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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2011 Jan-Feb;14(1-2):13-20. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0403. Epub 2010 May 26.

Motives for maintaining personal journal blogs.

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School of Communication Studies, Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave., N.W., North Canton, OH 44720, USA.


Although much has been learned about political and news blogs, there has been a lack of research on personal journal blogs. They deserve further research attention because of the implications blogs have in many bloggers' immediate social networks, as well as the opportunities for scientific inquiry in a rich and evolving communication environment. This study explored bloggers' motives for maintaining personal journal blogs, or blogs that resemble diaries about one's personal life. Stemming from the uses and gratifications perspective, antecedents (age, sex, loneliness, disclosiveness) and blogging motives composed a model for predicting the amount of blog use. Seven motives emerged from online survey data: helping/informing, social connection, pass time, exhibitionism, archiving/organizing, professionalism, and get feedback. Age, sex, loneliness, and disclosiveness predicted different motives, and the total model (age, sex, loneliness, disclosiveness, and motives) was useful for explaining 13% of the variance in the amount of blog use.

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