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Who blogs more, law students or medical students?

Nick Genes, a medical student blogger of some notoriety (i.e., I know about him) asks, "How come law students blog more than medical students?" (Also posted here.)

That law students are more likely to maintain a blog seems to make intuitive sense. I'm always stumbling across law student blogs; discovering a new med student blog seems like a rarer event. It also fits with my experience of both that law students would blog more than medical students. Law students just seem like bloggier people. At least the ones that I've known.

It's harder to confirm these subjective impressions with real numbers. For instance, how many of each kind of blog are there? Nick cites a blog post that compares the number of Google hits for "law student blog" (276,000) to the number for "med student blog" (16,000). But when I tried "medical student blog," I got 113,000 hits. Many of those were European med student blogs, and many others were websites that just mention blogs and medical students, but aren't themselves med student blogs.

Even if we knew exactly how many of each kind of blog existed, we'd have to compare these with the total number of each kind of student. Even though law school is only three years compared to four for med school, there are more than twice as many law students: 138,000 law students, compared with 66,000 medical students (simple math used to get the totals).* This ratio could be reproduced with some highly selective interpretations of the number of blogs based on Google searches, making it seem like law students and medical students are equally likely to blog.

I don't believe it. I think there really are more law student blogs per capita, but I need a more effective way of determining the number of blogs in each category.

Anyone got any bright ideas?