My view is that work posted at a personal blog or an online workshop is not published, unless the blog itself is an online journal – of which there are many. Should that work be accepted at Blue Fifth Review, I would ask that it be removed from the blog or workshop archives.
Sam also says (commenting here):
At Blue Fifth, I only accept unpublished works by writers.
I have a notebook blog where I post drafts of poems, hoping to obtain comments. I may edit the works or leave as is, but I only keep them posted for five or six days, then remove them. I have had several of those drafts accepted for publication – but those poems that have been accepted aren’t archived at my blogs. I don’t consider those poems to have been published simply because they appeared for a short time at my blogs.
Many thanks for commenting, Sam. Would you consider editing the Blue Fifth Review guidelines to reflect your policy on this issue?
*Update*: Blue Fifth Review’s guidelines now read:
The editor will consider work that has been posted on a personal blog, myspace or an online workshop with the following stipulation: Should the submission be accepted at Blue Fifth Review, the work should be removed all posts and archives of the blog, myspace, or workshop.
Thanks again, Sam!
More on the blog-posted poem issue here.