Friday, January 29, 2010


An interesting thing about this blogging gig is that my blog posts are more widely read than my scholarly essays. And it seems to me that it is probably not close. I can only imagine that something on the order of 100 times more people read each of my blog posts than have read any of my journal articles. I work on these things a little harder than it maybe seems like I ought to, but I work on my papers a lot more. Maybe I’m thinking about this all wrong.

Perhaps I should combine my scholarship with my blogging, and create scholarly blog posts. I would be schlogging.

I suspect that some of the smokers do some schlogging, and I think it's an interesting topic in itself. Do you get helpful comments? Is there a noticeable impact on the quality of your papers? How long did it take to build an audience large enough to be helpful? Do you find you have more name-recognition? Has it worked out well? Any advice for someone who was considering taking it up?

--Mr. Zero


Anonymous said...

As a schlogger I probably spend way too much timing on the blog but overall it has a positive effect. I get insightful comments most of the time but I had to build up relationships via e-mail to get people to keep coming back. I just posted a paper online and I'll see what kind of feedback I get but at a recent paper I gave in my home town a couple of the people there attended based on my blog (and obviously would not have heard of me otherwise).

In March I'm attending a conference where I'm meeting close to 10 people I have never met in real life (only via the blog) and am likely staying with some of them to cut costs - so clearly it has a real world effect.

It has taken months (many months) to build up contacts who are now willing to send me feedback whether of papers or my general thesis world which I discuss from time to time. Name-recognition wise it has lifted from total anonymity to at least some people know who I am and want to see what I am up to.

Anonymous said... blog posts are more widely read than my scholarly essays.

Well, to be fair, your blog posts are 1) free, 2) much, much shorter than your articles, and 3) published in a presumably high-traffic location where desperate job seekers come for news, advice, and consolation regarding the job market.

Anonymous said...

Schlogging is actually an extreme winter sport, which has similarities to the academic job search. It involves rolling (schlepping?) a heavy log up a steep snow covered mountain. Those who make it to the summit sit their asses down on their log and throw snowballs at the other schloggers struggling below.

Anonymous said...


I thought academic job-seeking was an extreme winter sport in its own right!

Anonymous said...

Please keep them separate. I prefer your blog because I don't have to read it hard-nosed.

I post things of a "schlogging" sort, and like Ennis mentioned, it does get a foot in the door with people who take interest in what work I do; and had I not concluded that philosophy as a study is better off disbanded, I probably would have bothered to submit them my philosophic work (It's also one of the reasons why I like your blog as it is so much.).

I should combine my scholarship with my blogging, and create scholarly blog posts.

Why not just write two different blogs?

GTChristie said...

I had to come back here to get your definition of schlogging and it's a scream. Brilliant. I am a totally unknown non-professional philosopher and I'll let you know how many fans I get and keep, now that I'm trying out the blogosphere for its potential as a venue. So far, it doesn't look all that promising. But I think it's worthwhile to schlog. Especially since you have some cachet here, you might love what happens when you trigger a thread here and link to another blog for discussion. (Dont take my blog as indicative; it's an experiment in literature: fiction only a philosopher can actually "get" -- doomed to failure. LOL)