Some 17.5 million blogs are being published in China, according
to a new research by the China Internet Network Information Center
China has around 75 million blog readers, about 61 percent of
its online population of 123 million, the CNNIC reported.
The actual number of people who have signed up with accounts at
blogging services in China is even higher than these figures,
reaching almost 34 million by the end of August this year, the
However, half of these accounts have not yet been put into
regular use by their owners. Such "sleeping blogs" are a huge waste
of Internet resources, the CNNIC said in a statement.
Of the 17.5 million blogs that are in use, the CNNIC describes
7.7 million as "active." The organization defines active blogs as
those which are updated at least once a month.
The number of active blogs in China will most likely exceed 10
million by the end of the year.
Globally, some 175,000 new blogs are being created every day,
according to David Sifry, head of popular blog search site
(Shenzhen Daily October 18, 2006)