About how often do you update your blog? graph of japanese statisticsAlthough recently I’ve translated a number of surveys that promised more than they delivered, this time I feel this one, the fourth survey by MyVoice into blogging has a number of interesting revelations.


Over the first five days of May 2009 14,823 members of the MyVoice internet community successfully completed a private online questionnaire. 54% of the sample were female, 2% in their teens, 14% in their twenties, 35% in their thirties, 30% in their forties, and 19% aged fifty or older.

In Q4, it’s interesting that politics isn’t a selectable theme, but given that just 5% blogged about news in general, I wonder how small that would have been.

Regarding Q5, in Japan they are called blog parts, but in the West they are usually widgets or scriptlets. Looking through the above-linked web site I came across this entertaining one:

For Q6, I’ve been to a cake-related blogger event! I’ve also sadly had to turn down two invites to Danny Choo-organised and corporately-sponsored Tokyo CGM Night, although I did see his Dad’s shoe shop right beside the free cake venue, if that counts for anything.

For Q7, I’d have to immodestly answer “somewhere to use my knowledge, information to contribute to society”, although I do have a letting off steam blog hiding in the shadows… What is blogging to you?

Research results

Q1: Have you ever created a blog? (Sample size=14,823)

Created one, currently updating 22.3%
Created one but not updating it, closed it 14.2%
Not created one 63.4%

Q2: About how often do you update your blogs? (Sample size=active bloggers)

Twice a day or more 4.0%
Once a day 13.6%
Four to six times a week 11.6%
Twice or thrice a week 17.7%
Once a week 14.1%
Twice or thrice a month 18.7%
Once a month or less 20.0%
No answer 0.2%

Q3: Which blog services do you use? (Sample size=active bloggers, multiple answer)

FC2 21.8%
Ameba 18.9%
Rakuten 15.2%
Yahoo! 10.1%
livedoor 6.9%
goo 6.3%
Cocolog 6.1%
Seesaa 5.9%
So-net 4.0%
JUGEM 3.7%
Yaplog! 3.1%
excite 2.7%
Ninja 2.3%
Hatena diary 1.9%
OCN 1.4%
Movable Type 0.8%
Doblog 0.7%
Drecom 0.5%
Other 20.3%
Don’t remember 0.6%
No answer 0.1%

Q4: What themes do you often blog about? (Sample size=active bloggers, multiple answer)

Diary 67.8%
Hobby 29.8%
Eating out, sweets, cooking 16.5%
Entertainment 14.7%
Introducing products, services 14.6%
Leisure 12.0%
Pet 10.6%
Competitions, free gifts 9.3%
Art, articles, novels, photographs 7.8%
Beauty 7.5%
Sports 7.2%
Internet, computer 7.1%
Health, medical, mental health 6.9%
Maternity, child-rearing, education 6.3%
News 5.3%
Homes, interior 4.8%
Local information 4.7%
Investments 4.1%
Business 4.1%
Home electricals, audio-visual 3.9%
Love, marriage 3.5%
None of the above 2.5%
No answer 0.3%

Q5: Which of the following kinds of blog parts (widgets, gadgets) have you used on your blog? (Sample size=active bloggers, multiple answer)

Visitor analysis 22.1%
Counter 20.4%
Movie, photo, animation 19.2%
Avatar 14.4%
Calendar 13.6%
Blog pet, character 12.0%
Clock 9.9%
Weather forecast 9.0%
Bookmark 5.9%
Fortune-telling 5.8%
Game, quiz 5.0%
Book review 4.3%
News headlines 4.2%
Search engine tools (search, Page Rank, etc) 4.0%
Maps 3.6%
Audio 2.8%
Temperature 1.2%
Other 7.4%
Never used blog parts 30.3%
Don’t know what blog parts are 7.7%
No answer 0.2%

Q6: Have you ever participated in a corporate-sponsored blogger event? (Sample size=active bloggers)

Been invited to and attended a corporate event 2.3%
Not been invited, but have attented events 2.2%
Never attended 56.7%
Don’t know what that kind of event would be 37.9%
No answer 0.8%

Q7: What is blogging to you? If you don’t have a blog, what image does it have for you? (Sample size=14,823)

Somewhere for writing about feelings, opinions, and what’s happening around me 29.9%
Somewhere to express myself 24.0%
Somewhere to enjoy communicating 12.4%
Somewhere to record, organise my information 6.7%
Somewhere to make money through affiliates, advertising 3.8%
Somewhere to let off steam 3.2%
Somewhere to use my knowledge, information to contribute to society 2.0%
Somewhere to try out my programming skills 0.3%
Other 12.5%
No answer 5.3%


Shane · May 30, 2009 at 06:04

What an interesting survey Ken. I have read that the Japanese have a whole different view of blogging from those in other countries and this survey proves it. Thank you for taking the time to translate and share it.

Jeshii · May 31, 2009 at 00:16

It reminds me of the line from “Across the Sea” by Weezer:

“You wanted to know all about me and my hobbies, my favorite food and my birthday.”

And when you think about it, otaku culture is all about hobbies, and Japan has such high quality food, it all seems to make sense!

auberginefleur · June 26, 2009 at 11:37

This (Japan) is the blogging I know, what is the “different view of blogging from those in other countries”?

Billy · September 17, 2009 at 12:16

crazy that wordpress isn’t even listed in: Q3: Which blog services do you use?

Kawaii Store · March 10, 2011 at 09:38

Love this! Great article, love your blog!

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