Well, it's being cited everywhere, so I figured I should look at the Blog Survey Results and see how I fit in. (Besides, I'm waiting for a disk to almost fill.)

  • 76% of bloggers do not limit access (i.e. readership) to their entries in any way
    I only routinely limit one person and he knows full well who he is
  • 36% of respondents have gotten in trouble because of things they have written on their blogs
    Yup. Been there, done that.
  • 34% of respondents know other bloggers who have gotten in trouble with family and friends
    Nope. I can think of some that have gotten in trouble with their employer, but not friends or family.
  • 12% of respondents know other bloggers who have gotten in legal or professional problems because of things they wrote on their blogs
    Only 12%? Wow. I know of at least 2 if I don't count myself.
  • when blogging about people they know personally: 66% of respondents almost never asked permission to do so; whereas, only 9% said they never blogged about people they knew personally.
    Yup. I ask permission only for quotes from private (email or IM) conversations.
  • 83% of respondents characterized their entries as personal ramblings whereas 20% said they mostly publish lists of useful/interesting links (respondents could check multiple options for this answer).
    I do both.
  • the frequency with which a blogger writes highly personal things is positively and significantly correlated to how often they get in trouble because of their postings
    Interesting. I write about "personal" things often but have never gotten in trouble for them. It's always other stuff that gets me.
  • there is no correlation between how often a blogger writes about highly personal things and how concerned they are about the persistence of their entries
    I care about persistence.
  • checking one's access log files isn't correlated to how well a blogger feels they know their audience
  • despite believing that they are liable for what they publish online (58% of respondents believed they were highly liable), in general, bloggers do not believe people could sue them for what they have written on their blogs
    Hmm. I've never really thought about it.

I guess the general lesson here is that I need to get better at pissing off people, especially friends and family.

How do you fare?

Posted by jzawodn at March 19, 2004 01:54 PM

Reader Comments
# kasia said:

Fuck you!

There, now you've pissed off a friend w/o even trying!

on March 19, 2004 02:55 PM
# david said:

"34% of respondents know other bloggers who have gotten in trouble with family and friends"


on March 19, 2004 04:03 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Jeremy, just write more about MySQL, and I'm sure you'll piss off more people. Although they'll mostly be trolls. ;-)

on March 20, 2004 12:25 PM
# jeremy knows who i am said:

The only reason Jeremy censors the MySQL iditot is because he/she/it never has anything useful to say. Its always just "fun and games". "MySQL sucks" "MySQL this, MySQL that".

I always find a comment here or there thats kind of like: "MySQL sucks".

You know what? Fuck off. If you have nothing better to say or nothing intelligent rather than just trolling on Jeremy's personal blog, don't say it at all.

on March 20, 2004 02:42 PM
# kasia said:

Larry, you're in a desperate need of a life. Stay out of my weblog as well, please.

on March 20, 2004 03:08 PM
# You people have no lives apparently said:

I pity the two posters above that talk about how bloggers have no lives.

It seems people that just sit on a blog and throw crap around are in need of more of a life.

on March 20, 2004 03:56 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

I find it amusing that whenever I write something about the Mysql trolls here, they (or he depending on your point of view) always find their way to my site to leave a 100% irrelevant anti-Mysql comment. Somebody needs a real hobby.

on March 20, 2004 04:14 PM
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