‘The Bloggy Way of Doing Things’: Reassessing the Blog Via Social Interactional and Social Constructivist Approaches, May 2008, Marcelo A. Vieta, PhD Candidate in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto, Canada;Associate Member, Applied Communication and Technology Laboratory, Simon Fraser University (http://actlab.org/) 

Blogs are, like all communication technologies, two-folded: The evolution of blogs into elegant and easy-to-use and -administer sites for self-publishing and network-building has been guided as much by the technologies that undergird them as it has by the life-world needs, desires, meanings, and social practices that bloggers mediate through them. In order to understand this two-foldedness, this article draws out a social constructivist and social interactional theory of the blog and the sociality that it mediates—“the bloggy way of doing things”—and explores the ways that bloggers are immanently (re)inventing blogging technologies via their very social and self-presentational practices.

To Blog or not to Blog? Technology, Blogging from a Pedagogical Consideration and Teaching International Economic Law: Taking Blogging Seriously from the Lens of AfronomicsLaw Blog, Vellah Kedogo Kigwiru; Technische Universität München (TUM),  PhD Candidate; August 2021

In this article, the author focuses on the role of academic blogging as one of the digital tools that has great potential in shaping scholarly development in international economic law in the Global South. The AfronomicsLaw blog, launched less than two years ago, has exponentially grown, and therefore this blog article provides scholars, legal practitioners, policy makers, law students and readers and followers of the blog in general with an opportunity to assess the benefits of academic blogging through its lens.

Scholarly publishing is stuck in 1999, Stephen Cornelius,  Product manager, Apr 15, 2018 

The digitisation of scholarly publishing from the late 1990s transformed the industry and the working lives of the world’s students and researchers. Scaling constraints on publishing, distribution and readership were swept away. An explosion of growth and consolidation followed, and the volume of research written and read soared ever upward.

Two decades of dizzying technological change have passed. But research publishing seems stuck with those that were employed when it first went online.

Blogging, Journalism & Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground, (January, 2005), Rebecca MacKinnon, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Harvard Law School) Fellow

“Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground” was a conference held in late January, 2005, at Harvard, at which a group of 50 journalists, bloggers, news executives, media scholars, and librarians sat down to try and make sense of the new emerging media environment. We are entering a new era in which professionals have lost control over information, not just the reporting of it, but also the framing of what’s important for the public to know. To what extent have blogs chipped away at the credibility of mainstream media? Is credibility a zero-sum game . in which credibility gained by blogs is lost by mainstream media and vice versa? Conference participants believed the answer, ultimately, is no. Bloggers and professional journalists alike share a common goal: a better informed public and a stronger democracy. So now what?



What Tradition? Whose Archive? Blogs, Googlewashing, and the Digitization of the Archive, (2009 ), Brian Treanor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University

Jacques Derrida (Archive Fever) foresaw that the digitization of the archive would have important ramifications for law, politics, intellectual property rights, etc. To some extent, this insight has already been realized. Blogs provide an important outlet for dissent in countries like Iran and China-two countries with very large and active blogging communities despite oppressive governments-where more open displays of dissent are swiftly, and often brutally, put down.

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom, (2015), Jasminka Kochoska, Josif Petrovski; International Journal of Science Research

Encouraging students to blog about topics from other classes helps them see connections among subjects and realize that writing is a worthwhile skill in any field. Blogs have the potential to expand student creativity and their writing skills. These are 21st century students and are adapting to a digital world that they are eager to learn from. Educators are using blogs in many ways including as online portfolios, for student personal reflective journals, as a record of field notes, as discipline specific spaces for knowledge sharing, as a space for student dialogue and for class administration. 

Blogging and the Transformation of Legal Scholarship, (2006),  Lawrence B. Solum, Georgetown University Law Center

The relationship between blogging and the future of legal scholarship is a product of other forces–the emergence of the short form, the obsolesce of exclusive rights, and the trend towards the disintermediation of legal scholarship. Those forces and their relationship to blogging will be the primary focus of this paper. The transition from the “long form” to the “short form” involves movement from very long law review articles and multivolume treatises to new forms of legal scholarship, including the blog post, the idea piece, and the use of collaborative online authoring environments such as wikis.

U.S. Supreme Court Current Awareness and Legal Blogs in the Law Library (May 19, 2016), Justin Abbasi, submitted to Professor Penny A. Hazelton to fulfill course requirements for Current Issues in Law Librarianship, LIS 595, and to fulfill the graduation requirement of the Culminating Experience Project for MLIS University of  Washington Information School, Seattle, Washington.

An essential characteristic of the Court is its inaccessibility. Coupled with the necessity of current awareness to understand the Court, the constitutional design of American society requires a union between the Court and the media in order for the opinions of the Court to reach the citizenry. Legal blogs have become one of the leading current awareness sources for the Court.

BlogForever: D3.1 Preservation Strategy Report, (September 30, 2012), Yunhyong Kim, Seamus Ross, Karen Stepanyan, Ed Pinsent, Patricia Sleeman, Silvia Arango-Docio, Vangelis Banos, Ilias Trochidis, Jaime Garcia Llopis, Hendrik Kalb. 

This report describes preservation planning approaches and strategies recommended by the BlogForever project as a core component of a weblog repository design. The report discusses why the project leaders want to preserve weblogs,  what exactly they are trying to preserve,  a review of past and present work, and why current practices in web archiving do not address the needs of weblog preservation adequately. 


Oh My Blawg! Who Will Save the Legal Blogs? (November 12, 2013), Caroline Young, Rutgers Law Library-Newark Reference and Technology Librarian.

Legal professionals continue to need access to legal blogs for their scholarly, historical, and practical research. However, at this time there is no concrete solution guaranteeing the continued availability of the wide range of legal blogs. Without immediate action, the essential content of legal blogs may be lost forever. This article provides an overview of the state of legal blog preservation and suggests a blueprint for creating an optimal process to ensure continuing access to vital legal blogs.