The Trouble With Blogs

CAN BLOGGING DERAIL YOUR CAREER?

When I was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a senior colleague once told me his secret to academic success: One bad article equals five great ones. His point was that the worst thing a scholar can do is to publish too much, as opposed to too little. Any substandard publication creates a black mark that is difficult to erase.

That point came back to me as I read about Yale's decision to reject Juan Cole for a senior position in