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February 5, 2006

Some deep meta-blogging thoughts

In addition to being obsessed with sentencing issues, I am also a bit obsessed with meta-blogging issues, particularly the power, potential and pitfalls of blogging as a medium for lawyers and law professors.  (As discussed previously here, I am trying to find time to write a piece about blogs as legal scholarship, which builds on themes I developed at PrawfsBlawg here and here concerning how blogs might be improved as an academic medium.)

Anyone interested in these meta-blogging issue should be sure to check out this amazing post over at the new blog 3L Epiphany.  Ian Best has assembled "a collection of blog posts and articles on the subject of 'Academic Blogging' [which] indicates the growing importance and sophistication of the legal academic blogosphere."  Ian explains that his goal is "to demonstrate the value in organizing and structuring conversations from the blogosphere," and he also thoughtfully asks whether law student blogs will come to "achieve greater respectability, and contribute something of value to legal scholarship."  (By my lights, many law student blogs such as Crescat and De Novo and even BTQ already do.)

I am already a fan of 3L Epiphany (and I know Ian has many insights to share) because last summer Ian helped me create this set of webpages on sentencing resources, which sought to organizing some of my posts on topics such as Blakely in the States and Booker in the Circuits and Drug Sentencing.  In addition, Ian is already garnering much attention (and creating a blogstorm?) because he may be the first law student seeking to earn academic credit for blogging.

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Have you done the lawgeek equivalent of googling one's name -- i.e., searching Westlaw and Lexis for mentions of your blog? Unfortunately, De Novo turns out to be a rather common legal term and therefore difficult to search, but those with more uncommon names have turned up results.

Posted by: PG | Feb 7, 2006 5:27:15 PM

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