I saw an article on Loic Le Muer’s blog about the numbers of French people blogging – it is estimated that up to 5% of French people have a blog. This compares very favourably with the US where it is estimated that around 3% of the population have a blog.
Now, if we look at the Irish situation, the Irish Blogosphere figures – it would appear that we have at best around 9000 blogs here. If we divide that by the figure for our national population (take a low 4m as the figure – that is a very conservative figure as it excludes the 6 counties of Northern Ireland), it would appear that only around 0.225% of Ireland’s population are blogging.
We have a young, educated, technophile population and a culture of storytelling – surely we are naturals for blogging.
Anyone care to guess why the numbers of Irish bloggers are so low?
It is probably no coincidence that Ireland is ranked 27th out of 30 OECD countries for price of broadband whereas France is second cheapest (with an average connection price of 14.90 euro per month for an 8mb connection – yes 8mb!).