If tenure means never having to say you’re sorry (as a certain Madwoman once said), then full promotion means that you don’t need a flipping pseudonym. I have things that I want to say now that I want to own, and I want to write in ways that speak to the value of my discipline, of the humanities in general, and of the work that we as faculty do in higher education.Dr. Crazy is right (always, am I right?) in a lot of ways, and now with the promotion to full, I shouldn't be afraid to post under my own name. In fact, I do have another blog, but I don't post the same things.
But on that blog, I feel obliged to be professional and interesting. As is amply evident, I don't feel the need to be either here, because I figure if you blogfriends don't care about the post, you'll just skip it and move on.
What can I post here that I can't or won't post there?
- Over on the real name blog, my voice is more temperate. Here, not so much. I can be irritated and extravagant and no one minds.
- On Real Name, I don't get irritated and post rants about email.
- I don't critique MOOCs, because to do so would be to bring down a hailstorm of mansplaining and also youthsplaining about how if I just understood the shiny technology of today, I would not be so thoughtful and critical about it. (A favorite MOOC post: "MOOC 'n' Bake.")
- I don't make fun of articles in The Chronicle, NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, or Inside Higher Ed.
- To be more positive, I don't cite their creativity and brain research and write those posts, either.
- I don't write satires about the English Department of the Future or the New Office Commons.
- I don't post fantasies about the classroom as airplane or the Mad Men writing group or inventions I want to see or wandering through blogland.
- I don't publish any posts about the Laocoon manuscript, or arguing with your brain, or writing inspiration, or the "dither and blather" of the writing process, or writing houses.
- And it goes without saying that nothing over there is about job searches, teaching, grading, or service.
- Or MLA. Or gender in academia.
- Dear Ms. Undine is a lot of fun to write but obviously can't appear on the Real Name blog.
- On a more literary or cultural note: No Mad Men. No reflections on mid-century males or childhood reading. No movies. Maybe I'll port some of those over if I ever come out and use my real name.
But if you believe in signs and portents, then you would logically think that the universe was sending me a signal not to post over there, at least not right then.
It sent me here instead.