>One of my students was on my blog for an hour and 20 minutes last night at about 2 am. (Yes, students, I know when you’ve been here. Actually, I know when people with area ISPs have been here and I’m assuming it’s you.)
I don’t know everything they read, but I do know they likely read about the last time I thought students were reading the blog — and where I assured them I don’t say mean things about them — and they also read about my Mom dying, about Kalamazoo, and about other events in my life both major and minor. They may have also read some substantive posts, like the one about calling Margery Kempe crazy, which I’ve always liked. So, as Bullock says, they know a lot about me now (and about him), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One of the original purposes of this blog was to add to the voices making professors’ lives more transparent, and since my students see me for only a few hours every week, it doesn’t hurt them to know that a) I have a life, b) I have other responsibilities besides their class and have a lot of work in general, and c) I’m not just a “brain on a stick,” as Bitch, Ph.D. says, and I have other interests, desires, and activities, not all of them cerebral. (Of course they already know I’m silly — I showed them the pork video!)
So welcome, students. Stick around if you like and comment if you have something to say.