i never know what to do here

Part of why I don’t blog here enough is that I never know what to say. Jeremy encourages me to do whatever I want, which is great. But I don’t know what I want to do on other peopl’s blogs. On my blog, I have a devil-may-care flippant attitude, posting up poetry, Youtube videos, book/article critiques, and discussions of legal pedagogy.  I toy dangerously with my veil of pseudonymity.  I am the Rogue (Aspiring) Law Professor.

But I don’t know what to do here.  There seems to be great lattitude, but I am not sure you all would care about TMI on my part, since I am pseudonymous and not a Rogue Sociologist/Sociology Superstar/Jeremy “F*cking” Freese. And I don’t have many non-legal, non-academic, non-literary insights, which makes me worried that I am becoming a tool. This is why I’m grateful to have a partner who is neither a lawyer nor an academic, and who calls me out on my taxonomy of people.  Apparently, I have a tendency to call people above a certain socioeconomic or educational status one of two things:  “hipsters,” or “bourgies.” It is with a somewhat effacing tone, admittedly, and part of it is my own insecurity about having moved far and beyond my own previous socioeconomic status of childhood, and my family’s frugal, Gradgrindian values.  I may, indeed, have some hipster tastes, and I may, indeed, have more than several bourgie habits.  And yes, apparently I do separate the world into hipsters, bourgies, and “everyone else.”  I actually care about the problems of the working class and racial minorities, so my “everyone else” seems to be more of a mild disregard for the wide swath of America in the middle.  I feel bad. But I’m not sure that posting this intra class tension and cognitive dissonance does much for you all.

All to say, I’ll figure something out re blogging topics.  I got Fabio’s publisher to give me a free copy of his book to review, so I may be pimping that here.


10 thoughts on “i never know what to do here”

  1. Indeed, I’ve resorted to posting mostly interesting things I overhear. I like this as a way of staying attuned to what’s going on around me (and as a rationale for my tendency to eavesdrop), but am unconvinced of its long term feasibility as a blogging M.O. (that said, overheard in New York does just fine…and is now a book series).


  2. Also pseudonymous. I don’t blog unless I have something to say – which is why I only blog a few times a month on TamsynX. I do have another pseudonymous blog based on current events, so that one is pretty easy to do.


  3. Pseudonymity suits me well in the legal blogosphere, since tons of law profs know who I am by now, and it’s just a running in-joke and protection against googability (also, not every law prof likes me). So, in the legal circles, it’s fine for me to blog about myself and the stuff I’m reading/doing, since people know who I am and sort of care.

    Outside of that bubble, and I’m flummoxed. Why should you all care about what I think of Harold and Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay and what it might say about our legal system? I can’t wait to see that movie, by the way.

    So I only blog when I have something sociologish or legal studiesish or social psychologyish to say. Even though, clearly, pop culture and pratterings are welcome here.


  4. Why should you all care about what I think of Harold and Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay and what it might say about our legal system?

    I am always bemused by this idea, which is more often dressed up as a critique of blogs in general rather than expressed (as here) as an internal worry about one’s audience. Who, exactly, is forcing all these irritable, bored readers to sit down and read all these specialized, local-interest blogs that they have no interest in? What, I wonder, is their conception of the Internet? Do they sit down every morning and bemoan the thousands of boring new pages that have appeared overnight, which they would prefer not to plough through were it not for the angry, gun-toting Web Gnome perched on their bookshelf, ready to shoot them should they stray from their appointed task?


  5. I am always confounded by the trolls who stop by my blog to criticize me for writing about feminism and anti-discrimination law. Like, what did you expect, a mirror of Malkin?

    Somewhat related are the “friendly” commenters that suggest I write less personal stuff. I don’t get that. I wouldn’t have a personal blog if I only wrote about workplace discrimination law–which I do, all the time, under my own name. Part of blogging is having fun with it, being different, and saying that yes, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is perhaps the best post 9/11 political movie. Okay, I don’t know, I haven’t seen it yet. But it has to be better than Rendition and Lions For Lambs and other movies I didn’t see.


  6. i never know what to write about on my own blog either. i thought of restricting it to experiences directly related to being a gradmommy, but some other stuff would come up that was interesting and i was sad to not write about it. but then i thought – who cares if no one cares about what i’m writing about? if they don’t like it, they’ll move on to the next blog, or wait till tomorrow to read something by someone else. either way, i got out what i wanted to get out. and nine times out of ten, something i think is interesting is interesting to someone else out there.


  7. I think it partly depends upon the purpose of your blog. If it’s a personal blog, then pretty much anything goes. If it’s more professional (i.e. a blog about electrical engineering), then I feel it should be somewhat limited to the topic. And there are blogs that are in-between as well. Personally, I really enjoy this blog (Scatterplot) because it’s not all hardcore Sociology all of the time (I’m not a sociologist).


  8. As someone who reads scatterplot but does not post, let me just say that I find this blog to be an interesting mix of topics –personal, silly, political, sociological, current events. It is often insightful and always worth the time. So, keep posting!


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