First Item of the Day: WordPress has this neat widget that tells me which Google search terms bring readers to this blog. I get the usual “How To Leave Aduncting” or “Fuck You Search Committee” type stuff. That is to be expected. The other day, though, I noticed that someone found my blog by searching the question, “Why are Humanities PhDs such assholes?” Interesting! I hope the person searching for the answer to that query found it on this blog. Then, soon after, someone landed here by searching the phrase, “Pervasive Sense of Doom.” How depressing is that? I think the second search term basically answers the question posed by the first. Why are humanities PhDs such assholes? I don’t know! Could it be because of the persuasive sense of doom?
Second Item of the Day: I wrote something vaguely related to my former academic work on another blog under my real name. Afterwards, I got an email from a former professional colleague. He wrote, “You always were so committed. I hate to see you leave academia. Are you sure there’s no way I can coax you back?” Now, obviously, this is a very nice email, and I appreciate the sentiment. Who doesn’t want to hear that someone thinks you are good at something and whatnot. So I don’t want to read too much into this note. However, I can’t help but think that there is a subtext. My former colleague may also be suggesting that my talents will be wasted outside academia. It’s like he’s saying, “Your commitment to X can only be fully realized while teaching a 4-4 load and doing administrative work and trying to publish articles in a narrow academic field for a few specialists.” Yeah, I don’t think so. I am committed, that’s true. But that commitment goes with me everywhere I go. That, my friends, is the point.