blogging about personal experiences in the profession
Nate Jensen had a great blog post the other day about a paper he wrote that essentially took five years to get published. I’ve written about similar experiences on haba na haba: first about a paper that was rescinded after being accepted, and then about a paper that was rejected seven times before eventually coming out in print. Once when I was whining about the review process for the latter paper, a friend told me about how a paper he wrote in graduate school that didn’t get published until his fifth year on the tenure track — he’d worked on it for ten years!
But back to Nate — he followed up that post with a post yesterday on blogging about our profession (meaning political science/academia). In it, he writes, “I’m always a little disappointed that my posts on research get a lot less attention than posts on the job market, job talks, or publication process.” The blog stats for haba na haba are consistent with Nate’s experience: posts I’ve written about personal experiences (i.e., taking a child with you to another country when conducting research, or what I did on the job market this past year as a nursing mother) always generate more traffic and discussion than posts about research (whether my research or that of others).
Nate’s post — particularly the part about being famous for a blog post being one of the worst professional outcomes — reminds me of a dinner conversation with colleagues this summer about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “having it all” post and how she’ll likely be remembered for that and not the research she’s published the past two decades. Still, I can think of worse outcomes.