why do academics blog?

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I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again. So here's what I give people who ask me this, in an attempt to clarify the value of blogging to those of us in academia. It's not all about personal confessionals. Really.

My Posts
you may ask yourself "how did i get here?"
blogging risks and benefits

Anders Jacobsen
Why I blog

Crooked Timber
The Academic Contributions of Blogging?
Academics and Blogging (see the comments)
Academic Blogging and Literary Studies
Lit Studies Blogging, Part II: Better breathing through blogging

Seb Paquet
Personal Knowledge Publishing and Its Uses in Research

Jill Walker and Torill Mortensen
Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool (PDF)

Collin Brooke
Blogging @ MEA (Collin's notes from the panel that I did with Seb Paquet, Alex Halavais, Clay Shirky and Jill Walker)


University of Minnesota's edited collection of essays, "Into the Blogosphere"

Feel free to add other favorite links to the wiki page I've set up.

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Christina added a useful link to the ASIST K-Blog Panel : mamamusing's links about why academics blog. Read More

Liz Lawly recently shared a great collection of edublogger's explanations for why they blog: I keep getting asked this question by colleagues here at RIT and elsewhere, and I find myself sending them the same links over and over again.... Read More

blogs from Bruce Landon's Weblog for Students on February 12, 2005 12:14 PM

Flipping the Question:"Why DON'T Academics Blog?" . Read More

A couple of days ago Liz Lawley posted a wealth of links on academic blogging. She has set up a... Read More

blogrounds, creationism from detrimental postulation on February 14, 2005 6:05 AM

Ralph Luker on "unexamined habits" is just great; The Little Professor brings news and fears of Beowulf film adaptations; and scribblingwoman leads us to something new and vaguely exciting: mamamusing's neat collection of academic blogging links. Th... Read More

mamamusings: why do academics blog? from Thoughts in and out of my mind... on February 25, 2005 8:02 PM

mamamusings: why do academics blog? : why do academics blog? As you can surmise I have become fascinated with blogging in education whether it is K-12 or college. Read More

Academic Blogs - why or why not? Read More

...Here, for example is a (perhaps somewhat arbitrary) collection of blog criticisim links I assembled for the talk... * Lawley, Elizabeth Lane. "Why Do Academics Blog?" Mamamusings. 8 Feb. 2005.... Read More


Hot off the presses from Amardeep Singh.

G got here first. I was going to mention Amardeep's post, too.

It's not exactly a 'why blog?' posting, but I've posted recently on the still-persistent snobbism that refuses to see blogs as a proper venue for serious academic discussion. I think I get at the value of academic blogging in that, in only obliquely.

In that post, I also reference Mark Dery's inaugural blog post at his Shovelware site. Again, maybe not quite what you're looking for, but I liked this mini-manifesto anyhow.

Blogging is a venerable scholarly tradition that goes back to the 1550's!!!! This is worth a scholarly article.

A corollary to this question might be: "Why do academics get their students to blog?" Or, do you really want bottom-up participation? To me, currently still an academic at the University of Michigan, one of the key advantages of blogging is that it allows bottom-up expression with fewer (I wanted to say no, but you're pretty sharp) filters. That makes more information available but does shift the editorial function.

One thing that may interest you is an experiment we have undertaken at the University of Michigan in creating a "Learning Blogosphere" where I tried to encourage bottom-up participation from students and feel I may have actually succeeded. I have begun to write about it here and plan on following up with various analyses over the next few weeks:


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