Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Characteristics of North American Bird Blogs: Geographic Distribution

In my attempt to compile a comprehensive list of North American bird blogs, I have been concerned only with content and subject matter of the blogs that I reviewed. I have made no conscious effort to include or exclude blogs based on the country, region, or state/province in which the author(s) resided.

Distribution by Country

The 119 bird blogs (out of 125 total) for which the country of residence of the author(s) could be determined are distributed as follows:
  • United States – 109 (91.6%)
  • Canada – 6 (5.0%)
  • Mexico – 3 (2.5%, all by same author)
  • Netherlands – 1 (0.8%, as a sub-category in blog of former U.S. resident)
  • Distribution of U.S. Blogs by Region

    The 99 blogs (out of 109) for which the State of residence of the author(s) could be determined are distributed among six major regions of the country as follows:

  • Northeast - 36 (in DC, DE, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, VT, & WV)
  • Midwest - 23 (in IL, IN, IA, MI, MM, MO, OH, & WI)
  • West Coast - 17 (in AK, CA, NV, OR, & WA)
  • Southeast - 11 (in AR, FL, GA, LA, NC, & TN)
  • Southwest - 9 (in AZ & TX)
  • Interior West - 3 (in CO & MT)
  • Distribution of U.S. Blogs by State

    The 99 blogs (out of 109) for which the State of residence of the author(s) could be determined are distributed among 31 States and the District of Columbia as follows:
  • NY - 12
  • CA - 10 in California
  • IL, NJ, & TX - 6 each
  • OH - 5 in Ohio
  • DC, FL, & MN - 4 each
  • AZ, ME, PA, VT, & WA - 3 each
  • AR, CO, MA, MI, MO, NC, OR, WI, & WV - 2 each
  • AK, DE, GA, IN, IA, LA, MT, NV, & TN - 1 each
  • I have no idea what all this means, except that there seems to be some suggestion of a rough correlation between number of bird blogs and adult population (which would be totally expected). Look for additional analyses in future posts.

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    2 Comments:

    Blogger Carolyn H said...

    What!?! You mean those bird-crazed Brits don't have any birding blogs?? I can't believe that!

    Carolyn H
    www.roundtoprumings.blogspot.com

    November 29, 2006 1:37 PM  
    Blogger John L. Trapp said...

    Oh, sure they do! A whole section of my blogroll devoted to British/European bird blogs, and there is quite a number of them. Someday, I might get around to analyzing them, too.

    November 29, 2006 8:33 PM  

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