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Academic Blogging Collection

I have compiled a collection of blog posts and articles on the subject of “Academic Blogging.” I have divided them up according to the blog or online journal in which they appeared, and then followed blog protocol by listing them in reverse chronological order. The majority of the blog posts are from law professor “blawgs,” but a few are from other academic disciplines. I fully realize that this collection, completed two weeks ago, is already outdated and that there are new discussions going on. But I believe that this compendium indicates the growing importance and sophistication of the legal academic blogosphere. In this context it is relevant to ask whether law student blogs will also achieve greater respectability, and contribute something of value to legal scholarship.

My intention is to demonstrate the value in organizing and structuring conversations from the blogosphere. These blog posts and articles offer extremely significant insights into the nature of academic blogging. This compendium fixes these insights into one readily accessible location, so that this resource can provide a foundation for future discussions.

I have also made available a Word document for downloading, containing all of the posts and articles with their URL's. I would like to thank the professors who contributed to this project and who offered me further suggestions.


Academic Blogging

A Collection of Blog Posts and Articles

I. American Constitution Society Blog

Bridging the Divide Between the Blogsphere and Law Reviews, Liz Aloi (Oct. 29, 2005): link

II. Althouse

Where are the women lawprof bloggers?, Ann Althouse (Jan. 09, 2006): link

Blogging: is it serious or fun?, Ann Althouse (Aug. 2, 2005): link

Academic blog controversies, Ann Althouse (Nov. 16, 2005): link

III. Balkinization

More Proof that Blogging Can Be a Form of Scholarship, Jack Balkin (Sept. 29, 2005): link

IV. Becker-Posner Blog

Introduction to the Becker-Posner Blog, Richard Posner (Dec. 5, 2004): link

V. The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Blogosphere as a Carnival of Ideas, Henry Farrell (Oct. 7, 2005): link

They Shoot Messengers, Don’t They?, Ivan Tribble (pseud.) (Sept. 2, 2005): link

Bloggers Need Not Apply, Ivan Tribble (pseud.) (July 8, 2005): link

VI. Cliopatria et al [History]

My Colleagues Speak Up…, Ralph E. Luker (Sept. 14, 2005): link

The Tribble Fall-Out, and what we can do about it, Rebecca Goetz (Sept. 13, 2005): link

Me and Professor Tribble, Mark Grimsley (Sept. 5, 2005): link

More Tribble, More Troubles, Miriam Burstein (Sept. 4, 2005): link

VII. Concurring Opinions

Blogging Without Tenure, Daniel J. Solove (Jan. 9, 2006): link

Blog Posts: Conversation or Publication?, Daniel J. Solove (Nov. 1, 2005): link

Editing the Blogosphere, Daniel J. Solove (Oct. 30, 2005): link

Why Blogging Is Good, Daniel J. Solove (Oct. 6, 2005): link

VIII. Conglomerate

(Sigh) Women & Blogging, Part 72, Christine Hurt (Jan. 8, 2006): link

To Delete or Not to Delete?, Christine Hurt (Oct. 30, 2005): link

Improving on the Perfection of Blogs, Christine Hurt (Aug. 2, 2005): link

IX. Crooked Timber

Blogging and Tenure, Henry Farrell (Jan. 10, 2006): link

Academic Blogging, Brian Weatherson (Sept. 14, 2005): link

Blogging and Academic Jobs, Henry Farrell (Sept. 14, 2005): link

X. DanielDrezner [Political Science]

So I See There’s An Article in Slate, Daniel Drezner (Nov. 18, 2005): link

So Friday was a Pretty Good Day…, Daniel Drezner (Nov. 5, 2005): link

Seven Days Later…, Daniel Drezner (Oct. 14, 2005): link

So Friday Was a Pretty Bad Day, Daniel Drezner (Oct. 8, 2005): link

Grad students: no blogs allowed, Daniel Drezner (July 8, 2005): link

Can academics be bloggers? Daniel Drezner (Mar. 13, 2005): link

Here Goes Nothing, Daniel Drezner (Sept. 10, 2002): link

XI. Ideoblog

Blogging: distraction from what?, Larry Ribstein (Jan. 9, 2006): link

Blogging and scholarly productivity, Larry Ribstein (Oct. 11, 2005): link

Blogging, tenure and the incentives of tenure committees, Larry Ribstein (Oct. 11, 2005): link

The Drezner tenure denial, Larry Ribstein (Oct. 11, 2005): link

Do Bloggers Just Want to Have Fun?, Larry Ribstein (Aug. 2, 2005): link

Blogging and tenure, Larry Ribstein (June 22, 2005): link

Blogging as academic publishing, Larry Ribstein (Apr. 12, 2005): link

XII. Insider Higher Ed.com

Notes from the Underground, Scott McLemee (Jan. 18, 2006): link

XIII. Instapundit

Blogging and Legal Scholarship, Glenn Reynolds (Jan. 8, 2006): link

Misconceptions, Glenn Reynolds (Sept. 6, 2004): link

Can a Blog Entry Count as Scholarship, Glenn Reynolds (June 17, 2003): link

Little Things, Glenn Reynolds (Tech Central Station) (Feb. 20, 2002): link

XIV. JohnHawks.net [Anthropology]

Hawks in Slate on blogging and tenure, John Hawks (Nov. 17, 2005): link

XV. Legal Theory Blog

Blogging, Legal Scholarship, and Academic Careers, Larry Solum (Jan. 9, 2006): link

XVI. Leiter Reports

Is the Internet Hurting Scholarship?, Brian Leiter (Apr. 20, 2005): link

Posner on blogs, Brian Leiter (Dec. 6, 2004): link

More on Academic Credit for Blogging, Brian Leiter (Jan. 9, 2004): link

Academic Credit for Law Blogging?, Brian Leiter (Jan. 9, 2004): link

XVII. PrawfsBlawg

Scholarship or Distraction?, Dan Markel (Jan. 9, 2006): link

More thoughts about blogs as a law professor’s medium, Doug Berman (Aug. 3, 2005): link

Topical versus generalist blogging, Kaimi Wenger (Aug. 2, 2005): link

More on the academic value of blogging, Rick Garnett (Aug. 2, 2005): link

Bloggership? On Blogs as Scholarship and Academic Blogging, Daniel Solove (Aug. 2, 2005): link

How might we improve blogs as an academic medium?, Doug Berman (Aug. 1, 2005): link

Blogs and Academic Disciplines, Ron Wright (July 29, 2005): link

Blogarship? Scholarlog?, David Zaring (July 6, 2005): link

Law Professor Blogger Census (Version 2.0), Daniel Solove (June 16, 2005): link

Should Law Schools Subsidize Blogging? For SSRN’s sake?, Dan Markel (Apr. 12, 2005): link

XVIII. Professor Bainbridge

Blogging and Tenure, Stephen Bainbridge (Oct. 13, 2005): link

Bloggers Just Wanna Have Fun, Stephen Bainbridge (Aug. 1, 2005): link

Academic credit for blogging, Stephen Bainbridge (Jan. 7, 2004): link

Blogging as Academic Work, Stephen Bainbridge (Aug. 3, 2005): link

XIX. Slate

Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs, Robert S. Boynton (Nov. 16, 2005): link

XX. TaxProf Blog

Blogging: Scholarship or Distraction?, Paul Caron (Jan. 8, 2006): link

XXI. The Volokh Conspiracy

Blogging and Scholarship, Randy Barnett (Jan. 9, 2006): link

Lawprof Blogging: Scholarship or Distraction?, Orin Kerr (Jan. 8, 2006): link

Boynton on Academic Blogging, Orin Kerr (Nov. 16, 2005): link

Drezner’s Denial and Academic Blogging, Juan Non-Volokh (pseud.) (Oct. 9, 2005): link

Why Blogs Will Not Replace Law Reviews, Orin Kerr (July 6, 2005): link

Query on Blogs and Legal Scholarship, Orin Kerr (July 5, 2005): link

Blogging and Blog-Reading – Why and Why Not?, Eugene Volokh (Apr. 8, 2005): link

The Future of Legal Scholarship?, Orin Kerr (Feb. 10, 2005): link

Are Blogs and SSRN Changing Legal Scholarship?, Orin Kerr (June 4, 2003): link

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Darn Typepad, ate my post, I think. Either that or I'm too naif to find my original. I beg your pardon if this repeats something I've already said.

Anyway. This news is a bit stale, and slightly off topic, but...

Dave Touretzky is a computer science professsor at Carnegie Mellon who maintains an Internet "Gallery" of CSS descramblers, all of which are nominally illegal, under the DMCA. He, however, claims the website as an academic publication and bases a freedom of expression defense on that, among other grounds. He explores legal issues relating to software patents, copyright, and the DMCA... and also posts the cease-and-desist letters he's received, as well as his responses to them.

This may interest you as another example of blog-as-scholarship (in this case, raising the stakes, the blog as actual, and controversial, academic research, which could not be performed in any other medium.)

Posted by: Rain Rain | Feb 5, 2006 7:28:53 PM

Ian--this is a great list! BUt you did leave off my Chronicle piece in response to Tribble. :)


Posted by: Rebecca | Feb 7, 2006 1:49:06 PM

Thanks, Rebecca! I will update the list and add your article. - Ian

Posted by: 3L Epiphany | Feb 7, 2006 2:14:48 PM

Thanks! I'll always pimp for more "Academic Blogging Is Good" Publicity. :)

Posted by: Rebecca | Feb 7, 2006 2:52:38 PM

Thank you for this resource!

Don't know if any of this is what you're looking for (e.g., specifically about blogging as an academic), but you might want to check out "Into the Blogosphere" http://blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/

Also I know many of us on the U of Minn's blogging service, UThink, write about these issues from time to time: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/

Posted by: Yvette | Feb 13, 2006 8:58:34 AM

Interesting. However, the details of "Blogging" have been more than adequately covered in most group dynamics and group discussion lectures in most Communication Departments in the Universities. The only real difference lies in the technology, we're just texting instead of speaking. "Like Duh!"

Posted by: Tallyrand | Feb 24, 2008 1:25:22 PM

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