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For fans of statistics, this week's blawgosphere offers a small bounty, with two recently-released studies on (1) law professor blogging and (2) Supreme Court voting trends. Earlier this week, Paul Caron of Tax Prof Blog offered the results of his study of law professor blogs based on traffic statistics for the period February 2007 - January 2008. Not surprisingly, Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit tops the list with nearly 71 million visits, over five times more than Hugh Hewitt's Townhall Blog, the first runner up. Volokh Conspiracy ranked third, with 8.6 million hits.  However, in contrast to Reynolds and Hewitt, who post on politics and general interest matters, the VC deals largely with pure legal issues, often offering lengthy scholarly analysis.  Given the relative sophistication of the VC content in the blogosphere, where readers often have short attention spans, scoring over 8 million hits represents a significant accomplishment.  And in fact, I was surprised to learn that so many of the law professor blogs draw as much traffic in comparison to many practicing lawyer blogs.  For example, Immigration Law Prof Blog which ranked 25 on the list still boasted 188,000 visits or roughly 500 per day -- a number that many practicing lawyer bloggers would find enviable. 

In a different type of record keeping, SCOTUS Blog today released a new stats pack, showing the breakdown of how each Justice has ruled at the quartermark of the term.  One new statistic includes how often each Justice votes with the majority, both overall and in divided cases. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on February 22, 2008 at 03:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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