And lately I have also been compiling a massive spreadsheet of all the craft blogs I have added to the RTG database. It includes contact info and other important stuff that I have been painstakingly retrieving from each blog (which makes me sort of wish that Tute-Bot could be a REAL robot that could do this work for me. But I digress.)
Well, as I was gathering this info by hand, I started to notice a lot of buttons that look like this:
You know what I'm talking about.
And being the nerd that I am I got curious to know what percentage of the craft blogs I was looking at were by Mormons. And since I was already collecting other info it was easy to add another column to my spreadsheet.
Keep in mind that the sample size is pretty small -- only 500 blogs so far.
What I found was a bit surprising. Out of 500 blogs, 26 had one of these buttons or otherwise stated in an obvious way that the bloggers were Mormons. That's just a bit more than 5%.
It doesn't sound like much until you realize that according to Wikipedia* Mormons make up 1.7% of the population in the United States.
So if I understand the data correctly then Mormons are about three times as likely to be craft bloggers as the general population.
And that's not counting the bloggers who are Mormon but don't happen to use the buttons or otherwise mention their Mormon-ness.
So this begs the question. Why are Mormons so darn crafty? Are they craftier than the rest of Americans? Or are they just more likely to blog about it?
I pose these questions with total respect and admiration.
*Say what you want to about Wikipedia but I trust it for most things based on this.