Last year, I posted about the ten best non academic blogs to read in 2011. Not wanting to be outdone by my former self, I’ve created a new list of non academic blogs to read in 2012.

If I missed your favorite non academic blog, please add a link in the comment section. Every comment added will be entered to win a copy of my new ebook, How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days.

The Bosa Bosa Review

Most underground literary art culture blogs are terrible. They are typically written by graduate students and filled with random Foucault quotes, a few images, and snippets of obscure poetry, all designed to make you say “wow–this person is such a deep intellectual soul!”

With all the bad literary culture blogs out there, the Bosa Bosa Review is a refreshing change. Literary essays, examples of beautifully constructed Japanese Greeting Cards, reviews of film installations, ancient Egyptian art—this blog is an archive of aesthetic, interesting pieces of culture.

For “post-academics,” I think, projects like the Bosa Bosa Review are important as they help to keep our aesthetic lives alive. This blog is a great Saturday reading ground, as there is always something new here.

#Alt-academy: Alternative Academic Careers 

This site is really cool. It is a “grass-roots, bottom-up, publish-then-filter approach to community building . . . around the theme of unconventional or alternative academic careers.” The site is thoughtfully designed and managed by some dedicated editors, helping to keep the conversations at a high quality level. If you are searching for a non academic career, this site is your community launch-rock.

In Service of the Clio

Written by a U.S. diplomatic, political, and military historian, this blog offers insights and career management advice for PhDs in history. As the majority of PhDs in history will not find tenure track jobs, the author shares his experiences and relevant resources to help broaden the scope of options for new PhDs and history majors.

The blog is extensive, well-written, and offers lengthy discussions of the alternative uses of the skills gained in the historical profession. A worthy blog by a smart author.

MEAPA 

Last year, I interviewed Michael Edmondson in my post, the Ultimate Guide to Finding Jobs as an English Major . Michael is one of the founders of Meapa, and the co-author of How Liberal Arts Majors Can Succeed in Today’s Economy: A Workbook, a book to designed to help liberal arts majors immediately take action and find successful careers in the business and corporate world.

After getting his PhD in History, Michael left academia and began working in the for-profit world as a market researcher. He now is the Director of Marketing and Recruitment at the Philadelphia Centre. He also writes a lot of excellent content for academics and humanities majors who want to develop their non academic careers at Meapa.com, a site filled with awesome career resources, articles, videos, podcasts, and workbooks.

This is not a traditional “post-academic” blog. Instead, it is a blueprint for humanities majors and post-academics who want to adapt their skills to find success as entrepreneurs, corporate and government leaders, and other for-profit employees.

Graduate Student Stories 

Doom, gloom, career anxiety, and existential soul-sucking adventures–these are the standard themes of non academic blogs. Not Graduate Student Stories. This blog is a community site where ex-grad students are encouraged to post a story about grad school. However, they have a refreshing requirement: you should keep it funny!

Education, occupation, and life are all serious topics. But let’s admit the obvious: as graduate students, or graduate school survivors, most of us don’t laugh nearly enough. We are too engrossed in the act of being and appearing serious about what we do. Even if you believe that your story is one of complete and utter misery, we still want you to share. But do consider the power and potential of humor to enliven a story, even one filled with sorrow, as we believe there is a flavor of humor suitable for even the bleakest tales.

True that! Every grad student has a story, so go submit yours.

College Ready Writing 

Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette is an agent of academic change. She is becoming the voice of equality in academic employment, helping to bring to light the plight of contingent academic faculty. If there were more professors like her, less new PhDs would be forced to leave academia. Her current blog is hosted at Inside Higher Education. You’ll find inspiring, brazen, and insightful posts about injecting some action and intention into higher education reform.

To keep in the loop, follow her on Twitter (@readywriting).


100 Reasons NOT to Go to Grad School 

This blog is an attempt to chronicle 100 reasons why you shouldn’t go to grad school. The most frightening thing, apart from the author’s ruthless dedication to compiling what will become the most complete anti-grad school blog on the planet, is that most of the reasons are valid and accurate. Despite the massive task this blog has undertaken, each post is thoughtful and well written.

At the time of writing this post, the blog is at Reason #75 (you can make more money as a school teacher than as a PhD in the humanities). Will 2012 see the completion of this massive digital warning against grad school in the humanities?

A Post Academic in NYC 

An honest, funny, sad, and intelligent chronicle of a PhD leaving academia. This blog is about what happens after you decide that academia isn’t worth it. It is about regret. And it is also filled with hope and freedom as over the last year, I think, the author has come to see that a future outside of tenure, scholarly conversations, citations, and academic culture is downright liberating.

Here is the author, reflecting on finally leaving behind his dissertation:

Why does my dissertation suck? It’s not because it wasn’t a good idea or good research. It’s not because it’s not on an important topic. Instead, my dissertation is a piece of shit because I was trying to please too many people. I can see where I included the sources and arguments that my advisor wanted me to include. So, I finally closed the book (literally and figuratively!) on my piece of shit dissertation at last. I will never enter that scholarly conversation. I am not sad. I just wish I had known seven years ago what a dissertation actually is: a story of what a PhD candidate has to do to survive. In other words, it is a story of time passing and of utter compromise.

From posts on “the crushing shame of applying for unemployment” to the shameful treatment of the author by an academic hiring committee (“Dear Search Committee: Go Fuck Yourself”) you’ll follow and cheer for this post-academic as he blazes a trail for other adjuncts, showing that “there really is a world out there beyond the academy.”

Did I miss your favourite non academic blog? Add it to the comments, please.

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