Six Years Blogging (Skinner)

BlogI wasn’t really paying attention, but when I got to my office, wordpress.com had sent me a “Happy Anniversary” message. Six years ago today, unemployed with a PhD in hand (and living with a wife and three kids in my in-laws’ home), I started my first blog, PEJE IESOUS. I spent the first four and a half years blogging there and have spent the last year and a half here on Crux Sola, blogging with Nijay.

I’m not sure how “successful” I am or have been as a blogger as it is only one small piece of my life as an academic. However, I have enjoyed it and it has served as a way for me to flesh out ideas and interact with those in the field. I would say, “here’s to six more years,” but I wonder if biblioblogs will even be around then(?). Who knows how things will have changed by 2021? So, instead I’ll say, “Here’s to tomorrow!”

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Do Online Resources Belong in Academic Footnotes? (Skinner)

Today while finishing up a review for a monograph (one I really liked, by the way), I wrote the following:

“I also noted at least seven instances where [author] references an online resource or a particular conversation taking place within the blogosphere. This is only the second book I have reviewed in which a number of online resources are cited and I remain ambivalent about the place of such materials in an academic monograph. While it is probably the case that blogs and online discussion boards are here to stay, one wonders whether we have arrived at the place where such materials rise to the level of being included alongside peer-reviewed journals and monographs.”

I am interested to know what our readers think of this. Please share your opinion as I am genuinely looking for a broader perspective on this.