Have been blogging since around 2001…blogging on WordPress.com since May of 2004. About 21-years of Rompin’ Stompin’ blogging, and about 19-months of OBT (On-the Blog Training) that basically started wid the 4/4/2021 WordPress.com ‘n WordPress.org ‘n Web Hosting ‘n DreamHost – How to Disable Gutenberg and Keep the Classic Editor in WordPress post. Started the Web Hosting Info ‘n Ideas page on 4/9/2021, in an attempt to help remind me of what I had found. 😕

OBT is a lot like the OJT experiences I have had in the past, but for me, it’s without the pressure of doing it for a job. Maybe I need the pressure, or else I’m a slow learner or maybe just lazy, because after 19-months I only know a tad more than I did back on 4/4/2021!?! 🤔

Here’s what I know..so far

That I don’t know the technicals of blogging or much of anything about blogging beyond the basics.

As we head into 2023, there are over ‘600 million blogs in the world today, out of over 1.9 billion websites.‘ There may be 2.1 billion websites before I publish this post. 🙂

Tumblr has over 581.6 million blogs. WordPress has over 60 million blogs.

WordPress is the front runner in the content management space, but it lags behind Tumblr significantly when it comes to the number of blogs hosted on the platform. WordPress is home to around 60 million blogs, and this number is growing year on year.

Hostinger says there are over 77.8 million WordPress blogs. Still, even if you add both the 60 million figure plus the 77.8 million figure, that total falls way short of Tumblr’s 581.6 million.

I know absolutely nothing about Tumblr ‘n even less about TikTok.

TikTok is available in over 150 countries, has over 1 billion users, and has been downloaded over 200 million times in the United States alone. If your brand’s target audience includes anyone between the age 13 and 60, you should be on TikTok right now.

Great! At 76-years old, humble me is way too old for TikTok – \o/ ‘Hippity hip Hoorah‘ \o/ – so I won’t even check it out.

TikTok officially has over 1 billion monthly active users‘, but dig these numbers: ‘Facebook – 2.9B, YouTube – 2.2B, Instagram – 1.4B.

The greatest motivation for starting a blog is self-employment (24.2%), while 17% wanted to express themselves in a creative way, and 16% wanted to build an audience of their own.‘ Well, just “16% wanted to build an audience” surprises me.

Billions of social forum users all seemingly seeking followers…however, most of those forums may not be considered blog formats (?). Most WordPress.com blogs seem to be focused on gaining followers, viewers, comments, and likes. Heck, WordPress is constantly promoting ways to gain followers, audience, etc. Anyway, “16%” seems low, but I dunno

The most followers I have seen on a WordPress.com blog was around 23,000. TikTok’s “charli d’amelio” shows 141,200,000 followers. New word for me – “Influencers.” I’ve read articles where the word was used, but didn’t bother to check its meaning, e.g., Social media influencer charged with murder in the death of her boyfriend. Are all “Influencers” murders? 😉 Anyway, 36% of TikTok accounts (whatever?) have “More than 1,000,000 followers.” Geez…

One last group of stats, General Blogging Statistics: ‘Each month, approximately 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages. There are about 70 million posts being published each month by WordPress users’.

Ditto on the Geez, i.e., I got carried away wid the Stats here!?

WordPress.org

This one has often confused me whenever reading about it, and that confusion is one of the reasons I started the Web Hosting Info ‘n Ideas page. This is the area where my 19-months of OBT (On-the Blog Training) has been focused, but it is slowly seeping in, and these recent tests have helped me a lot quite a bit.

WordPress comes in three flavors:

  • Fully hosted with WordPress.com.
  • WordPress.com with an upgraded plan that allows most of the same functionality you find on self-hosted sites.
  • The self-hosted version, whose software is available for free at WordPress.org. Self-hosted WordPress requires purchasing hosting with another provider, such as Bluehost, GoDaddy, etc., and installing WordPress software on it.

Here’s a pic, but the actual link’s pic is easier to read:

I have only used Hostinger as my ‘Test Site‘ this year, and had my eye on their 48 Months plan @ $2.49 a month ‘n renews at just $6.99 a month. The ‘Test Site‘ ran me $13.66 for a month, on a Premium Shared Hosting plan, but I won’t be renewing it.

  • A free WordPress blog for testing is even a good idea for WordPress newbies to try before investing a lot of money and/or time blogging…I have one now on WordPress, not even Launched yet, and use it to test Featured images, etc. on.

WordPress.com

As mentioned earlier, I don’t know much about blogging beyond the basics, and even my blog ‘Terminology‘ can be wrong. ‘Thusly, I try to quote articles where the author probably has a better grasp of the ‘Proper Terminology‘. For example – Managed Hosting with WordPress.com:

WordPress.com is a hosted version of the open source WordPress software. You can choose to install WordPress on any host … Hosting at WordPress.com ensures your site will be up to date. We take care of updates to the WordPress software as well as updating versions of PHP … Plans don’t make a difference in the site’s loading time, as all WordPress.com sites are optimized for speed. The speed of your site depends on the theme you are using, your images, and plugins.

WordPress.com is “Managed Hosting,” which is hard to beat for an inexperienced blogger or even an experienced blogger like me who never bothered to go beyond the basics of blogging.

Conclusion of Part 1

I wasn’t planning on a series here, but those above numbers overwhelmed me!? Should’ve just stuck wid blogging platforms that I know, but those Tumblr numbers distracted me, and I didn’t even realize it was a blogging platform!?!

Made this a Part 1, and will get back on track, in an unplanned Part 2…