I’m struck by the similarities in careers of so many bloggernackers (and probably bloggers in general). In fact, outside of four major groups, it’s fairly hard to think of others. The major categories are:
The lawyers: Myself, Nate, Adam, Greg, Matt(?), Steve Evans, Aaron Brown, Dave Underhill, etc.
The professors or students: Russell, Jim, Gordon, Adam when this blog started, Logan, Bob(?), Ben Huff, Ben Spackman, Melissa Proctor, Taylor Petrey, etc.
The stay at home mothers: Kristine, Julie
The techies: Clark Goble, Grasshopper, Eric Stone, Kim Siever
That seems to largely cover it. Where are the doctors? The accountants? The bankers? The architects? They don’t seem to write Mormon blogs (or perhaps I just haven’t noticed them). A rare exception to the trend is our current guest blogger Jeff Lindsay. There have been a few other exceptions, such as frequent commenter Gary Cooper.
I suspect that it has to do with the requirements for blogging. One needs a computer, time to access it, and some writing ability. Professions that spend a lot of time by a computer are more likely to contribute to blogging, while professions that don’t — fire fighters, park rangers — are less likely.
And it probably has something to do with connections. Existing connections make it easier to jump into the bloggernacle. Nate and I communicated already on the LDS-Law e-mail listserv, so it was a natural next step to hop into blogging. Steve Evans knew me from law school, and (I think) caught the blogging bug from T & S. And so forth.
As a quick side note, casual observation of mine suggests that the bloggernacle is similar to the blogosphere in general, which has a lot of lawyers (Talkleft), professors (Reynolds, Volokh), techies, and stay at home moms (A Small Victory, I think). However, the blogosphere are large also has a lot of journalists — Josh Marshall, Mickey Kaus, Andrew Sullivan, Gregg Easterbrook. I wonder where all the Mormon-journalist-bloggers are?