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The Perils of Blogging:

I've been meaning to post on this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education by the pseudnymous(!) Ivan Tribble, "a humanities professor at a small liberal-arts college in the Midwest," about how blogging can hurt folks in the academic job market. Titled "Bloggers Need Not Apply," the essay suggests that blogging has more costs than benefits for academic job seekers.

Ann Althouse notes that the article conspicuously avoids "the one really serious danger that a responsible, high-quality blogger faces: revealing your politics." Daniel Drezner has some additional thoughts here that are also well worth the read. I don't have much to add to what they've already said, so go read their posts.

Susanna:
Obviously, it's idiotic to use your blog as a vehicle for gossiping about your colleagues, discussing your bizarre fantasies, etc. But if you blog about law and public affairs, why is that so different from writing op-eds and so on? Many, many law professors do that from time to time. Some even do regular columns in on-line publications and newspapers. I can't imagine it does their careers any harm. "Real" op-eds and columns also reveal their politics, but so what? Though some law faculties lean left and some (fewer, but some)lean right, most law faculties cheerfully tolerate colleagues whose views differ from their own.
7.15.2005 3:18pm