How Many Grains of Sand on a Beach? (Counting Blogs)

Deep philosophical questions or trivial trivia? “How many stars are there in the sky?” “How many grains of sand on the beach?”

The question of How many blogs and bloggers? How big the blogosphere? from blogcount yields an estimated 2.4 to 2.9 weblogs as of Monday, June 23, based on reports of the big centrally hosted systems, some off the cuff estimates of others, and yet another extrapolation fudge factor.

Oops! Typo patrol…. that should be 2.4 to 2.9 million weblogs. Thanks D’Arcy ;-)

For even more numbers, see also the NITLE Blog Census which has spidered and indexed 655,557 weblogs as of today.

Despite all the recent interest in blogging, few hard numbers are available about the extent of the phenomenon, particularly in languages other than English. The NITLE Blog Census is an attempt to create and share a regularly updated database of all known weblogs.

The census has been active since early May, 2003.

Our crawlers search the Web for weblogs, and attempt to categorize them by language and authoring tool.

The final accurate answer to how many blogs there are?

A lot.


A whole bunch.

More every day.

<tiphat>by way of jill/txt</tiphat>

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  1. Damn RSS readers get my typo-ridden posts out there too quick.

    Correct, I left off the crucial “million”, now updated above.

    True, I have 4.3563893411234 weblogs here ;-)

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