An interesting article in The Guardian describes the “1% Rule”:
it’s an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will “interact” with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.
Question: does the 1% Rule apply to the Bloggernacle?
I haven’t been around since we emerged from the primordial slime of LDS-Phil, but nearly so. In the past few years I’d say that the 1% rule is being generous at best. Many, many more of us read and skim than comment, and many, many more of us comment than generate content of our own. I’ve wondered in the past why this is so, and others have as well (our own Karen hall has hinted at it in two separate posts, here and here). I’m not convinced that lurking is necessarily a bad thing, nor do I believe that everyone should get their own blogs going (though some should, I guess). The level of activity is an interesting concept, however. Let me throw out a theory, and you tell me whether you agree: the level of participation in the bloggernacle is roughly equivalent to the level of participation in the Church as a whole.
Of course I have only rough internet data to give me an idea of bloggernacle participation, and my data points for church activity are anecdotal at best, but I find it an intriguing idea. I think our little blog world is much more like our church world than we typically believe. The difference: Church activity needs to be increased. Does Bloggernacle activity need to be increased?