In something of a throw-away line in a recent post describing the birth of a new blog over at PrawfsBlawg Ethan Leib remarks: "... what academic bloggers can do well: actual commentary on scholarship".
What do others feel about Ethan's proposition? The ELS Blog editors continuously re-think the core premises underneath this blog and how it can (I hope) continue to add value for readers. Aside from perhaps a single handful of rare (and clearly warranted) departures this blog has steadfastly remained moored in all things germane to empirical legal scholarship, broadly defined. (And in the interest of full disclosure, this is a position I advocated at this blog's inception and continue to support.) However, other academic blogs--indeed, many other blogs, including some widely-read law blogs--conspicuously adopt a far wider stance and frequently delve into such areas as pop culture, personal narrative, political commentary, gossip, photography, etc. To be clear, there is no "right" answer to my general query, only perspectives.