Finally! Something happens to dull the sting of having had my Wikipedia page deleted due to “lack of notability.” By way of explaining what, my prominent-blogger friend Ann and I have divergent political views. Some more ideologically-simpatico friends of mine thought it was hilarious when somebody started a parody blog about her blog. I didn’t find it amusing, because I thought some of the humor went over the good-taste line and the rest was merely repetitive, although perhaps I would have thought it was more funny if I didn’t feel personal loyalty. Regardless, another emotion I felt was envy: somebody else was sufficiently moved by her blog to start and maintain a whole blog of their own all about her blog. I mean, c’mon! What better evidence that one has arrived?

Okay, so I know this isn’t anywhere near the same league of thing, but still: somebody in sociology has started a snark-blog* for which three of the first five posts link either to my former blog or to Scatterplot. Orgtheory, by contrast, has but a single snark-link. To recap: Scatterplot/JFW 3, Orgtheory 1.

The inaugural post in particular deserves a read, esp. its first footnote. Those academic bloggers are such rank exhibitionists. I’m not, but here I am, an academic blogging about academic blogging. But, yo, I’m still cool because I’m pseudonymous! So I’m only really exhibitionating to the pals who know who I am, and what’s a little rank exhibitionism among friends? Plus I don’t even waste much time reading those blogs anyway. But here’s another link to one of their posts!

* Update: Link removed because the blog in question was deleted. See comments. Ugh, now I feel like a bully.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

13 thoughts on “finally!”

  1. Jeremy,

    Guess I gotta cry uncle. Thanks for the tips in your comments (it is genuinely new technology to me). I’ll hit ‘restart’ and simply cut and paste the snarky bits from here on out.


  2. Oh, come on! I didn’t mean for you to delete your blog. Now I feel guilty. Plus, I was actually interested in learning more about your complaints about academic bloggers.


  3. I know! I was planning on keeping a running tally. In any case, now I’m feeling like that scene in Planet of the Apes where one ape kills another and all the other apes circle around saying “Ape has killed ape! Ape has killed ape!” Only here it’s “Blog has killed blog! Blog has killed blog!”

    I didn’t know the person didn’t know about bloggers tracking back incoming links! S/he certainly seemed quite familiar with blogs otherwise.


  4. No big deal Jeremy. I genuinely wanted to keep my blog an inside deal. In the last hour or I’ve learned a couple important lessons. If you want to narrowcast with WordPress you shouldn’t insert links as links and you shouldn’t allow the robots onto your page. (I know, only an idot wouldn’t know this, but I kinda assumed that finding my blog would be like finding a needle in a haystack.) You found it, what, inside of a day or two? Lesson learned.

    I still don’t know what was snarky about my links to your output, but maybe we’ll cross paths again and we can discuss


  5. spant: If somebody links to your blog, this is displayed on the WordPress dashboard under the “Blog Stats” tab. That tab also displays clicks-through, and so hiding your blog from search robots won’t work by itself.

    You were actually in the Scatterplot sidebar for a few days. You’re in Jennifer Lena’s sidebar, too, so if you want to remain incognito in your next incarnation make sure she doesn’t update that.


  6. I didn’t think that blog was worth a link at all, I’m surprised you bothered. But the fact that it led to its deletion definitely makes this a worthwhile post!


  7. Yeah, I was working under the general principle that if Blog A is going to needle Blog B a bit, then Blog A should be expecting that somebody from Blog B might needle a bit in return. I wasn’t expecting that Blog A would be under the impression that it could be linking to Blog B without this being known. If Blog A really wants to be effectively a non-public blog providing whatever commentary about those sociologists who blog in public, it seems only neighborly to provide advice on how to do it correctly.

    Still, in the final comment on his own blog, the blogger in question seemed to go over the bound of one serious blogging norm, so I would be justified in being more surly than I have been.


  8. I was offline for one evening and missed all of this?!

    Anyway, I’d be curious to know not just which blogging norm was violated but what you think of as the norms of blogging more generally.


  9. Ditto on Sara’s suggestion that Jeremy write a list of blogging norms (which I’m sure are codified in multiple ways, by different folks, in interesting and conflicting ways, and which are then, as they should, made subject to academic interpretation and analysis…but frankly, who has the time to research and read all that? I have a blog to write!).

    And to haldane, spent, int. comparisons: i sure would like to read your ideas on the indie music, musical miscegenation argument. whatisthewhat still takes anon comments where you could post ideas (and boy, has the cover of sudhir’s latest book promoted the use of those!), and/or write me an email (which I will keep between us). seriously. i put a bunch of time into thinking about those ideas only to hear a resounding silence in return.


  10. I’m not sure what a list of norms would look like, and certainly I’m not going to try to compose one. One hypothetical example of a norm I think is strongly held, though, is that (outside of certain kinds of extreme circumstances) pseudonyms should be respected in posts and comments, even if it is obvious or deducible who the real person behind the pseudonym is. The issue there being that sometimes people with pseudonyms don’t even really intend for their identity to be that secret from anyone in the conceivable network surrounding the blog, but they don’t want the blog to come up on Google.


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