Blog Cross Posting and Multiple Postings

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4 Responses

  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    ” If readership overlaps substantially, it imposes too great a tax on readers to cross-post.”

    I think this concern is overstated.

    If I see a post on one blog that I already red on another, what it costs me is the time it takes to read the first couple of sentences, remark to myself “Oh yeah, I remember that one,” and click on the next post. A very small tax levy.

    In exchange for that VERY small payment by the readers of both blogs, the readers of only one get the larger benefit of seeing the subject post.

  2. I agree with the guidelines mentioned in the post. More people should follow them. I’ve been very surprised by the number of times Opinio Juris has received a submission, posted it, and then found the same post on one or two other international-law blogs. Each time, upon being queried, the author has said that he or she had no idea it was unacceptable to submit the same post to multiple blogs. I personally find that baffling — no academic would ever think it’s okay to publish the same article in multiple journals. Blogs are no different.

  3. Howard Wasserman says:

    I received this criticism during my guest stint here last fall. I defended it by pointing out that cross-posting was the only way to fulfill my commitments to my Prawfs home and to my CoOp visit. The alternative–post at one, link at the other–did not, IMHO, fulfill my obligations to either site.

    And although I did not say this at the time, I agree with Ken’s point–it is not really so taxing or burdensome for a reader to have to scroll past a post she already read at the other blog. It was suggested that this makes readers not want to visit either blog, which seemed overstated, to say the least.

  4. I cross-post at Ratio Juris and Religious Left Law (somtimes even to the Literary Table as well!), having informed those who run the latter blog I would do so when I was invited to join (although I don’t cross-post everything). Very few people, it seems, read either blog, and I have no qualms whatsoever about cross-posting. And I occasionally resurrect an old post to re-write (and improve), as I’m doing now for something on Jain logic and the comparative study of worldviews. In short, I’m with Howard on this one.