About Academic Blogging: A Round-Up

As a relative newcomer to blogging, I’ve been especially interested in thinking and learning about reasons for academics to blog, so I’ve been collecting links to articles and posts on this topic (or ones that would stimulate thought about it, one way or another). I thought I’d put the list up here, as it takes time to prowl around and find them in blog archives and so on. I’d be happy to be pointed to others (I’m sure there are many). All of these, of course, include links to other related posts or sites.

  1. “Form Follows the Function of the Little Magazine” (John Holbo, The Valve, March 31, 2005)
  2. “Academic Blogging and Literary Studies” (John Holbo, Crooked Timber, April 18, 2004)
  3. “Why Blog?” (Miriam Jones, Scribbling Woman, November 3, 2005)
  4. “The Blogosphere as Carnival of Ideas” (Henry Farrell, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 7, 2005)
  5. “Against Phalloblogocentrism” (Scott McLemee, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 3, 2007)
  6. Scott Eric Kaufman‘s Blogging Panel Paper (presented at the 2006 MLA Convention)
  7. “Bloggers Need Not Apply” (‘Ivan Tribble,’ Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2005)
  8. “They Shoot Messengers, Don’t They?” (‘Ivan Tribble,’ Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2, 2005)
  9. “Can Blogging Derail Your Career?” (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 28, 2006)
  10. “Blogging!” (Michael Berube, July 25, 2006)
  11. Workbook (April 3, 2006)
  12. “Why I Blog Under My Own Name (and a Modest Proposal)” (Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, College Park)
  13. “Historical Scholarship and the New Media” (Panel featuring Tedra Osell, Scott Eric Kaufman, Brad DeLong, Ari Kelman)
  14. “I’m Nobody, Who Are You?” (Tedra Osell discusses pseudonymous blogging in the context of 18thC periodicals; posted at The Long Eighteenth)
  15. Discussion on “In the Middle” of Michael Berube’s Midwest MLA Address (November 13, 2006)
  16. “Theorizing Blogging, Theorizing Theory” (Amardeep Singh, The Valve, April 19, 2006)
  17. Tim Burke, Easily Distracted (“The Trouble with Tribble,” “Publishing Presentation on Academic Blogging,” “Berube Stops Blogging“)

I would also be interested in hearing from any academic bloggers who happen across this post what level of interest or awareness there is in blogging in among their colleagues in their home departments. Are blogs and blogging seen as fringe activities, in relation to conventional modes of scholarly research and communication, or are they moving towards the mainstream? Are your colleagues skeptical, curious, enthusiastic, uninterested?

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