Call for Posts
One of the reasons I started this blog was frustration with the major current options where academic discourse is concerned. In general, you can write a book-length argument and try to publish it as a book or you can write a journal article/chapter-length argument and try to get it published in a journal or multi-author book. These are solid options, but it leaves the lonely academic… alone. If you study anime, for example, in a department that focuses on classical Japan, you will be forever writing for the uninformed audience. That’s useful to an extent, as it prepares you for teaching to people who don’t have a solid background in your focus, but it doesn’t let you really stretch as a scholar.
Blogs, on the other hand, let you take your half-formed thoughts, pretty them up in a shorter form and present them to people who know what you’re writing about (and quite a bit more besides), you can get feedback similar to what you would if you submitted your article to a peer-reviewed journal. With feedback in hand, you can produce better work in the future. (At least, that’s what I’m hoping and how I’ve approached this blog.)
But the more I think about it, the less my blog seems to do. Sure, it helps me – the importance of which is not to be underestimated – but I think it would be even more helpful if it were opened up to others as well. What I would really like to see is an online, peer-reviewed blog along the same lines as peer-reviewed journals. I’m not at a point where I can run an undertaking that massive though. I mean, it would have to have zounds of writers, editors and reviewers in order to get a steady diet of posts. Instead, what I’m going to do is open up this blog to guest posts on an invitation-free basis. I’ve already asked one person to do a guest post, and I have two more in mind as well, but anyone who wants to can submit a post at any time. The guidelines are:
1. Must be popular culture-related. (I will probably be pretty flexible with this.)
2. I’ve noticed that my best posts tend to have around 730 words. If you want to write less that’s fine, if you want to write more that’s fine. But if you’re wondering about how much to write, that appears to be a good length.
I may add more in the future, but those are a solid start. If you are interested in writing a guest post, please either comment so that I can get in touch with you or e-mail me at my Gmail account – academicanime@ – with your questions, post ideas et cetera.