Back in the dark ages there was a debate about whether or not aspiring academics should blog pseudonymously before tenure. There was some speculation that Dan Drezner lost tenure at Chicago because of his blog and I remember, but can’t find, a good discussion at Crooked Timber on the subject.
Via email, a fellow grad student pointed me to Economics Job Market Rumors where Anonymous is having a discussion with herself about my fate as an “out” grad student blogger:
Blog is pretty opinionated. Is the guy as full of himself as he seems? Will the blog hurt him when he’s on the market?
help him. a) he doesn’t do personal attacks, but b) sticks his neck out there and says what he thinks. Gotta have some guts in this Econ academic-status game.
It won’t hurt him. Anyone who wouldn’t interview/hire someone because of that (well-written, intelligent, and respectful) blog is a buffoon, and he’d be better off elsewhere.
Revealed preferences exposes my favored hypothesis. It seems many “aspiring academics” forget they have a very nice outside option or two. In any case, let’s just say the experiment is still running and we won’t have preliminary results for at least several more months.