanks again i saved this page.
    are you going to write similar posts?

  9. Archana says:

    Hi Gewinnen,
    Thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog! I write on many different kinds of topics on travel, culture, politics and many more. Do keep visiting and commenting!

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