Jag bloggar, ibland varje dag. Men det finns skäl att inte göra det. Jim West har listat dem:
1- Blog only on issues and topics of interest to very, very few people. Focus on minutia. Spend your post space at the canteen of irrelevancy. For example, it’s a safe bet to blog on 1 Enoch 1:2. Three people on the planet care about that little verse, it is utterly irrelevant to anyone’s life (except of course the cottage industry set up by exegetes who make their living off the poor verses back). Opine wisely and widely on its linguistic characteristics; note the textual variants; pay attention to the parchment upon which the oldest extant copy has been found. That will make for a nice, learned, posting and your potential search committee friends will be wowed by your obvious expertise. Strain out that gnat! Examine its entrails for all they are worth.
2- Never, ever, ever say “I”. If “you” think anything at all it must be subsumed under dozens of notes citing persons far more tenured than yourself. And if you say “I think” you might just as well pack up and plan for another career outside of academia. Only tenured persons are allowed to think.
3- Never, ever, ever say anything even remotely political or religious. If you say something in opposition to Israeli policy you will be denounced as anti-Semitic. If you pronounce against Palestinian policy you will be called a Zionist sympathizer. If you say anything against George Bush, you’re anti-American and if you dare say something negative about Islam you’ll be torched alive. (And for the love of Mary, don’t draw any cartoons!!!! Of anything!). Similarly, never mention on your blog that you believe in anything beyond your own nose. The “intellectual elite” will scorn you as backwards. You must only believe in the laughably called “scientific method.”
4- Model yourself after those bloggers whose posting contents can only be characterized as dull as dishwater and boring as hell. Blog only what the most simple minded can track down via google. Become a mere reporter and avoid at all costs the risks associated with being a commentator. Do not mention natural disasters; public policy; or the shortcomings of the current administration of whatever country you inhabit. Those things don’t belong in the haughty discussions of the serious academic blogger.
5- And finally, filter all your thoughts through the vaunted practice of ‘peer review.’ Avoid individualism. Don’t publish your papers freely; don’t offer your books at a reasonable price via the condemned and wretched process of ’self publishing.’ Don’t ever post your thoughts on your blog first where they can be debated. Don’t allow any sort of interaction through comments or the provision of an email address. Don’t be your own person; be the clone of Professor Dancing Table. This will insure that, as you achieve that first, very important academic office, your students and those who wish to brown nose will read your blog religiously and laud you publicly while in their hearts they loathe your cowardice and your irrelevancy. After all, the goal of tenure is to achieve, finally, total irrelevance.
Visst kan man ta dessa skäl att inte blogga med ett viss mått av humor, men faktum är att det kan vara klokt att tänka till några extra gånger innan man skriver på ett så snabbt medium som en blogg. Det som är skrivit är skrivet och följer en så länge man lever... och efteråt.