Thursday, February 19, 2009

Calling "Blog Rights"

Thomas introduced me to the practice of calling 'blog rights' to something. Having never heard of the practice, I called blog rights to 'blog rights'.

That was what, two months ago? More? It's been a while.

So here it is, at long last: the rules to calling blog rights (with addendum).
  1. The first person to call it gets it.
  2. You can't pre-call it (eg, no going "I call blog rights on the concert we're going to next weekend").
It's really a lot like calling shotgun. Here's the proposed addendum:
  • If someone calls blog rights to something, and NEVER POSTS IT, their exclusive rights expire. Let's say, in a week.
Does that work?


  1. Point of Order: How does future posting come into play with regard to the 1 week time limit?

  2. Uhhh.....

    I'll... it's ... you see...

    Here's the thing. The thing about forward posting... it's.... the things is...


    I... I don't know. That is a very good question.

    Especially since my forward posts have been up to three weeks in advance at some points (this past weekend, I only forward posted the items for this week, but I don't know how long I can resist posting more. It depends on how busy I am).

    So, if blog rights last a week, but I have a month's buffer...

    I'd say, I'd have to move some posts around so my post appears before the expiration date. Most of my posts are not time sensitive, so postponing one of them for a few weeks shouldn't make much of a difference.

    (Having said that, I will immediately contradict myself and say I'll likely be too lazy to shift my posts about, so the new post will go into the end of the queue, however long that is)

    It's up to the crowd though. Blog rights are not legally binding. ^_^

  3. It seems to me that the one week limit is binding (honorarily, not legally, as you pointed out), and therefore future posting may occur, provided the actual date on which the post "goes live" falls within the one week grace period.