The results from a recent study are in. Pingdom recently pulled the list of the top 100 blogs in the world from Technorati and identified which platform each site was using.

WordPress Continues to Rise in the Top 100 BlogsAccording to the study WordPress continues to strengthen its position as the dominating Content Management System (CMS) or blogging platform used by the world’s top 100 blogs. This year, WordPress is used by 52% of the top blogs, up from the 48% we identified in Pingdoms’s 2012 study.

With over 65 million WordPress sites in the world, it’s clear that Automattic’s platform is popular and keeps on gaining in popularity

Let’s look at another data source. Google Trends.

The following chart compares Blogger, Drupal, SharePoint, and WordPress. WordPress is clearly way ahead of other CMS’s.

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Source: Google Trends (Click to view chart)

The Future of Blogging

There’s no denying that blogging has changed in the last few years, especially with the arrival of social media like Facebook and Twitter. For many of us, what we used to blog about we now publish to social networks.

But there’s also no denying that blogging is not gone. It has, however, changed as have the tools used to publish blogs with. Some, like WordPress, started out as blogging platforms and has taken on more general content management functionality. Others have developed in the opposite direction. Even though it will be increasingly hard to distinguish what is a blogging platform we are certainly interested in following the developments.

Which platform do you use and why? Let us know in the comments below.