Have you noticed? Online discourse is becoming an accepted form of academic discourse. [….] If you can stand the heat, blogging is a great kitchen from which a scholar, aspiring or otherwise, may test out, refine, and serve on a golden platter his or her ideas.
But let me add a nasty comment. Too many bloggers use sloppy [….], ungrammatical prose [….], and spell atrociously, even in the title [….]. Not a good idea if you want a college or university to hire you in the future! On every board that does a first hire or reviews tenure, there sits at least one extremely anal individual who will make you pay for stuff like that. My proposal: that comments to posts of the following format become standard practice: PC (Please correct): [x should read y]. ETC (Erase this comment).
Of course, I couldn’t agree more with John. Yet I am quick to note that his brilliant proposal seems to not have caught on. I certainly have received no such comments on this blog, and to my shame, I have only made comments along those lines twice—and then only to bloggers I feel I know well, even though I have caught a multitude of unintentional errors elsewhere. I will admit that often I have shrunk from so commenting in order to avoid offending a blogger I don’t know very well (if at all); yet I know that I myself would be infinitely thankful if any readers of this blog would take a minute to let me know of any orthographical or stylistic infelicities that they may encounter. (After all, the editor is rather infamous for nodding!) Perhaps in this New Year, we should all resolve to follow John’s advice and, in the spirit of camaraderie, make watching out for each other’s writing a part of the culture of biblio- and theoblogdom. After all, we’re in this together, and the world appears to be watching.