On academic blogging

Dan Drezner celebrates six years of poli sci blogging. See his recent essay on starting an academic blog.

This blog is getting very close to its first birthday. My accumulated blogging wisdom is at least 83.3% lower than Dan’s, but here are a few unexpected things I’ve discovered:

1. Readers will shoot down your bad research ideas before you waste a month on them. It will sting, but it’s good for you.

2. People will sign you up for their e-mail list. All the time. You will hate that.

3. Your wife will get very, very irate if you respond to a question by suggesting that she can find the answer on your blog.

4. Your mom will love your blog, and you’ll no longer have to re-explain what it is you do for a living every holiday.

5. You will quickly realize it is an exceptionally small world.

We’re getting close to a critical mass of development and international poitics blogs. If you’ve been thinking about starting, give it a fling.