Friday, July 08, 2005

No, this doesn't make me paranoid

No, this doesn't make me paranoid


Lovely. So far, this blog has been a great thing for me in terms of getting back on track and helping to revive professional networks. Because of it, I've managed to get plugged in for a couple of conference presentations and a position where my name will be out there more frequently. Yes, I disclose things about my personal life, but not too many details, I don't think. OK, maybe sometimes. But not ones I'd be really embarassed by. I don't rant about colleagues or institutions. And yet, this article in the CHE makes me very nervous. Thoughts?

12 comments:

Cheeky Prof said...

Eeek. Just another in the long line of things that make me feel nervous about my blog. Yet still, I just can't bring myself to ditch it.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Me neither. SO far, it's done me more good than harm -- I think. No one's ever asked me about it in an interview.

meg said...

Bop over to Planned Obsolescence for a full episode of the The Trouble With Tribble.

How could a committee find you, anyway? You're pretty well disguised.

wolfa said...

I think that the article is nuts. I don't recall anything particularly revealing on your blog -- and seriously, would you want to work with someone who is worried that the mere fact of having a blog means you will shortly post snarky comments about your colleagues in due course?

Anastasia said...

I'm very nervous about my blog but I HATE this article. I really do. And I hate the idea that the way to get a job is stifle all the quirks and eccentricities that make one an individual.

And the idea that you can figure out someone's real passion from their blog and then hold that against them. Please.

It sounds as though these folks told the interviewers they had a blog, which I don't get. It just isn't relevant.

Ancarett said...

Oh, trust me. You would not want to work at a campus that put people like that in charge of anything.

I've been on most of our hiring committees since I was hired and a few for other departments as well. No one's ever shown the kind of attitude this idiot parades around.

Hmm, let's see: candidates aren't allowed to have an outside life or interest, candidates aren't allowed to have opinions on anything non-academic, candidates aren't allowed to build up a research area while they're on campus. So not wanting to work in that toxic stew!

What Now? said...

The article didn't even mention the possibility of pseudonymous blogs, which I thought was bizarre since "Ivan Tribble" is in fact a pseudonym! I think that as long as our blogs are pseudonymous and we don't put the URLs into our job letters (duh!), we're fine. No worries.

Rebecca said...

Hmmm...I'm not pseudonymous. I'm easily findable if you google my first and last name. This bears thinking about...but for the moment let me say: Ivan Tribble couldn't have been as judgmental and, frankly, as nasty in his article unless he were pseudonymous. Perhaps those bloggers who were rejected by the search he describes should count themselves lucky for not acquiring such a colleague?

drhistory said...

I'd be much more worried about what my students say about me on ratemyprofessors.com than keeping an anonymous blog. Just don't tell anyone you blog or about your blog. Also write yourself some nice review on ratemyprofessor.com.

English Concertina said...

Has somebody thought of starting a RateMy Colleagues.com? I am ready to post ...

drhistory said...

I wouldn't mind a ratemyadministrator.com and a ratemystudent.com. I am dying to use the line 'Watch out for this sneaky b*stard.' It works equally well for deans and students.

academic coach said...

Aaahhh, so happy to find these comments about the Dontcha-Dare-Blog Chronicle article. I was wondering when I'd see some references to Troublesome Tribble.
Like many of you, I found it odd that Tribble implied that most academic blogs with personal info flaunt the 'true identity' of the blogger. My impression is that - with a few exceptions - the blogs that focus on personal matters are pseudonymous.