Those blogs that are academic purely because the blogs talk about the trials and tribulations of the academic life are not long for this world. Like general purpose e-mail listservs, their peak has probably passed.
What say you, o denizens of teh interwebs? Has the time for blogs analyzing the academic life passed? If so, why? If not, why not? (Support your answer with evidence from the course readings. Oh wait, this isn't an exam...)
ETA: More raw data to work with: Rate Your Students asked its readers to send links to their favorite academic blogs (full disclosure: I'm on it, which is how I found it - I don't read RYS very regularly).
Interestingly, according to Technorati, the post listing the links people sent in was originally prefaced by the statement, "We received a tiny dribble of some must-read academic blogs, but hardly
any were accompanied by anything approaching wit or style. We're so
depressed by this, yet will champion on." However, the post as it stands omits this phrase. [RYS has clarified this part of the post in their comment below, and the "wit and style" were describing the messages accompanying the blog recommendations, NOT the blogs themselves.] It does, however, They note:
One of our favorite correspondents sends in the following notes. We love him. In that collegial sort of way, we mean:
Except for "University Diaries," most academic blogs are tedious. Consider the source. These are the people you purposely avoid in the hallway. I know, let's burn five minutes catching up on how you sipped boxed wine and tweaked your PowerPoint presentation over the weekend or how the proles in duplicating reversed pages three and four on your course syllabus.
"Oh, lookie here! I found my favorite pen, maybe I can get back to work on that darn dissertation ... maybe I'll just post another picture of my 18-year-old cat, Mr. Scabies."
Did someone declare open season on "academic life" blogs, and I missed it??