Section C Compound Dictation
Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. For some, it becomes an (36) ______ . Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel (37) ______ if they don't keep up. As they spend more time leaning over their computers, they (38) ______ family, friends and jobs. They blog at home, at work and on the road. They blog openly or sometimes quietly so as not to call attention to their habit. The number of bloggers has grown quickly, thanks to (39) ______ like blogger.com, which makes it easy to set up a blog. Technorati, a blog-tracking service, has (40) ______ some 2.5 million blogs. Of course, most of those millions are (41) ______ or, at best, maintained infrequently. For many bloggers, the (42) ______ soon wears off and their persistence (43) ______ . Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. (44) _______________________________________________________________ . By Jupiter Research's estimate, only 4 percent of online users read blogs. Indeed, if a blog is compared to a conversation between a writer and readers, bloggers are having conversations largely with themselves. Perhaps a chronically small audience is a blessing. For it seems that (45) ______________________________________________________ .
Mr. Pierce is a regular blogger who lives in Hollywood and works in the entertainment industry. He said (46) ______________________________________________________________ . "There is this seductive thing that happens, this kind of snowball-rolling-down-a-hill thing, where the sheer momentum of several years' posting becomes very keenly felt," he said. "And the absence of posting feels like-I don't know, laziness or something."