November 08, 2005
Is Blogging Related to the "X Factor"
Posted by Christine Hurt

Dan Solove has posted version 3.0 of his census of the blogosphere.  You can see at a glance which schools have the most blogging activity.  (I think a per capita statistic would be interesting, but it's not my census!)

Yesterday, Vic was asking about the X Factor -- measuring the culture of productivity of a law school.  Bill seems to say that ssrn stats can measure the X Factor.  I think blogging stats can also measure the X factor and may be even more meaningful in the future, where everyone blogs for 15 minutes.  Take a look at the schools with the most bloggers, and I bet that many of these schools would also be on your list of schools that have the X Factor:

Chicago (14)
UCLA (7)
San Diego (7)
GW (5)
George Mason (5)
Stanford (4)
Northwestern (4)
Ohio State (4)
U.C. Davis (4)
Cincinnati (4)

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1. Posted by Paul M. Secunda on November 8, 2005 @ 14:26 | Permalink

As I asked in another comment to another post earlier: As a matter of empirical data, have legal bloggers' noticed if their law review placements have become better since they started to blog?

In other words, is it the more one blogs, the better law review placement one receives, and, consequently, the more likely one's law school increasingly becomes a preeminent law school? See the top-25 law review editor comment from the Nov. 6th post
on "The Driver of Law School Reputation," for some support of this view.


2. Posted by Christine on November 8, 2005 @ 15:48 | Permalink

Paul, I think no one is answering because no one knows. I've only sent out once since I've been blogging, and my placement was the same as my first placement and better than the other two. But, I sent out on different letterhead (see Kate's comments). A lot of well-known bloggers were well-known scholars before they started blogging, so it's hard to separate out different factors. I don't know of a well-known blogger who wasn't a serious scholar before blogging, actually.


3. Posted by Paul M. Secunda on November 8, 2005 @ 21:24 | Permalink

Christine, generally agree, but there are some bloggers who are just starting out in their academic careers. Consider many of the people on the Prawfs Blog for instance. Also consider the list Dan Solove just published. Although many are serious scholars in their field, certainly not all. In any event, very interesting post.


4. Posted by Illinois Birth Injury Lawyer on June 17, 2011 @ 0:49 | Permalink

I think no one is answering because no one knows. I've only sent out once since I've been blogging, and my placement was the same as my first placement and better than the other two.

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