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Columbus blogging featured in The Other Paper

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The Other Paper wrote YOU’RE WELCOME

BY LYNDSEY TETER / MAY 8, 2008

Ranked as the No. 8 most active blogging community in the nation, an estimated 10 percent of Columbus inhabitants regularly pounded the keyboard in 2007, offering up online commentary themselves or consuming somebody else’s, according to Nielson Media Research.

Walker Evans, the longest-running and best-read Columbus blogger, described his vocation in similarly grandiose terms. “I don’t feel like I’m the only one who is feeling the effects of a city-wide awareness,” he said.

Six and half years earlier, long before online diaries were trendy, Evans began ColumbusUnderground.com as a mere side project. Nowadays, the community message board hauls in about 200,000 visitors a month. His personal companion blog, an offshoot of CU called the Walker Evans Effect, draws in a couple hundred visitors a day. Web traffic is high enough that, unlike other local bloggers, Evans is able to run Columbus Underground as a for-profit business.

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