Commentary on academic bloggers in the United States tends to give the sense that university promotions committees regard blogging as either a big plus or a big minus. I’ve never had muchÂ data to go on in Australia, but I went in front ofÂ an ANU internal promotions committee today, and it seemed that they weren’t in the least interested in my blogging.
I hasten to say that this indifference is probably no bad thing. I don’t think I’d like to live in a country that gave strong rewards or harsh punishments to academic bloggers. But I thought I’d relate the story, as it is quite different from the accounts that one hears of in US universities.