November 8, 2005

Lawprof bloggers.

Daniel Solove is keeping track of all the lawprof bloggers -- at least the ones who want to be kept track of: Three of the five Wisconsin lawprof bloggers aren't on his list, as he notes here. Maybe the three he doesn't include would fall short of his standard for what makes something a lawprof blog:
There are a few blogs by law professors that I haven’t added to the census, as these are blogs solely about personal hobbies or experiences without connections to the law or the life of law professors. I discussed my decision not to include these blogs here. ... Professor Stephen Bainbridge has a blog about wine, but I am not listing it because it has no legal themes at all. But it’s a neat blog nonetheless! Anyway, there is no strong litmus test for inclusion, just at a minimum some posts about issues relating to law, academics, politics, or the life of law professors, law students, or lawyers.
This is an especially interesting question for me as I'm going to write a paper for a blogger conference about the value of doing a lawprof blogging that's not confined to law subjects. There's something of a trend toward staying very on-topic as a lawprof blogger. I'm (obviously) big on the countertrend.

Solove is taking special interest in the gender imbalance among lawprof bloggers:
Of the bloggers, 41 are female and 141 are male. There are 13 new female bloggers and 39 new male bloggers [in the last 5 months]. Female bloggers increased by 46% and male bloggers increased by 38%.
Things I'd count if I had the time right now: percentages of males and females doing group blogs versus solo blogs; the percentages of males and females doing focused law blogs versus multi-topic blogs. And it would be nice to know the male/female balance among lawprof bloggers who don't talk about law at all! I'd also like to know whether the new bloggers are disproportionately going into group blogging opposed to solo blogging and focused law-blogging as opposed to multi-topic blogging.

And I don't like the term "multi-topic blogging." I need some time to think up a better term than that one, which seems to connote an identifiable set of topics as opposed to an approach to blogging that that lets you talk about whatever strikes you as worth writing about at any given moment of your waking life. I thought of "well-rounded blogging," but I think that's has a silly self-promoting ring.

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Gerry said...

Stream of blogiousness.

griffin d. politico dog said...

You claim to be a moderate, but have ads on your site stating "Buy Conservative Advertising" and nothing of the sort for the other side.

Dogtown said...

Why not also expand the research toward a more detailed demographic of bloggers? I wish someone or some entity would go about this exercise.

Do bloggers tend to be married or single, kids or none at home, how much time devoted to blogging per day, education level, etc.

This I think would provide a valuable insight into whether or not there is a certain "type" of blogger, esp. if the data can be compared with the popularity of one's blog.


reader_iam said...


"Broad-blogging"? (Well, now that I think about it, this one might contain an inadvertent pun, I suppose, if the blogger is female, as you are. Originally I was thinking of broad (range) as opposed to narrow.)


Some word that implies stream of consciousness in some way? Or the concept of "in the moment" or constantly, in a sense, brainstorming?

A number your other commenters would be better at this--Victoria or Pastor Jeff and so forth. I hope they see this and join in: that would be fun.

Henry said...

broad blogging.

Uh oh. Not so good.

Carpet Blogging.



vbspurs said...

And I don't like the term "multi-topic blogging. I need some time to think up a better term than that one

Sundries? ;)


L. Ron Halfelven said...

Genblogging? Holoblogging?

vbspurs said...

Professor Stephen Bainbridge has a blog about wine, but I am not listing it because it has no legal themes at all.

Then there's his "straight" blog, which is surely listed.

BTW, quite coincidentally, I've spent most of my time on law blogs today (catching up from Wilma, etc.).

Volokh has wonderful stories, running the gamut from:

Why women don't like the Three Stooges


Judge Alito's missing Princeton thesis was found by an old prof of his, who is making it public (!)

And Bainbridge proper had a post about the lacklustre Halloween special on the Simpsons Friday.

All very Althousesque! Or indeed, Sundriesesque.


vbspurs said...

I got it!

Blog trotting.

It'll grow on you.

P.S.: One vote for Henry's Ecletiblogging here. Hey, it worked for Icepick.


Pastor_Jeff said...

Blognosis? (blog + knowledge)





I lke the sound of Hodgeblodge, but my current favorite is:


It certainly fits an artist with a law degree!

Ann Althouse said...

Griffin: If someone put together a moderate BlogAds group, I'd be happy to join. I was asked to join that one and I like to make money from my writing. That button takes you to a place to buy ads from a lot of sites grouped together under that umbrella. It doesn't imply that I only want conservative ads. I'd be happy to take ads for liberal causes of all sorts. I've never rejected an ad.

Pastor Jeff: You have a way with words!

bill said...

I'd think that by definition blogging would be multi-topic. Otherwise, I could see subdefining blogging into three general areas:

1. journaling - the personal diary. See Outer Life
2. General Interest or hobby. See Something Old, Something New
3. Vocational - writing about that blogger's profession. See The Food Whore

Obviously, almost every type of blog has cross-over. For example, is mostly vocational (law), with a healthy side of general interest. And I'd describe Althouse as the exact opposite: general interest with a side of law vocation. I find both to be very enjoyable and occasionally educational.

I tend to avoid the single-minded blogs (kos & LGF, to name two)because after awhile you've heard everything they have to say.

Performing Bear said...


JSU said...

"generalist blogging"

Mary said...

Quite clearly, Althouse is a "polyblog."

No, not a polliwog...

Dogtown said...


Finn Kristiansen said...

I think what griffin d. politico dog is trying to say is that he wants to put his money where his imagination is and actually buy and ad on your blog, acting as a ballast to keep you properly balanced and moderate. Yea, that's what he meant.

Recently I downloaded a chat software called Gaim, which allows me to see all my "friends" (and I use that term ever loosely) online, whether they are on AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, or MSN messengers. (Trillian software does this too, but with a lot more bloat). These softwares are often called Universal Chat clients.

Perhaps you can call the blog a universal blog.

Jim Gust said...

Impulse blogging.

Evan said...

Alternatives to "multi-topic blogging"--

open-topic blogging
general-interest blogging
wide-angle blogging

When your paper is finished, I hope you post your thoughts about "the value of doing lawprof blogging that's not confined to law subjects." From a purely stylistic point of view, weblogs that are too narrowly focused on one topic deprive readers of a chance to learn something about the blogger's personality. Not only can this make a weblog dull, but it can also pose a barrier for readers who want a little something more to enable them to trust the author who's providing the information or opinion they're reading. No matter how narrow the focus of a weblog, I think even a little "wide-angle blogging" goes a long way in engaging readers and building an audience for the weblog's author.

reader_iam said...

See, I knew y'all would be great!!!!!

knoxgirl said...

this is a job for ruth anne

Ron said...


Radar said...

adhoc blogging

bill said...

Or...if you're a lawyer on Arrested Development: boblawblog

amba said...

Variblogging or versablogging would both be good. Or a variablog.

Assortablog. Diversiblog. Divertiblog. Digressablog.

I also like multiblog vs. monoblog.

Portmanteau blog, Renaissance blog, bricoblog.

Now I'm going to cheat and look at for synonyms for versatile.


Here's a particularly nice bunch of words to play with. How many of them apply to Ann's blogging? (Hey, how about kaleidoblog! or mutablog!)

Main Entry: changeable
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: erratic
Synonyms: capricious, changeful, commutative, convertible, fickle, fitful, flighty, fluctuating, fluid, impulsive, inconstant, indecisive, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible, kaleidoscopic, mercurial, mobile, movable, mutable, permutable, protean, restless, reversible, revocable, shifting, skittish, spasmodic, transformable, transitional, uncertain, unpredictable, unreliable, unsettle, unstable, unsteady, vacillating, vagrant, variable, variant, varying, versatile, volatile, wavering, whimsical

amba said...

The opposite of a portmanteau blog would be a briefcase blog.

I think of a portmanteau as being like Mary Poppins' carpetbag: anything could come out of it.

Pastor_Jeff said...

Ann wrote:

Pastor Jeff: You have a way with words!

Thank you! I guess we'll find out. Your word game gave me the final inspiration for naming my new blog: Conblogeration.

Everyone, please feel free drop by and read, question, hurl bricks or whatever. How does one go about letting people know?

vbspurs said...

Pastor Jeff wrote:

Blognosis? (blog + knowledge)

Sounds terminal.


OMG! This is perfect for Wonkette, though.

She's like the gossip baglady of the Left.


Dibs for Sundries!


Eugene Volokh's blog. Or someone who is bitchily bipolar.


Quirky! I like it, PJ.

Though it does sound as if General Robert E. Lee might be leading its charge.

Ron wrote:


When you load the blog, it shows you what mood you're in.

Black - Trolly
Blue - Sarcastic
Red - Punchy
Green - Libertarian
Yellow - Jane Fonda


Ruth Anne Adams said...

blAAAg [your initials, or a roadside repair blog]

catholic blog [all of the universality that Finn requires, but a small "c" so as to not confuse the religious. Side benefit: errant hits]


blog-buster [unless you subscribe to NetFlix]

blog-umentary [to emphasize your preference for documentaries]

boomer-blog [a key demographic]

blog-agog [it'll have them talking]

blogophilia [but there are negative connotations there]

blogocracy [blogocrat]



Ron said...

Cosmic 8-Ball Blogging: you shake it at the beginning of the day, and it dictates what style of blogging you should do!

"Answer hazy, ask again later."
"All Signs Point To Yes."

How about Kaboodleblogging? It has an alliterative aspect with the double-b sounds being naturally funny... plus it ties in with "kit-n-kaboodle" which fits our desired theme of universalism...

DRJ said...

Random blogging.

F said...

It's such a pity that this only seems to include American law prof blogs - there are some pretty good European blogs by law lecturers as well, although it doesn't seem to have taken hold here to nearly the same degree... (boom boom...)

reader_iam said...

Ahhhhh. Good job! I knew you all would come up with great ideas! Nice to know that, every once in a while, expectations are not just met, but exceeded. And especially when it's not surprising, at all.

Bye, y'all.