>Yes, I know you’re here. More on how in a minute, but first, can I ask a favor of you? Feel free to keep reading — heck, add me to your RSS feeder. You’re totally welcome here. *But*, for the time being, please don’t tell anyone outside of the Middle English class about my blog. Some people think blogging, even academic blogging, is a silly waste of time — even though I’ve made all sorts of fantastic professional connections through blogging — and some of those anti-blog folks could be the ones deciding whether to give me tenure or not. So it’s important to me to remain pseudonymous, at least until the end of this year, when — fingers crossed! — my tenure process is complete.
Oh, and if you don’t know what tenure is, just ask. But to make a long story short, if I don’t get it, it means I’m fired. (But you probably knew that.)
So, here’s how I know you’re here. I have something installed on my blog called “Sitemeter,” and it tells me how many visitors I have each day, where those visitors are located — or at least where their Internet Service Provider is located — and how you got here, whether directly or from another blog or web site. For instance, this afternoon, two of you — or the same person twice — got here from the link on the Chaucer Blog, and you did so from one of the computers in the lab in our department’s building, so I’m guessing you’re one (or two) of the graduate students. I’m not telling you this to freak you out, but just to let you know that you’re only slightly more anonymous than I am. The first lesson of blogging is that you’re never really anonymous, which is why I’m not really that bothered that I’ve outed myself to you. But you should keep that in mind.
So since I know you’re here, leave a comment and say hi! And then maybe I’ll introduce you to all the other academics that come around here, just like I would if you saw me at a conference.
Of course, if you have better or more pressing things to do, I understand. I won’t be hurt if you don’t stick around. Speaking of having more pressing things to do, I promise to grade your last assignment this weekend!
PS — Also, I think it tells you something (though not everything) about the academic blogosphere that the two posts with the most comments of those currently on the front page are the one in which I talk about accidentally outing myself to you guys in class and the one in which I show everybody the boots I ordered from Zappos. Yup, that’s what we professorial types like to talk about — you guys (and what you think of us) and our shoes.