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Study Finds Oregon, Portland Are Blog Meccas

A new study out this week says 14 percent of Portland residents, are bloggers. That's the second-highest rate in the nation, after Austin, Texas. Ethan Lindsey reports.

15 percent of Austin adults are bloggers.

That's according to market research firm Scarborough Research. Portland came in second on that list, followed by Seattle and San Francisco.

Portland blogger and law professor Jack Bogdanski says that doesn't surprise him.

Jack Bogdanski: “Portland and Oregon are among the lowest-church attending in the country, so maybe they're blogging instead of going to church.”

The study says all the cities high on the list have young, highly-educated populations.

Bogdanski has some other theories.

Jack Bogdanski: “Maybe it has something to do with the weather. We're inside a lot of the time. I think in Portland, too, a lot of it is people take pride in the city, and the state, and the region.”

Some journalism groups question the study's numbers. If you have either written on or read a blog in the past month, you are considered a blogger.

Following that logic, if you read the newspaper in the morning, are you a newspaper reporter?

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