Steve promised new criteria some time ago and with the presence of someone like, well, I won’t mention the name, it has become much more important to establish some sort of criteria. Anyway, this morning, Canadian-biblioblogger Scott Bailey asked the question, Who/What is a Bibliblogger? While Steve doesn’t quite answer it, he does provide criteria for inclusion in the list currently maintained by Steve and others, which evolved from N.T. Wrong?’s old list some many eons ago.
The core requirements are:
1) Relevance – It must be primarily about Biblical Studies, a sub-field, or a very closely related field. A blog about Biblical archaeology would fulfill this criteria, a blog about archaeology that touches upon Biblical finds every once and a while is not.
2) Academics – Where blogs tend to be a bit less formal than other media to begin with, a combination of citing sources, utilization of academic methods and adherence to ‘mainstream’ academic theories as the basis of argument tend to fulfill this criteria. Blogs primarily about personal theology, homilies or apologetics do not qualify for this criteria (but may qualify as a Related Blog below).
3) Civility – It must — barring traditional sarcasm or banter — keep proper decorum, free of disrespect for other bloggers. Direct personal attacks against other bloggers will result in disqualification.
One of the additional requirements involves self-publishing, of which I would take an issue too, especially since publishing houses are relatively new and often times, might choose to publish not based solely on content but on the ability sale.
This brings me to the next issue – I would suggest excluding commerical sites (I am thinking of sites like Challies, but not Patheos).
I would also include a requirement that conspiracy theorist do not a biblioblogger make. Granted, the one of two conspiracy theorists who like to pretend that they are bibliobloggers will be disqualified on the 3rd Core alone.
Also, I have to wonder if it would be possible, like a previous list had, a list of professional status, such as ‘student’ or the such.
Anyway, I like and support what Steve is doing.
For the next bit, my biblioblogging will focus on my academic work, specifically, Rhetorical/Narrative Criticism in the The Gospel of Mark.