April 6, 2006

Law blogs.

Classified. Do you want your blogs classified?

14 comments:

JP said...

You've got a malformed link: One too many "http"s at the beginning.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks. Fixed.

Dave said...

Well, it seems efficient. Do you object to classification systems?

Ann Althouse said...

Now that you mention it, I dislike the West Key Number System.

Before I went to law school I had a day job that consisted of classifying everything in various magazines. Everything had to go in one and only one category.

Basically, with blogging, I like unclassfiable blogs the best, and for my own blogging, I'm interested to see what will strike me as bloggable next.

Ricardo said...

Still, "Law and Culture" gives you a lot of latitude.

L. Ron Halfelven said...

Do I want my blogs classified? Only if I can count on the NYT to leak the best entries.

Ian Best said...

Ann, thanks for the link.
I'd be interested to hear more about your aversion to classification systems. Is it a "march to the beat of your own drummer" perspective? Or is it simply that unclassifiable blogs are more interesting?

Ann Althouse said...

Ian: I like blogs that reflect an author's interests, especially where there is potential for continual surprise. I like a blogger who seems to be a full person, living in public, through the blog, not someone who is trying to improve his professional standing.

CB said...

I have a mixed reaction to this. On the one hand, it's nice to see legal blogs collected together like this; on the other hand, I'm not sure that sorting them into categories is very useful. I see blogs more as conversations than research tools. Maybe a better idea would be to have a site like--dare I mention it--Pajamas Media, where posts from several legal blogs are featured and readers are introduced to new blogs.

Ian Best said...

Ann, I understand what you're saying. I suppose it's a matter of defining what a blog is actually for. I have a category for "Lawyer Webjournals" (second to last category under 'V.') that is more along the lines of what you look for in a blog. Most of the blogs I've collected are informational rather than biographical, but I do think they have value to the legal profession and to the public. (They may not be as enjoyable to read, although some do a good job of blending professional and colloquial styles.)
CB, the last section of my taxonomy('VIII') has examples of what you are referring to.

elliot said...

To classify is an irresistible human impulse.

It's also often fruitless and counterproductive.


Much like my comment. ;)

jeff said...

With my background, when you say "classified" I think of something very different. I would instead use the term "categorized."

Or perhaps "pigeonholed" if I wanted to be negative about it.

Ian Best said...

One thing is for certain: There are many bloggers who WANT to be categorized, and who are very particular about where they belong. Lots of emails... (but I don't mind).

Ruth Anne Adams said...

I discovered that a branch of my law firm [rather, the law firm for which I work] has a blog. Way cool!