Pittsburgh, Third Bloggiest City

I meant to do this post a few weeks ago about Outside in and USA Today ranking us as the third “bloggiest”, city in America. I think recording blogs by geographic area is pretty recent, but the stats ring true. Pittsburgh clearly has a lot of serious, smart bloggers and I think they are starting to have an impact on the city’s culture. The number of good stuff is way too much for me to read.

“Well, the figures represent the total number of place-based blog posts in March and April per 100,000 residents in the cities’ metro areas. So to arrive at this list we just took the total number of place-based blog posts in a city’s metro area, and divided by the
number of people living in that area.”

It seems like a few people are a bit upset about this, like David in Manhattan.

“Wow. I am really upset. I understand why Boston is ranked #1. And I’m OK with it. Really. But for New York City to be #6, well, that’s just embarassing! With all due respect to Philly, Pittsburg (Pittsburgh?), D.C., and Portland (OK, I get Portland), but NYC #6? Can we find out how Manhattan ranks? I think that would be more fair.

I say we have a contest. You know us New Yorkers. We’re very competitive!
(Disclaimer: some of my best friends are from Pittsburgh.)(Oh, and I suspect I’ve offended several million people. My apologies. But can we look into the Manhattan thing?)”

“1. The demographics of a city’s metro area strongly shape its blogginess quotient. Cities like New York may have areas, like Brooklyn, that are very blog-dense, but if they also have big areas where blogs are sparse (like the Bronx), that will lower their overall post-to-resident ratio, making them less-bloggy cities. Chicago, Los Angeles and New York all scored lower on the list for this reason – they had lots and lots of local blog posts, but the sheer number of people living in those areas blew that number away. If your metro area has 19 million people in it, you’ve got to do a lot of blogging to get on the bloggiest cities list.”

“2. Blogginess in a city is reflective of growth, civic activism, and a writerly population. Boston, as the bloggiest city, has a hot economy, is notorious for local political activism, and has a university every other block, which all combine to push it’s post-to-resident ratio up-up-up.”

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