One of the bloggers I’ve become familiar with in the last several months (his name is Michael and he writes http://minnesotafarmer.wordpress.com) left an interesting comment on my blog the other day. Yes, yet another time in which someone’s input inspired me to do a little looking and see what else could be learned on a topic. Michael’s comment said in part “I was wondering about the age of those who blog on ag. At 57 I would bet I’m one of the older ones.”
I thought to myself…. bloggers do seem to be typically from the younger set but a lot of stats would say our farmer population is aging. So where are were on averages? So I thought I better find something that I could use as a guideline and after a bit of Googling, came up with this:
Bloggers are younger and better educated but earn less than the general U.S. adult (18+) population – and they are more likely to be single, male, and actively engaged in new media, according to a study by BIGresearch……
They also tend to be younger, with an average age of 37.6, compared with 44.8 for the US adult population
I can’t help but think of the room during the AgChat Foundation Conference and all the faces we had there. There was a wide range of folks I was able to talk to. Some like Michael are telling their stories for kids and grandkids. Others simply feel they need to set the record straight. Still others are just passionate about both agriculture AND communications so it was an automatic fit.
I have to say, on the age, I’m not willing to guess the high end but I do know that the younger people in the room were DEFINITELY in an age group where I would be mom age (if it weren’t for me being tragically hip LOL).
So I’d love to know a big about ag bloggers and here’s a poll or two to consider weighing in on.