Are Biblioblogs Dying?

Are Biblioblogs Dying? March 23, 2014

Brian LePort and then Claude Mariottini asked whether biblioblogs are dying.

No, they aren't.

Of course, Brian went on to ask the question in a manner more focused on blogs about the Bible run by laypeople and students. With more professors and professionals blogging, there may well be a decline in interest in some biblioblogs. But that would not represent the death of biblioblogs in general. And I suspect that, as long as someone has interesting things to say and an entertaining way to say them, there will be room for their blogs. Some of the most popular blogs – and some that seem to definitely be increasing in popularly – are not ones that even claim to offer some particular expert perspective.

Now that it has become a part of everyday life that experts talk about their work publicly, I don't see that ever disappearing completely. It may happen less via one particular platform and more through another at various points in the future. But what blogging represents will, I believe, continue.

What do readers of this blog think? What is the future of biblioblogging, if indeed you think there is one?

And do we need (with HT to Rod) a song to express this – a version of the famous children's song from church, with lyrics that say something like “Blog's not dead NO it's still alive…”?


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  • brianleport

    I guess this is both a positive and a negative take in my opinion. I am glad that scholars are involved. It helps prevent the dissemination of misinformation and it educates the public in the best possible way. On the other hand, it seems like biblioblogs were an opportunity for people who may never get published, but who have something to say. I hope that those people continue to have readership since I think they have been a valuable part of our conversation. I guess the rise and fall of a blog and whether or not someone has something useful and interesting to say must be interconnected.