Where have all the bloggers gone? Well, basically the places you would expect. Lots in Boston, lots in Austin, lots on the coast, and a surprising dispersal in Florida (?). This is, of course, a work in progress. I had hoped to get something together for the weblog ecosystem workshop next month at WWW, but didn’t quite make the deadline. (And didn’t find out until too late that the deadline had been pushed back a week!) Luckily, one of my advisees is more diligent and got in a preliminary piece of her dissertation. The paper looks at a procedure for estimating the location of a given blog.
The map here is based on a sample of a listing from the NITLE census, and looks only at blogs hosted by Livejournal and Diaryland. If I can update it to include self-owned domains (maybe sometime in the next couple of weeks), I’ll put that up too. Basically, the circles indicate the number of bloggers in each area defined by the first 3 digits of the zip code.