Then you get the slightly paranoid feeling: ooh, I applied there, and there, and there, and last year I applied there and there. Are these future colleagues (or maybe future application rejectors) reading my blog? Should I censor myself or start talking about how hard I work instead of pie and how well I procrastinate?
There's also a strange reaction I have when someone from one of the "real schools" like Yale or Hahh-vad has been reading: wait, surely everyone there is too busy creating cold fusion or being fed peeled grapes from the hands of adoring undergraduates to actually do something as mundane as read an academic blog! Just the fact that I call them "real" in my head first thing says volumes about my assumptions about class and academe, assumptions which may or may not be completely fucked up. But those are my thoughts, so there it is.
Having been around a while, I also get a jolt of recognition whenever a school that one of my grad colleagues has gotten a job at pops up. Ooh, look --- someone I know works there! Chances are slim that this random visitor is even in the English department, but it makes me happy anyway.
Ever since I wrote that post asking for help on writing a teaching philosophy (a belated thanks to everyone for the advice, by the way), searches that bring people here have been boring, all consisting of "how to write a teaching philosophy statement for ________" Bleah!. But I have been keeping track of the search phrases that pleased me for a while now, including the title of this post. If ever I start a production company, I swear to you, that is what it shall be called.
And since there's not much going on in my life right now, I thought I'd share some of the most interesting search strings from my sitemeter:
- eating strange things
- stupidest question in the world
- the rocks in my head
- is a B minus a bad grade
- “win a pre-paid cremation?”
- lust in leather
- food poisoning puke
- in grad school behind on work can't motivate
- hot patterns drainpipe pants
- can you hand in a paper late in graduate school
- is burning rubber smell sign of a brain tumour
- sculptures made out of everyday objects – pictures
- should i feel stupid about failing phd field exams?
- rabbit stuck in couch
- Foucault corporate control
- "i love lucy" ignoring the signs of impending trouble